Full Speed Ahead SL-K Stem
Review: Full Speed Ahead SL-K StemBy Scott Hackett | Published Jul 7, 2013
Great Finish with UD Carbon Face Plate Very Good Torsional Stiffness
For Project Privateer Litespeed CX Ti, Full Speed Ahead sent us a complete SL-K cockpit comprissed of the SB20Seat Post, Compact Handle Bar and Stem along with the fantastic 386EVO Crank. All of the FSA SL-K line is avalable in a shinny black UD finish with silver and red accents looks great on any bike especially so on the Litespeed CX Ti Frame. My first need in a stem is torsional stiffness with a strong and simple clamp design, for that reason I have FSA stems on my Road, XC and Enduro bikes as well as most of my CX bikes. The SL-K stem is not the lightest stem on the market though is one of the stiffest that I have used under 200g, thanks to the 3D forging and CNC finishing. Installation is straightforward with the 4 bolt removable UD carbon faceplate and opposing steerer bolts, both with clear to read torque specifications. The FSA SL-K stem held both the bar and the fork in place even after a couple of unplanned get offs. For good measure I used Effetto Mariposa Carbogripon teh steerer and handlebar clamping areas and torqued to spec with the Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II torque wrench.
We Didn't Like
Nothing at all.
The Final Say
The SL-K line from FSA is about quality, performance and value the SL-K stem lives up to that. Torsional stiffness, reasonably light, great looks and priced right that’s a perfect combination for a Privateer, or fully sponsored Pro.
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- Full Speed Ahead
- SL-K Stem
- Full Speed Ahead SL-K Stem
- 163 g 110mm Claimed, 168 g actual
- • 3D forged and CNC machined AL2014 • Carbon fi ber faceplate • Chromoly hardware
- ±6º x L80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140mm
- Ø31.8mm handlebar clamp diameter
- 40mm fork clamp stack height
- • Black anodized • Color graphic options – Red (Std), White