are the two cleats different?
One cleat has two small dots (or divots) in the center between
the bolt holes, and the other cleat does not. If you put the
cleat with two dots on it on your right shoe, then both pedals
release outwards at a 15 degree angle and if you put the one
with the two little dots on your left shoe, then both pedals
release outwards at about 20 degrees. First-time users should
start with the 15 degree release angle.
What shoes will the cleats work with?
The cleats that come with candy pedals are designed to work
with mountain bike shoes that have a treaded sole and use
the 2-hole pattern. You may use the candy with road shoes
using the 3-hole delta patter with the attachment of the crankbrothers
Only crankbrothers cleats work with crankbrothers pedals.
How do I clip into and out of the
Start by practicing with one foot on the ground, and one foot
on the pedal. Point your toe slightly downward, find the pedal
bars with your cleat. Press down firmly until your cleat enters
the pedal. To exit the pedal, twist your heal outward. Practice
this until you feel comfortable. If you have questions or
problems, contact your local crankbrothers dealer or contact
us directly 949-464-9916, M-F 9am-5pm, PST.
I'm having difficulty clipping into
Many mountain bike shoes have thick tread on the sole. This
can make it difficult to clip into the pedals. If you experience
this, install one shim (thin black plastic wafer that goes
between the sole and cleat) on each shoe. This will position
the cleat farther away from the sole and closer to the pedal.
A maximum of 2 shims per cleat may be used. If this does not
work, slightly trim the shoes tread (in the contact area only)
using a sharp blade or sanding wheel, Proceed in small increments
and check fitment between each trimming. The tread should
make contact with the pedal, but not so much that the tread
compresses and allows the cleat to contact the spring (which
causes difficulty clipping in).
What is float?
Float is the amount of unrestricted movement the cleat has
within the pedal when the cleat is engaged. Most riders require
a small amount of float for healthy knees. crankbrothers pedals
have a total of 6 degrees of rotational float (3 degrees to
the left and 3 to the right).
Can I replace the internal bearings,
bushings and seals?
Yes, the pedals are very easy and fast to rebuild. The only
tools necessary are a flat head screwdriver, 6 or 8mm hex
wrench and 8mm socket wrench. We offer rebuild kits for each
pedal that include bearings, bushings, seals and endcaps.
We recommend rebuilding your pedal once a year (2-3 times
a year if you ride in harsh conditions on a regular basis).
The egg beater mxr, smarty and 5050x are NOT designed to be
What is the warranty policy?
We offer one of the best warranty policies in the industry:
a 2 year warranty on all pedals, 5 years on all bottom brackets
and directsets, and lifetime warranty on our pumps and tools.
If you have questions or problems, contact your local crankbrothers
dealer or contact us directly 949-464-9916, M-F 9am-5pm, PST
How do they perform in mud and snow?
We believe it to be the best on the market. The simple, open
design sheds mud and snow permitting positive engagement in
the foulest conditions.
Are these pedals for road or mountain?
Both. It is great on the road because it light, low profile,
easy to clip in and out of, and it won't let you pull out
unintentionally. It's great on the trail because it is durable,
the bearings are easy to replace, and of course it's better
in mud than any other pedal. To use crankbrothers pedals with
road shoes, you'll need one of our road specific cleats.
What shoes will the cleats work with?
The type of shoe you have determines which cleat you need,
not the pedal model. Mountain bike shoes with knobby souls
and 2-hole bolt pattern use the Premium Cleat.
Road shoes with smooth souls and 3-hole (also known as the
delta) bolt pattern require our 3h Cleat http://crankbrothers.com/3hole_cleat.php?itemId.
Both of these offer the 6 degrees of float. If you are using
a Quattro pedal with road shoes, you can achieve a fixed (no
float) fit with the fx Cleat.
Will the pedals wear on my carbon-fiber
Normally the wings of the pedal don't put a large amount of
pressure on the bottom of the shoe. However, with enough use,
or with worn cleats, the bars will wear slightly into the
bottom of any shoe. While this does not normally result in
structural/performance damage, it can be prevent by employing
the crankbrothers shoe shield.
Is the spring tension adjustable?
No, it's not necessary. With the candy, the spring tension
is not what keeps you from pulling out of the pedal. With
conventional pedals, if the spring tension is set low, then
it's easy to unclip but also easy to accidentally pull out
of the pedal. If the spring tension is set high, then you
won't accidentally pull out of the pedal but it's also very
hard to purposely clip out. The medium spring tension of the
candy allows easy unclipping when twisting your foot, yet
won't let you pull out otherwise.
What is stack height?
Stack height indicates how close your foot is to the center
of the spindle. A lower stack height gives you a better bio-mechanical
contact to the pedal for enhanced energy transfer. The candy
has a lower stack height than most other road and mountain
pedals. crankbrothers pedals have a stack height of only 15.2mm
(0.600inch) which is 3mm - 5mm closer than many other pedals.
Can the end cap be removed?
Yes, the end cap can be removed for rebuild purposes. The
cap should ALWAYS be in place and tightened down while the
pedal is being used. Use of pedals with no end caps puts tremendous
load on the bearing leading to failure of the bearing.
Should I grease the spindle threads?
Yes, always apply a light coat of grease to the threads before
installing the pedal into the crank.