It seems that every time we meet up with CrankBrothers there’s something new to see, and Eurobike was no different. As the company continues to improve their products we were met with a few improvements to existing models, as well as all new options and colors moving forward.
For their Highline dropper posts, CrankBrother has made a few both longer and shorter at the same time. That’s thanks to a shorter insertion length to make the posts fit better in more frames, while also allowing them to stretch the 160mm version to a full 170mm. According to CrankBrothers – if you could previous fit their 160mm dropper in your bike, then you can still fit the new 170mm version as well.
Depending on the model, the insertion length has been shortened by an impressive 20-30mm. Since the 160mm post has gone away, it’s been replaced by a 150mm and a 170mm version, both in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters with weights of 585g-625g depending on the model.
For CrankBrothers pedals, a new Easy Release cleat option will be available that doesn’t make the pedal’s release tension any easier, but it will allow you to exit the pedal sooner. Instead of the 15/6° or 15/0° release/float of the standard cleats, the Easy Release cleats will have a 10/6° or 10/0° release/float, and are now color coded. The cleats will be sold separately, or sold with their Level One pedals.
There are a few new colors and pedal models as well including the Danny MacAskill Signature Edition Stamp 7, the Black and Silver Mallet E LS, and the new entry level composite Stamp 1 pedals which will sell for $49.99.
While we’re on the subject of color, CrankBrothers is introducing the Midnight collection of pumps and tools which will be all black.
They’re joined by the new Sapphire pump which comes in at $49.99. The simple pump has a universal head, a massive gauge, and hidden inflation adapters in the handle to make it a pretty solid value.
Lastly, CrankBrothers has a new addition to their wheelset line with the Lithium 27.5+ e-MTB wheel. Built with a reinforced rim profile, a steel freehub body and axle, and stronger 2.0 straight gauge spokes, the wheels are meant to take the increased beating that e-bikes hand out.