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Crank Bros Candy 2 for beginner pedals

Old 08-29-14, 01:01 PM
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Crank Bros Candy 2 for beginner pedals

How well do these work with the 4 sided cage and platform?
Are the cages accessible from both platform sides?
Easy learning curve for clipless newbies?
Enquiring minds want to know.
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Old 08-29-14, 01:02 PM
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BTW looking at a Mountain style shoe.
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Buy Look quartz pedals from Nashbar for $35. They are double sided, no hot spots, and no adjustments required.
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I had candy 2 on a bike and they worked well with my mountain shoes but were terrible when I put the crank bros cleats on a pair of road shoes. No stability. I also found them no easier to get into than single sided spd sl pedals. I bought shimanos and am happy
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I run Crank Brothers pedals on all my mountain bikes and I got no problems with them. The entry and exit is fairly simple and takes very little pressure.

Yes there is a learning curve when clipping in and especially out of any clipless pedals.

Make sure you get a good shoe with a nice stiff sole...or you may end up with some hot spots.
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I used egg beaters when I started. Easy to clip in and out. But after a while I found it almost too easy as in coming unclipped when I didn't want to. Also no tension adjustment. But if you are using them with mtb shoes and you want option to ride with regular shoes they are probalby good
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I use them on my cross/road bike. I have been really happy with them. The cleats are a little softer, so they wear down a bit quicker than the shimano and speedplay road pedals I have used in the past. Second on getting stiff soles. I have heard a lot of complaints from people with crank brothers on softer soled shoes.
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been using eggbeaters, not candy's, for about ten years now. haven't found anything, or read anything that has made me want change. i found them superior to what i was using the first time i clipped into them.

i like the eggbeater 2's for price/performance, but i've bought a lot of them, used, off of ebay with little trouble. the cleats are "wear" items, and made of medium hardness metal, probably bronze. and as such need to be replaced every 15,000 miles or so.
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Eggbeaters are great because they are so easy to overhaul.

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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
Eggbeaters are great because they are so easy to overhaul.
Which is fortunate because they need overhauled frequently.

The real plus of the Crank Bro's design is mud shedding. That makes them extremely useful for CX and MTB. However, if you're riding mostly road, SPDs will be lower maintenance and every bit as easy to clip in/out. In fact, most SPDs have a variable tension setting that lets you dial the tension to exactly where you want it. Setting it very light when first learning to ride clipless really lowers the learning curve.
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Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
Buy Look quartz pedals from Nashbar for $35. They are double sided, no hot spots, and no adjustments required.
Cheap for a reason, Look have never made a good/successful MTB pedal, they change the design every generation, unlike everyone else.

Would stick with CB, Shimano, Time or Speedplay, as they all have a long history, and refine their basic solid designs over the years.
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Which is fortunate because they need overhauled frequently.
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
Cheap for a reason, Look have never made a good/successful MTB pedal, they change the design every generation, unlike everyone else.

Would stick with CB, Shimano, Time or Speedplay, as they all have a long history, and refine their basic solid designs over the years.
Gee, I assumed he was looking for a pedal for road use, since it was posted in the Road Forum. The Look Quartz have worked great for me for tens of thousands of miles, using them in lieu of road pedals. I must be a fluke.

Edit: and they may well be horrible MTB pedals, so I am not saying you are wrong there. But on the road, even in winter, they have worked great for me.
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Ok so what is the best SPD pedal and Shoe combo out there?
The Bike is a Trek Domane 4.0 c, mixed road and Mup use.

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Ok so what is the best SPD pedal and Shoe combo out there?
The Bike is a Trek Domane 4.0 c, mixed road and Mup use.
Best SPD is Shimano, as SPD is there term, for clipless MTB pedal, plenty have been noted, Shimano, Time, CrankBros, Look, Speedplay all have their own cleat design, and are not interchangeable (although they all use the same bolt pattern), and there are many other brands which use the Shimano SPD cleat design or clones of it. For best if using on the road, would look at weigh, do you use the same cleat on any other bikes and price, then decide.

For shoes, the best is always what fits you best, they will be very individual, try to try on at a LBS, then go with what you like/fits the best. If using MTB cleat's, then you need a shoe which has a double bolt position sole, not the 3 bolt road cleat sole.
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platform's with toe clips and straps for me. If it was good enough for Eddie and those before him ...
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Originally Posted by bicyclridr4life View Post
platform's with toe clips and straps for me. If it was good enough for Eddie and those before him ...
The last time I saw Eddy on a bike he was using Look Keo pedals.
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I rode Crank Bros. Quattro pedals for a couple of years on my road bike with road shoes. The Quattro pedals had the Eggbeater core but with a larger platform than the Candys. It was intended to be for road riding. I learned to ride clipless with some cheap Ritchey mountain bike pedals and I was always fiddling with the adjustments. The fact that the Quattros had no adjustment was tops in my book. Clip and unclip is always the same. Over the 2 years, I probably put 3000 miles on them with no problems. I probably would still be riding them if they had not discontinued them.

I have arthritic ankles that force me to unclip with an inward motion. Eggbeater and Eggbeater-based pedals are one of the few that allows that. My current BeBops are another.

I agree that the cleats were probably bronze. Being softer than the pedal traps, it will wear first and save the traps. If the traps wear out, the pedal is done.
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Originally Posted by bicyclridr4life View Post
platform's with toe clips and straps for me. If it was good enough for Eddie and those before him ...
That's like saying if a flathead V-8 was good enough for Henry...
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How about Deore XT pedals?
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On the shoe front, I think Specialized Tahoe shoes are hard to beat for the price. For road use, they have a small tread, and are stiff enough to ride well and flexible enough to walk or tour with.

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I have a set of Crank Brother Candy 3's. Bought on suggestion from my best friend, very happy with them.

My shoes are a pair of Fizik M5. Extremely happy with these as well.

went with mtn shoes and pedals because I knew I'd want to get off my bike at some point and hit the shop or a gas station or something.

The shoes I chose, are hella stiff. You CAN walk in them, but you KNOW you're wearing a cycling shoe, there is very little flex. Thats perfect for me, all I wanted out of the choice to get mtn shoes and pedals, was the ability to walk 20 steps into the store and back, not go hiking.




I love the shoes. If I decided I wanted to get a road pedal and shoe setup, I would buy the exact same shoe from Fizik in the road version, which is the R5. Pedals I would probably buy Speedplays or Look Keos.
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