CrankBrothers have a distinctive design that is carried throughout their wheel range making them immediately recognisable. We have the new generation Iodine 29″ wheels in for long term test – these are our thoughts so far.
Words: Sean White Images: Ieuan Williams
There are plenty of head turning concepts in the mountain bike world. Products that take a different approach to the usual ways. Often, they are striking and controversial in their visual appeal and stir up questions regarding the engineering that is said to back up these designs. We’ve seen plenty over the years. Manitou’s Reverse Arch forks (and Pace too…), the single sided seat tube of the Specialized Demo 8, Cannondale’s Lefty fork and 29″ wheels all looked wrong at first sight and took time to visually adjust to. It was the same with the wheels from Crankbrothers. As with their pedal range they do things differently but over time have brought to market some winning designs – the Crankbrothers Mallet DH pedals have been a pick in the 2017 Dirt 100 and for many years before. Their wheels however, impressed us in certain areas but haven’t always gone the distance and held up to testing UK conditions. This latest range, the third generation, promises to deliver.