Crankbrothers Mallet Mk3 and DH Pedals Review

Nov 28, 2012 at 0:07
Nov 28, 2012
by Alasdair MacLennan  
 
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Crankbrothers Mallet Mk3 and Mallet DH Pedals

Personally, I’ve long been a fan of the Crankbrothers mechanism design which creates a very natural feeling pedal. Of the reliability and the serviceability; less so. The early iterations of the Mallet were functional, if flawed, and to say anything less of them would be to seriously shirk away from the truth. Minimal sealing was sufficient in arid climates but meant frequent re-greasing to avoid problems with bearing seizures and axle corrosion in wetter climates. The axles were a weak spot too with a sharp reduction just near the inner bush, creating a weak spot, and leading to more-regular-than-you’d-like failures. As a result it’s fair to say that Crankbrothers enter this test with some way to go in convincing a sceptical audience of the Mallet's touted improvement in longevity.

Clipless shoes and pedals

Clipped into a size-40 O'Neal DH shoe for comparison, the wider, sturdier platform of the Mallet DH pedal on the right is quite obvious. The lighter, more trail-oriented Mallet Mk3 on the left is better suited to traditional XC shoe designs.



Stronger shafts are long in coming, and the DH axle is five millimeters longer to work with flat-sole downhill shoes.





Mallet Mk3

Most noticeable between the earlier Mallet pedal and the Mk3 iteration, is the two-piece body, five millimeters narrower than earlier pedals. Formed from an aluminium outer half and a polycarbonate composite inner, the two-piece design allows for easier servicing and lighter weight. However, the most important changes lie underneath the skin in the form of much-improved sealing and revised (read stronger) axle. This is what's otherwise known as A Very Good Thing for it wasn't uncommon to bend or snap the previous versions, and there was no escaping that sealing definitely wasn't really up to the task. At 440 grams per pair they're also lighter. In place of the original stamped-steel 'wings' (the spring-bars which form the retention mechanism of the pedal) the Mk3 mech uses investment-cast steel wings, and an inboard needle bearing replaces the old plain bushing. These have proven to be very tough, with numerous rock strikes to their name and no damage to show.


Mallet Mk3 Features:
• Polycarbonate composite and aluminium two piece body
• Available in three models; ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ (featured)
• ‘1’ and ‘2’ feature stamped steel wings and bush/bearing combination
• ‘3’ features investment cast steel wings and needle roller bearing/cartridge bearing combination
• 12 grub screws per pedal for traction
• New forged scm435 chromoly steel axle
• 435grams per pair (actual 440g)

On Trail: Mallet Mk3
Now for some comparison: The Mallet 3 has been in our possession since March and in that time has raced Enduro, DH and both the Megavalanche and Mountain of Hell. We've abused the bike in the mud, crashed numerous times, smashed them into rocks and generally abused them. We've re-greased them since they turned up but aside from that, there haven't been any reliability issues to write home about - a surprise, but one which is very welcome. With the amount of pressure washing that's been going on this summer, having only had to open them up once is good going. Bearings elsewhere on the bike, having taken a similar pounding, already been long since replaced. Two niggles we found on the pedal, however, did trouble us. The first of which, was the plastic end cap that is too easily damaged when removing it. The second, we found over previous versions, was of course the narrower body already mentioned, the five millimeters lost had a greater impact than we’d have expected. With XC type shoes it isn't noticeable as the sole on them is itself narrow, but with a larger gravity shoe, such as the O'Neal Torque we've been running, you could feel the shoe moving around when you loaded the outer edge of the pedal. It's not a deal breaker but it's certainly distracting when really cranking on and took away from the improvements elsewhere on the pedal. For trail riding it's perfect, but for serious downhill, it's not perfect.



