Aside from the name, the crankbrothers 5050 is an entirely different pedal from the previous versions that share its name. The latest version tested here is 5 mm thinner and features a dual material platform made from polycarbonate and aluminum. Ten height adjustable grub screws and a concave platform provide tailor-made traction to suit your individual preference. One of the grub screws in the plastic part of the platform pulled out and stripped the hole it threads into. Metal threaded sleeves in the plastic would increase pin retention and durability.
Crankbrothers stopped producing the 5050 3 pedal and now makes a 5050 version only. Scroll down to read about the difference between the two pedals.
The end of the axle was protected within the pedal body, shielding it from the elements, but the dual-material design added a couple steps to service. The medium sized pedal platform made the most of its dimensions by being spaced a bit further along the axle from the crank. Compared to the larger platform of the Deity Bladerunner that swept back toward the crank arm, the entire surface of the pedal was useable. Read on to discover if this is the pedal for you.