Everyone wants candy.
The Candy 3 Pedals slot right in the middle of Crank Brothers' most versatile line of pedals, and the latest generation returns virtually unchanged. That's because the recipe is simple and effective: combine one part muck-clearing, Eggbeater design with a dash of platform pedal stability. Add traction to taste. The idea is that the lightweight, two-piece aluminum body surrounding the four-sided steel retention wings on the pedals acts as a safety net while clipping in on bumpy terrain or provides support when riding with normal shoes.
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 they afford a range of 15 to 20-degree release angles depending on which shoe they're mounted to. Another benefit of Crank Brothers' 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.
In the event of a particularly calamitous incident or the accumulation of general trail abuse, Crank Brothers designs its pedals to be easily serviced. They can be disassembled, re-greased, and bolted back together in just a few minutes. While the Candy 3 features the same outer cartridge bearings found in all but the most expensive Candy models, the inner needle bearings represent an upgrade compared to the bushings of the plastic-bodied Candy 1. The pedals are packaged with cleats, two shims to protect your shoes, and all the necessary cleat hardware for installation.
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My favorite cyclocross and xc mtb pedal
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been racing these pedals for cyclocross and xc mtb for years, and love them. I was always a fan of eggbeaters for their muck-shedding and the confidence they inspired when unclipping in cross races, but now prefer the candy platform, which makes it easier to find the pedal after a remount and offers a more solid feel when stomping hard. They are super easy to service and replace bearings, even for amateur mechanics like me. Bonus points that you can ride them around town in your dress shoes when needed!
Just What I Needed
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Purchased these for my brother and he couldn't be more happier.