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Crankbrothers Double Shot 2 Review

The idea is so much better than the execution, this pedal doesn't provide the performance a serious rider wants.
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Price:  $90 List | $61.02 at Amazon
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Pros:  Dual sided, thin, attractive design, inexpensive
Cons:  Slippery, less mud clearance than others, non-adjustable
Manufacturer:   CrankBrothers
By Joshua Hutchens ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 29, 2018
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  • Ease of Exit - 25% 8
  • Ease of Entry - 20% 5
  • Adjustability - 20% 2
  • Weight - 15% 7
  • Platform - 10% 5
  • Mud Shedding Ability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Pairing a clipless and flat pedal in one, the Crank Brothers Double Shot 2 pedal lets you choose to clip in or ride flat. The Double Shot 2 has a slightly concave and textured flat surface on one side and an egg beater clipless mechanism on the reverse, giving riders the either/or option. The pedals are stylish, attractive and thin but lack the performance that we feel is necessary to enjoy mountain biking safely. The pedal doesn't offer any adjustability, and we found the flat side of the pedal far too slippery for demanding terrain. If you're fond of the Crank Brothers feel, we could recommend the Crank Brothers Mallet E, which we found stable and confidence inspiring.


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Pros Dual sided, thin, attractive design, inexpensiveLightweight, adjustable, low profile, inexpensive, available in many colors.Lightweight, low profile, available in 2 different axle lengthsSilky smooth float, lightweight, great mud shedding, additional platform widthPlatform feel, proven durability, good value
Cons Slippery, less mud clearance than others, non-adjustableHeavier cleats, float isn't as smooth as ShimanoNarrow platform, expensive, not recommended for trail or all-mountain ridingExpensive, rear platform is under utilized, questionable durabilityHigher stack than the XTR, lower mud clearance
Bottom Line The idea is so much better than the execution, this pedal doesn't provide the performance a serious rider wants.Thinner, lighter, and less expensive than the Shimano XTR Trail with more usable platform and more adjustability.A highly evolved, race proven pedal that provides exceptional stability for its size.Top of the line offering from Shimano, they're silky smooth, adjustable and renowned for their consistency.This do it all pedal for most riders it renown for its durability and value.
Rating Categories Crankbrothers Double Shot 2 HT Components T1 Shimano XTR M9100 Race Shimano XTR M9120 Trail Shimano Deore XT M8020
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Specs Crankbrothers... HT Components T1 Shimano XTR M9100... Shimano XTR M9120... Shimano Deore XT...
Weight per Pair (grams) 406g 372g 314g 397g 404g
Weight of Cleats and Bolts (grams) 33g 62g 51g 51g 50g
Cleat Type Cranks Brothers brass HT X1 or HT X1F SPD mountain SPD mountain SPD mountain
Style clip/flat mini-cage no cage no cage mini-cage
Platform Dimensions (lxw) 94 x 78mm 68mm x 83.5mm 71 x 68 mm 100 x 71 mm 96 x 64 mm
profile height 21mm 16.8mm 17mm 17mm 21mm
Q-Factor 57mm 56mm 56mm 56mm 56mm
Total Width from Crank Arm 95mm 90mm 84mm 84mm 89mm
Entry 1-sided 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided
Adjustable Tension no yes yes yes yes
Traction Pins 8 nubs 4grubpins 0 0 0
Bearings Igus LL glide bearing / Enduro cartridge bearing EVO+ dual angular contact, metal retainer dual angular contact, metal retainer dual angular contact, metal retainer
Cage Material A380 aluminum extruded/CNC machined aluminum annodized aluminum annodized aluminum annodized aluminum
Pedal Wrench Type 8mm allen 8mm allen 8mm allen 8mm allen 8mm alllen

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Crank Brothers Double Shot 2 pedals are intriguing, pairing the acclaimed egg beater mechanism on one side with a rough, concave platform on the other. Could it be the best of both worlds? Sadly, no.

Out of the box the pedals are impressive, they're thin and relatively light with an industrial-like finish on the bodies. The clipless mechanism and surrounding bat wing structure look like something from a supercar. Crank Brothers is known for giving a little extra in the design department, and these pedals look pretty cool.

