The Thomson Elite X4 stem is one of the best choices you can make for Cross Country or All Mountain application. The body of the stem is machined from one healthy chunk of 7000 series aluminum for the ultimate in stiffness and durability. On the theme of stiffness, the face plate is void of any cutouts which adds a few grams but delivers in keeping the bars from flexing. This face plate coupled with the stout shaft of the stem gives the rider perfect steering input without deflection found in lighter weight designs. The rear steerer tube clamp has rounded and smooth edges to save your knees from getting pummeled and gives the stem a clean look.
The Elite X4 is has the classic anodized black semi-polished finish found in Thomson products and has the etched Thomson logo on the side if the stem shaft and front of the faceplate. The 90° rise is industry standard for mountain bike geometry. 31.8mm bar clamp diameter fits all modern handlebars.