Originally teased to us back in August, Crank Brothers’ redesigned Mallet DH/Race pedal is now official, and headed to a shop near you. Built specifically with input form some of the best World Cup Downhill racers, the Mallet DH addresses issues like wider platforms, longer spindles, more traction and better mud clearance. The original Mallet has been on the scene for years, but when Crank Brothers redesigned the Mallet in 2011 it featured a slimmer body that became very popular with the All Mountain crowd, but left the downhillers wanting the wider platform of the original. Rather than redesign or replace the Mallet that has become so popular for AM duties, Crank Brothers is offering the Mallet DH/Race as an all new option that sits next to the Mallet 1-3 in Crank Brothers’ line up.
Most of the riders on the original Mallets already thought Crank Brothers had a good thing going, so instead of reinventing the wheel, er – pedal, CB improved on it with new features. In order to improve mud clearance, the pedal body is now more open which also reduces weight. Traction has also been improved with the addition of more traction pins – two more per side. To accommodate flat riding shoes and improve clearance of the shoe to the crank arms, the spindles of the Mallet DH/Race are 5mm wider per pedal, resulting in a 10mm increase in q-factor. Even though the spindle is longer, the new spindle tests 50% stronger than the original. Finally, the new construction of the pedal should allow for better sealing of the pedal’s internals resulting in greater durability.
During the development of the Mallet DH, Crank Brothers worked with a bunch of the best DH riders around including Bryn Atkinson, Danny Hart, Tracey Hannah, Duncan Riffle, Emmeline Ragot, Fabien Cousinié, Greg Minnaar, Steve Peat, Andrew Neethling, Mick Hannah, Myriam Nicole, Steve Smith, Damien Spagnolo, Justin Leov, among others. Definitely some fast company.