Crankbrothers Mallet E Pedals
Shortly after the announcement of their new Stamp flat pedals
, Crankbrothers revealed their completely updated clipless pedal line that they hope will set a new standard for reliability and durability. Crankbrother's CEO, Gaspare Licata, said that he's worked to implement more stringent testing and quality control measures in an effort to put the company on a fresh path, one that places a priority on long term performance.
All of Crankbrothers clipless pedals, even ones that remain visually unchanged for 2016, have been updated with new internals that include Enduro cartridge bearings, custom Igus bushings, and an additional external seal to go along with the dual-lip internal seal that was already in place. The new internals are designed to help keep the pedals spinning smoothly even after months of weather that's the polar opposite of what Crankbrothers employees regularly enjoy in sunny Laguna, California.
On the World Cup DH circuit the Mallet DH pedal is a common sight, and with the new Mallet E Crankbrothers is hoping to make their mark on the enduro race world. The pedals are 12% smaller and are claimed to weigh 419 grams, 50 grams less than the Mallet DH. A polyurethane 'traction pad' is located on each side of the clip-in mechanism, a feature that's designed to give riders the ability to adjust how much their shoes contact the pedal body, ensuring that there's minimal interference when clipping in or out. Available in electric blue or black, the Mallet E will retail for $165 USD. Highline Dropper Post
Crankbrothers' Kronolog dropper post has been moved into the archives, replaced by a completely new post called the Highline. The cable actuated post can be stopped anywhere along its 125mm of drop, and houses a sealed, nitrogen sprung cartridge that's supposed to be maintenance free for at least three years of usage. After that, if for some reason it does need service, the entire cartridge can easily be removed in a matter of minutes. Crankbrothers worked closely with Igus, Trelleborg, and Jagwire to make the post's small parts – bushings, seals, cables and housing – as high quality as possible to keep it running smoothly no matter how nasty the weather.
Dropper post levers sometimes seem like they were created by designers with abnormally shaped thumbs – there's no other way to explain some of the strange shapes that have emerged over the past few years. Luckily, it looks like Crankbrothers' designers have avoided that issue with a clever lever design that allows it to be mounted above or below the bars. The lever is attached to a sphere that can be rotated in all directions before being tightened down and locked into place, allowing for much more customizable position than anything else currently on the market.
Initially the Highline post will be available for 30.9 and 31.6mm seat tubes with 125mm of drop, but it's possible that a 150mm version could emerge in the future. The final weight, including the remote, cable and housing, is expected to be 580 grams. The post has a three year warranty, and will retail for $350 USD when it arrives in early 2016.