Growing up as a racer/trail kid in the mid 90s, having your stem inverted was just the way you set your bike up. I don’t even think it was necessarily about trying to lower your bars down or anything; running your stem inverted just gave your bike a fast look that we all dug. Even though I’ve since switched to running my stem right side up, I do still have a soft spot for the nostalgic look of a trail bike decked out with an inverted stem. I don’t know if Justin Care was ever a racer or a trail kid but he does share the same appreciation for the look of an inverted stem. When he sat down with Merritt to design his signature stem, he wanted to come up with something that had an inverted look but with the rise of a top load. The resulting Upload Stem features a 48mm reach, a 21mm rise that’s more akin to that of a top load stem, and a weight of 11.9 ounces. Forged 6061 aluminum construction was used to make the stem strong, keep the cost down, and also to enable Merritt to give it details that would not have been feasible with machining. The Upload Stem is available from Merritt Dealers in either black or silver and will set you back around right $40.
Pics respectfully borrowed from The Source