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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Did not fit my style

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden two types of pedals: Ritchey (back in the 90's) and Shimano XT's, both with adjustable tension. I've always wanted to try CB products, notably their pedals, so I took the plunge with the CB3's to replace some old Shimanos. I live in Houston, TX and ride rollercoaster trail rides with tons of roots, minor drops; not too flow-y, but nothing crazy either.

I was excited about the prospect of a simple mechanism, the promise of mud-shedding, etc. And, the color - I'm a sucker for color coordination.

My Experience: While the pedals do their job, they don't provide this heavy rider (220lbs with kit) the strapped-in-need-to-click-heels-twice sense of security offered by the aforementioned pedals. I tried upgrading to the zero-float cleats, with little improvement. Time again, I'd corner a turn, or take a heavy drop and would accidentally clip out, throwing me off balance. Not the type of restraint/security I've been looking for.

Pros: stylish, strong build, mid-size footprint (bigger than eggbeaters, smaller than XT Trail platform); not a featherweight, but barely enough to serve as a decent paperweight. Sheds mud as promised, and clip-in mechanism is simple enough.

Cons: no spring tension adjustment, unwanted float, smallish platform.

Verdict: Not for riders looking for a firm, steady clip-in pedal. Too much float, and lack of adjustment options is a major negative. After six months of riding, I've (oh-so-happily) reverted to the Shimano XT Trail pedal.

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.