I actually think the value of this pedal is pretty great. Bought the Candy 1's a couple seasons ago when I got back on the bike after a pretty bad accident. Having been hit by a car and not really feeling very comfortable on a bike at all let alone clipped in, I went for the cheap version in case I decided clipping in wasn't for me. I wasn't a bit disappointed. I have since upgraded to EB3's, but the Candy's still work great and I have them on a knockaround rig that I ride around town. To be honest, it's difficult to tell the difference sometimes. A seasoned rider that plans on riding trail exclusively probably wants one of the higher end models, but this is a great beginner pedal.