Stopped by a friend's last evening and he gave me some Soma Major Taylor bars and a hand built Arvon stem... I had to put them together.
Arvon is a custom builder here who, besides building exemplary frames, turns his own hubs (as good as Phil's), builds custom racks, and comes up with some really interesting things like this stem.
He designed these for mountain biking over a decade ago and you can see the unique set up on the wedge bolt which is affixed from the bottom of the steerer which leaves a seamless stem. There are not many of these kicking around but they were rigorously tested and ridden very hard by many local riders without issue.
The stem (steel) is still raw and unfinished and if I keep it, it will get it chromed.
So... what do you all think of the stem and the pairing... I think it works.
I need to put these on a bike to really test them out and am thinking the old Peugeot will be the test platform...