Spank Prototype Components

Mar 9, 2012 at 1:32
by Matt Wragg  
Spank has been around for a few years now, but in the last few years the folks at Spank seem to have shifted up a gear with their components and have made everyone sit up and take notice. Producing a range of good-looking, well-designed and competitvely-priced gear has propelled Spank to being one of the brands we always keep an eye out for. Riders seem to agree too and Spike pedals are selling as fast as they can make them. At the Taipei Cycle Show, Spank brought prototype wheels and a stem for its Oozy all-mountain range and a cheaper version of the ultra-popular Spike pedal. The new Spike single-crown stem is also making it's first public appearance as it begins to ship to distributors across the world.

Prototype Spank Spike pedal - Taipei Cycle Show 2012

The prototype Spike pedal


Prototype Spank Spike pedal - Taipei Cycle Show 2012

Prototype Spike pedal details:

• Retains the shape of the existing Spike pedal
• Uses two bushings on the axle, rather than the bushing and bearing that the more expensive version uses
• Less CNC'ing on the body, to reduce production costs
• Only available in black (the more expensive version is available in a range of colour options)
• Should weigh less than 400 grams for the pair
• MSRP $99

Prototype Spank Spike pedal - Taipei Cycle Show 2012

The two versions of the Spike pedal side-by-side, the new version is on the right




The Prototype Spank Oozy AM stem - Taipei Cycle Show 2012

The Prototype Oozy AM stem


The Prototype Spank Oozy AM stem - Taipei Cycle Show 2012

Prototype Oozy AM stem details:

• Will be available in 60, 75 and 90mm lengths
• Zero rise
• 75mm version will weigh 135 grams (including the sealed top cap)
• MSRP should be about $75
• Available Fall 2012



Prototype Spank Oozy Evo AM wheels - Taipei Cycle Show 2012

Prototype Oozy Evo AM wheels details:

• Available in 26 and 29 inch (photos above are of the 29 inch version)
• 26 inch version will weigh 1620 grams for the pair
• 29 inch version will weigh 1700 grams for the pair
• Front hub will be available with quick release, 15mm and 20mm axle options
• Rear hub will be available with release (9mm) and 12mm axle options
• 28 straight-pull spokes front and rear
• Rims are 26mm external width and 20.6mm internal width
• MSRP should be under $700
• Available Fall 2012



Spank Spike stem - Taipei Cycle Show 2012

Spike single crown stems


Spank Spike stem - Taipei Cycle Show 2012

Spike stem details:

• 35mm and 50mm lengths
• Zero rise
• 35mm weighs 135 grams, 50mm weighs 150 grams
• MSRP $69.90
• Available now



www.spank-ind.com


86 Comments

  • + 38
 Those pedals would eat my shins real quick.
  • + 66
 Isnt that what good pedals do?
  • + 254
 You're not supposed to pedal with your shins.
  • + 9
 I actually think those pins should be more aggressive. They're nice, but ever since I've been using pins like the ones that come on twenty6 pedals and straitline amp pedals and also the azonic 420's I have not had a pedal slip and dig into my shin. Sure, if it happened it would be worse but with those types of pins it happens less but some people like the option of having less grippy pedals but that's not me. I don't do tailwhips or anything that gnarly so maybe these pedals are more for those guys. Wouldn't hurt to have a different pin option though.
  • + 5
 Spank pedal's stick really nice
  • + 1
 I haven't tried a pair but those pins look just like the kind of small socket screws you can buy at a hardware store.
  • + 2
 don't really see why pins are such a big deal. i have a pair of trailking pedals with same type of pins. they got damn good grip but it's not something that hasn't been done before. i do like the thinness of these though.
  • + 1
 The pedals remind me of straitline ampd ones?
  • - 3
 get clips?
  • + 1
 No thanks
  • + 0
 So do straitlines old pedals... In more ways then one... I would rather spend the extra money and have bearings in my pedals then to save some money and just run bushings, hopefully these arent as bad as the old straitlines where you had to take them apart and clean or replace the bushings because the pedals stopped turning. They look awesome though! And i wouldnt mind trying those oozy evo 29er wheelset.
  • + 2
 700 for a wheelset is pretty damn steep in price in my opinion! But those stems do look nice
  • + 1
 @johnny-compton Frankly that's around 450 in old money and is only to be expected for that can of weight group, and given the kind of riding that Spank products are aimed at i should expect that they should be at the tougher end of the AM spectrum. Plus the finish looks kinda nice and there are lots of options.

