Crankbrothers Stamp Pedals - Review

Oct 27, 2016 at 18:10
by Mike Kazimer  
Crankbrothers Stamp pedal review

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 / @crankbrothers

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.

Crankbrothers Stamp pedal
The Stamp pedals are available with a large or small platform in order to fit riders of all sizes.
Crankbrothers Stamp pedal review
The platform has a slightly concave shape on the outer edge.

Crankbrothers Stamp pedal review
A Phillips head screw covers a grease port.
Crankbrothers Stamp pedal review
The aluminum platform rotates on a steel spindle via two Igus bushings.

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
bigquotesWith 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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  • 178 6
 There's a 99% chance that these are made from the melted down corpses of all those broken Candy and Mallets of years past.....
  • 27 3
 The question is are they going to fall apart like the candys and mallets after 3 month use?
  • 29 3
 @craig7: My mallets lasted almost 10! Unfortunately that includes 5 months in the garage during snowboard season :p
  • 9 2
 @bderricks: 5 months is still pretty good!
  • 7 2
 @craig7: My 5050s held up 2 days in queenstown.
  • 3 3
 That must be what they do with returned and warrantied pedals
  • 6 0
 I've had my Stamps since the beginning of the year. I've abused them at Northstar, China Peak, and multiple shuttle runs on rocky SoCal trails over the last several months, and these still feel like new; even after multiple rock strikes and OTBs.
  • 3 0
 @craig7: i can claim a 6 mo of use and no problems!
  • 7 0
 Solid design but one sided set screw pins suck to change out after a season of use.
  • 5 0
 my 50/50's have lasted 1 yr and still going!
  • 3 1
 I can comment on the icus bushing design. Riding VP harriers for 9 months now, still spin EXTREMELY smooth. I'd Imagine these are no different.
  • 4 0
my mallet 2s have lasted at least 3 years and are still going. I've never serviced the bearings once and they are still great.
I bought a pair of mallet DH pedals for my new bike and they are even better.
  • 2 2
 @colincolin: First small rock hit bent the rebuild kit...junk
  • 1 0
 My mallets have lasted 3 years without a single service.
  • 97 7
 Stamps are what you will need to invest in for the multiple warranty shipments.
  • 89 10
 Hey guys, Crankbrothers has taken many positive steps to get things turned around. Current management has worked hard to make right the wrongs of the past. To me it seems too easy to make damaging comments towards a business from the anonymity of our desktop or mobile devices. For me personally, if I stepped into a management role at a company who had some past quality or customer services issues and tried hard to makes things right, I would at least like to be given the chance to prove myself. Okay, I'm ready for it - bring on the negative props - I'm going turn my computer off and go to bed. Thanks :-)
  • 21 12
 Sure sure, but the CB brand identity is well established- poor products in pretty boxes with a warranty. If they wanna change their business model they'd shutter the brand and reinvent themselves; anything else is window dressing and we won't be fooled again.
  • 18 0
 @scottzg: Both my last pairs of mallets have been flawless, lasting over two years each with minimal greasing. The first pair was only retired after i destroyed it by smashing it into a rock during a big crash.
  • 6 3
 So you mean i'm getting my Chronolog Post fixed for free? Or money back? its sitting on a shelf after giving up like 2 years ago after 4 months of use.
  • 5 0
 @bcbikeman Trust. A lifetime to earn it and a second to lose it. If you want a business model to go off, have a look at Hope. High end, durable, no questions asked service. Whilst I appreciate Crank bros is going through a revolution at present (I was part of your last Q+A and impressed with the honesty of response), the burden of proof lies with the manufacturer. Whilst people can say whatever they want, and have done about certain Hope bits, it's not the prevailing opinion for a reason.
  • 7 0
 @thestigmk1: I was super impressed by the Q&A too, and it tipped me to buy some Mallet E I'd been wanting for ages.