Mallet DH

Crankbrothers' Mallet DH pedal was developed as a result of feedback from gravity riders who found the pedal body of the second-gen Mallet to be too narrow for proper foot support when using wide skate-style shoes, such as those from O'Neal used in this review. With shoes of this style, the outer edge of the sole would feel like it was folding over the pedal when leaning into turns. Crankbrothers' designers widened the body of the pedal and while the new Mallet DH shares similar features to the original, the actual design is all new. Utilizing two-piece construction, the current-generation pedals have better sealing and a revised axle. Compared to the standard pedal, the DH axle is five millimeters longer, which gives increased clearance to the crank arm when running bulky gravity influenced shoes. Although the outer body of the DH pedal only sees an extra five millimeters of platform on the outer edge, this represents a near 50-percent improvement in surface area and a real increase in support.



Mallet DH Features:
• New two piece extruded and machined-aluminium body, 5mm wider than standard Mallet
• One model, set a little above existing Mallet 3
• Investment cast steel wings & needle roller bearing/cartridge bearing combination
• 16 grub screws per pedal for traction
• New forged scm435 chromoly steel axle, 5mm longer for added clearance and Q-factor
• 480g per pair

On Trail: Mallet DH
Which of course takes us to introduction of the Mallet DH, the pedal designed to cater for the exact wishes of their sponsored riders, but should suit any gravity or trail riders who ride hard and want all the platform they can get. Impressions are of a pedal which ups the game for riding more technical terrain. Foot stability is markedly improved when clipped in and an the added advantage of the wider body is space for more traction pins, which is useful when riding a section unclipped should the need arise. The pins can be screwed in or out to suit rider preference. Mud clearance is class leading and the investment-cast wings are so far proving to be significantly tougher than the pressed alternatives on the lesser pedals in the stable. Despite some fairly hefty rock strikes on both these and the 3, neither pedals are showing signs of damage. Exit and engagement is slightly stiffer than with the 3. This comes as a result of altered springs between the wings and while we prefer the softer 3 action for trail riding, the DH feels perfect for the more aggressive riding style generally adopted for anything gravity related.




Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotes Despite a sceptical audience, Crankbrothers probably deserve some slack for both of these pedals. Sealing is now on a par with Shimano, if not perhaps slightly better, and the reliability issues of old appear to have been banished to history. This is of course no less than you would expect for an up-market product, but it’s encouraging nonetheless. The release and exit feel remains either reason to love or reason to hate, the exit remaining less harsh than some. The float offered is also less rattly than with some other pedals although mercifully present to not only save ankles but allow for some fluidity in your movement on the bike. Combined with the release action, it creates a very natural motion and one which we like a lot. Also liked a lot is the ability to clip in backwards, or on the upstroke of pedaling, which is great for racing because you don't need to compromise pedal position to enable entry into the mechanism. If it were our own money being spent, then we’d probably opt to use the DH across all our bikes, thanks to the nature of our local terrain, but if you ride trail or use narrower shoes, then the standard Mallet 3 is likely to appeal. - Alasdair MacLennan



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110 Comments

  • + 66
 on par with shimano for sealing ?

let me know when you have had these for a long term test, as in 5 years +

havent seen many CB products last 1/3 of that. as in none..

so far my 12 year old shimano DX are still running smoother then anything i tried from CB, after 3 rides.
  • - 85
 Not to mention Crankbrothers ridiculous clip-system that ceases to work at the slightest sight of mud.
  • + 29
 god no, they dont last that long but shimano doesnt have pins... and when your in a race run, accidentially unclip and can ride a section on the pins if you cannot clip in its a life saver. shimano's are platic Slippery when wet. they are only a 90$ product, the poerfomance is what you are paying for, not the the longevity
  • + 67
 Ceases to work at the sight of mud? You do realize that Crankbrothers pedals have a HUGE following in cyclocross, for precisely the reason that they work very well in mud right? I'm no crankbrothers fanboy, but that comment doesn't hold water.
  • - 94
 patrick2cents, so you are telling me that the lycra-dudes, that failed to understand how to use a road bike in the first place, are the right guys to ask when it comes to AM/FR/DH pedals? Thanks for the laugh Smile

