First Look: Crankbrothers Stamp Flat Pedals - Eurobike 2015

Aug 25, 2015
by Mike Kazimer  
Crankbrother Stamp pedal

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.

Details
• 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.


Crankbrothers Stamp pedal
The small Stamp pedal is said to work for US shoe sizes 5-10, and the large for sizes 10-15.

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.

Crankbrothers Stamp pedal
Ten replaceable pins and a textured center portion provide traction.
Crankbrothers Stamp pedals
The Stamp's steel spindle rotates on custom Igus bushings.

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.



MENTIONS: @crankbrothers




149 Comments

  • 79 5
 disintegration comment in 3... 2... 1...
  • 107 1
 At least the packaging they come in is useful 6 months later
  • 37 1
 Too true. They make their boxes pretty high quality.
  • 72 8
 Crank Bros. The perfect gift to give to someone you don't like.
  • 42 17
 I don't really understand all the CrankBros hate. I have two pairs of their flat pedals, both of which are still going strong years later.
  • 53 3
 You mean the 50/50's ? Most of the 50/50's I seen were more like 25/25/25/25's unless they were held together with enough locktite to fill a pint glass
  • 40 3
 @J-A-S You sir have a VERY special set of pedals. May the force be with you.
  • 6 0
 When not being used for riding (waiting on parts), the adjustable pins make for a wonderful door stop.
  • 19 1
 " In laboratory testing by both Igus and Crankbrothers, the bushings' lifespan far exceeded that of what had been used previously."
so what, they'll last 2 rides?

