The 3T ARX Pro stem is almost identical to the ARX team stem. The differences being the use of 2014 aluminum instead of heat treated 7075, steel bolts instead of titanium and a white cosmetic stripe on the body of the stem, instead of red. The color of the stripe signifies the Pro level in 3T's hierarchy of product placement. We like to refer to it as a 'budget' ARX stem. It offers the rider similar performance and weight of the Team version at a slightly lower price point.
The body and faceplate is constructed from 2014 aluminum that is 3D net forged. After this production process, the stem is ball burnished and anodized finish for added durability and good looks. Build Quality is superb with all stems coming out of production perfectly aligned and straight.
Some ARX specific features include a 3T logo cutout on the faceplate and additional cutouts on the steerer clamp which allows the carbon of the fork to peer through. The white stripe along the side of the body signifies the use of a 3T Pro product in action. Small 3T logos in white add nice contrast to the mostly black stem. 4mm tapered stainless steel bolts round out the package.
ARX Pro stems are available in a large variety of lengths ranging from 70mm-140mm, each of which is available in either 84° or 73° ride options. Kudos to 3T for giving us all of these options to make the sometimes challenging job of proper fit that much easier.
This is my 3rd 3T ARX Pro stem. It is more than a good value - it enables a reliable stiff connection suitable for hard riding on all types of road. Once properly tightened, it does not slip! It is also not that much heavier than the racer models, so for me, even with the slight increase in weight, it is still a good choice. Also, I specifically wanted SS bolts instead of Titanium, for the extra durability. I do not usually write reviews, but the incredibly prompt service from Excel (definitely 5*) made me do it.
Pros: Stiff and does not slip.
Cons: Only comes in one color.