I tried the eggbeater 2 on a friends XC bike, and compared to my own Shimano XT, they are in all honesty pretty much garbage.
  • + 29
 Cyclocross riders regularly unclip and run over muddy, rough obstacles and then clip right back in. They test mud clearance probably a lot more than any downhill rider, as most downhill riders don't unclip, wander around in filth, then hop back on.
  • - 9
 Cyclocross racers use eggbeaters not mallets. The eggs have nothing but the wings and a tiny center body area and are used with xc mtb racing shoes. There isn't all that much for mud to get stuck to/around in the first place. Eggbeaters would be deathtraps to try and ride on a dh bike with shoes like those o'neals.
  • + 7
 Nygaard - my Eggbeater 2 pedals are way better than my old shimano M520s I used to run, in mud nothing even comes close to 'beaters. Seriously, I've no idea what you're on about...
  • + 15
 I switched from Crank Bros to Shimano so I could swap bikes with my girlfriend on rides and have been cursing the day I switched ever since. I never had an issue with my mallets and loved the feel of the float, and how easy it was to re-engage in the event I got unclipped. With the Shimanos it seems as though my cleats eject more easily and can be a little harder to get back in to during a race run should they come unclipped. I for one will be switching back to Crank Bros, I'm a big fan of how they feel once you're clipped in.
  • + 3
 I might add I've been running them over a year in british mud without any servicing and they still run perfectly.
  • + 1
 ive had my spd's for two years and never had a problem with them unclipping at times when i didnt want them to. they dont hold much mud and dont wear groves into the bottom of my shoes, like those shoes of my friends who ride mallets or time pedals.
  • + 5
 I bought a pair of Shimano 520's (the base model) three years ago with plans to upgrade to the XT pedals the next year. Well I still ride the 520's on my XC bike, and there is NO bearing grind or play AT ALL after three years of racing, well over a thousand miles on them. I ride the XT semi platform pedals (785s) on both of my big bikes. Same story, two years on each and they are PERFECT. Before the SPD's, I rode Crank Bros Mallets on my Remedy and Eggbeaters on my XC bike, those pedals didn't last a full season even with my meticulous care. Crank Brothers will never come close to Shimano's undeniable quality. And anyone that has complaints about 520s, just switch to the 780s.
  • + 10
 I've heard all these CB horror stories and it doesn't add up to me.
I bought a set of the original eggbeaters when they first came out, what, 10-12 years ago? Those same pedals are have gone though four bikes and are now on my current XC bike without a hint of problems. They've gotten me through multiple 24 hr races and Leadville last year. I've got two pairs of early Mallets, at least 5-8 years old, on my FR and AM bikes; both doing fine.
BTW, I weigh close to 200lbs and ride very hard.
I have three friends who have all bought CB pedals (Eggbeaters, Candys, and Mallets) based on my experience and they haven't had any problems.

Maybe we're all just super lucky.
  • + 4
 Ive Seen 2 pairs of these pedals snap right at the spindal
  • + 3
 Reliability issues on these pedals are more than just a myth. I never had failures with the regular eggbeaters, but they developed play pretty quickly. The Acids were ridiculous with those needle bearings that seize completely. I just can't go back to CB again.
  • + 2
 thank you alex, haha you've seen mine!
  • + 2
 I used to smash Shimano pedals in months, the clip interface just could not take the beating and mud up here.
Mud clearance was horrible also with the Shimanos.
Never had an issue with Shimano bearings though, that was the least of my worries.

Have broken a couple of CB pedals. The spring fails in time and the cage can get bent also, snapped the axle on one also. But have seen many Shimanos fail when landing the triple at the bottom of FB with a pedal down and hitting it off the ground (bad rider style)
CB are easier to use also, much easier to clip in and out of
  • + 20
 Got both Shimano and CB. Like them both for one reason or another. Flats too. I just like pedals on my bike. Pedals are sweet!
  • - 10
 crankbrothers is the worst
  • + 9
 No. You are wrong.