If I were them, I'd just package 2 sets together; everyone I know does with CB pedals keeps 2 sets, one for warranty, one to ride. Hopefully they're still turning around warranty work in a week, as that's about their MTBF. It's not even just their pedals though, they've never in the history of the company made a reliable product, that's what happens when artists and not engineers design your products.
  • 7 1
 I have 5050 3s. Probably the only component on my bike I actually dislike. They suck
  • 12 2
 why do people continue to buy CB pedals?
  • 10 0
 @cuban-b for the unicorn blood…what else?
  • 20 0
 "Laboratory testing".... Can't say I ride in many laboratorys.
  • 7 10
 Dude.. I have read all the complaints but I am amazed. My pedals. 5050xx All 3 sets of them one set endured trial riding for years learning and crashing . And are now on a mates bike.. Rode 2 megavalanche's or 3? On the other set.. And the third is on the foes which I don't ride that much.. But are all working fine. Maybe I am blessed.. They do need locktite on the plate bolts. But that's all..
One crash and my straight lines had a bend axle.. Far more expensive..
Even their pump is problem free..
  • 1 0
 @J-A-S They will break, maybe this weekend maybe next, but you will be hitting the floor!
  • 22 0
 @J-A-S. i also have a pair of CB pedals that came with a bike still going strong after several years in a box in the attic.
  • 9 0
 5 year warranty though? That's a hell of long time. Props for offering it.
  • 5 0
 I've been rocking mallet 3's and candy 3's for years with no issues. Albeit most of my riding takes place in bone dry Southern California, but I've never even had to rebuild them.
  • 2 1
 I have My dh Mallet since 2 year could not fault them.
  • 4 4
 I had my 50/50XX pedals for 3 state round DH race seasons and they were still going strong when i sold the bike. And im pretty sure the guy that has it now is still riding with them. great set of pedals.
  • 1 0
 set screws instead of socket caps for pins=fail
  • 58 4
 150$ for a flat pedal with bushing, not even sealed bearings ? OK.
  • 9 7
 I'm pinned on my Race Face Atlas pedal and those bushings makes me wanna loose my bearings.
  • 9 8
 Bushings are far superior, I run 3 sets of startling pedals with bushings the oldest being aboot 4 years old. On my DH bike, Never had to service, replace anything. Still as good as the day I bought them And Bushings take up less space than a bearing meaning axles can be made bigger an stronger
  • 11 4
 But if you pedal like I do you wear those bushings out in a few month.
  • 10 1
 405g is quite hefty on top of that. My saint are 90g heavier but they are 3 times cheaper, and probably more lasting.
  • 3 0
 @nojzilla I've had nukeproof electron pedals on 2 of my bikes for 2 years now, they're still brand new, especially the sealed cartridge bearings, they weight less (350g ) and cost a third of the amount.
  • 3 0
 Pedals should not cost this much its just stupid a third of it is good the price class of saints and nukeproofs is where every pedal belongs as long as it isn't magnesium or titanium involved.
  • 1 0
 Every set of pedals I've owned that used bushings have all blown out within a few weeks
  • 1 0
 Most pedals use bushings and bearings..... A few use bushings only
  • 2 1
 @PigletOrange Race face Atlas shit pedals. throw them to the garbage in 2 months. Guys don't ever buy that overexpensive piece of shit. They had a bit a play right after firs week of riding then out of nowhere pedal just fell off the axle.... shit that happen to me on some big jumps...scary ! I am going back to NRG ! They are so solid and reliable!
  • 3 0
 Xpedo Spry - 11mm, 270g - $70 - cant be beat, if it can, I need to know; I'm in the middle of my third season with them using 5/10 Impacts. no complaints.
  • 1 0
 i'm running the Spry's also. on 510 freerider. great combo. got them for $60 on amazon! @deadtime i'm actually waiting for the Gamut pedals to come out, you should check them out.
  • 2 0
 i have igus bushings in my ethirteen lg1 pedals and they wore out after 700miles ther is tons of play in them....lovely pedals but the igus bushes are crap.....my nuke proof electrons however cost 1/4 of the price and have well over 2000+ miles on them with little to no play. i just wish they would make the ethirteens with cartridge bearings as the grip is simply awesome. bushes just get worn out to quickly if you actually do pedal your bike rather than downhill riding.
  • 1 0
 @khaki cool are they good have you tried them?
  • 1 0
 Not yet, but on my list - @deadtime and @cuban-b are though - Spry=XMX24MC - check the ref. near the spindle: www.ebay.com/itm/Xpedo-Spry-BMX-MTB-Pedal-Black-/181817754838
  • 49 1
 The bike industry seems to be using those old infomercials to price product. "you'd expect to pay $1,000 for a small piece of metal with a cheap bearing, but if you call now, we'll sell it to you for the introductory price of $200" "But wait there's more, we'll also throw in a new industry standard that will force you to buy all new parts every two years while providing little to no benefit at all"
  • 46 3
 Friends don't let friends ride crankbrothers
  • 12 2
 I will never again use Crankbros anything, I'm not trying to hurt their company, however they need to address their significant reliability issues; 3 broken Egg Beaters (cage broke and not on any type of impact), two Candy's seized up and wouldn't spin, and worst of all a Mallet C spindle failed off a 5' drop to smooth transition.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyOnkAun3rQ
  • 3 0
 They're the only pedals I've ever broke, I was worried about them so I used them on a road bike and snapped one clean off peddling hard out of the saddle up a very short climb at about 20mph, didn't half hit the floor
  • 2 0
 Bought a Kronolog dropper post when it first came out. Worked for about 2 weeks before it started to slip. Sent it in under warranty and got it fixed quickly(at least their customer service is good). Got it back and it worked for about 1 month then started to slip again. Gave up after that.
  • 9 0
 But wait... their multi tools are nice... guys wait
  • 15 1
 It should be a law that all crank bros pedals come either least 2 rebuild kits.
  • 4 0
 would that be enough?
  • 9 0
 Fresh meat for all the noobs out there. Crankbros needs to get a real engineer not just design artists. Shit is always wonky. I'm sure these will appeal to any people new to the market though. Most people clearly know what to think of even a visibly decent looking crank bros product....stinky.
  • 10 1
 just give it a proper big and well sealed bearing ... not that bushing crap thats better only in a lab.
  • 1 0
 I've got a set of Straitline Defactos, which use bushings. Put new ones in two years ago with as much grease as I could get in and I could not ask for a more reliable pedal. No squeak, no play, no nothing. The miniature bushings on these CB pedals are a bit of a joke though. And the axle will either snap off or bend if it passes by a rock too closely.
  • 1 5
flag nojzilla (Aug 25, 2015 at 6:22) (Below Threshold)
 See my above comment
  • 2 0
 I have a set of straitline amp's and have gone thru 3 sets of bushings. No mayer how much grease (slick honey) i put in there they will creak like crazy. No more for me.
  • 2 0
 I read that they had to be run dry?
  • 1 0
 Though I run the bigger defacto pedal...
  • 2 0
 nope talked to the guys at staitline and they said try and lube it as much as possible. It's super dry here in AZ and bushings of any kind will not last out here. Like I said I went through 3 sets of those things before I just sold them. I had the Titanium amp's too thinking they would be worth the money
  • 2 2
 Ah! I can 100% guarantee the creaking was coming from the Ti axle
  • 5 0
 I up propped you just because your name is doodooboy. Excellent
  • 9 0
 150 bucks and the pins unsrcew from the side where they get damaged and the allen key won't fit no more
  • 6 7
 Vise grips. Problem solved.
  • 2 0
 I went to Saint pedals, mostly because of how the pins install (from the other side - so you don't damage the head if you strike) and because the pins are just small Allen bolts (so replacement, including replacement with different lengths, is a matter of picking from the ample selection at your local hardware store, rather than an exercise in frustration hunting for just the right thing). Sure, thinner would be nice - but I'll be damned if I shell any money, much less $150, for a pair of pedals without a properly sealed bearing (muddy here for 8 months of the year), or easily replaceable pins.
  • 1 0
 The two grub screws near the center of my new Spank Spikes are my least favorite feature. This pedal features ten of them. At the bike park last week, one of the screws backed itself out during a long run down Blue Velvet; I noticed it only once I had stopped and remounted, and felt like a half inch of spike in the bottom of my shoe. Not great for grip, would have been hell on my shin meat.
  • 1 0
 Except when the screws go through the body, they get bent and can't come out without cutting. If they are on top just use some vice grips and problem solved! If they are backing out, just use loctite or even a drop of super glue
  • 8 0
 Is it me, or are Crank Brothers designing and testing their stuff in a vacuum which doesn't account for real world situations?
  • 4 1
 ha ha yeah its called "Southern California"
  • 8 1
 reliability level: OVER 9000
/sarcasm
  • 3 0
 "intended for everything from trail to DH riding. ". Finally recognition of flats for technical trail riding. Now we need shoes that are super light, super breathable, with a thin sticky sole. Expensive thin pedals are defeated by thick soled shoes...
  • 5 0
 Specialized 2FO flat is probably the closest to what you want
  • 2 0
 You must not put an occasional foot down much... 5.10 FTW, and for the toes.
  • 6 0
 5.10 freerider.
  • 3 1
 From experience 2FO flats have the worst rubber ever. Yeah they are light, breathable with a thin sole but the rubber is shit compared to 5.10, it just doesn't stick to the pedal one bit. Heard the 2FO clips are great however.
  • 1 0
 I recently got a pair of 5.10 Sleuths and they're actually quite nice. Not mucch bulkier than your average pair of Vans Half Cabs in terms of the soles or just the sides. Don't know much on how they compare to the beefier 5.10s in terms of everything other than fashion, but you could give them a try if you want something with good grip that's reasonably thin
  • 1 0
 @ads24000 you mean I shouldn't believe their website? "2FO uses our SlipNot™ rubber tread compound for ultimate platform pedal hook-up....SlipNot™ rubber compound developed in our tire lab optimizes shoe and pedal connection".

