Grand Bois recently introduced their new stems. The stems are fillet-brazed from steel tubing, then polished and triple-plated (copper, nickel, chrome) for a brilliant and durable finish. The special clamp bolts and the expander bolt are chrome-plated as well. The stems are made by Nitto exclusively for Grand Bois.
The stems are available in lengths from 60 to 100 mm (in 10 mm increments). The stem clamp measures 25.4 mm, so they work with all Grand Bois and many other current-production handlebars. (The stems do not have a removable face plate, so some modern bars with very tight bends may be difficult or impossible to install.) The stems have a threaded hole to attach a bell.
The stem is designed to work with Grand Bois’ new decaleur. (Of course, you also can use it without the decaleur as shown in the top picture.) The decaleur makes it easy to attach a handlebar bag securely, so the bag does not move around as you ride. It keeps the bag clear of the handlebars, so you can use the “tops” without having to wiggle your hands between bag and handlebars.
The decaleur is fillet-brazed from steel tubing. It consists of two parts: One attaches to the stem, the other to the bag. Pins on the bag attachment slide into the tubes on the stem attachment with a friction fit. This means they don’t rattle or jump out. To remove the bag, you simply pull it upward, and the bag comes off the bike. Based on the decaleurs made by Alex Singer and René Herse, this simple system works very well. The system relies on a precise fit between the parts: There have been some recently-made decaleurs that lacked this precision, leaving the bag to rattle or even jump out of the decaleur. The decaleur does not replace a rack: The bag still needs to be supported from below.
The weight of these components is similar to classic parts from the French constructeurs:
- Stem: 322 g (100 mm)
- Decaleur: 117 g (with bag attachment and bolts)
- Bell: 46 g (for mounting to stem)
The decaleur comes with all the hardware required to attach it to the stem and the bag. All these components are hand-made by Nitto in Japan. We have a few samples in stock now, and more on the way. Click here for more information.