This is the worst.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/8952731
  • + 4
 do you not see the rubber gripping on those awesome pedals? shut up and take my money!
  • + 5
 Ok. But they arn't cheap. Very limited production. They are original Mossbrothers pedals.
  • + 2
 I've got a set of the old Mallets and I've had no problems with them for a season riding on the shore, aside from having to regrease them once. The feel and ease of clipping in and out is awesome and I love the grip, but I'm sure they would proably disintegrate when smashed against a rock in Whistler, but that's what my bomb proof flats are for.
As for Shimano, they may produce stronger more reliable pedals, but wtf, why don't you guys produce a clipless pedal with some grip?! A bit of slippery plastic under my foot is not what I want when I'm not properly clipped in and I've just committed to a sketchy rock face line. Shimano, sort your life out and give us a real DH pedal else CB will slowly capture the market as they make their products stronger and more reliable! The top DH guys use Mallets for a reason!
  • + 1
 For all those arguing over eggbeaters and shimanos, try the dang mallets cuz the egg beaters are crap
  • + 1
 We're not arguing over eggbeaters, we're arguing over crank brothers pedals in general being unreliable as all hell. These new ones would be what, the third or fourth generation aimed at DH/FR users... shimano did the DX clipless pedals and got it right on the first try.
  • + 1
 I hated my SPDs, they were such a pain.
  • + 1
 anyone have any experience riding mallets with xc/trail shoes rather than the skate style shoes? im looking at buying a pair of these pedals, but right now i have spec. comp mtb shoes, which i like a lot. im open to buying skate style clipless shoes if they offer more traction on the pedal while not clipped in, but im worried that might mean sacrificing all the pros of the xc/trail shoes that (all day pedaling comfort, stiff efficient soles, etc) ive grown to really like.

basically, how do xt/trail mtb shoes compare to skate style clipless shoes, particularly on a pedal like the mallets?
  • + 1
 They're good with the mallets. I personally have never had a pair of the skate style mtb shoes that I have liked, I prefer xc/trail shoes. I usually use the Adidas El Moros, which have been my favorites,, but have nothing but good things to say about them and how well they work with the Mallets. The skate style shoes usually seem too heavy/bulky/cumbersome for my liking, but I haven't tried a pair recently.
  • + 1
 I wear Sidis with my Mallets. Work fine. No complaints
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  • + 19
 "stronger shafts are long in coming".... that is all
  • + 11
 You can always rely on the pinkbike comment section to pick up on the innuendos you miss.
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  • + 11
 I've been running these Mallet 3s for AM all summer with no issues and only good things to say. I was skeptical after finding 50/50 1s to be trash, but I would recommend these as long as you can spring for, or find a deal on the 3s.
  • + 6
 Although if I was buying today, I agree with the take away - I would take the 45gr hit and go for the DHs. They look like they have a simpler, sturdier build without the poly-carbonate and a wider platform would be nice.
  • + 4
 Mallet 3 with a sixsixone sneaker style shoe has been a winning combo all season (between 10 to 12 AM/enduro style rides a month)
  • - 8
 okay, not gunna be a bummer, but f*ck those pedals, ive had them break their fuxking axels three times in a row, im done with them (three otb's at 35k+)
  • + 2
 i bent three pairs of 5050 with the same axle size. not suprised at all that they have made them stronger, too late for me, i bought 647's for 1/3rd the price
  • + 2
 Ive bashed the Mallet 3s this whole summer and they stood up to the abuse without any problem, I only had to replace one needle bearing. Other than that, they were perfect, and trust me I beat the living shit out of these. In my, opinion, The M3's work well for dh, but I dont have the biggest feet. I will be trying the Dh version next year though. And a quick tip, if you buy one of these pedals,, as soon as you get it, disassemble the pedal and grease it with some quality grease that repels water, such as Motorex. This will greatly help the pedal life because Crankbros doesnt really put enough grease ans its bad grease at that.
  • - 9
 why the neg props, i almost broke my freaking neck...
  • + 3
 You're blaming an OTB crash on your pedals.