They have been excellent, so good that I bought some Egg Beaters for the CX bike and Mallet DH for the DH bike... all have been flawless after a lot of kilometers.

I messaged CB via Pinkbike to thank them for the Q&A as it really opened my mind to the brand again, and they replied pretty much immediately with a really nice message.

They have certainly rebuilt brand trust with me by their attitude, but also new quality products.
  • 4 4
 I has a pair of candys on an XC bike a few years ago, after a few months they wore out, I sent them back and they were repaired and returned, all good I thought. I decided to put them on a hybrid for road riding, after about ten rides I rode down a small valley and tried to power up the other side to keep my momentum up that's when the axle snapped and I hit the floor at about 25mph. No more crank bros for me.
  • 1 3
 @thestigmk1: I bought a pair of Hope F20s. One of the studs wouldn't fit (the thread in the hole was wonky). I ended up returning them and getting a pair of RF Atlases.
  • 1 0
 @Marc2211: schleimer
  • 3 0
 @bOObdesign: LOL not at all, although I can see it read that way. I moan a lot about products, so was just giving some credit where I felt it was due this time around.
  • 2 0
 I think Crank Brothers knows full well it’s going to take time. This is their first real product since the overhaul at the company and there’s a lot riding on it but a great reputation is earned not given, doubly so if you’ve earned a bad one.
  • 1 0
 The contact with company is super friendly and they listen to your feedbacks. They're doing it right with the new management. They've began making first proper products and listenning to customers feedbacks is so important in this phase if you want to change the reputation justly. Btw the Stamps are sweet and they hold up well so far.
  • 53 7
 It's funny how pedals come in different sizes but it seems that everyone needs 800mm bars no matter how small they are?
  • 20 1
 Yeah. Fashion sense always wins over common sense
  • 43 1
 Yeah but can you cut down pedals easily with a hack saw? Didnt think so
  • 34 1
 @chillrider199: Challenge accepted.
  • 1 0
 @passwordpinkbike: let me know how it went!
  • 23 8
 Don't Stamp too hard on them. They do say Crankbrothers on the sideSmile
  • 12 0
 I like dissing cb as much as the next guy, but these actually look surprisingly well thought out.
  • 8 0
 @trailsoup right up until the Phillips head screw!
  • 2 0
 @Kiwiplague: nothing $.60 for stainless or $2.00 for titanium can't fix
  • 4 0
 @schofell84: true, but why should we the consumer be spending any money doing r&d for them?
  • 7 0
 @onemind123: or .0004¢ worth of valve lapping compound on a Phillips screwdriver.

It's like complaining your rotor bolts don't color match you spoke nipples on a midlevel bike.
  • 7 0
 The idea of the pedal is great, and using IGUS bushings is good, but using two small bolts to hold the entire assembly together, vs a nut and locknut on the end of the spindle, is questionable. I guess it adds another 4 bolts to check, which isn't a big deal, but it's a weird system that has no safety feature like a tab to prevent the flange from backing out.
  • 5 2
 For half the price you can still get a set of Shimano MX-80 pedals with a real axle and bearings, a real concave platform, and a long history of reliable service. If the extra 100g per set bugs you, you can spend a half-hour with a drill and be the coolest kid on the block.

...and I'm far from a Crank Bros hater. I've actually had really good luck running Candys and Mallets over the years. I also still run Iodine 3 stems on 2 of my bikes. (O.G. 5050s look great too, but fail at functionality when it comes to spinning freely and non-foot-slip-offage.)
  • 3 0
 the bearings in my mx-80s blew out after two rides. I had a pair of mallets that lasted 3 years with no service and I sold them on my last bike so they're still running to my knowledge.
  • 3 0
 I have gone through 2 sets of MX-80 in the last season. The Saints may be cheap and popular, but my Mallet E's outlasted the both. Although, I think my Deity Compounds may outlive them all - they can survive a strike from orbit.
  • 2 1
 @Marc2211: diety pedals are super good. I think the raceface chesters were supposed to be way better than the saints at the same price.
  • 4 2
 the saints are nasty. i bought a pair of raceface aeffects and they were much nicer. i have also ridden on the chesters and i found them better in shape and grip.

