Wheely nice wheels by Crank Brothers
What really struck me at the Crank Brothers booth at EuroBike this year is their use of bright anodized colours and artful arrangement of their range of products, from wheels to stems to pedals. The display which really stood out was the colourful array of wheel models, making most visitors like myself wanting to take one pair back to match the mountain bikes we have at home. Highly ‘poisonous’, if you know what I mean.
One of the signature products which come to mind immediately when the name “Crank Brothers” is mentioned is their Eggbeater pedals, which allows the rider to clip in into them from almost any direction instead of the usual top and bottom/2 sided entry design. Incidentally, the design resembles that of eggbeaters used to mix the batter when one is baking. For 2013, however, the focus in on their new Mallet pedals and Candy 1 pedals for the pedal range. The new Mallet dh/race is a wide platform clipless pedal designed specifically for downhill racers. The Candy 1 is a small platform all mountain pedal with new “candy-like” colours for 2013.
The Pedal Center: note the new Mallet DH & Candy 1 pedals
Dropper posts have been getting popular recently, particularly with the all-mountain crowd and companies like Fox and Rockshox have introduced their Doss and Reverb models respectively. For 2013, Crank Brothers release their brand new Kronolog dropper post. What is interesting is that there will be matching remote and clamp kits released which come in 5 anodized colours: gold, black, red, orange and blue.
New for 2013, the kronolog dropper post
Last but not least, who can forget about the sleek and colourful range of Crank Brothers’ wheels? The new Iodine 11 all mountain wheelset has carbon rims and weighs 1550g, a pretty respectable weight for a set of all mountain wheelset. Also new for the Iodine range are the Iodine 3 and Iodine 2 29er wheelsets, to cater to the growing 29er crowd.
A close-up of the twin-spoke hub-design
How did we forget to get a pair of these?!