Crankbrothers Mallet E LS offers longer spindle

Same tech as regular E model, but with improved clearance and stability

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The new Mallet E LS features all the same technology as the regular E model, but has a 5mm longer spindle.

The new Mallet E LS features all the same technology as the regular E model, but has a 5mm longer spindle.

The Crankbrothers Mallet is one of the most popular pedals on the gravity scene today. It pairs the California company’s signature four-sided entry with a large concave platform that provides a secure foothold when unclipped.

Over the years, they’ve revised and modified that formula to provide optimal performance for either downhill or enduro. Both pedals share the same clip mechanism and internals, but the enduro model, which Crankbrothers refers to as the Mallet E, has a smaller platform body. The other major difference is q-factor.

The LS stands for Long Spindle.

The LS stands for, you guessed it, long spindle.

While the DH pedals have a 57mm q-factor, Crankbrothers found that the majority of riders prefer a narrower 52mm q-factor for all around riding. This narrower footprint helps reduce rock strikes and offers improved maneuverability in tight single track.

Curtis Keene, Martin Maes, and Iago Garay began racing with the Mallet E LS at the EWS race in Aspen, Colorado. Photo by Sven Martin

Curtis Keene, Martin Maed, and Iago Garay began racing with the Mallet E LS at the EWS race in Aspen, Colorado. Photo by Sven Martin

Based on feedback from their team and consumers, Crankbrothers is now offering the Mallet E with a wider spindle. This new long spindle model shares the same 57mm q-factor as the DH pedal, and is ideal for riders seeking improved shoe clearance and a smidge more stability.

Other features of the new pedal include a two-tone black and electric blue body, concave platform with 6 adjustable pins per side for grip, ribbed body sections for traction when unclipped, and chamfered edges to reduce rock-strikes. Traction pad technology allows for customization and optimization of the shoe/pedal interface. The clip-in mechanism features 4-sided entry, superior mud shedding, and customizable float and release angle. The pedal is available now and retails for $165.

To learn more, visit www.crankbrothers.com


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  • Ken says:

    I still have, and use, a pair of the old CB “Acid” pedals which have a similar outline for size. I have used CB pedals for years and have gotten used to the quirks that make people shy away… I do not have any problems with disengagement except when you are suddenly confronted with a panic situation where you have to choose between bailing & staying on the bike but I think that this would apply to any clipless pedal configuration. What I have found is that a larger pedal platform helps with getting more power to the cranks and in my situation, better weight distribution from the sole of the foot to that of the shoe. I used to always get toe rub in my shoes but when I switched to larger platform clipless pedals that went away… Crank Brothers No Ka Oi!

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