Crank Brothers showed us a bunch of shiny new products at Eurobike.
They scrapped their older pumps and developed two completely new lines. The higher end Sterling pumps (silver) come with or without gauges. They have polished alloy bodies and a universal head with generously sized lever. The killer feature is the knob on the bottom that switches between high pressure and high volume. Prices range from $35 – $50.
The Gem line (colors) is a more basic mini pump with an adaptable head (twist open to fit Schrader) but keeps the sweet HP/HV dial on the bottom. Prices from just $20 to $22. Both models have a short and long length.
Twist the dial to pump up to 40psi in high volume mode or 40-100psi in high pressure mode.
The Sterling line includes a 16g threaded CO2 with Frost Guard finger protection. This is a prototype, the finished versions will have plastic inlays in the center of the shields to insulate your digits from freezer burn. Cartridges will be $3 each and a package with inflator and two cartridges is $20.
B-Series mini tools is a bit-based mini tool. Bits fit snugly in the swivel-out ends and slot into a magnetic driver on either side. Top model has every size you’ll need plus a chain breaker. Well priced at just $20 – $33.
New all-mountain Iodine 11 carbon rim mountain bike wheels become the top level hoop for all mountain riding. Rim width is 21mm inside and it’ll ship with all axle adapters in the box. Retail is $2200 and it drops 215g from the Iodine 3.
It gets a stealthy colorway unlike most of their other stuff. Crank Brothers says they’re super stiff with the carbon rim. Tubeless ready and 26″ only for now.
The new Mallet DH Race brings back the original Mallet flat pedal shape. When they redesigned them a while back, the platform got smaller to be more of an all-mountain piece. Riders asked for a bigger platform so their Tevas wouldn’t roll off the edges and CB obliged.
Press fit design captures the eggbeater clip in section inside the machined alloy platform. It has a 5mm longer spindle than the regular Mallet with needle bearings on the outside edge and cartridge near the threads. Eight pins per side. $140 and 479g. It’s been race tested by Steve Smith, Steve Peat, Minaar, Danny Hart, Aaron Gwin, Jill Kintner and plenty more top World Cup racers.