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Crank Brothers Candy 3 Pedals

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Everyone wants candy.

The Candy 3 Pedals feature the same four-wing design found in Crankbrothers' renowned Eggbeater pedals, which shed mud better than most other pedals out there and make for ridiculously easy clip-in. Just step down and the cleat snaps into one of the four wings for fast access to fun in the dirt. A two-piece aluminum pedal body wraps around the wing structure for added shoe support over the Eggbeaters and gives riders a platform for the rare missed clip-in or a noodle down to the local donut shop in street shoes.

These pedals come with two-bolt brass cleats that let riders choose between 15- and 20-degree foot release angles. Thanks to a slightly asymmetrical design, the cleats can be mounted in two directional options to determine the foot release angle. With either angle, the Candy 3 cleats allow for six degrees of float when clipped in.

Crankbrothers also designed the Candy 3 Pedals for quick and easy maintenance. They can be taken apart, re-greased, and put back together in a matter of minutes so you don't have to worry about extended time off the bike waiting for the pedals to be serviced.

  • Forged chromoly spindle with cast steel wings
  • Mud shedding design
  • 15- to 20-degree foot release angle
  • 4-sided wing design for easy clip in
  • Brass cleat with spacers included
  • Item #CRN0139

Tech Specs

[spindle] forged scm435 chromoly steel, [body] 2 piece machined aluminum, [wings] cast steel
15 deg, 20 deg
Pedal Wrench Type
[allen] 8 mm
Claimed Weight
304 g
Recommended Use
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years

Tech Specs

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Jury still out

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a few months of cx and some real use, the egg beater center did not rotate easily... I think the end of the spring in the center was rubbing the cage a bit. I took them apart, filled it down some, cleaned everything up and they seem to be rotating fine now... The issue was causing poor engagement... Not good in a cx race! Switched them to my mountain bike for further testing. Had egg beaters on my mountain bike and found those to be issue free... So the egg beaters are now on my cx bike where i really dont want clip in issues. So far, i definately like the egg beaters better.

good all around pedal

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am just starting out and have little to compare these pedals to but I have enjoyed them. I was worried about not being able to get out of them but that fear went away the first day. I use them for both road and dirt. when I ride around the block with my kids and I don't have my clip less shoes on I wish for a little more surface area but that is my only objection. Overall a very solid pedal.

Great for everything!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I gave these as a Christmas gift for my Mother and she loves them. She is using them on her exercise bike for the now, but plans to put them on her mountain bike in the summer. She loves that they are easy to take apart and clean in case the trail is muddy. The eggbeaters have just enough play that you can move your legs ergonomically, but not too much so that they are loose. She tested them out and said that they provide plenty of support when you stand and pedal. They are also easy enough to step out of. She also owns the Candy C pedals on her road bike, and says they are very comparable, minus the light-weight platform you can easily take apart and clean. They are a simple pedal with a great design.

Great for everything!

replaced older egg beaters with these

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

And should have done it sooner. Same engagement and lighter than my 3 year old eggbeaters. I'm loving the new all metal platform (I owned the original plastic version years ago). They always work; mud, sand, etc doesn't challenge them. I love the slight float (it feels better on my knees). And these offer enough platform to allow you to crank and go big.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a huge Crank Brothers fan, having switched from Time ATAC to Egg Beaters about ten years ago. I have the Candy 3s on my 'cross and mountain bikes and they work very well. Engagement AND disengagement is consistent and reliable, and setup is simple. If you are new to clipless pedals, you can't go wrong with these. Unlike some other clipless systems, there is no spring tension adjustment needed. That is a major plus, since very bad things can happen if your pedal is too tight (can't get in or out) or too loose (unexpected release from pedal).

I have one gripe - rust has begun to form on the retention bar/spring after only a couple months. This has only happened with one pair - the other set looks great. At this point performance has not been affected, but it certainly doesn't help the aesthetics.


