Spank is known for their no-nonsense, durable, and affordable products. In an age of $2,000 carbon wheels, it’s nice to see a company working to keep gear attainable. Spank’s products are made for the everyday rider who wants something that works well, doesn’t need constant maintenance, but also looks good. Spank’s wheels, stems, pedals, and handlebars come in a rainbow of colors from stealthy black to lime green.
At Interbike, Spank was showing a new flat pedal in their Spoon line of components. The Spoon pedal uses a CNC’d aluminum body and a steel axle. Like their higher-end Spike and Oozy pedals, the Spoon spins on a bearing on one end and an IGUS bushing on the other. The really cool thing about these pedals is that Spank is offering them in three platform widths for varying size feet: 90mm wide for shoe sizes 6 and under, 100mm for 7-9, and 110mm for sizes 10 and up. Pricing is $94 for all sizes.
If you’ve paid attention to trade show coverage over the past couple years, you’ve likely noticed that kid’s bikes are getting better all the time. To that end, Spank is offering their Spoon 28 wheels in 20- and 24-inch sizes for kids who shred. They use 28 j-bend spokes, laced 3x, to a 28mm wide (external) rim. Since most kids aren’t going to be laying down huge watts, Spank specs the wheels with an alloy freehub body to save some weight over the steel freehub body found on the larger versions.