Crankbrothers Lightweight Composite Blend Mountain Bike Pedals

Last updated: October 5, 2023

Crankbrothers Lightweight Composite Blend Mountain Bike Pedals

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We looked at the top Mountain Bike Pedals and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Mountain Bike Pedal you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Crankbrothers Lightweight Composite Blend Mountain Bike Pedals placed 9th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Optimal surface area with a minimal profile that is 13mm thin. 9 hex pattern traction pins per side. Premium Igus and Enduro bearings & seal system. Forged scm 435 chromoly steel spindle. Stamp large recommended for shoe sizes: 10-15 (us) // 43-49 (eu).

Expert Reviews

What experts liked

Other Products We Considered.
Are particularly light at 299g for the 100mm x 100mm size small platform; Crank Bros make a Large 111mm x 114mm version too. There are 9 height adjustable metal pins per side that mount from the back.
The inexpensive to produce bodies result in pedals that share the same guts as the company's forged-aluminum platforms, at half the price.
These pedals feel solid and well constructed and they are as smooth as they are consistent. Have we seen better? Well sure, but in this price category, these pedals are as smooth as butter. The traction pins, of which there are 9 per side, are yet another fantastic feature of this pedal and are a substantial upgrade for those using cheaper all-plastic pedals. They are made of metal and feel very high quality.
The Stamp 1 comes in an array of colours to match your bike.

What experts didn't like

Crank Brothers pedals can be quite hard to tell the left from the right. The difference is marked only by a small groove around the left pedal axle, so be extra careful not to cross-thread during install.
While the grip was better than I expected on the descent, it wasn't adequate for me. When I weighted one pedal I could feel my forefoot moving excessively and I simply couldn't dig in adequately. Which means if you appreciate moderate-to-high grip I wouldn't personally recommend these pedals.


The right mountain bike pedals can make a world of difference when navigating gnarly trails. The two main categories are clipless, which attach the cyclist’s shoe to the pedal, and flat or platform pedals.

With clipless pedals, the underside of the bike shoe binds to the pedal, so the feet cannot slip off easily. This takes some getting used to for new riders, but once you do, clipless pedals are the most secure and efficient way to ride a mountain bike. (The word “clipless” sounds counterintuitive since the shoe clips into the pedal, but historically it makes sense — clipless pedals replaced the old toe clip strap system professional cyclists used 40 years ago. )

With flat and platform pedals, the rider can easily put their foot down on the ground when they want to. This is reassuring, especially if the ground is wet or slippery. Flat mountain bike pedals also do not require you to purchase clip-in mountain bike shoes, so you can wear a pair of shoes you already own.

Flat pedals for mountain biking are usually made with pins, or small spikes, to prevent the rider’s shoes from slipping off the pedal at a crucial moment.

Many of these flat pedals are made from metal or composite materials like plastic or nylon. The latter are less expensive and may be a good choice for beginners. Experienced cyclists may opt for clipless mountain bike pedals, but they need mountain bike shoes with two-bolt cleats (clipless road bike shoes and cleats have three-bolt patterns) to go with the pedals.

Buying Advice

  • Metal flat pedals are sturdier and hold up better when they hit rocks. Nylon and plastic are less durable.
  • Metal is also stiffer, which can provide better power transfer during your ride.
  • Larger pedals distribute force more evenly.
  • The platform should not be larger than the shoe, so be sure to check the measurements and compare them to the shoe before buying.
  • Clipless pedals come with two components: the pedal itself, and the matching cleat, which is attached to a cycling shoe. All you need to mount the cleats to your shoes is a hex wrench.