The Thomson Elite X4 stem is an excellent option for riders who enjoy pushing themselves through any abuse the trail chooses to offer up. It is designed to enhance rider performance through its stiff power transfer, providing the ultimate in front-end control, with precise steering and tracking. Thomson absolutely pride themselves on the strength of their components and the Elite X4 is no different, being built and tested to the same standards as the aerospace parts that the company also makes. The Elite X4 leads the pack in terms of stiffness and strength, with Thomson confidently describing it as “the best stem for all-around mountain bike and cyclocross riding.” It is available in a wide range of lengths (from 40mm to 130mm) and in two rise options – 0° and 10°. The 10° option can be flipped for a more aggressive riding position if desired. The Elite X4 also happens to look incredibly good – a real stunner on the field.