Performance Comparison


An attractive and simple design  the Double Shot 2 features a concave flat pedal platform on one side and traction pins molded into the body.
An attractive and simple design, the Double Shot 2 features a concave flat pedal platform on one side and traction pins molded into the body.

Ease of Entry


The platform is sufficiently large and acts as an easy target for your shoe. We were able to clip into the Double Shot with ease most of the time but had a couple of incidences of slipping off the clipless side. Most of the pedals we tested are easier to engage and the Double Shot 2 received a low score as a result

Ease of Exit


The Double Shot 2 pedals are more competitive in this metric. The mechanism doesn't hesitate to release your shoe, and there is nothing to hang up on when releasing, creating a fast, fluid exit. It rates well in this metric as a result.


This pedal offered significantly less trouble than we experienced with the HT D1 and its complicating traction pins.

Adjustability


Swapping your cleat position to change the release angle is the only adjustment available on the Double Shot 2. The HT D1, in contrast, offers adjustable release tension, swappable cleats, and adjustable pins.

Weight


At 406g per pair, the Double Shot 2 pedals are respectably lightweight. If you were to upgrade to the Crank Brothers Double Shot 3 with traction pins for $125, you'd save 3 grams and add a little bit of security on the flat side of the pedal.

406 grams (plus a gram of dirt) the Doubleshot 2 are respectably lightweight.
406 grams (plus a gram of dirt) the Doubleshot 2 are respectably lightweight.

Platform


The rough A380 aluminum body has a unique feel that offers a tough yet refined feel. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer a lot of stability or grip. The platform features nubs and ribs cast into the slightly concave shape. Using shoes with a Vibram sole, we found the flat, platform traction to be woefully insufficient. The cast nubs and ribs offer minimal traction against the shoe rubber and do not inspire confidence.

Switching to hard soled XC shoes had a predictably poor outcome and swapping to 5.10 stealth rubber didn't offer the life-saving grip we were hoping for. When the platform surface got wet, traction suffered even more, leaving us disappointed in the flat side of this pedal.

The Double Shot 2 picking up some of that messy trail.
The Double Shot 2 picking up some of that messy trail.

Mud Shedding Ability


One accepted fact in the world of clipless pedals is that Crank Brother's egg beater mechanism works phenomenally well in mud. It's a revered design that leaves mud everywhere to go and provides very few places that debris can hang-up.

On the Double Shot 2's clipless side, Crank Brothers modified the egg beater mechanism for one-sided engagement. It this iteration it is held in place by a black X shaped insert. Clipping in is as simple as pushing down. The wings spread and the cleat engages. If there is mud in the engagement, it's forced out by the cleat. However, debris can lodge between the black X shaped insert and the engagement wing.


This platform insert is a choking point. In several of our tests, we fouled the pedal, making it inaccessible when debris clogged that very crucial spot. In their attempts at making a one-sided clipless mechanism, Crank Brothers impaired their long lauded design.

The narrow space between wing and pedal is susceptible to blockage which can prevent engagement.
The narrow space between wing and pedal is susceptible to blockage which can prevent engagement.

Best Applications


The slippery flat pedal surface and poor mud shedding leave us not wanting to recommend this pedal at all.

Value


The Double Shot 2 is the mid-priced option in the Double Shot line up and reasonably priced compared to the competition. While we find the $90 price to be attractive, the $125 Double Shot 3 with adjustable traction pins would feels much safer.

Conclusion


While we think that there's a big potential market in dual duty pedals, the Double Shot 2 comes up short on too many of our metrics to call it recommended gear.

Other Versions


There are two other versions of Crank Brothers Double Shot, here's how they compare. The entry-level, $59, Double Shot 1 uses a plastic resin body, which doesn't help with the already lackluster traction but saves on weight.

The Double Shot 3 at $125 offers an aluminum body with adjustable traction pins, providing some much-needed traction on the flat side. While none of the pedals address the engagement issue we experienced in the mud, we find the Double Shot 3 the only Double Shot we'd recommend for trail riding.


Joshua Hutchens