BMX Stems for the Race Track
The race BMX stem is what mounts the bar onto the fork shaft and plays a big part in the feeling of the front part of your race BMX. When getting a new stem, you need to take into account the length, the rise and whether it is a top load or front load style.
The main difference between the two types of stems is how it connects to the bars. As their names suggest, with a top load stem the bar is loaded from the top of the stem whereas, with a front load, the bars are held at the front. In BMX racing, front load stems are traditionally the more popular option.
How to Measure BMX Stem Length
The length of a BMX stem is measured from the centre of the steer tube hole to the centre of the bar hole. This is referred to as the reach. A reach of 50mm is most common but of course, it is possible to get stems shorter and longer than this to suit your preference. In general, a shorter stem will give you more responsive steering while a longer stem will provide more stability.
To get stems for a freestyle setup, check out our Freestyle BMX Stems.