For rides where you can hear the clock ticking in your head.
The Crank Brothers Mallet 1 Pedal lets downhill racers clip in for really rough tracks, and the full platform provides excellent traction when you can't get clipped after drifting a corner. Removable pins let you tune the amount of traction to your preference, and they can be replaced if you snap them off on a rocky section. While Crank Brothers created this pedal for ripping gnar on a nine-inch ride, the Mallet 1 also works great for riders who like to cruise singletrack and roll to the store on the same bike.
aluminum, stainless steel
15 deg 20 deg
DH, freeride mountain biking
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This pedal made my life way better. I rock them with the Shimano SH-MP66W Mountain Bike Shoe. I get the power of the clip on climbs, but the confidence and aggressiveness that I feel when downhilling with my flats. I have them on my 6" bike, and will rock them forever!
I have both mtb'd both clipped and unclipped with these and they work fairly well for both. my suggestion, however, is, when riding unclipped, wear shoes with a compliant sole. With a harder sole your foot does not contact the spikes enough and instead rides on the egg beaters which act like a roller of sorts and can spit your foot off.
As others have stated these pedals are very easy to get in and out of. Being able to adjust the release is quite helpful. These are my first set of clip-in pedals and so far i am very happy with them. I do not like using them without cycling shoes, they do not inspire confidence on the trail without being clipped-in.
Great pedal, used only for a short time but are holding up well. I typically ride in really rocky, technical trails (northeast). So far these pedals have taken some nasty hits and just laughed at them. I like the bigger platform because sometimes I don't like being clipped in and these pedals grip almost as good as decent bmx platform pedals. They are pretty heavy, but I don't really care about that. If you want lighter go with the mallet 3. The brass cleat is wearing a little faster than I would have liked, but I should get at least a year out of them.
these are so sweet, people complain about them not being comfortable with normal shoes but i havent had that all that bad, theres a little bump where the actual eggbeater middle is but its not bad at all, also they complain about it being heavy but they're lighter than my last pair of just platforms so if you're looking for a great pair of clipless pedals for weekend madness this is where to look, i dont race so if your racing this is not the review for you, gonna have to check elsewhere first but if you ride for fun, get yourself a pair
I'm trying to find a new system for my Titus Racer X. I tried the Shimano M520 SPDs but I suffer from serious hot foot (nerve pressure that burns your foot). I thought the combo of the platform and clip might disperse the pressure point, but how high up does your shoe float over the platform when you're clipped in? Do you get the most out of the platform AND the clip at the same time?
I really like this pedal for All Mountain/Freeride Conditions. I can ride an up/down 28 mile trail with SPD cleats, or a straight up 15 mile long Downhill Trail with the same pedal (and a flat shoe). Of course if I rode cross country all the time this pedal would not be my choice, but for everything else, you can't beat it.
Oh yeah, they make great pedals for riding to the store with too.
First off lets just point out that these pedals are heavy! If your not concerned about the extra weight like myself, you'll love them. The platform works out great when riding without bike shoes. These Mallets are much niver than last years model. The green color is sick as well.
I have raced these in every condition possible and they are great. I love how well they do in the mud and are much easier to get in and out than Shimano's. Also you can fine adjust how easily they go in and out by using the supplied shims that go in between the cleat and your shoe. By far my favorite clipless pedals to date.
These are durable, easy in-out. They need to be ridden as clips though. For riding to the store or goofing off you can wear regular shoes but for doing the gnar you better clip up. Been really happy with these so far.
I was a die-hard Shimano SPD fan, but when I began riding a singlespeed on the rugged and rocky trails in Arizona, my little PD-M540's just didn't cut it. I needed a combination of clipless and platform pedals, and the Mallet delivered. No more slow speed, technical section, toppling over, with my feet still engaged in the pedals. No more ~ one foot clipped in and not being able to pedal while I fumbled with the other, while needing to hammer up the next hill. The Mallet allows me to be unclipped when I need to, and to still be able to keep the cranks spinning.
I got these for my husband so he can ride to school with his street shoe and then change his shoes and hit the trail using the clips. He has had a hard time adjusting to the clips but he likes being able to pedal even if it's taking a minute to get clipped in. I don't think I would use these if you would always use bike shoes, but if you are switching between the two shoes it's a great pedal.
..they are with these on my single speed commuter. I wanted a good platform/clip pedal for commuting without having to always use my bike shoes. Clip sticks up a bit, but not too bad for riding with street shoes. If weight is an issue, these are not for you. But if a solid around town pedal is, pick em up!
I have a few sets of these on my bikes, because I tend to ride without cycle shoes on many occasions. They're great when you're clipped in, but depending on your shoe they can be iffy as a non-clipped platform pedal. Especially in rainy weather (wut up Seattle?) and bumpy terrain they can feel a little sketchy. For a short blast to the store, or for a casual ride where you don't want to get all kitted up, no problem. They're big, though, so if that's an issue you may want to go smaller.
I typically do my mountain biking on the weekends and use Crank Brothers Candy Si's. But, I recently had knee surgery and doc says no twisting of the leg(i.e. getting out of the clips)I'd like to ride my bike to work. Is it safe to have two sets of pedals, one for commuting to work(due to high gas prices) and one for my future mountain rides? Does it wear out the crank where the pedals are inserted?
Unless you're trading the pedals out once a week or so, it can get pretty aggravating and you do have higher chances of putting in the pedals incorrectly and stripping out your crank arm. That isn't too big of a deal considering that your LBS can re-tap them, but it's still a pain.I'd call around to bike shops and see if they have any of the plastic Crank Brothers pedal inserts. If they don't have any, give Crank Brothers a call directly, explain the situation, and they should be willing to help out. If Crank Brothers gives you any grief, just let me know and I'll drop them a line for firstname.lastname@example.org__________________________________________________________________________________OR, you could use the Shimano 1/2 flat pedal & 1/2 clip in pedal. http://www.backcountry.com/store/SHI0092/Shimano-America-PD-A530-SPD-Road-Dual-Platform-Bike-Pedal.htmlHowever, you may find these to be a little tough on the trail, with only one side to clip into as well.