I can't ever recall a time I blamed my pedals on a crash. If I slip a pedal, or unclip and go OTB, it's my own damn fault. Not the pedals fault. And... 3 axles? You bought them twice again after the axle broke once? Why? Why would you do that? If something fails on me, video card, bike part, monitor, tv, etc...etc... I usually try a new brand. In fact I'm sure most people do that.

Sorry chap.
  • + 1
 kk the only reason i crashed is cuz the f*cking axel off the pedal broke into two pieces, during a pedal stroke. now, i got them on warranty, they then snapped again. then i went back to them, raised hell, and they shipped me a new axel that apparently was "stronger"...shit broke again, they said they would warranty them, i told them to shove it up their ass
lol and yes, when you are hitting the pedals hard, and your axel breaks, your foot gets dragged forcing you to crash, lucky for you, youve never had it happen to you(obvs) lol
sorry chap.
  • + 3
 Okay, I've crashed for near no reason before. If I suddenly and unexpectedly lost one of my main connections to the bike, a foot for example, then that would increase the likelihood of ending up in the rhubarb. I happen to think that equipment failure is probably one of the best explanations of a crash. Give a bro some slack.
  • + 1
 I snapped I stem once, landing a drop to flat. Can't say I've went over the bars but I definitely went over whatever was left on there...
  • + 1
 and now the sense break through1 thanks guys haha
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  • + 6
 Some people just like shimano's. Some just like crank brothers. It's personal. With mallets you can have a lot of movement without clipping out, with shimano's you are cilpped tight to the pedal, so you only have a bit room to move you feet without clipping out. I tried the mallets for 1 week, couldn't get used to all those moving space.
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  • + 4
 No matter how pretty or easy to rebuild crank brothers pedals are they still have appalling cleats that wear extremely quickly and cause involuntary unclips. There is no way of knowing when the soft brass cleats will reach the wear point that causes an issue and it cost me 4 months off the bike a few years back after a nasty crash so went back to shimano and never had a problem. Watch world cup riders over the past few years having horrible unclipped moments (I remember watching Gwin ride the big drop at Fort William on his race run with just one foot in and Danny Hart riding 1 footed down the rocks there all because of the crap interface). Until they make decent steel cleats like shimano that last for years these will be a dangerous pedal to ride.
  • + 14
 Considering Gwin doesn't even ride for crankbrothers and twr is sponsored by shimano, I think that just maybe....he runs crank brothers out of personal choice like the majority of dh riders...ever thought of that?
  • - 5
 err. wrong.
  • + 3
 Proof? Because, only crank brothers athletes got given the new style pedal, whereas the likes of the athertons and gwin stayed on the old ones.
  • + 2
 watch the shimano saint pursuing perfection vid, all shimano athletes, now look for the mallet dh, you will find it if you look close at 00:52, none are crankbros athletes but they still got the prototypes somehow... tho upon saying that they still have a choice between shimano and crankbros... as for the unclipped moments thats when the wings hit a rock and release, not the cleats fault although crankbros should still fix it (like time's design maybe?)
  • + 2
 Shimano "sponsored" riders are generally just drivetrain sponsored, not pedal sponsored. The ones that use shimano pedals are doing so because they like them, not because they're paid to and have no other choice. Shimano's pedal line is run as a seperate division of the cycling group, and their cockpit controls stuff (the Pro line of bars, posts, stems) is yet another division. Only selected athletes are sponsored by the othersub-divisions too, and they're ones who get signature bars like the athertons.
  • + 1
 thanks for clearing that up, it was confusing watching crc nukeproof with vans shoes, formula brakes and crankbros pedals when they were on shimano
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  • + 4
 sealing will never beat shimano, my m647's have never failed me and i've had them for the time i had one set of candy 11's(sucked into the trap expensive=increased reliability) two sets of candy twos and two sets of mallet threes, I'll still try the dh anyway but not exactly expecting miracles here
  • + 4
 My m647s (DX) have been good but ive snapped a pair and the sealing wasnt amazing. my biggest complaint is that in the end is a little plastic cover over a spring and in both the sets ive had a light rock strike broke those out in a matter of a few rides. and the engagement quality wheres quickly...
  • - 4
 if your talking about m647s what do you mean a plastic cover over a spring? only plastic I can think of is the resin cage (for riders who haven't had m647s, that plastic will outlast a pair of crankbros wings by a long shot)
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  • + 4
 I know everyone has a different opinion but i know just from my experience as a bmx racer that rides 3-4 times a week I would take crank brothers any day over shimona pedals. I had two sets of the older syle mallets for both my bikes and they lasted 5 years with no problems. I then tried shimano pedals and went through 3 sets within a 8 month span and these were not the cheap entry level models either. so for some people who swear on there life on shimano thats great for them but from someone who rides alot and rides hard on the track, they suck specially when your in the bike industry and they seem to have lots of warranty problems. Crank brothers all day over shimanos
  • + 3
 Can't comment on the Shimano pedals, but I have quite a few CB pedals and I don't have ANY issues.
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  • + 2
 I never had an issue with my mallets besides wearing a lot of cleats, this is my only complaint about CB, I've got 2 pairs of Mallets c back from 2005 and 2007 still in shape... you just have to take the plastic cap pump grease and go.... recently I've purchased the new ones for my enduro bike, and yes this feel a lot more appropriate to this kind of riding than dh... this dh ones are welcome...
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  • + 2
 I will never, ever buy another CB product. Looks fantastic, built by blind monkeys. It ALL fails prematurely. I cant be bother arguing over warranty, i just want a product that works. For the record i have owned Candy, Acid and mallet clip less pedals, and a joplin seat post. My XT Trail pedals are 500 x better, and take a beating. Dont get me started on the Joplin. I had a brain fart when i bought that one...
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  • + 2
 I have CB Candy on about 10 bikes currently, and they have been on for 2-5 years. I haven't had a single failure. I don't see what the issue is. I have three sets of CB wheels, and no problems either. They aren't my favorite, but they work. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way. Neglect will kill almost all components.
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  • + 2
 These look like winners.

