BMC have advanced the evolution of front end compliance with the launch of the ICS MTT (Micro Travel) stem.
The ICS MTT stem surpasses the physical limits of frame compliance and low tyre pressure to give riders more comfort on all surfaces.
In a nutshell it’s a suspension stem but with elevated comfort, reduced complexity, wide adjustability and lower weight.
First seen on the pioneering URS 01 One, the stem is built to better serve a multitude of terrain and riders. Stack height adjustability is central to the design, as well as fully integrated cables with ease of access for maintenance and changing stems.
BMC say ‘comfort while riding is limited by a few factors. While modern frame and fork compliance – combined with a low tyre pressure – can make some roads feel buttery smooth, this can only go so far. Incited by their ever-present focus on creating speed, BMC worked relentlessly to elevate compliance without compromising performance through excessive frame and fork flex—or wallowing tyres due to low pressure.’
At its core are two elastomers that give reactive and sensitive dampening by pivoting on an oversize axle, with one key side effect being reduced fatigue over long rides. Thanks to the overall torsional stiffness of the stem, it generates a lively and natural ride.
Compatible with all ICS Technology framesets, the ICS MTT stem presents an excellent and effective upgrade for riders looking to add compliance to their URS AL, Roadmachine X or other BMC frames with round steerer forks, opening up increased comfort for the growing sector of gravel, all-road and endurance riders on drop bars, as well as recreationally focused and urban riders on flat bars.
The ICS MTT stem has five different elastomer rigidities that can be mixed and matched for individual customisation based on an individual’s riding style and weight. From a plush feel with reduced terrain feedback to a direct feel with generous feedback, all styles are catered for. Tuning is done via the removal of three bolts that allow access to the elastomers and is feasible for all levels of mechanics.
BMC is offering the ICS MTT stem in 5 lengths – 72mm, 80mm, 90mm, 100mm, and 110mm – all with a 0° angle. The MTT suspension stem is currently in action on the URS 01 One gravel bike but is poised to roll out on the Roadmachine X and Alpenchallenge AMP, highlighting its scope for versatility.
More at your local BMC dealer.