PNW Components Range Stem With Accessory Mount Review

PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount review

The PNW Components Range Stem with built-in GoPro compatible mount works with action cameras, lights, or other somewhat reasonable items you’d like to attach. What about a banana you ask? With a little ingenuity, we bet you could figure it out. The MSRP is $64.00 USD and you can buy it direct from PNW Components.

PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount review

Available in 40mm and 50mm lengths, the stem is made of a forged alloy that allows it to take a few licks and remain in place. The Range stem with GoPro mount fits on 31.8mm handlebars, and it’s compatible with a 1 1/8 inch steerer tube. Be sure your steerer tube and bars meet these specs.

We had to swap out the handlebars on our younger kid’s bike because the original bars were too fat. The four-bolt mounting system is just like most stems and that makes it easy to install with a 4mm hex key.

After installing the stem, be sure that it’s centered on the steerer tube, the bars are aligned properly along their proper x- and y-axes, and all of the bolts [including those for the brakes, levers, and grips] are tightened down to the proper specs.

PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount - review
Light attached to the PNW Components Range stem

To adjust the angle of the mount, there’s a small bolt in the center of it. Just loosen it with a 3mm hex key, slide the mount vertically in its desired position, and tighten the bolt.

The PNW Components Range Stem weighs in at 174 grams for the 40mm size and 210 grams for the 50mm version. The neutral black color of the stem blends in with most existing bars so your mountain bike will maintain its fashion and increase its functionality at the same time.

Follow MTB With Kids on Facebook  Follow MTB With Kids on Instagram

Follow MTB With Kids on Facebook and Instagram

GoPro on the PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount
Back of camera - PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount

When we paired the stem with a GoPro Hero 8, it worked just fine. Our oldest likes to keep his cables long on the bars so he can spin them doing jibs and thus the cables are visible in his clips. I bet we could have temporarily cleaned these up by either adding an extension to the mount or getting them out of the way with a zip tie or two.

POV from the PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount

Our oldest discovered the mount was pretty durable. While learning how to backflip, he took a couple hard crashes without anything in the mount and it didn’t break.

Durability testing with the PNW Components Range Stem

Using the PNW stem with a light is a no-brainer. Its clean and useful design allows you easily adjust angle of the light to the desired position so you can see the trail ahead of you.

POV of the PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount with light attached

Summing Up The PNW Components Range Stem

Overall, we think the PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount is a great idea and we’ll continue to use it. It cleans up the cockpit by allowing you to utilize a part of your bike that’s already there so you don’t have an additional camera mount or light mount on your bars. By design, the mount is centered on the bike so it provides a balanced point-of-view for a camera and brightly floods the trail ahead of you evenly when you use the stem with a compatible light.

Decal Giveaway

Mountain Biking With Kids Decals

We’ve produced a sticker set comprised of six different MTB With Kids decals and we’d like to give 10 sets of them away. Only those in the continental USA over the age of 18 are eligible. If you’d like a chance to get a set, read on.

Mountain Biking With Kids Decals

1. Go to our Facebook page at

2. Like our page.

3. Find the Decal Giveaway post on our Facebook page and tag a friend in the comment section of that post before noon MST (Utah time) on Saturday, July 11th 2020.

Fly Racing Youth Full Face Helmet

Full Face MTB Helmets For Kids

Make sure your kids have proper, well-fitting head protection.

Full-Face MTB Helmets For Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads For Kids

Knee pads are another level of protection for young riders.

MTB Knee Pads for Kids

Norco Fluid FS 2 20

Kids Bikes Available Now

We just updated our list of kids bikes for sale in July.

Kids Bikes For Sale – July 2020

Winners will receive: (1) 11.5in x 3in bumper sticker (1) 12in x 1in social media decal for glass w/transfer tape (1) 5in x 2in logo decal for glass w/transfer tape (1) 3in round hologram decal with black ink (1) 3in x 3in clear decal w/black ink (1) 3in round clear decal w/white ink.

If by the odd and unexpected chance that more than 10 people do this, we will randomly choose 10 winners to receive a decal set.

Winners will be notified via Facebook Messenger and we will ask for a mailing address. We will only mail decals to physical addresses (no PO boxes) in the continental USA.

Here are the official rules for the decal giveaway.

Bontrager Cycling Socks Review

Bontrager mountain biking socks review

Most of the time my kids wear loud socks covered in tacos, flying fish or pugs wearing party hats. But if they wanted to attack the whoo-de-doos with Euro-style, they’d tuck the tootsies into Bontrager’s black Race Crew Cycling Socks. They’re techno-socks: well made, thin and quick to wick away foot sweat.

Bontrager mountain biking socks review

Of course, it’s not like any tween TikTok fiend is going to be caught doing the Renegade in black mid-calf socks, ever. Fortunately, Bontrager also has their Race Quarter Cycling Socks in 15 shades and patterns, with “Ride Bikes Have Fun Feel Good” on the inside the cuff for inspiration. The “pink frosting” color with white polka dots on a light pink background were deemed cute, and the “mulberry” version, which is a dark purple with lighter purple crosses on it, received a thumbs up.

Both versions of the socks have a fitted feel, with the Bontrager logo across the top and compression around the arches. Though soft, they have little stretch. My 14-year-old found the size large calf-height socks too tight for his men’s size 10/Eu 43 paddles, but they fit my women’s size 8/Eu 39 feet very well. Size small in the quarter socks was a perfect fit for my 11-year old, who usually wears a women’s size 7/Eu 38.

Bontrager colored cycling socks
Bontrager cycling socks review

Follow MTB With Kids on Facebook  Follow MTB With Kids on Instagram

Follow MTB With Kids on Facebook and Instagram

Nice points are the solid fabrication and flat toe seams. The 5-inch tall crew socks are also available in 3-pair packs of black, bright yellow and white, but, laundry-chief MTB mom speaking here, there is a considerable benefit to stain-hiding shades. The 2.5-inch quarter socks are only available one pair at a time, so you might have to pick up a few sets to avoid the dreaded one-sock-has-gone-missing syndrome.

The socks are an easily-washed mix of 95 percent nylon and 4 percent spandex. Ideally, they’re supposed to be washed in cold water with no bleach and tumbled on low. For people who do laundry according to real-world busy parent standards, the socks have not frayed, shrunk, developed holes, or changed color despite being washed in hot water and run through the dryer. So far, the socks have not retained smelly foot stench, though they have yet to experience the Petri test of being peeled off after a muddy ride and stashed under a car seat for a few weeks.