I've always wondered why all the pros use these pedals but you never hear anything good about them on the internet.

Are they really so much better than SPDs? I'd love to try a set, if they release them in black.

They'd go well with those new Teva shoes.
  • + 1
 personal preference tbh, engagement isn't as defined as an spd but the float is a little bit more open to you moving your feet around when pushing hard into corners if that makes any sense..
  • + 1
 I used SPDs for a few years until one of my knees started giving me pain. I've been on flats now for about three years and have no knee problems at all. I've been thinking about trying CB pedals for a while, but I'm put off by the horrible red colour. Why not black or silver? Anodised red doesn't look good on a fluoro yellow frame with black everything else.
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  • + 1
 Its toi late for me im used to spds. It would be scary for me to change i trust the relase to let go when i need to. I would have to ride a new pedal for a while before i felt confident in it.... and i dont feel like crashing
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  • + 5
 I would love to see a review of the time z strong pedals.
  • + 4
 I've been running Time Z Strong's on both my Trail and DH bikes for years. No hype, no flash, they just simply work...and last forever. I tried a set of Mallets once and ditched them after having to rebuild them after 2 rides. The Time's are a little bit heavier, but it's just a small payoff for the reliability and strength.
  • + 4
 Huge fan of Time pedals, imo spd is garbage.
  • + 1
 It's too bad the z strongs are so heavy but I guess that's the price to pay for something that lasts forever.
  • + 0
 I would'nt say spd are crap but i also prefer Time pedals for the lateral play and they are far more durable than anything CB would ever built
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  • + 1
 Ive been riding CB's for yrs now. my new MK3's are Fricken awesome. I trade them off from my am to dh rig and combined with my 510 maltese falcons they are tight as heck. had to back the pins down alot to let me clip out. PERFECT COMBO to keep your feet connected. not to mention i dont notice the smaller platform base. LOVE it!
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  • + 1
 You guys should review the new TIME IROC! The only pedal i have ever had in my life that feels brand spankin new after a whole season on the big bike shredding whistler and tagging pedals left right and center. Absolutely amazing pedals that will blow anything else away. DX's lasted me a ride until the cage broke, and crankbro's mallets usually last a few months under my feet. TIME is where ts at when it come to clipless technology
  • + 1
 Couldn't agree more! I will only run Time pedals, everything else is garbage imo.
  • + 2
 I've been looking for reviews on the Time pedals for sometime, specifically from someone using them for DH/Gravity riding. My only reservations so far about these pedals was that the cage seemed a bit small, and the lack of pins seemed to be a potential drawback, so, I was hoping to hear more from someone who was actually using these pedals.
  • + 2
 I will only run TIME pedals as well. After years of trying Shimano and Crank Brothers, I finally got back on a set of TIME clipless pedals and found my home again. Stever, for the full on DH pedal, the Z Strong is the way to go, the X ROC S is good for aggressive all-mtn riding with a nylon body.
  • + 2
 I'm long time user of time pedals (time roc s and z freeride); both are awesome, strong and seems that they will last forever. I wish the z freeride has more platform or pins when ride unclipped, in that case i would like to try the mallet 2 or 3, also would like to try the shimano xt trail pedals and check their little float, could be useful in order to move more the tail of the bike.

