This week it's time to take a look at the re-designed Crankbrothers Stamp pedal, plus we've got the new Endura MT500 full face helmet in on test too. Also on the 'to test' list are a load of new tyres from Schwalbe, Endura glasses, suspension lube from our friends at Sprung Suspension and a new Charger 2.1 damper and the updated air cartridge for Rockshox Lyriks.
Crank Brothers Stamp 3 Large flat pedal
These all-new top-end pedals join the already expansive Crank Brothers range with a thinner, 16mm deep platform design made from lightweight magnesium. As ever, they come in two sizes, with these large ones being for trotters from EU43 and upwards. They get ten adjustable pins on either side, with a bushing on the inboard of the cromoly axle and two bearings on the outside. They're also backed up by an impressive five year warranty.
Schwalbe Super Casing tyres
Schwalbe has fully overhauled its tyre casing lineup, with now just five different options across the entire range to try and simplify the process of picking the right rubber for your needs. Starting from burly to light, you now pick from Super Downhill, Super Gravity, Super Trail, Super Ground and Super Race, each catering for downhill, enduro, trail/all-mountain, cross-country and then cross country race respectively.
While not all tread patterns are available in all casings, it should help make sense of the previous rather opaque jumble of acronyms (OJOA) that faced buyers beforehand. We've got a huge boxload to try and first impressions are positive.
Sprung Suspension Special Sauce Lower Lube
£8 for 100ml
Suspension fettlers Sprung are based near to the o-r team in the Forest of Dean, so when we need to service some shocks in a hurry, we turned to them. This is their own special brew that's designed to live in the bottom of your forks lowers (of any brand) and keep everything running smoothly. The 100ml bottle comes with a syringe for easy measurement and application and should help us get old forks running sweetly once again.
Endura Full Face Helmet
Using the Koroyd® 'straw' system just like the MT500 trail helmet to provide the protection, used to keep weight down, say Endura. The full face gets DH certification, a retention cradle at the rear and the medium/large size is claimed to weigh just 640g.
Endura Singletrack Glasses
With two piece, low distortion interchangeable lenses and adjustable contact points at the temples and nose the Singletrack glasses from Endura look like a good pair of summer specs. The lenses are anti-fog and hydrophobic but you don't get a clear lens, just mirror, smoke and orange for low light.
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