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.

EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more

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.

EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more

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 Since the 160mm post has gone away, it’s been replaced by a 150mm and a 170mm version, both in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters with weights of 585g-625g depending on the model.

EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more

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.

EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more

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.

EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more

While we’re on the subject of color, CrankBrothers is introducing the Midnight collection of pumps and tools which will be all black.

EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more

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.

EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more

EB18: Crank Brothers droppers get shorter & longer + Easy Release cleats, more

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.

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5 COMMENTS

    • Theyre only too easy to release if you have the cleats set up poorly with zero shoe tread contact. A bunch of people race on them. That’s practically all people do with them, as then the required bearing maintenance seems worth it.
      That said, if they had a stiffer cleat, I’d probably give them a try.

      • too easy compared to what exactly? lol.

        so there needs to be so little lug clearance friction prevents you from rotating your foot and you have to stomp to get in them. yea no. CBs are a joke. bearings are the least of the problems. they do better than speedplay at least in that dept.

  1. Wow – been riding Crank Bros pedals for about 15 years now – only had a couple of ‘accidental releases’ in all that time. Had one bad one years ago with Shimano that put me off the bike for 6 weeks until I was healed up. Crank Bros pedals let my knees (which are kinda F’ed up) float around with no pain, and while it felt strange at first, now feel natural… Bearings hold up well for me too – tho I do have to say, as a mechanic, that Shimano bearings are damn-near bullet proof, I have a pair of 12 year old Mallet M that have only had the bearings changed once so far, and it’s an easy job. I’m not a small guy (around 190 lbs) and most of their life they have been on a rigid single speed. So, not an easy life. Now, if the cleats would last longer… Everything has a Pro and a Con, but I am a big fan of the CB pedals for clip-ins.

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