Flat pedals have become thinner, lighter, and stronger than ever over the last few years, but there's always room for improvement, which is what Crankbrothers are aiming to do with their new Stamp pedals. With a $150 retail price the pedals will slide into place as the company's highest end flat pedal, intended for everything from trail to DH riding.
• Concave aluminum platform
• Internals: custom Igus bushings
• 10 replaceable pins
• Weight (claimed): small: 375g, large: 405g
• Price: $150 USD
One of the most noteworthy features of the pedals is the fact that they're available in two different sizes (small and large). It's easy to think of flat pedals as a one size fits all component, but when you mix a smaller foot with a large platform it's harder to find the optimum position, and striking the outside of a pedal is a more common occurrence. The inverse is true as well, and perching a big foot on a small platform can make for a less secure feeling. Crankbrothers used a selection of the most popular flat pedal shoes on the market to figure out the ideal dimension for the Stamp's platform, and ended up settling on 100 x 100mm for the smaller size, and 100 x 114mm for the large. Smaller-footed riders get a slight weight savings as well, with a claimed weight of 375 grams for the small and 405 grams for the large.
The aluminum pedal body is built with a slight concave, measuring 13mm on the edges and 11mm in the center, putting it in line with some of the thinner offerings currently on the market. The open design looks unlikely to suffer from mud buildup in wet conditions, and in addition to the 10 pins on each side, the center of the platform is textured for extra grip.
Crankbrother's pedals haven't had the best reputation when in comes to durability, but they're hoping to correct that by using custom IGUS bushings for the Stamp pedals. In laboratory testing by both Igus and Crankbrothers, the bushings' lifespan far exceeded that of what had been used previously. A grease port on the outside portion of the spindle allows for quick maintenance, and the entire pedal can easily be disassembled for more extensive overhauls. The pedals come with a 5 year warranty, and will be available in red or black when they hit store shelves.