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Foot candy.

Crankbrothers' Eggbeaters are certainly awesome pedals, but perhaps you like a bit of a platform on your clipless pedals. What if you want more support for the sole of your shoe, yet you love the idea of their supreme mud-shedding capability? That's where the Crankbrothers Candy 3 Pedals hit the mark. The Candy 3 has a lightweight two-piece aluminum body that surrounds the four-sided steel 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. So... lasts longer and weighs the same? We'll take it!

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. But just like the Eggbeaters, the Candy 3 Pedals give you 6 degrees of float and come with two-bolt cleats that fit any mountain bike shoes. 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 degrees or 20 degrees 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 3 does away with the bushings of old. The forged chromoly spindle spins on smooth running needle and cartridge bearings.

Crankbrothers Candy 3 Pedals come in Black or Blue. They include the cleats, two shims to protect your shoes, and all the necessary cleat hardware for installation.

Tech Specs

[spindle] forged scm435 chromoly steel, [body] 2 piece machined aluminum, [wings] cast steel
15 deg, 20 deg
Cleat Type:
Pedal Wrench Type:
[allen] 8 mm
Actual Weight:
Black, One Size: 309g
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

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Can these work with road shoes?

Responded on

Yes, but you will need a model of shoe with the 2 SPD style holes in the sole .

5 5

Amazing Pedal!!

These pedals are the best around. They offer a very easy but amazing option for clip ins. Full review in the video.

5 5

replaced older egg beaters with these

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

And should have done it sooner. Same engagement and lighter than my 3 year old eggbeaters. I'm loving the new all metal platform (I owned the original plastic version years ago). They always work; mud, sand, etc doesn't challenge them. I love the slight float (it feels better on my knees). And these offer enough platform to allow you to crank and go big.

4 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a huge Crank Brothers fan, having switched from Time ATAC to Egg Beaters about ten years ago. I have the Candy 3s on my 'cross and mountain bikes and they work very well. Engagement AND disengagement is consistent and reliable, and setup is simple. If you are new to clipless pedals, you can't go wrong with these. Unlike some other clipless systems, there is no spring tension adjustment needed. That is a major plus, since very bad things can happen if your pedal is too tight (can't get in or out) or too loose (unexpected release from pedal).

I have one gripe - rust has begun to form on the retention bar/spring after only a couple months. This has only happened with one pair - the other set looks great. At this point performance has not been affected, but it certainly doesn't help the aesthetics.

5 5

Crank Bros. Candy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have the beater on all my rides. Single speed , cyclocross, all mountain, cross country,. Simply the best for contact , exiting , maintaining and debris . Even work well in the freezing snow !

Would these pedals be good for a road...

Would these pedals be good for a road bike?

Responded on

I think they would be fine. I have a pair on my commuter and really like how easy they are to get in and out of. I use them with a pair of the Chrome shoes that look like normal sneakers so I don't have to carry bike shoes and normal shoes with me. Just be sure your shoes are 2-hole compatible.

Responded on

They will be fine (and they are an excellent pedal) but you should note that the "platform" of the pedal is quite small, so not practical to use unless you are clipped in... that is, they don't really work well as "pedals" if you are wearing street shoes....

Responded on

I have them on my cyclocross bike which I road ride with and they work well. Depends on what kind of performance your looking for. Most serious roadies would prefer LOOK or TIME road specific type pedals due to there tight interface between the shoe and pedal.

Responded on

I have these on my road bike and find them way more comfortable, float wise, than look pedals. I don't own a mountain bike. I'm a road rider only. I initially had Shimano SPD but I didn't get enough float in them. These are way more comfortable for me. I wanted mountain shoes instead of road shoes so that I can walk into a house without scratching up fancy floors or slipping. For that these are great. I use these pedals with a Specialized Pro mountain bike shoe. It's basically a road shoe with a super stiff carbon sole and rubber mountain bike lugs. Best part is they don't ruin our wood floors.

