Californian component brand Crankbrothers are best known for their pedals. The clipless Mallet pedals, which we’ve also included in the test field, are very popular amongst enduro and DH riders, whereas the Stamp 7 flat pedals are a favourite amongst freeriders.
The Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Large are full of superlatives. At just 374 g, they’re the lightest aluminium models on test. And that’s despite the fact that they also have the largest platforms of the test field. This is thanks to their very slender profiles, measuring just 13 mm in height, setting yet another bar in the test field. However, with a price point of € 179.99, they’re among the most expensive options on test, too. With a 4 mm diameter, the pins are thicker than on most other flat pedals on test. Furthermore, the Stamp 7 are the only tested pedals on which all the pins screw in from above. If you slam them into a rock, you run the risk of damaging the threads or the pins to such an extent that you can no longer remove them or render them useless. There are two different lengths of spare pins included. The pedals also come with different length pins installed as standard. By using shorter pins in the middle, the pedals’ concave shape is pronounced. Crankbrothers have also included lubrication ports on the Stamp 7 pedals, making them the easiest pedals in the test field to service. If you feel the need to inspect the bearings a little more closely, removing the axle is a piece of cake. All you need to do is loosen the two bolts next to the axles on the insides of the pedals – voila! There are no nuts on the opposite side that you’ve got to hold in place. The only downside to this design, however, is that you can’t adjust the amount of play on the bearings by tightening the axle nuts. To replace the seals or bearings, Crankbrothers offer a repair kit containing everything you need at a fair price of € 24.99.
The Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Large pedals on the trail
When you place your feet on the Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Large pedals, you’ll quickly find the correct stance thanks to the concave shape of the platforms, which gets emphasised by the shorter pins in the middle. They offer plenty of grip, too, comparable to that of the TATZE pedals. Your feet remain securely in place, and you feel in control, though you don’t stick to the pedals like on the Nukeproof or Chromag models, still allowing you to readjust your feet if necessary. Thanks to the large platforms, the Stamp 7 pedals also feel a lot more comfortable if you’ve got large feet. If not, you can always choose the same model in size S. Crankbrothers recommend size S for shoe sizes 37–43, reserving the large model for shoe size 43 and up. Thanks to the generous gaps in the pedal cages, the Stamp 7 feature excellent self-cleaning properties.
The Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Large pedals live up to their name with the largest platforms on test. They’re the easiest pedals to service thanks to the lubrication ports and the way the axles are held in place with two bolts on the insides of the pedal cages. On the trail, they offer excellent grip without making your feet feel like they’re stuck in place. The only downside is the fact that the pins screw in from above, which can become a hassle when they’re in need of replacement.
- slim profile, low weight
- easy serviceability
- excellent grip
- pins screwed in from above
You can find out more about at crankbrothers.com.
Click here for an overview: The best pedals for mountain bikers
all pedals in Review: Acros Clipless Pedal | Crankbrothers Mallet E LS | Hope Union | HT T2 | Shimano XT PD-M8120 | TIME SPECIALE 12 | Chromag Dagga | Crankbrothers Stamp 7 | Hope F22 | Look Trail Fusion | Nukeproof Horizon Pro Sam Hill | OneUp Composite Pedal | Race Face Atlas | Sixpack Kamikaze RA | SQ Lab 50X | Tatze Link Composite |
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Words: Simon Kohler Photos: Jan Richter