The EA50 Stem may be part of Easton's entry-level range but it does everything you'd want it to and comes in a huge range of options when it comes to length and angles. It's light too for the money.
- Pros: Hardwearing paint finish; looks more expensive than it is
- Cons: None really stand out
The stem is a simplistic bit of kit really and to be honest even the cheapest do a pretty decent job of setting your handlebar the correct distance away from the head tube, so why pay loads of money for one? Well, there are all sorts of factors: the material used, the finish, weight or lack of it...
Saying that, though, the EA50 makes a pretty good case for achieving all of those. True, it doesn't look quite as pretty as some of the others I've tested, the £85 Ritchey WCS C220 84D or the Genetic STV stem that'll set you back £49.99, but it's hardly going to look out of place on a decent bike.
The black finish is hardwearing and stands up well to knocks and scratches well, plus I quite like the understated graphics. The addition of black bolts gives it a more expensive, stealth look, too.
As you'd expect for an aluminium tube, it's fully up to the job of dealing with sprints and other hard efforts yanking on the handlebar, and tolerances are good too with no slippage at either the bar or steerer end.
It is available in a range of lengths from 70mm through to 120mm, and this 110mm version weighs an impressive 137g, lighter than is claimed on Easton's website.
It comes in two angles as well, a pretty standard +/-7° or, if you want that pro slammed stem look, a +/-17° variant is available to cancel out that head tube angle.
When it comes to value the EA50 is priced about where I'd expect it, at £34.99, having a lot in common with the likes of the Pro LT stem for the same money and similar weight.
It's a fair bit lighter than the Prime Doyenne Alloy Stem too, albeit a fiver more expensive.
Overall, the EA50 is a quality piece of kit for those who want a stiff, light stem on a budget.
Cost effective, good looking budget upgrade if you want to save some weight
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Easton EA50 Aluminium Stem
Size tested: Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Easton says, "The EA50 gives you incredible options for fitment with both +/- 7° and +/-17° in sizes from 70mm - 120mm."
It's a decent stem that does everything it needs to for not a lot of money.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
FINISH BLACK ANO
RISE +/- 7°, +/-17°
CLAMP DIAMETER 31.8mm
STEERER 1 1/8"
LENGTH 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120mm
MATERIAL EA50 ALLOY
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Does everything a stem needs to do.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
A good weight for the money.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There isn't really much to dislike.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's around the right money for a stem of this quality and performance.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Nothing to really set the world alight in terms of stem performance but it does the job while looking good and not costing much.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.