Over the past year or so, I have gotten increasingly disasatisfied with my choice of MTB pedals. I have always been a Shimano SPD kinda guy, with a variety of 535, 540 model pedals on my rides. This early racing season made me rethink my pedal choice. With a really wet winter, every race this season was a complete crap shoot whether the pedals would perform at all. Obviously, on some of them they did not. Motivated by this experience, some good word of mouth from a few fellow racers and a good discount at REI, I decided to pick up a pair of Crank Bros Candy SLs.
The Candy SLs are a mid-level pedal in the Crank Bros line of MTB platform pedals. They differ from the Eggbeaters only in the fact that they have small platform along with the spring spindle. I choose these since I ride a fair amount of trails in addition to racing and I am kinda a bigger person. With my discount, I got the pedals for around $80 and they weigh 294 grams per pair. They retail for $120, but you can find them for a lot less.
Installation was a snap. Take off the old pedals and screw in the new Candys. However, since the Candys use a slightly different cleat (which comes with the pedals), you also have to replace the SPD cleats on your shoes. This was painless, but did require a little bit of trial and error. Since the Candy pedal is slightly wider than the normal channel in SPD shoes, I needed to add a riser (again included) to get a good clipin. Once I did that it was pretty easy. I had heard of other people having to shave down their shoe treads, but I didn't need to do that.
So far, the Candys have been a really nice change from the SPDs. It is a breeze to clip in (since there are four instead of two sides) and they seem to hold the cleat better. I can't think of one instance when I pulled out of the clip. The platform is nice (I stand on the pedals a lot) and they have worn well. The one thing that I have noticed is that you don't get the solid thuuurmpp of clipping in that you used to on the SPDs. Maintenance is easy with them (mostly you just use a grease gun to blow out the old grease), but I haven't had to rebuild them yet. I'll have to see how difficult that is. They have worn well (I am very hard on parts). Overall, I have been very happy with the new pedals: easy installation, nice weight savings (saved 150 grams over my 540s) and very good performance.