Rated 3 out of 5 by Colin64 Candy 3 pedals function well but their needle bearings fail too soon!
I have Candy 3s fitted to a touring cycle, so the pedals do not suffer the hard life which they might on a mountain bike. However after just 7 months (and 4,500 miles) the needle bearings have failed. I have cleaned and re-greased the pedals (as recommended by Crank Brothers) every 2 months since new, but that did not save them.
Bearing failure is caused by water ingress through the inboard rubber seal. When that happens the metal cage which holds the needle rollers begins to rust. The outer shell of the bearing, and the needle rollers themselves, are unaffected. At first the rust just discolours the grease; later the rollers escape from the cage, score the axle, and the pedal is finished, (I experienced this with an earlier pair of Mallets).
I am sure water entry occurs because when the pedal is being reassembled after re-greasing, it slides a little too far inboard along the axle, and the inboard rubber seal is pushed up and across the raised "shoulder" on the axle which is supposed to keep the seal in position. You won't notice that this has happened, but it leaves a gap through which water subsequently enters the bearing. In this respect, the Candy 3 is poorly designed.
I have been told by Crank Brothers that the delrin bushing from Candy 2 pedals has the same dimensions as the needle bearing of the Candy 3, and can be used to replace the needle bearing. So I plan to make that change. I suggest that anyone thinking of buying Candy 3 pedals should purchase the Candy 2 instead, and avoid the needle bearing problem.
In all other respects the Candys are nice pedals, and a pleasure to use.
04 December 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rolandatlas Ideal first SPD.
I bought these on the advice of others. I had found out that these pedals are easy to get into and out of. This is true.
They appear to be made of good quality metals and components.
01 November 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by halfmanhalfcykel easy to use, rugged
I have been using them for seven years now. Not on MTB but on a fixed gear bike, commuting daily, as well as on one TT and one road bike for tranings and races. They are very durable, mount and forget type. Easy to clip in and out. Cleats wear slowly out.
29 August 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Excellent
I've had Candys for about 5 years now on both suss and hardtail MTBs, and the bearings have only just worn out on 1 pedal despite plenty of XC use.
They're light, and much easier to get in and out of than normal SPDs. Highly recommended (unless you like to ride sometimes without clipless shoes!)
08 August 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous great pedals, great price
Had these pedals for over a year, they have great mud clearance, easy to clip in and out, extremely durable, they had taken some hard hits and have become quiet scuffed but that's expected, but are still holding together perfectly, after a year of abuse still have not needed to have them serviced so have been a great buy, i would recommend them to any one.
04 May 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Love 'em!
Absolutely love these pedals. Easy to clip in, and out too, so never had a "moment" when on the trail. The etching of the "3" on the pedal surface wears off real quick though - maybe CB could've done the same as they did with their logo.....
15 November 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Good
I can say "Good", never had problems, mud, powder, water, rocks, never stopped to work. Look is fantastic and I think they work better than the old one Candy.
20 April 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by Anonymous Perfect for AM and DH, this pedals are also cool-looking. But those needle bearings are rubbish. In muddy and wet conditions you need to replace (or regrease) it every 300 (!!) km.
I am sure, pedals for $134 should not be this bad. I would recommend Shimano XTR or, if you're Crank Brothers fan, Candy 2 ("Delrin bushing" got to be much, much more reliable)
28 October 2010