“THE MISSING LINK” – The next step in integrated compliance: BMC IMS MTT Stem

bmc ICS MTT stem review

  • BMC advances the evolution of Micro Travel Technology (MTT) with the launch of the ICS MTT stem
  • The ICS MTT stem surpasses the physical limits of frame compliance and low tyre pressure to give riders more comfort on all surfaces
  • The design underscores BMC’s commitment to industry-leading compliance and integration
bmc ICS MTT stem review
A Collaboration with Redshift Sports

“BMC is proud to introduce the missing link in integrated compliance, the ICS MTT stem, which represents the pinnacle of Micro Travel Technology evolution.”

bmc ICS MTT stem review

“At its most basic, the ICS MTT is a suspension stem – but in signature BMC style, the Swiss brand are introducing a fresh new concept for elevated comfort, reduced complexity, wide adjustability and a lower weight. First seen on the pioneering URS 01 One, it is built to better serve a multitude of terrain and riders. Part of BMC’s existing Integrated Cockpit System (ICS), the ICS MTT delivers the same unrivalled versatility that is at the core of this technology. Stack height adjustability is central to the design, as well as fully integrated cables with ease of access for maintenance and changing stems.”

bmc ICS MTT stem review
Prototype Testing

“Comfort whilst riding is limited by a few factors: While modern frame and fork compliance – combined with a low tyre pressure – can make some roads feel buttery smooth, this can only go so far. Incited by their ever-present focus on creating speed, BMC worked relentlessly to elevate compliance without compromising performance through excessive frame and fork flex—or wallowing tyres due to low pressure.”

bmc ICS MTT stem review

“It’s clear that not all riders have pristine tarmac, and that those who venture onto broken roads or gravel justifiably demand more compliance from their bikes. BMC achieved this exhaustively tested design in close collaboration with Redshift Sports, the minds behind ShockStop technology, which removes the white noise created by road vibrations to ramp up the rider’s control for a more confidence-inspiring ride.”

bmc ICS MTT stem review

“The fully integrated, fully tuneable suspension stem is almost indistinguishable from a standard ICS stem and uses the same premium Alloy as found in their top-of-the-line ICS2 offering. The ICS MTT stem gives riders up to 20 mm of tuneable suspension in a package that weighs 330 g for the 80 mm version. At its core are two elastomers that give reactive and sensitive dampening by pivoting on an oversize axle, with one key side effect being reduced fatigue over long rides. Thanks to the overall torsional stiffness of the stem, it generates a lively and natural ride.”

bmc ICS MTT stem review

“Compatible with all ICS Technology framesets, the ICS MTT stem presents an excellent and effective upgrade for riders looking to add compliance to their URS AL, Roadmachine X or other BMC frames with round steerer forks, opening up increased comfort for the growing sector of gravel, all-road and endurance riders on drop bars, as well as recreationally focused and urban riders on flat bars.”

bmc ICS MTT stem review

“The ICS MTT stem has five different elastomer rigidities that can be mixed and matched for individual customisation based on an individual’s riding style and weight. From a plush feel with reduced terrain feedback to a direct feel with generous feedback, all styles are catered for. Tuning is done via the removal of three bolts that allow access to the elastomers and is feasible for all levels of mechanics.”

bmc ICS MTT stem review

“BMC are offering the ICS MTT stem in 5 lengths – 72mm, 80mm, 90mm, 100, 110mm – all with a 0° angle. The MTT suspension stem is currently in action on the URS 01 One gravel bike, but is poised to roll out on the Roadmachine X and Alpenchallenge AMP, highlighting its scope for versatility.”

The ICS MTT Stem will be available online and at BMC retailers for 249.00 EUR.


  1. Avatar Stephen

    So, basically a heavier, much more expensive Redshift stem with no +/-6° angle adjustment but integrated cable routing for BMC frames – and others?

    If the cable routing is proprietary (which seems likely) it won’t be useful to many.

  2. Avatar Jason

    Rode on this stem with a BMC URS this past weekend. It’s excellent. Soaks up all the bumps you don’t want and give you the feedback you do want.

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