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Item # CRN001Z

Everyone likes candy.

The Crank Brothers Candy 1 Pedals find a way to agreeably split the difference between flats and eggbeaters. They've got a composite body and stamped steel wings that add surface area to the pedal body for more power transfer and better control on fast descents than an eggbeater alone, but without the extra weight of flats.

We can't think of many people who don't like candy. Like its namesake, the Candy 1 gets along energetically with just about every trail discipline you throw at it — even 'cross. Great for beginners or riders who aren't quite convinced that clipless mountain pedals deserve the hype they get, the Candy 1 offers customizable release angles of 15 and 20 degrees, so you can set them up just the way you like them.

Crank Brothers uses durable, light stainless steel to construct the spindle, shaping it to shed mud for easy clip-outs during treacherous sections of trail that might sneak up on you. At just 282g per pair, the Candy 1 will add far less weight to your bike than those bulky flats you've been riding, and it'll give you the chance to see what a good pair of clipless pedals can do for your riding.

Tech Specs

Material:
[spindle] forged scm435 choromoly steel, [body] composite, [wing] steel (stamped), [spring] 300-series stainless steel
Cleats:
brass
Entry / Release:
15 - 20 deg
Claimed Weight:
[pair] 282 g
Recommended Use:
cyclocross, mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Candy's

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these for my ebike to commute with and I love them! They are light weight and have good engagement when clipping in. I'm a little worried about the maintenance with these since they have bushings instead of bearings but hopefully they will hold up.

Avg. ride time: 2h 16m per week
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Great pedals for the budget minded

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Why pay 200+ for pedals? These are lightweight and rigid enough to handle trail riding. I've got em on my road bike. I found them to be ver satisfactory and the consistency between road and MTN is pretty nice. I like the Candy platform better than a mallet, and much more secure than an egg beater. I suppose the weight weenies on the roadie side might scoff, but my red pedals are baller on my bike. And I can shave pounds off my love handles if I need an advantage without spending $1000s on carbon and titanium.

Good all around pedal

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've been on SPDs since they first came out in 1991 or thereabouts, with a brief ill fated stint on the funky mid 90s Time Atac pedals, and have always loved them. Simple, reliable, easy in and out, but I'd heard good things about the Candy pedals and have wanted to try a pair for some time. Couple that with me wanting to move from an XC type pedal to one a bit more trail oriented, and I thought I'd give these a whirl , dipping my toes in with the Candy 1 since they're at a great price point.

I've done a couple of rides and generally speaking I really like these. The float feels better than on SPDs, I really like the disengagement, and they feel really secure when I'm clipped in. I'm not giving them 5 stars as I've had a few times where I had hard time getting clipped in - I'm sure most of this is just a learning curve after 25 years on SPDs, but the odd thing is I can't figure out why sometimes I get right in and others I have trouble. Nonetheless I'm not planning on switching back to my Shimanos any time soon.

cheap, light, strong...pick 2, nope, 3.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I transitioned from shimano spd to egg beater variants a few years ago and haven't looked back. A new bike build meant another set of pedals. Crank brother supposedly improved the bearing and durability of the entire pedal line this winter. I never had any real problems with the 'old version' but I'll take them at their word that things are as good or better with the new line. These pedals have been to Moab this spring and a handful of local rides. Entry/exit is as expected. The composite platform has taken some abuse on pedal strikes but the only evidence is cosmetic. Light, cheap (in comparison to the other major makers) and as far as I can tell, plenty strong. In the gram counting bike world, the saying goes "cheap, light, strong--pick two"...and the rule almost always applies...just not with the Candy's...