I only have tried a pair of Candy SL, like three years ago, the left pedal broke itself going down and after that i crashed so bad that i must stay in recover like two weeks, no broken bones but my knee still have an ugly scar. The pedal was built again by LBS but i've never install again; now is difficult to thrust my knees to another pair of CB pedals.
  • + 1
 I've read some comments that spring tension is a bit stiff, and non-adjustable. Does this cause any hinderances in disengagement? Has anyone had any bad spills while wearing these pedals, and if so, how'd it go as far as getting unclipped while crashing?
  • + 1
 spring tension is more loose than stiff imo when they break in and when broken in the foot you usually unclip with becomes looser then the foot you dont unclip with, only issue is the wide release angle doesnt let you release if your toe is against the crankarm with dh shoes (minnaar,hellcat,cyclone,am45) just get cheap ones of each brand and upgrade the brand you like, it's personal preference
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  • + 1
 when are the mallet DH pedals coming out? i've been dying to get a pair since i saw them on the pros' bikes at sea otter earlier this year. i've owned a candy for 4 years, a mallet for 3, and an eggbeater for at least 2 years. I even got the disposable smarties on my enduro for the last year or so and all of them are still holding up and doing fine. i don't wanna argue with anyone. i bet the bad reputation CB products have is true. but fortunately for me, i guess i've been very lucky.
  • + 1
 oh, i almost forgot. i also have the 50/50s on my big hit.
  • + 1
 I hear the mallet dh should be in most LBS by the end of January.
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  • + 1
 I've been using this Mallet DH for almost 5 weeks now. the clips holding the cleats and pins are easily corroded when I was using it in wet condition. Also the Cleats worn out too fast. I also noticed grinding in the bearings.
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  • + 1
 "the reliability issues of old appear to have been banished to history." Not my history, they haven't... My Mallet 3s lasted precisely seven months of moderate riding before the needle bearing seized on one side and promptly wrecked the axle to boot. I expect far better for the money. I'll spend more on rebuild kits than I did on the pedals.
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 @hansfd - I'd strongly recommend pulling apart any crank brothers pedal and pack with fresh grease for riding in anything other than dry weather. That said, I'd also recommend doing the same with shimano so I'd not lay blame solely at Crank Brothers' door. In my experience most moving parts can be improved upon with a liberal addition of grease prior to first use.
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 Just had my new set of DHs out for the first time. I rode on fire road as I am recovering from a knee injury. Half way round I noticed that the bearings already had freeplay. This is my third set of CBs and aside from the springs on snapping after five years of use I have had no complaints. I am sure that CrankBros will replace them OK, but cannot describe just how disappointed I am in both CB and Pinkbike. How can it be that 130 Euro pedals develop freeplay on the first light ride and how can this not be have been at all picked up by professional reviewers?
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 @oddrob: If you had five years of use out of any pair of pedals then you're doing well! As a reviewer, I can only review the products I've been provided with, unless of course there is ready access to other examples of the same product within a particular riding group. Perhaps your set are below par, but those featured here are still on my bike having been used on a multitude of bikes throughout our UK winter and are spinning fine without issue. I also know of a number of local riders who bought the pedals on the back of this review and they all love them; if your problem really is as severe as you say then it could be your pair has fault.