If 5.10 makes a version of their Kestrel clipless shoe at sub-400 grams and relatively stiff, I'd be all over it.
  • 2 0
 @twozerosix I buy specialized stuff for trade price through a local bike shop, I went for the 2FO's as part of the deal and used them at a race. I took them off two runs in to Saturday morning practice as my feet were all over the place. I went and grabbed my ripped up old 5.10's out of the car boot. I'm sorry but the rubber definitely is not as tacky as the title SlipNot suggests. I'm not the only one to have thought this, I've heard lots about how the rubber can't even be compared to 5.10's.
  • 2 0
 That's a bummer, the 2FO is a pretty good looking shoe. Grip and reliability win over looks though.
  • 1 0
 But but this is pinkbike, where form > function!
  • 1 1
 From my experience, you don't want flat soles any more than you want flat tires, on the trails, specially as it starts getting steep and loose.
  • 1 0
 err... slick tires...
  • 1 0
 @ads24000 I'm not sure what you weigh being 15 years old and all.. but I have to add in the interests of balance here @twozerosix , I've never had a problem with 2FO's and find the grip to be excellent and certainly far from "shit". I wouldn't say the sole is particularly thin though, I found it surprisingly stiff but very comfortable and stable on the bike. The lack of an absorbent lining and uppers that don't fall apart like ''ripped up 5.10" make them a great offering. Very light too.
  • 3 0
 igus bushings are pretty legitimate. Interesting to see a mountain bike company explicitly state that they're using them. Maybe they want to emphasize the "HEY, IT'S DIFFERENT THIS TIME, WE SWEAR!".

