A new incarnation of the original Crank Brothers 5050 pedals, this model comes in two versions. This set, the ‘2’, which runs on cartridge bearings and bushes, and the slightly lighter and more expensive ‘3’ version which runs on cartridge and needle bearings.
DIRT ISSUE 129 – NOVEMBER 2012
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The design is a two–part affair with a light polycarbonate inner housing the bushes and bearings and replaceable aluminium outer, which takes the hits. Is there a need for two chunks? Is it just another two torx bolts that might come loose? Aggressive DH rides might see the need for a replaceable outer, but for general trail use, probably not.
Ten replaceable pins on the large platform (think DMR Vault size) give great grip for your daps. There was some initially concern about the adjustable 10mm pins coming loose having no mechanical lockout. But six weeks on the bike, from Welsh mud to dry upper Whistler Bike Park rock and root, the Loctite on the pins is doing its job. There are two spare pins screwed into the end plates if you need them. At 422g they seem like a good solid chunk, that you should be able to fit and forget.
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STRAITLINE AMP PEDAL
Good shape, good size, good width, depth, construction, colours, no inward bearing interference on the foot, no maintenance issues, straightforward axle service and pin replacement. However due to the axle being marginally too high relative to the pin height you just feel the end caps moving underfoot. It’s not a major problem, just slightly irritating – also pretty pricy for the Ti versions, so look after them. But overall a nice slimline pedal in a world of increasingly over–big, oversized, over–pinned pedals.
AMP CRO MO £129.99 Ti AMP £199.99