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Crankbrothers Stamp Flat Pedals

One size doesn't fit all

The new Crankbrothers stamp flat pedal is here and we’ve brought some back from last week’s visit to the Core Bike show where we had a full run through of all that is new from Carl and Frank’s component brand.

 

crankbrothers stamp – the review

We’ve always regarded the Crankbrothers Mallet DH pedal as a benchmark design, and this year it yet again takes a place in our Dirt 100 pick. Much that we love the Mallet, Crank’s previous flat pedal, the 5050 was never top of our list, and as with many of their early pedals the bearings suffered badly in wet and gritty conditions. The 5050 is still in the range, and the bearings have been completely overhauled but what we’re really interested in is this new Crankbrothers Stamp pedal.

We first spotted this pedal at the Eurobike show last autumn, not only was it a completely fresh design for Crankbrothers but it came in two platform sizes, a feature that we also saw on a flat pedal from Spank. The smaller Stamp pedal fits size 37 – 43 feet and below, and the larger from 44 to monster sizes. We think that for the smaller footed rider, a narrower pedal giving increased clearances in the corners and a slightly lower weight can only be a good thing.

Platform sizes S: 100mm x 100mm, L: 111mm x 114mm

So what else is new with the Crankbrothers Stamp pedal?

Crankbrothers were keen to increase durability over their previous designs, looking to keep the pedal slim with as little bulging around the bearings as possible. To achieve this they have opted for a tapered chromoly axle with two Igus LL-Glide bearings and an additional double lip seal, a design they now use on their 2016 Mallet DH pedal. An easy access grease port is located below a grub screw in the pedal body, giving speedy maintenance without the need for a full strip down.

The forged 6061 T6 aluminium body is bang up to date with the usual concave shape, measuring 13mm at the outside and 11mm at the centre, a big improvement over the 5050 pedal design. Traction is through ten adjustable grub pins on each side, with an additional knurled section to the centre of the pedal platform, which may or may not help, we’ll have to see.

 

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Most pedals have moved to ‘thru-pins’ with access from the underside of the platform meaning easier removal when a pin is damaged. We spoke to Hannah at Crank Brothers in the UK and she said they have not had any issues with this and don’t see it as a problem. The pins are also very low in height, when compared to other brands, and although Crank list a long pin kit as a spare part, it would be good to have some supplied with the pedals.

The platform is a clean, up to date design, sitting close to the cranks with tapered sides for good ground clearance and no rough edges. The weights are very competitive with the larger pedals hitting our scales at 374g a pair and 344g for the small size. These weights are lower than listed on Crank’s website and compare well with our favourite DMR Vaults which weigh in at 400g/pr or 366g for the magnesium bodied model.

With a five year warranty, a low weight, good shape and improved bearings we need to choose our pedal size, get out on the trails and give the Crank Brothers Stamps a pounding. We’ll report back on the longevity of the new bearing design and let you know about those pins…

SIZE: SMALL OR LARGE

COLOUR: RED OR BLACK

PRICE: £129.99

www.extrauk.co.uk

www.crankbrothers.com

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