2013 Crankbrothers Mallet DH/Race


Weight: 479g per pair
MSRP: $140

Today, Crankbrothers is introducing the new Mallet DH/Race pedal. We’ve ridden with it a few times and we’ve already taken it apart. But to truly understand where the Mallet DH/Race is going, one has to understand where it came from.

First came the Eggbeater and although it was ideal for XC, the engineers started tinkering with it to give it a platform. Here is the prototype from 2001

That was a bit rough so the design team refined it a bit on the first revision released in 2003 as the Mallet M.

Version two cleaned it up a little bit with this design released in 2008 and featured adjustable height pins

And the current version, released in 2010 came out in three flavors: 1,2,3 as it featured a narrower profile and lighter weight.

But to meet the needs of modern day downhill racing, Crankbrothers revamped the Mallet with several new features merge modern day technology with the original vision for the Mallet.

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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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