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Crank Brothers Candy 1 Mountain Bike Pedal Review: Best Clipless Mountain Bike Pedal Review

Best Bang for Your Buck Clipless Pedal for Mud and Weight Savings

  • Platform feel 60% 60%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 90% 90%

Weight per Pair: 294g

Clean Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, XC

Price: $49.99

What We Like: Extremely lightweight and well-rounded pedal for the price

What We Don’t: Lack of traction pads found on higher end Candy pedals, not the most solid platform

When choosing an all-around budget clipless mountain bike pedal, we looked for a well-rounded pedal that was lightweight and provided the features of its more expensive counterparts. The Crank Brothers Candy 1 and Shimano M530 both check most of those boxes. However, the Candy 1 weighs in a full 159g lighter than its Shimano counterpart and offers better mud shedding capabilities to boot.

If you are an SPD purist, then the Shimano is the way to go, otherwise, read on to see if the Crank Brothers Candy 1 is the budget clipless mountain bike pedal for you.

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Crank Brothers Candy 7

  • Platform feel 60% 60%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 90% 90%

Pros

Great performance for a reasonable price, excellent mud shedding, best weight to cost ratio available

Cons

Small platform compared to the similarly priced Crank Brothers Mallet E

Weight: 320g

Cleat Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro XC

Shimano XT M8020

  • Platform feel 70% 70%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 70% 70%
  • Weight 80% 80%

Pros

A high-end pedal for a mid-tier price

Cons

Significantly heavier than the Crank Brothers alternative

Weight: 404g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro XC

Crank Brothers Mallet E

  • Platform feel 100% 100%
  • Ease/feel of entry 90% 90%
  • Ease/feel of exit 70% 70%
  • Mud shedding ability 80% 80%
  • Weight 70% 70%

Pros

Lightweight for the size of the platform

Great pedaling platform

The most adjustable Crank Brothers pedal

Easy to clip into

Cons

Vague sense of clipping in and out

Heavier than Candy 7

Pins can make clipping out more difficult

Weight: 420g

Cleat Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, Downhill

Shimano Saint M820

  • Platform feel 90% 90%
  • Ease/feel of entry 90% 90%
  • Ease/feel of exit 70% 70%
  • Mud shedding ability 60% 60%
  • Weight 30% 30%

Pros

The most adjustable pedals that we reviewed

Great pedal platform

Satisfying SPD feel

Cons

Heaviest pedals in our review

Not the best for extremely muddy conditions

Weight: 545g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, Downhill

Crank Brothers Candy 1

  • Platform feel 60% 60%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 90% 90%

Pros

Extremely lightweight and well-rounded pedal for the price

Cons

Lack of traction pads found on higher end Candy pedals

Not the most solid platform

Weight: 294g

Cleat Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, XC

Shimano M530

  • Platform feel 70% 70%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 80% 80%
  • Weight 70% 70%

Pros

Virtually the same pedaling and clipping experience offered by the much more expensive Shimano XTR M9120 and XT M8020 at an entry-level price

Cons

Heaviest mini platform pedal in review, painted cage is slippery when wet

Weight: 453g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, XC

Crank Brothers Eggbeater 3

  • Platform feel 30% 30%
  • Ease/feel of entry 50% 50%
  • Ease/feel of exit 90% 90%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 100% 100%

Pros

A high-end pedal for a mid-tier price

Cons

Significantly heavier than the Crank Brothers alternative

Weight: 404g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro XC

Shimano XTR M9100

  • Platform feel 50% 50%
  • Ease/feel of entry 60% 60%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 90% 90%
  • Weight 90% 90%

Pros

Lightest SPD pedal in test

Fairly large contact area for an SPD pedal

Cons

Pricey and heavy compared to Crank Brothers alternative

Weight: 310g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: XC

Crank Brothers Eggbeater 1

  • Platform feel 30% 30%
  • Ease/feel of entry 50% 50%
  • Ease/feel of exit 90% 90%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 100% 100%

Pros

Unbeatable weight for budget XC pedals

Cons

Difficult to clip into

Weight: 280g

Cleat Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: XC

Shimano M520

  • Platform feel 50% 50%
  • Ease/feel of entry 60% 60%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 90% 90%
  • Weight 70% 70%

Pros

The same pedaling experience of the XTR M9120 for a third of the price

Cons

Heavier than the Egg Beater 1

Weight: 310g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: XC

Shimano XTR M9120

  • Platform feel 70% 70%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 70% 70%
  • Weight 80% 80%

Pros

All of the great features of the XT M8020 in a lighter package

Cons

Heavier than Crank Brothers alternative and not enough difference to justify the price increase over the Shimano XT M8020

Weight: 398g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, XC

Platform

The Crank Brothers Candy 1 offers the same great compromise in platform found on the Candy 7. It is smaller, and offers less clipping interference than the Mallet E, but offers a platform when you need it and is much easier to clip into than the Crank Brothers Egg Beater pedals.

Unlike the Candy 7, the Candy 1 is made from a stamped steel construction, and it does not utilize the adjustable traction pads found on the candy 7. The stamped steel construction, common on budget clipless pedals, is what makes the Candy 1 a bit heavier than its more expensive counterparts.

Ease of Entry

Clipping into the Crank Brothers Candy 1 is identical to clipping into the Candy 7. The small platform will catch your shoes and keep the pedal from rolling under foot like the Eggbeaters, and allows for an easy clip in. However, those used to SPDs will notice that there is very little in the way of feedback to let you know that you have successfully clipped in.

Ease of Exit

Also, like the Candy 7s, the lack of pins in the Candy 1 pedals makes them easier to clip out of than full cage offerings like the Shimano Saint M820s or Crank Brothers Mallet Es.

Mud Shedding Ability

One look at the clipping mechanism of Crank Brothers pedals reveals why they are the gold standard for clipless pedals when it comes to mud shedding. Just as the Candy 7 bettered the higher end Shimano offerings when it came to dealing with the mud, so too does the Candy 1 better the budget Shimano M530.

The Bottom Line

The Crank Brothers Candy 1 clipless mountain bike pedal offers most of what makes the Candy 7 one of our top picks. It sheds mud better than its Shimano counterpart, the M530, and is considerably lighter.

Meanwhile, the feel of clipping in and out, and the increased float of the Crank Brothers platform is subjective, rather than a true pro or con. If you want a budget pedal that bests pedals at three times its price point in the weight category or a budget pedal for wet and wintry riding conditions, then, at ~$50, the Crank Brothers Candy 1 might be the budget pedal for you.

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