Hands-on Gear Review

Crankbrothers Candy 2 Review

By: McKenzie Long and Luke Lydiard  ⋅  Aug 7, 2015
Price:  $95 List  |  $75.93 at REI - 20% Off
Pros:  Mini-platform makes these easier to clip into than regular Eggbeaters
Cons:  No adjustable tension
Manufacturer:   Crankbrothers
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  • Ease of Entry - 20% 5
  • Ease of Exit - 20% 8
  • Adjustability - 15% 1
  • Weight - 15% 8
  • Durability - 10% 7
  • Platform - 10% 3
  • Mud Shedding Ability - 10% 8
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Our Verdict

The Candy 2 is a mini-platform pedal made by Crankbrothers. We find the mini-platform category to be the most versatile and widely appealing because these pedals are easier to clip into that pedals without a cage, but usually much lighter and lower profile than full platform pedals.

This mini-platform makes it much quicker and easier to clip into than the Crankbrothers Eggbeater 2, which has no platform at all and requires a fairly precise aim. When compared to the other mini-platform pedal in this review, the Shimano M530, we much prefer the less expensive and more adjustable Shimano pedal, though the Candy performs decently.


Our Analysis and Test Results

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This mini-platform pedal is much more user-friendly than the standard Eggbeater pedals and allows for quicker entry.

Performance Comparison


The mini-platform Candy 2 is easier to clip into than the Eggbeaters. The platform guides the foot towards the clip-in mechanism and does not require the precise aim of the cage-less Eggbeater.
The mini-platform Candy 2 is easier to clip into than the Eggbeaters. The platform guides the foot towards the clip-in mechanism and does not require the precise aim of the cage-less Eggbeater.

Ease of Entry


Clicking into the Candy 2 has the smooth, gentle feel of all Crankbrothers pedals. The mini-platform guides the foot to the clip-in mechanism and makes these much easier to get into than the trademark Crankbrothers Eggbeater 2.



Ease of Exit


These pedals are easy to detach from, about as easy as the Eggbeater 2.

Adjustability


If you want to adjust the tension, you'll have to look elsewhere. The platform also has no traction pins to be dialed up or down. The only thing you can adjust is the release angle by paying attention to which cleat goes on which foot. The cleat with a dot on the right achieves a 15-degree release angle. Put it on the left, and you get a 20-degree release angle.

Like all Crankbrothers pedals  you are required to use an 8mm allen wrench to install. The spindle does not have flats compatible with a standard pedal wrench.
Like all Crankbrothers pedals, you are required to use an 8mm allen wrench to install. The spindle does not have flats compatible with a standard pedal wrench.

Weight


On our scale the Candy 2 weighed in 4 grams lighter than the claimed weight of 324. The pair is 42 grams heavier than the Eggbeater 2, and the difference is just the mini-platform. The one notable advantage this pedal has over the Shimano M530 is that the Candy is 130 grams lighter.

Platform


The platform on the Candy is pretty small and slippery, even though it does make clipping in easier. In the category of mini-platform pedals we prefer the Shimano M530, which provides a larger surface to stand on and is much less expensive.

The two mini-platform pedals in our review  the Shimano M530 in the left and the Crankbrothers Candy 2 on the right. Note that the Shimano model provides more surface area for the foot to stand on  even in this mini-platform design.
The two mini-platform pedals in our review, the Shimano M530 in the left and the Crankbrothers Candy 2 on the right. Note that the Shimano model provides more surface area for the foot to stand on, even in this mini-platform design.

Mud Shedding Ability


The mud shedding ability on this pedal is almost as good as with the regular Eggbeater. The cage maybe holds a bit more mud than no cage, but we never had a problem with this.

Durability


The mini-platform protects the springs slightly, making this pedal a tad more durable than the standard Eggbeater. We also greatly prefer the Candy 2 model to the Candy 1, which has a plastic cage. The Candy 2 cage is made of metal and will last much longer even though it costs $30 more.

Best Applications


The Candy 2 is most ideal for cross-country mountain biking and racing.

Mini-platform pedals are best used for cross-country riding  especially for those who tend to take their feet out a lot. The lightweight  low profile  and ease of use makes these the most desirable category of pedals for that style of riding.
Mini-platform pedals are best used for cross-country riding, especially for those who tend to take their feet out a lot. The lightweight, low profile, and ease of use makes these the most desirable category of pedals for that style of riding.

Value


This pedal is $22 more than the Shimano M530, our Editors' Choice winner. That fact leads us to say that this pedal is not a very good value. Though it does perform well, we think the lower priced competition from Shimano, which also has adjustable tension, will serve most people better.

Conclusion


The Candy is just a glorified Eggbeater. We found the platform adds very little to the function of this pedal. If you want light weight or mud shedding ability, go with the Eggbeater. If you want a semi-platform pedal, save yourself some money and get the Shimano M530 which has adjustable tension and a slightly larger surface area.

The Crankbrothers Candy 2 (left) is essentially the same as the Eggbeater 2 (right) but with a small platform to help guide your foot to the clip-in mechanism. This little bit of platform makes the pedal heavier but much easier to use.
The Crankbrothers Candy 2 (left) is essentially the same as the Eggbeater 2 (right) but with a small platform to help guide your foot to the clip-in mechanism. This little bit of platform makes the pedal heavier but much easier to use.

Recommended Pairing


This pedal works well with a shoe that lies somewhere in between a hard-soled shoe and a sticky rubber shoe, like the Giro Terraduro. It can be used on any trail bike from a hardtail XC race rig to an enduro fun-machine.

Other Versions and Accessories


Candy 1
Crank Brothers Candy 1 Pedals
  • Cost - $60
  • Stamped steel wings and plastic cage
  • Bushing/ cartridge bearing

Candy 3
Crank Brothers Candy 3 Hangtag Bike Pedal
  • Cost - $135
  • Alloy body and cast steel wings
  • Needle bearing/cartridge bearing

Candy 11
Crank Brothers Candy 11 Pedals
  • Cost - $375
  • A pro-level titanium pedal
  • Needle and cartridge bearings
  • Note that these pedals have a maximum rider weight of 2OO lbs

McKenzie Long and Luke Lydiard

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   Sep 10, 2015 - 11:53pm
Srbphoto · Climber · Kennewick wa

I really like my Candys. They are super simple and have decent float. Never have had any knee problems. They clip in under any condition.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

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   Sep 10, 2015 - 05:59pm
Dangalla · Climber · Eau Claire, WI

These work great! easy and fast to clip into. I have these on my XC bike, they are light and simple.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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