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Old 03-20-12, 08:22 AM
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"play" in brand new pedals...

I bought a brand new pair of the new design Crank Brothers 50/50 2 pedals a couple of weeks ago. They had zero play when first installed. I love these pedals, they grip great, are lightweight, and super smooth. I happened to grab one today and detected a slight amount of vertical play now after a couple hundred miles. They both have the same amount of play. I disassembled a pedal and torqued the nut to 4 nm per the instructions and the play is still there. I even bumped it a .5 nm tighter and there is still that slight play. I just reassemebled them and wrote Crank brothers asking if this is normal. Seems to me like a $80 pair of pedals should be tight and smooth but I could be wrong, maybe this is normal ? It isn't major, just barely detectable.
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I did more research on here and took apart the pedals again. I tightened the nut very snug (without going overboard) and there is still the same play. Must be part of the pedal design. I will see what Crank Brothers says.
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If anyone cares, here is what the guy from Crank Brothers told me...

It is the bushing system in the pedal that is allowing this slight "play". It in no way affects the performance of the pedal and is part of the break in process. After several thousand miles the bushing is replaceable. He offered to send me new bushings free of charge. Nice company to deal with!
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$80 dollar pedals have bushings? If I took $80 pedals apart and it had bushings,they would be heading for the place I bought them for a refund.

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Originally Posted by Booger1
$80 dollar pedals have bushings? If I took $80 pedals apart and it had bushings,they would be heading for the place I bought them for a refund.
I'm not sure it's that big of a deal. I'm sure the shop I bought them from wouldn't take them back after a couple hundred miles on them. According to the Crank Brothers website they have a 5 year warranty on the pedals. I'm not afraid to take advantage of that if they don't live up to the price.
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Originally Posted by Booger1
$80 dollar pedals have bushings? If I took $80 pedals apart and it had bushings,they would be heading for the place I bought them for a refund.
The Crank Brothers eggbeater pedals (and I'm assuming their other pedals) have a cartridge ball bearing at one end and some sort of low-friction plastic sleeve bearing at the other end. As far as I can tell, it's a good design. I have been very happy with mine. I have two pairs with zero play, although one pair is pretty new. I've had the other pair a few years.
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Originally Posted by Spld cyclist
The Crank Brothers eggbeater pedals (and I'm assuming their other pedals) have a cartridge ball bearing at one end and some sort of low-friction plastic sleeve bearing at the other end. As far as I can tell, it's a good design. I have been very happy with mine. I have two pairs with zero play, although one pair is pretty new. I've had the other pair a few years.
Good to know!
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I had the same thing happen years ago with a set of composite MTB Time pedals. I sent them and back and the new ones where the same. I've been riding on them for over 10 years and they never loosened up any more; I'm guessing some designs just have a little play.
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Originally Posted by onespeedbiker
I had the same thing happen years ago with a set of composite MTB Time pedals. I sent them and back and the new ones where the same. I've been riding on them for over 10 years and they never loosened up any more; I'm guessing some designs just have a little play.
This is pretty much what the Crank Brothers guy told me. Thanks for the reassurance! I'm kind of OCD when it comes to bikes. You should see me when I install fenders...adjust...tweak...a week later...adjust....tweak...
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Pedals are[ after the head set that never rotates completely] the slowest rotating bearing on the bike.
and to get a low profile pedal, its either tiny ball bearings, needle bearings,
which still need a second thrust bearing.. balls again, or a Bushing.

got an Ergon Pedal they went with bushings, they work fine , no slop.
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