not to mention, my $20 wellgo pedals had better grip than my saints
  • 2 0
 @Jack-T-Media: I agree with the saints having zero grip. Swopped them to £25 plastic nukeproof electrons and the grip is worlds better
  • 6 0
 got my CB 5050 for 5 years now, never had a problem, riding 100 to 120 days a year in all sorts of weather,
  • 4 0
 I bought my first mallets used and got three years out of them. The mechanic at the shop messed up the rebuild so I bought some more somewhere else. Sold those with the bike but my current mallets are three years strong.
  • 2 0
 @choppertank3e: I have two different generations of mallets including the originals and both pairs are going strong on the commuter and the reign!
  • 2 0
 @choppertank3e: I may not ride as often as others but enough to have worn out two pairs of cleats with the pedals.
  • 1 2
 Yes, I found them to be great till the axle snaps
  • 3 0
 I've had Twenty6 Predators for years, they actually have chunks of aluminum missing from some hits, and they spin like new with no play and no service. Only issue has been finding the right grip, as they are like Velcro with all the pins in place. One case of getting what you pay for.
  • 5 0
 Thanks for the review, ive been wanting to try these but the pricetag is tough to swallow
  • 1 1
 What would you get instead? There's also the VP harrier.
  • 4 1
 @fr3er1d3r: raceface affect pedals for $110 well worth the money
  • 2 1
 spank oozy is another great choice.
  • 4 2
 Nukeproof is the way to go for flat, reliable and easy to fix
  • 4 3
 @dbodoggle: Are either of those as generous of a platform as the stamp? The biggest one's I know of are the VP harrier, Twenty6 Predator (very expensive) and the Stamp, now.

So if you bring size into the picture, and weight, then the aeffect really doesn't compare and I don't know why it's even being brought up. The larger Stamp is the same weight as the smaller Aeffect, which only comes in 1 size which is 10mm smaller in both length and width.

Sorry, it just really bothers me when people complain about price, and then bring up another cheaper pedal to argue their point and you look at the specs and see that the price difference seems completely justified.

Because if you're going to do that, you should really bring up the VP harrier. Very similar in size and weight to the stamp AND is cheaper. I feel like the Aeffect pedal is an irrelevant comparison.
  • 2 3
 Also you can find the VP harrier for 10 bucks more than the aeffect pedal. I think it's a far superior pedal.
  • 11 4
 The answer is always DMR Vaults.
  • 2 3
 Deity T-Mac
  • 3 2
 @dbodoggle: 100% agree. It's quite a big platform but has so much grip. Plus they look the part too. 2 seasons on my DH bike and still going strong!
  • 3 2
 @fr3er1d3r: I'll agree the harrier has a larger platform, definitely better for bigger feet. I like the squared off shape too, gives good grip.
  • 3 2
 Nukeproof (Sam Hill) or DMR vault. I've been happy with those.
  • 2 1
 @bobtjustice: Hmm, I switched from Shimano Saints to these and lost 3 pins within the space of 2 rides. Yes, it's my fault but my Saints took some battering and didn't lose any over 2 years. Just can't recommend when they seem to made of butter, especially when Saints are cheaper.
  • 2 1
 @JamieMcL: admittedly i've lost a couple of pins as well, but a bag of em is 7 quid here. Saints do a have a great rep though
  • 1 0
 @fr3er1d3r: I think you may be confusing me with a different comment. Chip on the shoulder or something?
  • 1 2
 @dbodoggle: that was for @treekilla
  • 2 0
 @fr3er1d3r: damn that was quite the argument you layed out for only $10 cheaper.
  • 2 0
 @fr3er1d3r: damn dyslexia these days, you know what I meant.
  • 1 2
 @treekilla: haha is that a compliment?
  • 2 0
 @fr3er1d3r: you know what boggles my mind a little more,

