Flat pedals have evolved over the years to become wider, thinner, and in many cases, lighter, than their thick and chunky predecessors, and these days there are more worthy options than ever. Crankbrothers' latest offering is the Stamp pedal, which is available in two different platform widths to accommodate different shoe sizes. Crankbrothers aren't the only company to offer pedals in different sizes, but it's a concept that makes a lot of sense.
Stamp Pedal Details
• 10 adjustable pins per side
• Two platform sizes available
• Aluminum body, chromoly spindle
• Internals: two Igus LL-glide bushings
• Weight: 375 grams (large), 345 (small)
• MSRP: $150 USD
After all, when you put a smaller shoe on a large pedal the platform's outside edge often extends well past the sole of the shoe, making it more prone to striking obstacles. The inverse is true as well; perching a big foot on a small platform can make for a less secure feeling, especially on rougher trails.
The larger version of the Stamp, designed for riders with a US size 10-15 foot, has a platform that measures 114 x 111mm, while the smaller version's platform measures 100 x 100mm. The aluminum body has a very slightly concave shape, tapering from 14mm at the outer edges down to 12mm in the center, with ten traction pins on each side. The height of the pins can be adjusted to fine tune the amount of traction they provide by threading them further in or out of the platform.
The pedals spin on a steel spindle and two IGUS bushings – there aren't any miniature cartridge bearings to be seen. There's also a grease port that can be accessed with the pedals still on the bike to keep everything spinning smoothly. Available in red or black, the Stamp pedals have a five-year warranty and retail for $150 USD. On the Trail
'Comfortable' isn't usually the first term that usually comes to mind when thinking about pedals – after all, we're talking about squares of aluminum here – but that's an apt description of how the Stamp pedals felt from the very first revolution. The generous amount of real estate underfoot helped keep my size 11 shoes securely planted on the pins, and provided plenty of support when touching back down after hitting a jump or drop. That big platform is easy to find again after taking a foot off to get through a technical section, or to drift through a corner, and the use of bushings rather than cartridge bearings means that there's no large lump on the crankarm side of the pedal to contend with when positioning your feet.
The Stamps fall in the middle of the road as far as overall grip goes – they don't grab onto your shoes quite as tenaciously as Specialized's Boomslang pedals, but there was still plenty of traction to keep my feet in place even on rough, blown out trails. I did end up backing out the pins on the leading and trailing edges a couple turns to increase the traction underfoot, but after those few minutes with a hex wrench, I didn't need to adjust the pedals again. All of the pins are still in place after a summer's worth of abuse, which is impressive considering how hard I smacked them into roots and rocks. I do wish there was a way to unthread the pins from the backside of the platform – with the design as it is, a broken pin is likely going to result in resorting to vice grips to remove it.
The only other little gripe I have is related to the small Phillips head screw that guards the grease port. I came really close to stripping it when I went to remove it – a hex or Torx head would have been a better choice. Realistically, it's easier to just take the pedals off the bike and access the spindle by undoing the two hex screws on the inboard portion of the pedal. The pedals are still spinning extremely smoothly, and when I pulled them apart I was glad to see that everything was still well lubricated, a welcome sight considering how much mud and dust they've been dragged through. One of the pedals does have a very tiny amount of side-to-side play, a fairly common occurrence with pedals that rely solely on bushings, but it's not noticeable on the trail and hasn't worsened at all over the last couple of months. Pinkbike's Take
|With a comfortable platform shape that's available for riders big and small, and an easy to maintain design, the Stamp pedals have a lot going for them. They're not cheap, but the five year warranty does help take some of the sting out of that price tag. - Mike Kazimer|
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