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Anyone try the new Mallet DHs' yet.

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by SCARY, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. SCARY

    SCARY Not long enough

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    I need more of these green square things^^
    I did my 2nd set of shuttle runs yesterday since my accident almost a year ago.I had to unclip a couple times cuz I'm so stiff and have lost some micro balancing features my body used to have .
    It took forever to get clipped back in on my right side and my foot didnt feel real confident on the shimano Dxs.
    I thought the mallets might feel better in an unclippled situation,or the wet until I could get back in.I think I would only run them on race weekend due to their reputation.
    I get race Gwin,here in a couple weeks and I don't want to be more than a full minute behind him.
     
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  2. Carraig042

    Carraig042 me 1st

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    I hear they are a lot better than the old ones. Supposedly they did not break a single one during testing and through last season. I dont run clipped in so I cant really say to much other than what I hear.

    -Brett
     
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    chillindrdude Turbo Monkey

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    i will get them when my current Mallets (the prev generation) break. :rofl:
     
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    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

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    I just bought two brand new pairs of the current Mallets off the site for the $60 price Crank Brothers is unloading them at. The new wings are worlds better than the old one. I'm trying to play with the pin placement to see if they really increase grip unclipped without hindering engagement, but not too many rides where I'm hanging it out just yet. The Mallet DH's run the same way other than width really, so I assume my statements to be relevant.

    I don't think ANY DH clipless pedal actually grips your shoe at all as much as it just gives you a place to keep your foot until it clips in, but time may tell. I'm of the opinion that you'd have to run the pins at an absurd height to even consider them "grippy".
     
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    I found that when i had the pins higher for grip, it became harder to clip in. So a fine balance.
     
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  6. SCARY

    SCARY Not long enough

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    I need more of these green square things^^
    What site?CBs site they're 140 for the new ones and 90 for last years
     
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    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

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    Bottom right hand corner of the home page. "Upgrade me now". I sent in two sets of the originial Mallets and bought two new sets of the 2012's.

    I was FRIGGIN ECSTATIC to find they changed the allen head from a 5mm to a 6mm.

    http://www.crankbrothers.com/rt_ticket_add.php

    You can also buy their wheelsets and other pedal styles besides the Mallet 3's.

     
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    I have a broken pair of the original Mallet pedals, but they did last for about 6 years before failing. Can I send those in? If so, good deal.

    Edit: I also remembered I have a pair of original Candy pedals where one of the wings is broken. Hmm, maybe two new sets of pedals are needed?
     
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    mtg Green with Envy

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    That pedal upgrade deal does not apply to the new Mallet DH, only the 2nd gen "UFO style" Mallet.

    If the new "DH" version has the reliability improvements they claim, it'll definitely be a serious winner, imo.
     
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  10. canadmos

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    So if I send in my pedals, what set will I get back? The version that is half plastic?

    I have a set of Mallets, whose spring keeps digging into the body of the pedal and forces the wings to stay open :(
     
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    mtg Green with Envy

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    According to the CB offer posted above, this is the Mallet you get:

     
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    My pair of mallet DH arrived at the shop today. Yet to mount them to a bike but initial thoughts were that the body looks beefy as hell and should take some serious abuse. But then you see this little skinny axel in the middle.... With 5 year warranty crank brothers must be pretty confident in them. Only time will tell
     
  13. SCARY

    SCARY Not long enough

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    I need more of these green square things^^
    That's the mullet of all the Mallets.
     
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    What's so bad about them, so I can whine and complain about them before giving them half a chance to prove durable? :D
     
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    Apparently that trade in deal is for American's only :(

    Anyone want to help a brotha out?
     
  16. SCARY

    SCARY Not long enough

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    I need more of these green square things^^
    Just dumb looking and ugly.....just like a mullet.

    Although we thought they were sweet at the time...just like that Mallet
     
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    All I know is that in southern peanut butter mud, they click in every single time.
     
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    SCARY Not long enough

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    I need more of these green square things^^
    Yeah,I'm guessing that's the only reason the big boys use them.We've got southwestern ...uh.....gritty.....dust sand stuff
     
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    I've got two full days of runs on my Mallet DH and they are much improved over the most recent Mallet version they replaced. The biggest difference to me was the spacing on the new axles. You can get unclipped now without your shoes hitting the crank arm in certain positions. I wear the 5.10 Ravens and they are pretty wide. The new spring feels a little better and consistent compared to last years model. I've already smashed them through lots of rocks riding at Windrock and they are still rock solid.
     
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    2 thoughts.

    Crank Brothers has never really made a good product. So why bother?

    Second, there are too many other better, cheaper products out there to be bothered with sketchy but pretty stuff.
     