Those stems however are JANK.
  • + 1
 amazing props on B-red.. lol
  • + 1
 @johnny-compton quit bitching there are more expensive ones, I look at the $4,600 reynolds RZR to cheer me up although not the same category
  • + 1
 i didnt realise that it was in CAD so i wasnt bitching, if that was in GBP then to me that would be pretty expensive for a wheel set
  • + 0
 you do know this is a canadian website?
  • + 1
 tell that to the rest here lol
  • + 10
 The red 50mm stem is sick!
  • + 1
 I need it!
  • + 1
 This is the one.I can wait untill they get out for sale.
  • + 6
 Spank is for sure high ranking on the awesomeness scale.
  • + 3
 I just bought the spike pedals today and they have not changed much but still looks sick!
  • + 4
 Spank products are my favourite for dirt jumping. Big Grin
  • + 2
 Spank is freakin sexy. I love their 777 bars Smile and I'm thinking about the tug-job grips.
  • + 2
 HA,HA 3 neg props sorry guys but most of the rims in their range have no eyelets and are pinned not welded, which is piss poor. these pedals in my opinion dont look up to much. O.K THE DH TYPE STEMS LOOK ALRIGHT, but the longer XC stem looks cheap as,
  • + 1
 I've been riding the Oozy Evo wheels for a few months now on my Transition Bandit. Really stoked with them, good stuff as always from Spank Bikes! For anyone interested, my write up is here: www.ridemorebikes.com/spank-oozy-26al-evo-wheelset
  • + 3
 Cool pedals. But honestly I am sick of hearing about new pedals that all come from the same factory in Taiwan. At least these are original.
  • + 1
 I got sick of rebuilding the straightline pedals every 3rd ride and bought a pair Spank Spikes maybe 6 months or a year ago now. They've been rock solid. They're super grippy with 5-10's and have stood up to the Pacific Northwest mud so for. They look sweet too. Only weird thing is that they make this rubber squeaking sound with 5-10s. I thought it was a bearing at first, but nope. Move your feet around on the pedal and the noise goes away. I'd like to try the rims next.
  • + 3
 I like that spike stem and the top cap the come with it. Those pedals look good but wish they had more concave shape then they be perfect.
  • + 4
 those are some spankin' components! they should make star end caps!
  • + 1
 Ive been running the Spank Subrosa rims on my 29er and my AM bike, ive been pretty happy with them. nice and wide tire profile, the hoops are stiff and they have stayed round so far,
  • + 2
 So they use less cnc'ing to lower production cost but the pedals are still stupid expensive?
  • + 1
 " • Should weigh less than 400 grams for the pair"- Had not been possible to weigh the pedals? This looks like a lack of professionalism
  • + 1
 i dont trust anything spank makes, it looks cheap, i broke their spike handle bars pulling UP out of a corner on a pumptrack...
  • + 1
 I wouldn't say the products look cheap, but I was unhappy with the clear-coat that started to come of my polished bar and was very unhappy when they split (actually I didn't get hurt so it was funny) when I was pulling UP as well Razz . I was bunny hopping a large root.

My bars looked like this after a year and a half: img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/mmoon/P1000083.jpg

To be fair a year and a half is half a year longer than recommended and the bottom of the fracture point was already oxidized so they had been cracked for some time before I made a powerful enough movement to rip the bar apart.

The stick was in there so I could ride my bike down, but it broke right away and got stuck in the bar.

