Crank Brothers Mallet DH Race Review
The new Crank Brothers Mallet DH Race pedals were designed to provide additional control and stability beyond that of the typical clipless pedal.
The latest Mallet was also highly influenced by the style of shoes that many downhill mountain bikers prefer, which are essentially the same as those worn by BMX riders, with the addition of a clipless pedal cleat. These shoes generally offer comfort and a high level of pedal feedback. These shoes have also continued to gain popularity in the urban market.
The downside is that unlike contemporary bike racing shoes, BMX style shoes lack the stiff sole that facilitates power transfer into the small contact area between the cleat and the pedal mechanism. This can also lead to foot discomfort. However with a large platform in addition to the clipless mechanism, pedaling forces are spread out more evenly.
Another benefit of the platform is that in a pinch, you can hop on your bike with ordinary shoes. Or you can ride un-clipped in sketchy situations and still have a decent amount of control.
I’m pretty well pleased as punch with these, and I also happen to really like the aesthetics. Crank Brothers knows that their target market likes their bicycle components to look good, and these pedals are no exception.
The Mallet DH Race weigh in at 479 g. The body is aluminum and the spindle is chromoly steel. They rotate on needle and cartridge bearings, and traction is provided by eight 8 mm adjustable pins. The pedals are designed to provide an increased q-factor for a wide stance and good crank clearance with flat (aka street-style) riding shoes. MSRP is $140. Visit www.crankbrothers.com for more info.