Excellent Pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

crank bros have a simple, reliable, and effective design. clipping in and out is easy, and the tention feels great: no need for adjustments. from a strictly mechanical sense, SPDs have more moving parts, more bolts to loose and hinges to break. crank bros operate simply by spring tension. i feel the platform is a must for anything rough. eggbeaters will roll underfoot extremely easily, and cause issues for those times when you're not quite clipped in. mud clearance is much better than my old SPDs too.

bottom line is that the crank brothers is much simpler and lighter than any shimano offering, while being just as effective if not more so

SPD convert

    I having been running shimano SPDs for a few years now, but all my buddies somehow all rocked crank brother pedals, naturally I eventually caved and bought these I went with the 3s because you put a lot of trust in your pedals, so spend the extra money, (maybe not TI money though except for steez). I bought the candy's exclusively for mountain biking due to the rocky trails where I ride. However, after riding and racing with these, I do like how easy these are too clean as my spds would occasionally get to cake with dirt and mud.The body really does a great job of protecting the wings from those rocks that jump out at you. They are easy to get in and out of and have a good amount of float, so I guess my friends were right.

    strong and secure

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    these pedals are fantastic. no problems clipping in and out with them at all. they're not a huge platform, but that's not what you'd buy them for anyway. as with any pedals, they took a moment to get the feel for them down. once i did however, they've been bomber ever since. i never have to worry about releasing when i don't want to and clipping out when i need it is never an issue. great pedals overall.

    Great cross pedal

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I use this pedal on all my cross bikes. Easy to clip in/out of and I like the small platform over the eggbeaters incase you miss clipping in at first.

    Slings mud really well, great product.

    brand of choice

      I really like crankbrothers having ridden spds for years. less accidental unclipping and once you get used to it easy entry/exit

      has a ton of float - side to side - so different from unclipping an spd because if you just turn your foot you stay clipped in. I like this balance of weight/price. i have the lower end one on my road bike and don't notice a performance difference though the weight is certainly different

      Easy to Clip in and Out, Feels Secure, Really Light..

        I had some older crank brother pedals on my rocky mountain and they were a bit bulky and hard to clip into. These are a great size as they still provide some traction and surface area for gripping but are much easier to clip into. I've heard the plastic ones are solid too but decided on these since they are still pretty light and more durable. Highly recommend them.

        Great Pedal

          I switched from some old SPDs to these just recently and they are Great. Easy in easy out. I never feel like I am completely locked into the pedal so the fear of not being to get out in time is never in my mind.

          There are two settings when you set up the cleats for how much you have to turn your foot to release from the pedal. I chose the lower setting so that I can get out quickly when needed. No pre-releases yet. The higher setting requires quite a bit more roation.

          Would these pedals be good for a road...

          Would these pedals be good for a road bike?

          Best Answer

          I think they would be fine. I have a pair on my commuter and really like how easy they are to get in and out of. I use them with a pair of the Chrome shoes that look like normal sneakers so I don't have to carry bike shoes and normal shoes with me. Just be sure your shoes are 2-hole compatible.

          I have these on my road bike and find them way more comfortable, float wise, than look pedals. I don't own a mountain bike. I'm a road rider only. I initially had Shimano SPD but I didn't get enough float in them. These are way more comfortable for me. I wanted mountain shoes instead of road shoes so that I can walk into a house without scratching up fancy floors or slipping. For that these are great. I use these pedals with a Specialized Pro mountain bike shoe. It's basically a road shoe with a super stiff carbon sole and rubber mountain bike lugs. Best part is they don't ruin our wood floors.

          they will work fine. most roadies would rather get an egg beater to ditch the additional weight of the platform. most crank bros come with 6 degrees of float, but i have seen clips designed with no float. i haven't tried them though. if you're wearing traditional performance mtn bike shoes (carbon sole) the pedals are still pretty slippery until your clipped in. if you're wearing something else (i use teva pivots for aggressive riding), the rubber will give the pedals a more stable feel. if you're wearing road bike shoes, i don't think the platform will be helpful at all. ultimately, you'll prefer to be clipped in.

          I believe on Crank Brothers cleats themselves you can put them on two different ways... and each of the two ways has a different level of float. There's a dot on one of the cleats... and you put that one on a specific foot (side) to get the extra float. It's been a while though so I don't quite remember the details!

          are the cleats included?

          are the cleats included?

          Do these pedals have a weight limit?

          Do these pedals have a weight limit?

          These pedals are a bomber crossover pedal with a burly platform around the eggbeater spring concept. No wgt limit on the Candy's and they take rock hits with more material protecting the shoe/pedal clip interface. This translates into a long lasting pedal, just do the annual maintenance on them including the rebuild kit.

          Ride ON!