First Look: All-New Crankbrothers Mallet DH/Race Pedals

We sat down for a chat with Colin Esquibel, the man who took the new Crankbrothers Mallet DH/Race pedal from sketches to production, all the while interfacing with athletes like Steve Smith, Bryn Atkinson, and Steve Peat to ensure their needs were met on the World Cup DH Circuit.

Photos by Brandon Turman and Sven Martin
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6 comments
  • mrpowerjd

    2/16/2013 12:16 AM

    Just picked mine up from the store yesterday. Drove down here to Boulder City NV for the Mob in Mohave DH race. Have these mounted up. Going to throw down some practice runs today at the venue, the great trails at Bootleg Canyon Bike Park. Racing Sunday!

  • ininerider

    2/13/2013 2:33 PM

    I am pretty sure these will be garbage as well as everything else they market. They have great ideas but R&D in my opinion is lacking integrity.

  • bturman

    2/13/2013 5:27 PM

    One year on the World Cup DH circuit isn't proper R&D?

  • ininerider

    2/13/2013 5:48 PM

    OK so maybe these will not fail? Only time will tell.

  • The Enginerd

    2/12/2013 7:42 PM

    I've used CB pedals for years, and if these have the reliability improvements they claim, they'll have a winner. Removing the stress concentrations on the spindle seems like it should remove one of the failure modes I've experienced in the past (spindle snapped at an abrupt change in spindle diameter).
    The stiffer spring for clipping in will be a nice bonus as well. Let's hope these have the reliability improvements promised.

  • Reality Check

    2/12/2013 8:53 AM

    So do their pedals still fail in ways that could not have been conceived of beforehand? Or did they finally start making quality products?