I stopped running their bars and do not intend to run the stems, but the pedals look pretty slick. I'm just too happy with my cheap and lightweight Deity Compound pedals to run anything else at the moment though.
However, the hoops look nice, it might be worth giving Spank another go.
  • + 2
 yeah mine broke in the same exact spot! i do have some rims of theirs(subrosa and spike) and i have beat the shit out of them and never even loosen. i have dent a subrosa pretty bad but my tire was a little low so it was probably my fault ha
  • + 2
 Handlebar lifespan? I've never heard of anything like this. There is no reason a well built set of handlebars should have a lifespan of 1-2 years. Where did you see that these Spank bars have a recommended lifespan of only 1 year? I've bent handlebars plenty of times, but never seen a catostrophic failure like the one above. I would think that this was caused by either a manufacturer defect, or a poor design. I've never had a bike that was more than 3 years old, and I probably never will so I don't really know how long bars usually last. I would think 5-10 years at least, depending on how the bike is ridden.
  • + 2
 I've read handlebars should be replaced every year a number of times, don't know if Spank's website specifically states it though. I don't generally follow the lifespan thing and have had better luck with other bars being run for longer periods of time, but I didn't want to downright thrash Spank. I thrash my bikes pretty hard and understand other people will have better luck with the same components, fortunately I'm just a bit over 150lbs so my components don't break that often Big Grin .
  • + 2
 To tetonlarry, all components have a lifespan, especially parts that can take alot of force such as bars, frames, cranks, stems, seats and seat posts. You can only beat on something so long till it fails and you get hurt, which is why it should be replaced before you end up in the hospital with a bar stuck in yer gut...... RIDE SAFE!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 Spank is so sweet.! Just July some tweet tweet rims. Bought a spoon stem and spike peddles and might buy a seat to. Spank is so rad. Almost bought some spike bars but got rethal fat bars.
  • + 1
 Let's hope that Spike stem is stronger than the last one. I broke mine first ride on a damn pump track. The pedals and wheels look great!
  • + 1
 The Spike pedals aren;t prototype, they have been available for purchase for a while now.
  • + 2
 Yeah but if you could read, you would realise these are a fatter less machienend less expensive version. Thus being a prototype.
  • + 1
 those spike stems are sick! i def wana get the 35mm one if it comes out in orange or purple
  • + 1
 i like the pedals the most, like all the new comonents are very nice but the pedals are like wow!!!!
  • + 2
 HOT DAMN!!! i want all of those products!
  • + 2
 ordered my SPANK supply last week, cant wait to get my pedals and hoops!!
  • + 3
 Hate the name
  • + 1
 Am I the only one that thinks that the last years' components are cooler then this ones in terms of design?
  • + 1
 I have the more expensive model and helped test the prototypes. They rock! Great shape and really skinny :-)
  • - 1
 did anyone else bnotice how the pedals were labeled spank, but the article kept writing spike? and it also said spank in title...
  • + 2
 I've been noticing this a lot too! On my shocker there is this big cove sticker on the top tube and I'm not sure why it's there. It's called a shocker, so why would they put a big cove sticker on the frame? I just don't get it, wtf!
  • + 2
 Spike is Spank's Gravity Race line...all designs in the Spike line are intended for Enduro to DH race, but max consideration into light weight. Oozy is Spank's Aggressive Trail/All Mountain line. It crosses the boarders between super light trail gear and AM toughness. If riders want something light, but a little more burly...there is the Subrosa line, which boarders AM to Lite-Gravity. Hope that helps a little bit.
  • + 1
 pedals are not prototypes i already have those in silver
  • + 1
 nvm i was thinking of these ones i saw at sea otter last year
  • + 1
 Spank needs to make a direct mount stem! for both boxxer and 888
  • + 1
 the pedals are sick, must have them
  • + 1
 i love the look of them. a decent sized platform but not a square
  • + 1
 Spank spikes were went to to be out in January according to hotlines
  • + 0
 straitline??? i mean they kinda look like the new ones but i guess one can only do so much with pedal design
  • + 1
 Spikes were released one year before the AMPs, Hopes, new Atomlabs, or Spesh models which share that design...check it out.
  • + 1
 Pedals look nice, and at a good price.
  • + 2
 Stem's look so nice!!
  • + 1
 I have the rims, They're great. Reasonably strong but light.
  • + 1
 I got my tweet tweet bar this week! I'm stoked on their parts!
  • + 2
 Those wheels are sick!
  • + 1
 the spike stems only come in Black, blue and red?
  • + 0
 As I was looking at the products only one word came to mind: Ehh...
  • - 1
 Every piece look really great but, 1620 grams AM wheelset? Doesn't sound like reliable choice.
  • + 3
 if you know spank, you know their products are bomb proof, but it would be nice to see a full in-depth review of the wheels in the future!
  • + 2
 Let's hope they send some wheel-sets out for testing!
  • + 1
 Oh, wow. I run those same bars. I never considered a handlebar's life span. I didn't think a frame would out last a set of bars.
  • + 1
 Isn't 20.6mm of ID width a little narrow for am rims? Im also cencerned about the weight vs. durability issue...
  • - 1
 Not feelin the stems, pedals look sweet and im likin the weights of the wheels!!!
  • + 1
 Thanks tips.....
  • - 1
 Pedals look great. Love our spikes that we have-
  • + 2
 i get bad pains in my shins looking at the pedals
  • - 2
 Pedals remind me of my old Ringlé Zulu planks.
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