2013 Crankbrothers Mallet DH/Race


A really cool video was created by Bike Magazine as they interviewed the engineers behind the new pedal.

The key mallet dh/race features are:

  • new design, familiar shape / The mallet dh/race has the same profile as the original mallet, with many new design features and all of the improvements of the new pedal line.
  • improved mud clearance / The redesigned body is more open, reducing weight and improving mud shedding.
  • more traction pins / The mallet dh/race has eight adjustable traction pins, while the original mallet had only six.
  • lighter weight / Increased machining and a redesigned internal shape reduces weight.
  • wider q-factor / The q-factor is increased a total of 10mm (5mm per spindle) to allow for a wider stance and better crank clearance with flat riding shoes.
  • stronger spindle and spring / The redesigned spindle tests to be 50% stronger than the previous design, and the reverse-wound, over sized springs are virtually unbreakable.
  • better sealing / New construction eliminates leak paths and greatly improves sealing.
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  • Steve Rogers says:

    I’ve used two pairs of the old Mallets. Performance was excellent, durability was not. I hope the old ones work as well and are a whole lot harder to break!

  • JimmyDee says:

    “Crankbrothers revamped the Mallet with several new features merge modern day technology with the original vision for the Mallet.”

    -article ends-

    So the new features that make it so great are…?

    Looks like a pretty average pedal to my eye.

  • Rob says:

    I received my new pedals a few weeks ago. First impressions were great, however on the second ride I ventured off road again onto fire roads. I know these are DH pedals, but I still recovering from a knee injury. Half way round the bearings were loose. Not by much, but they had lost the initial robust feel and you could feel lateral movement when rocking them by hand.

    Contacted CB´s straight away. The guy there was responsive and pleasant, but as I live in Spain suggested I return them to the Spanish distrubutor for “inspection and if possible repair”. Am now a week into the process and the supplier have not even responded to the shop. Due to this the shop are considering replacing them off their own back. I know this is a short time, but initial impressions on the product and the “5 year” afterservice warrantee are dissapointing. When you pay top dollar you expect that the company should react to resolve the problem ASAP. In this case there has been a lot of talk and no action.

  • wade says:

    Wow! got these pedals 12 weeks ago and they’ve been awesome. Come last weekend, one fell off. Yep, bearing crapped itself and the pedal actually fell off. I’m sure it would have been a pleasant experience if I was in mid flight, but luckily I was on the flat telling my mates how great they were…. What a joke these are and we all had to laugh… Top price, worst quality part I have bought in 15 years. Took back to shop who said water damaged!! What, so you can’t ride with these if it’s wet? Pedals had done less than 40hrs and although used in wet conditions, never was it raining or the pedals submerged… Look cool but anyone who can actually ride should stay well clear of any crank brothers product. Hadn’t used a product of theirs for 10 years before giving another go…..12 weeks later $260 New Zealand dollars gone – you can buy a whole bike for that much!

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