Do remember though that because they use a needle roller bearing there will be a little more lateral movement (ie inline with the axle) that can be felt through fingers than with the Mallet 1/2's - if you can feel it through your feet then there's a problem but otherwise, it's unlikely to be a big issue.
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 Thanks for your comments. I assume the problem is mainly due to tolerances. Out of the box they were fine but some initial usage has created some slight play. In all fairness as you mentioned, you as a reviewer cannot judge quality across a large number of samples. Sorry for dissin you on that point. The amount of free play is not lateral as you described, but perpendicular to the axis localised to the needle bearing and is not notable when riding, yet. However they make that annoying shudder when knocked, so the process to worn bearings has begun. Bottom line is when paying top buck the customer should not be expected to accept this as the norm. My other pedals platform pedals were solid for a year plus before they showed similar play. The rest of the pedal is spot on, so I really do hope it can be resolved with some replacements. Seems though that bearing issues are still not totally a thing of the past for Crank Brothers sadly.
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 i love crankbrothers and will definately be geeting some DH in the future. i love being able to float whilst still clipped in and no other pedal offers to the level i like.
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 Mallets, lots of issues, had to rebuild 3 times in one season, bearings seize, pedal unthreads. Got stuck in during a high speed get off and broke my leg due to the fact i couldn't twist out, just got stuck, twisted my ankle really bad, and snapped my fibula mid shaft from the twist! Fail!
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 One thing I like about the Mallet is it doesn't seem as difficult to un-clip and the extra float means you're less likely to un-clip accidentally.
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 I got the mallet 1s which are good but I wished I got the 2 or 3s because they have grub screws and the 1s don't and sometimes I need to be clipped out when pedaling but still have traction.
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 have had my CB candy 3 for about 3 years, greased them every 6 months. Still going strong after alot of rock strikes and ALOT of bad weather. I love them
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 I had a pair of candy Ti wich were just junk, constant trouble, after a year the left ti axle broke while climbing, and CB said it was all my fault. My old bulky shimano lasted 15 years, nuff said.
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 had 2 sets of the old type dh2's snap through the axle after a few months riding! love the feel of them but bloody nora they rant reliable!!
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 Been running the MK3 since interbike and Im really impressed with how well they are holding up. Crankbros has stepped it up!
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 I literally just bought a set of the MK3's (they haven't even shipped yet), but I really want those DH's now! Those look way better
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 Wow quality from crank bros, personally i ride flats but if i were to switch over to the dark side, the dh's would definetly be my pedal of choice
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 my remaing problems with crank bros pedals;- The clip is not tight enough and the bit that holds the cleat bends on impact.
mrkamot above, I salute you.
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 where do i purchase the mallet dh pedals in the uk and how much will they be? i think i need a pair!
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 ... and just to clarify, i had the egg beater part of my pedals break each time. These new pedals appear to have the same eggbeater part. Shimano FTW.
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 Please Santa...... Razz
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 WHATS THE MALLET DH RELEASE DATE
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 Haha I literally just got the Mallet pedals today for DH riding!
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 why cant get mallet dh on europe!?
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 That's really strange way of showing a measurement
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 anyone know when these will be available?
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 After going through 3 pairs of CB pedals in less than a year, I'm never buying any of their overpriced (but good looking) junk again.
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 Proofreading please!
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