The design of the Azonic Rock proved stiff enough and the unusual 45mm reach may be useful. Solidity and steering response is good too.
Not the lightest, but the Truvativ Descendant is still perfectly acceptable for trail riding and XC. The price is excellent considering the quality.
The Megaforce 2 is mega expensive, but comes with a 10-year guarantee and, if money were no object, would be our first choice. Syntace really has ticked all the boxes.
Read our verdict on the Truvativ Stylo T40 stem.
Oversized bar and stem from Easton on test
We test the Thomson Elite post and X4 Elite stem