So eagle eye viewers may have seen that the Extralite bars arent on the bike in any pictures here. Heres why:
I had only ridden the bike 4 times before its first event, the bars i had noted as being really quite flexible. Theres no doubt the Extralite bars are fantastically made, absolutely beautiful too, im defiantely not bagging the brand.
The event started on a big 4wd track, mass start, i kicked off did two pedal strokes seated then stood up to wack into some pace and the front of the stem tore away and i (whilst still holding the bars) supermanned into the ground. Garmin file says i made it 30m. Now im not entirely sure why the stem shit itself, my guess is that the bolts had fatigued, through alot of riding and being undone and done up multiple times. Again, not bagging Thomson, they are one of my favourite brands, have been for a long time. It appearsi ripped the top bolt out of the stem, bent the faceplate down and then snapped the bottom bolt, all in very quick succession, and the rest is an embarassing story id prefer not to repeat.
You can see from the photo how out of shape the face plate is relitive to the body of the stem, its well and truely bent. I replaced the stem with an UNO, in the hope that 4 bolts solve the issue, save a little weight doing it too. Ill reconsider that stem in a few weeks after some more riding, as its defiantely less stiff than the thomson. Ideally Berk / MCFK / Extralite / Wert or someone similar produce a stem under 150gm thats long (130mm+) and stiff, because ill buy that in a heartbeat.