Responded on

they will work fine. most roadies would rather get an egg beater to ditch the additional weight of the platform. most crank bros come with 6 degrees of float, but i have seen clips designed with no float. i haven't tried them though. if you're wearing traditional performance mtn bike shoes (carbon sole) the pedals are still pretty slippery until your clipped in. if you're wearing something else (i use teva pivots for aggressive riding), the rubber will give the pedals a more stable feel. if you're wearing road bike shoes, i don't think the platform will be helpful at all. ultimately, you'll prefer to be clipped in.

Responded on

I believe on Crank Brothers cleats themselves you can put them on two different ways... and each of the two ways has a different level of float. There's a dot on one of the cleats... and you put that one on a specific foot (side) to get the extra float. It's been a while though so I don't quite remember the details!

5 5

Rock Candy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

What was I waiting for! Way light, easy to get in, dependable and predictable to get out. What more can you ask. Bought a pair for my road bike a week after getting these.

5 5

Bling for your Bike

These pedals have an easy target to hit when you're struggling to find the connection with your foot. They also shed mud really well.

5 5

Excellent Pedal

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

crank bros have a simple, reliable, and effective design. clipping in and out is easy, and the tention feels great: no need for adjustments. from a strictly mechanical sense, SPDs have more moving parts, more bolts to loose and hinges to break. crank bros operate simply by spring tension. i feel the platform is a must for anything rough. eggbeaters will roll underfoot extremely easily, and cause issues for those times when you're not quite clipped in. mud clearance is much better than my old SPDs too.

bottom line is that the crank brothers is much simpler and lighter than any shimano offering, while being just as effective if not more so

5 5

SPD convert

I having been running shimano SPDs for a few years now, but all my buddies somehow all rocked crank brother pedals, naturally I eventually caved and bought these I went with the 3s because you put a lot of trust in your pedals, so spend the extra money, (maybe not TI money though except for steez). I bought the candy's exclusively for mountain biking due to the rocky trails where I ride. However, after riding and racing with these, I do like how easy these are too clean as my spds would occasionally get to cake with dirt and mud.The body really does a great job of protecting the wings from those rocks that jump out at you. They are easy to get in and out of and have a good amount of float, so I guess my friends were right.

5 5

strong and secure

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these pedals are fantastic. no problems clipping in and out with them at all. they're not a huge platform, but that's not what you'd buy them for anyway. as with any pedals, they took a moment to get the feel for them down. once i did however, they've been bomber ever since. i never have to worry about releasing when i don't want to and clipping out when i need it is never an issue. great pedals overall.

5 5

Love this pedal

  • Gender: Female

I have put the candy pedals on all of my bikes. I love them. They are very easy to clip in and out of.

5 5

Great cross pedal

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this pedal on all my cross bikes. Easy to clip in/out of and I like the small platform over the eggbeaters incase you miss clipping in at first.

Slings mud really well, great product.

are the cleats included?

are the cleats included?

Responded on

Yes. I've bought multiple sets of CB pedals over the years, and they always come with a new set of cleats and bolts/screws.

4 5

brand of choice

I really like crankbrothers having ridden spds for years. less accidental unclipping and once you get used to it easy entry/exit

has a ton of float - side to side - so different from unclipping an spd because if you just turn your foot you stay clipped in. I like this balance of weight/price. i have the lower end one on my road bike and don't notice a performance difference though the weight is certainly different

5 5

Easy to Clip in and Out, Feels Secure, Really Light..

I had some older crank brother pedals on my rocky mountain and they were a bit bulky and hard to clip into. These are a great size as they still provide some traction and surface area for gripping but are much easier to clip into. I've heard the plastic ones are solid too but decided on these since they are still pretty light and more durable. Highly recommend them.

4 5

Great Pedal

I switched from some old SPDs to these just recently and they are Great. Easy in easy out. I never feel like I am completely locked into the pedal so the fear of not being to get out in time is never in my mind.

There are two settings when you set up the cleats for how much you have to turn your foot to release from the pedal. I chose the lower setting so that I can get out quickly when needed. No pre-releases yet. The higher setting requires quite a bit more roation.

5 5

Love them!

These have served me well after a full season of riding. Still seeming strong, even after all my track stance falls because i couldnt unclip fast enough :)