In your quest to build up your dream bike, add Giant's Contact SLR OD2 Carbon Stem to the list of must-have components. This ultra-sleek stem boasts a full-carbon body with an aluminum faceplate and titanium hardware for the lightest weight possible. Just because it's light, doesn't mean it isn't burly. It features and oversize box cross-section for unrivaled stiffness and strength, too. A recessed top cap and semi-integrated upper spacer continue the streamlined theme and increase the real estate that connects to the steerer tube for a super solid front end.
Stem angle is one of the factors that determines handlebar height. A listed angle of 0 degrees actually provides a rise of 16-20 degrees, depending on the bike's head-tube angle. Flexible, athletic riders prefer lower-rise stems, while recreational riders usually favor higher-rise stems.