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Open and stable.
The only concessions separating Crank Brothers' Candy 2 Pedals from the Candy 3 are in the wing's material and the inner bearing. For the wing, the Candy 2 features stamped steel instead of the Candy 3's stainless and the former's inner bearing is actually a bushing. Other than that, the Candy 2 enjoys the same combination of muck-clearing, open engagement design and platform stability as the more expensive members of the Candy family.
Just like the Eggbeaters, the Candy 2 Pedals afford 6 degrees of float and come with two-bolt cleats that fit any mountain bike shoes. The cleats are slightly asymmetrical, so they allow a choice of 15 or 20-degree release angles depending on which shoe they're mounted to. Another benefit of Crank Brothers' use of brass for the cleat is that they're slightly softer than the steel used in the retention system of the pedals. This ensures that the inexpensive and easy to replace cleats will wear out before your spendy pedal parts.
In the event of a particularly calamitous incident or the accumulation of general trail abuse, Crank Brothers designs its pedals to be easily serviced. They can be disassembled, re-greased, and bolted back together in just a few minutes. The pedals are packaged with cleats, two shims for shoe protection purposes, and all the necessary cleat hardware for installation.
- Item #CRN002B
- Q & A
Candy Makes You Dandy
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is the Candy you need. Avoid the plastics of the Candy 1, and I see no need (personally) for the pricey upgrades of the higher numbered models.
These aren't egg-beaters, so if weight is your thing there's better options out there. But if you want something burly, and reliable, and stylish, these things are sweet.
Add a little color to your steed and fly!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used these for awhile now. I'm not super weight conscious, but for pedals I wanted a reasonably priced pedal that wasn't a brick and landed on these. After a couple years of use they're still working well. It's nice to have the option of taking them apart to add some life, but I don't suspect I'll have to do that anytime soon.