Crank Brothers Candy 11 Pedals $350.00
Makes other pedals feel like bricks strapped to your feet.
The Crankbrothers Candy 11 Pedals have a lightweight two-piece aluminum body that surrounds the four-sided titanium retention wings on the pedals. It's more durable than the old resin body used on Candy pedals in the past and doesn't really add any extra weight. They also use titanium for the spindle and inner sleeve as well to drop 78 grams from the Candy 3 Pedals.
Compared to Eggbeaters, the alloy body on the Candy pedals feels like it gives you a larger and easier-to-hit target when you're trying to engage the pedals in a hurry, and the added support of the larger platform. But just like the Eggbeaters, the Candy 11 Pedals give you 6° of float and come with two-bolt cleats that fit any mountain bike shoes. And they're mud shedding monsters to boot.
The brass cleats are slightly asymmetrical. So depending on which foot you install the marked cleat -- right or left, you'll get either a 15° or 20° release angle. Another benefit of Crankbrothers' use of brass for the cleat is that they're slightly softer than the steel used in the retention system of the pedals. This ensures that the inexpensive and easy to replace cleats will wear out before your spendy pedal parts.
And thinking of your investment, Crankbrothers designs their pedals to be easily serviced. They can be disassembled, re-greased, and bolted back together in just a few minutes. It must be noted that the Candy 11 does away with the bushings of old. Its Ti spindle spins on smooth running needle and cartridge bearings.
Crankbrothers Candy 11 Pedals come with Gold anodized alloy bodies. They include the cleats, two shims to protect your shoes, and all the necessary cleat hardware for installation.
Please Note: Crankbrothers recommends a 200lb (90kg) rider weight limit for the Candy 11 Pedals.
What community has to say
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
It's hard to miss the eye-catching hue of the anodized body, but that's hardly the best thing about the Candy 11's. Although, it does look fresh...
They are the easiest pedal to clip into - off the start line, I can usually nail it in first try. They feel super solid under my foot, and feel stiffer than other heavier systems I've used.
Crank Brothers pedals are pretty well known for their mud and snow shedding capabilities and the Candy 11's live up to the hype. I've gone on muddy hike-a-bikes and clipped back in while my riding buddies are still off in the woods looking for sticks to clean out their pedals and cleats. Sloppy cross races are where these pedals shine, too.
Cranks Brothers seem to have tackled their durability issues from a few years ago - I've used this pair for over a year, through a summer of XC racing, a fall of CX racing, and a winter of training in sloppy weather and have yet to experience any sort of play or wear-out.