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    Why anyone would continue to give CB products a shot is beyond me. I could never figure out how they can't design proper DH products when their offices are at the bottom of some of the best, gnarly shuttle trails in California.
     
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    canadmos Mater Slayer

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    Perhaps I am out of the norm here, but other than the spring digging into the pedal body, my Mallets have performed pretty well (considering their bad rep).

    What other options are there for clipless pedals that offer a full platform with a couple spikes/studs?
     
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    Which bike/rider are you? Remind me to check them out next time we're there.

    I tried doing some goofing off in the driveway yesterday on the Mallet 3's yesterday in a pair of sneakers. My foot shot right off the side, so I gotta spin the pins up in height to see if they grip. I'm thinking I can jack up the outside pins and leave the inside ones low. But yeah, just like any other clipless with platform, no TRUE flat soled grip to be had, just a perch for your foot til you clip back in.

    Shimano's are a plastic set of nubs, so no advantage there. I've not ridden the DH Shimano's in years, but would love to try them again to see if they can truly handle PEANUT BUTTER again. But I've got DH, trail bike and road bike all with Crank Brothers on them and don't think I'll go through that much dough to convert back just yet.
     
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    canadmos Mater Slayer

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    So I upgraded a set of my old broken Mallets for the newest ones.

    I have been using them for about a week and everything was going well, until I noticed after a ride today that the inner bearing and seal on one of the pedals is popping out?

    What the heck?

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  25. SCARY

    SCARY Not long enough

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    Aww...jeeez

    I don't wanna see that
     
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    Don't we go thru this with every CB product? It ends up breaking all too soon?
     
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    HAAAAHAHAHAH, of course it did.
     
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    Wow. A week? Bummer. Time to get 'em Time MX 4s!

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  29. bizutch

    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

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    I've only ever ran into a problem of snapping the axle on two pairs over a 5 year period, but both had never once been taken apart and re-greased. I hucked to flat once and it was ugly, but all my fault!
     
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    And I never understand why CB haters insist on posting useless anecdotal drivel in every CB thread. The world is full of mysteries... :D
     
  31. dropmachine

    dropmachine Turbo Monkey

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    Posting up a warning about Crank Brothers parts to curious riders is the same as warning your buddy about that chick at the bar with the prominent adams apple.
     
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    canadmos Mater Slayer

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    I'm with you here. Although this one pedal acting up after just a week is a bit of a pain in the asshole, my other two sets of pedals from Crank Brothers have performed well. Not once did I ever bother to take them apart and service them and they withstood multiple encounters with rocks of the East coast variety.

    Can't comment on their other products as I don't own any. Though a bunch of my riding friends have Crank Brothers multi tools and they seem to be pretty decent.

    By the way, you can send in your old pedals and get these newest ones for $70. The ones that are half plastic are a $60 trade-in.
     
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    lol @ buying CB stuff
     
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    Ha! Have you found many CB pedals with extra spindles?
     
  35. dilzy

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    Snapping the axle on a peddle no matter what you do is unacceptable. Your legs should be broken splinters before an axle snaps. At the most it should bend, not break.
     
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    wouldn't one rather the spindle snapped than the force being transferred to your cranks or BB?
     
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    CB stuff are like a cat in a bag product for it's overpriced quality,i had own a pair of candy,5050(the worst pedals ever made) and a cobalt wheelset that sucked i had major play on the rear wheel in a short period of time,even the QR skewers from the wheels where major crap.
     
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    Brother, here is what happened. They were a 3 year old set of the ORIGINAL magnesium bodied pedals. I had literally never swapped out a bearing or greased crap. They were so dry and seized I just shot a little Tri-Flow into them to keep them bearable. Was limping them along to buy a new set.

    If you know anything about dry bearings and stress risers on axles, you understand I was living on borrowed time. Coolest part is I finished the run and the pedal was still attached to my shoe at the end.
     
  39. Mr Nug

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    I totally agree. I don't know if I've seen anyone break a crank arm in the last 5 years. A pedal breakage at the wrong time could be a disaster.

    I had a pair of CB Acid 2s which I used on my hardtail for about a year - commuting 20 odd miles most days with the occasional XC ride. I used to shortcut through a car park en route and was stood up pedalling over the speed bumps (gnar!) and one of the pedals axles snapped off. That crash hurt like hell!
     
  40. dropmachine

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    I was at a local shop, and they took a set of Cobalt wheels out of the box. The freehub body fell off.

    My 5050s had the body slide off.

    My Mallets had more play than LeBron James.

    Local rider I know had the body of his Mallets fly off. In the air. In Whistler. On Crabapple Hits. At full speed.


    I could go on, but I probably don't have to.