"Sorry, it just really bothers me when people complain about price, and then bring up another cheaper pedal to argue their point and you look at the specs and see that the price difference seems completely justified."

if this bothers you then why bitch about a pedal that is of equal quality?
  • 1 0
 okay guys time to put this thread to bed
  • 2 1
 @treekilla: No, I'm saying the harrier is a much better pedal than the aefect for $10 more and is actually worthy of comparing to the crankbros stamp. Your example is just some pedal. You're not factoring size in at all, which is the whole point of the offer a big platform.
  • 8 2
 Must be fun to replace the inner bushing
  • 14 2
 You can push it out by sticking a 2mm hex or similarly sized object through the grease port.
  • 2 1
 @mikekazimer: How do you adjust the pins or even get them out when they are all bashed up? You don't would be my guess.
  • 1 1
 @Tsoxbhk: I addressed that in the review: "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."
  • 2 0
 @Tsoxbhk: Ya I hate it when peddle pins are put in like this. it makes no sense. they take one big hit then you can't get them out. My HT AE01 have some pins like this, my MEO3 do not, so much easier to fix
  • 2 0
 it's sad to see a company with a reputation of fragil products. I had a Mallet and it melt down in few months. this flat pedal looks great and the diferent size is nice. the pedal looks amazing but the pins are short. anyway I like this pedals a lot
  • 3 1
 Waaaaaah, we don't like the idea that a company might bring out some good products (and we will ignore any and all reviews by pros/magazines/regular people) that work because we just want to piss and moan about them instead . . . . f*cking hell.
  • 7 3
 By the first look on the last photo I thought the axle is broken.
Sorry CB Big Grin
  • 3 5
 Probably Is. I broke two in one year
  • 8 4
 150 USD for standart al/cromo pedals, nothing new, no inventions, CB made my day...oh w8, is it for one pedal or both? xD
  • 7 3
 I've bought many of their products and they've all ended up in the same place, the garbage.
  • 13 4
 Head Elf: "Santa, we've think this year are going to be disassociate our business model from fossil fuels and reduce our ecological footprint by reusing unwanted materials.
Santa: I'm listening.
Head Elf: Instead of lumps of coal for naughty children, they are going to get a set of Crank Brothers Mallets. At first it will seem like they are getting a present, but in the long run these children will end up in tears.
Santa: Sounds good. What about the really naughty children?
Head Elf: They are getting Joplins.
Santa: Ouch.
  • 4 11
flag ReformedRoadie (Nov 15, 2016 at 3:38) (Below Threshold)
 @iamamodel: cool story, bro
  • 7 0
 @ReformedRoadie: That's because it is set somewhere near the North Pole.
  • 1 0
 my ended in garbage for 3 mounth Frown
  • 3 1
 Saw "Crank Brothers" in the headline and scrolled straight down to the comments to see the nuclear fall out. It was just what I expected. Now I've entertained myself, I think I'll go back and read the actual article... Smile
  • 3 0
 Take it from a shredder who actually owns a pair. "Solid" mind you I only paid $100.00
  • 3 1
 So the peddles are held onto the spindle with two m3 bolts and some blue Lock tight?
  • 3 1
 Man those pedals look slippery with those nubby little screws.
  • 2 1
 First decent rock hit with the 5050s...bent spindle and no rebuild kit...Spank pedals two years and going with no issues!!
  • 2 1
 For the price of these I would just get the Gamut Podiums
  • 1 0
 There great pedals, but I still like the T-macs more!
  • 2 1
 Grease ports! Give me grease ports on everything.
  • 2 1
 xpedo flats still reasonable choice (at least for me) hhh
  • 2 3
 Nukeproofs £20 , best grip of any pedal by a distance
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