But why a grease port? I am under the impression that igus' thing is to have "dry" bearings, wherein the bearing/bushing actually does it's own lubricating. They are impregnated with various materials that allow self-lubrication. Works quite well, honestly. And they're super cheap and easy to deal with.
  • 1 0
 Think some pairs of Straightline pedals use igus bushings
  • 2 0
 e-thirteen lg1's use igus and they dont last long and the rebuild kit is 70% of the cost of a new pair!
  • 3 0
 It's about time Crank Bros makes a proper flat pedal !!!!!! Their 50/50 pedals were garbage. They looked all pretty and flashy but were not worth a penny and would fall apart on you very easily! Glad to see their trying to step up their game. I run two sets of their Mallet pedals and they are phenomenal tup
  • 3 1
 Mallet DH's are the best pedals I've ever owned. Going on two years (1000 miles) without a service and still spin like brand new.

On the other hand my Spank Spikes gave up the ghost after just a few months.

Crank Bros reputation is certainly deserved in some regards, but not everything they make is bad. My Joplin dropper seat post lasted far longer than my Thomson Elite Dropper, crazy but true.
  • 4 0
 UOD

"Crankbrother's pedals haven't had the best reputation when in comes to durability"
Pinkbikes understatement of the year
  • 2 0
 These are perfect for anyone that has disposable income and does not ride their bike. . . if I could choose different sizes I would want the width of the pedal to be wider, not the length. . .
  • 2 0
 Nice looking pedals. I really dig the knurling. I bought the first generation 50/50 3 pedals that lasted me a month. Still bitter nearly10 years later. I'll wait to see how these pan out for other folks.
  • 4 0
 150$ for 2 ride .. because it's a CB pedals ....
  • 4 0
 Are people actually demanding shoe size corrected pedals ?
  • 3 0
 Yes we are.
  • 4 0
 I'm a US size 10. No idea which ones to get.
  • 1 0
 I think it has more to do with personal preference than shoe size. I wear a 9 or 10, and I really like small-ish pedals. All pins underfoot, with lots of weight on them, no pins sitting at the edges depending on sole stiffness to put force onto them. And it's easier to feel exactly where the pedal is under my foot - big pedals feel vague by comparison.
  • 1 0
 Totally personal preference. I'll stick with my DMR Vaults (which are pretty big).
  • 1 0
 It's vaults or nothing for me. Size 13. All other pedals feel to small now.
  • 3 1
 We are selling our bushing pedals to the USA only for $50.
ridegravity.com/buydirect/index.html#!/Pedals/c/5523309/offset=0&sort=priceDesc
  • 3 0
 For that price I'd go with Canfield Brother's pedals... oh wait... I already did!
  • 2 0
 The big ones look EXACTLY like my VP Harriers...

Aside from the axle system Smile
  • 1 0
 how do you like the harriers? I've been eyeballing them. what shoe size do you wear?
  • 1 0
 My 5.10 freeriders are size 12...came off of shimano saint pedals, the harriers are HUGE and awesome! no slipped pedals, loving them man, if you've got larger feet, you can get them for ~$75.00 shipped from merlincycles.com

DO IT
  • 1 1
 The idea of having multiple pedal sizes is really neat. This help ones with little feet as well as larger feet to not be limited. However, the price is rough unless that bearing/spindle really does last long.
  • 3 0
 If only Syntace hadn't figured that one out already. Quite some time ago.
www.syntaceusa.com/index.cfm?pid=3&pk=2177
Twice as expensive for a product that will last 1000x longer. Crank Brothers is the Anti-Syntace.
  • 1 0
 Acros also does their pedals in 3 sizes and they are a lot cheaper (sub 100eur) but they still are super solid and lasting
  • 1 0
 And this is why I love this forum. I did not know about their other size offerings. Thank you, you two.
  • 3 0
 $100 rebate comes in package?
  • 4 1
 DMR V12's. I don't need to say anymore.
  • 7 0
 you spelt DMR Vaults wrong
  • 1 0
 I got some of the new V12's a few weeks back , been brilliant so far ,big enough to be useful , not so wide they are cumbersome , and a good price
  • 1 0
 i think once the Gamut pedals come out they'll give a lot of pedal companies a run for their money.
  • 1 0
 As a lover of v12's since 2008 recently went to vaults and they are well worth the extra!
  • 2 0
 The finnishing on the purple one is not so good....Looks like if the mould was not good quality...
  • 4 1
 Deity pedals are where it's at!
  • 2 1
 Wellgo MG-1, really light, cheap, and last forever with no service
www.amazon.com/Wellgo-Magnesium-Sealed-Platform-Pedal/dp/B00GDF87GU
  • 1 0
 not one nice word here about any Crack Brothers product. Well that was cool as I like the idea of "survival of the fittest".
  • 1 0
 That last photo looks like they come broken already from the factory. Saves you the trouble of breaking them on your first ride.
  • 2 0
 Looks similar to my VP Harrier pedals.
  • 1 0
 And when the pins shear off leaving little pieces in there, you get to replace the whole pedal...
  • 1 0
 I thought I was going to see some micro egg beater springs on that cut away pedal.
  • 2 0
 God CB is Awful .... Even their muli tools explode upon actual use ....
  • 1 0
 Why are brands still making these oversized flats? Look at the dmr vault and Raceface atlas, best ones on the market.
  • 2 0
 Grub screw pins? come on, those will be f*cked up after half a season.
  • 2 0
 Nice, but my bike came with pedals.
  • 1 0
 I got Mallet 2 pedals and after year the still like new, but my Iodine 3 wheels after year are crap ;(
  • 1 0
 Do they come with replacement platforms and threads? U know just in case they vaporize
  • 1 0
 That large pedal looks so big I'm worried my feet might fall through the gaps
  • 1 0
 I'm gonna propose a brand of flat pedals on which you can add your name.. Gonna be rich soon
  • 1 0
 prefer saints, they have batch issues, but a good one is great! and fairly bullet proof
  • 1 0
 Love the look of these. Will definitely check them out as back ups for my current 50/50 setup.
  • 1 0
 If you're looking into buying new flats, look at the Loaded Precision AmX signature pedals. Mine have kicked ass.
  • 2 1
 Looks nice. I have always liked my mallet dh pedals.
  • 1 0
 looks nice and 2 sizes are nice thing. kindoff expensive
  • 1 0
 is concave platform really noticeably good?
  • 1 0
 this is not a bargain. "Old" crankbrothers flat pedals 50/50 were good!
  • 1 0
 Just waiting for some e-pedals from cb
  • 2 0
 everyone is dumb.....
  • 1 0
 You want flats.....call the canfield brothers....they know what's up.
  • 1 0
 still cant compete with dmr vaults
  • 1 1
 These look lovely. Incredibly tempted as I love my 50/50s.
  • 1 1
 Everyone loves to hate CB... But I love my Candy's...
  • 2 1
 Junk....
  • 1 0
 Where is the USB port?
  • 1 3
 Wouldn't it be funny if flats grew and grew until the actual pedal buzzed your front tire?
  • 1 0
 Well some are already wide enough that the edges/side dig in to the ground
  • 1 1
 Why do you think they made adjustable headsets for? haha
  • 2 0
 It's just Sarcasm guys lol
  • 1 2
 WHY YOU HATE? They come with a 5 year warranty??
  • 7 0
 There's a 5 year warranty for a reason...
  • 1 0
 They will honor stuff over five years old. Customer service is really good but man all there pedals just don't last. Switched over to Time pedals and never had one problem
  • 1 2
 Take my money... NOW
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