The Crank Brothers 5050 XX Pedal provides a large, stable platform and plenty of traction pins to keep you firmly planted on the bike, even if your bike is in mid-air.Tough Cro-Moly spindle can take a beatingAnodized aluminum body and replaceable plates are stiff and durableComposite end cap with...
a Cross Country Rider
from Waterville, ME, USA
Date Reviewed: April 5, 2012
Strengths: Look great imo. Are very grippy and seem to take abuse very well.I have smashed them against quite a few rocks and logs and they have not failed me yet. No issues with bearings wearing out or anything like that. They still spin as they did when I 1'st installed them over a year ago.
Weaknesses: The pins do like to move in on the pedals. Only a couple of mine have done it as they came with locktite from the box. A quick loostening and re applying locktite would fix this issue.
I wouldnt buy them again. I bought my bike used and it had egg beaters. I was in a rush to get some nice flats and went for these at the LBS w/o doing any research first. They have served me well but for the price and the tons of bad reviews there are about them. I'd invest in a different pedal. For the price of the 50/50 XX you can get a similar pedal that is lighter and doesnt seem like its a 50/50 chance (no pun intended) of getting a set that will last.
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain Element 10. Setting it up for very rooty XC and some AM
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 15, 2012
Strengths: Strong and grippy
Weaknesses: From day one they never span freely. I thought this was normal as the only other person I know who has these had the exact same issue. The stiffness slowly got worse and worse until eventually I bought myself the rebuilt kit and attempted to take the pedals apart. The was able to remove the pin but the inner components were all rusted solid to the inside. I couldn't even get them out with brute force and a hammer.
Yes, they are very strong and grippy, but who cares about that if they rust and don't spin?
To pay a whopping (UK) £72 for a pair of rubbish pedals is unacceptable. If I hadn't left it so long I would be demanding my money back.
I'd always admired Crank Brothers for their ingenious egg beater designs, but I have to say this admiration has now completely gone and all that's left is a lighter wallet and that feeling of having been ripped off.
from London, England
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2011
Strengths: Nice and grippy, changable/customizable plates, can change pins, still perform well in the wet, they look really good too, also the 5050x aren't expensive compared to other pedals.
Weaknesses: the pins screw them selves in whilst riding so within 4-5 runs the pins have screwed in and need loosening with an allen key to get them in the right position and after about 5 rides the bearing or axle or something has gone and now there is movement
Seem decent, but bearings or something shot after a few rides, worth the money i paid, i got them brand new for a second hand price, may need replacing soon. also long pins would need to be bought i reckon to prevent the pins screwing in.
Bike Setup: cannondale sl4 fox 32 f series bontrager grips
a Weekend Warrior
from Boise, Idaho
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2011
Strengths: Great looks, strong desgin, very grippy, adjustable pins, rebuildable
Weaknesses: Only thing id say is they are a little on the heavy side for pedals
Amazing pedal. I've had mine for over a year now and have had no issues with my pedals. I applied blue loctite gel to the pins prior to assembly, also adjusted the pins out quite a bit. These pedals have not been used lightly, countless smashes against rocks, been through snow, mud, even water crossings, and they have yet to fail me. I've never touched the bearings or anything because there has been no reason to touch them.
These have been everywhere from snow packed mountain trails to the dry slickrock trail in Moab...and have never let me down
Overall awesome pedal, low maintenance, takes a beating. Absolutley love these pedals. I'm buying another set for my hardtail.
Bike Setup: 08 giant trance, marzocchi 33r, rocco wc air
from St. Albans, VT, US
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2011
Strengths: Gnarly grip, super lightweight, interchangeable pins, and super durable
Weaknesses: The pins the pedal ships with a SHARP, doesn't do well with regular shoes
Best pedals I've ever used. The offer a helluva lot of grip with the right shoes. However, without the right shoes and when riding in the wet, you slip off pretty easy. Learned that the hard way with a 3 foot gap. Pedals impaled my leg and I bled all over my nice regular shoes. However, now I gotta gnarly scar to show off! Overall, a sick pedal for anyone who wants to rip it anywhere without worrying about slipping off or clipping in/out.
a Weekend Warrior
from irvine, ca
Date Reviewed: March 15, 2011
Strengths: good grip, colors
Weaknesses: siezed up
good pedal, but i'm checking out others. have used these for a couple years now. they performed well enough, except when the left side siezed up and unscrewed from the crank during a ride. did a rebuild and regreased and haven't seized again so far. ok fo rthe $65 i paid but wouldn't pay $100+.
from Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium
Date Reviewed: October 21, 2010
Strengths: Looks & marketing - at the time it was the only gold pedal that could match the paint job on my frame.
Weaknesses: Uhmmm, almost everything! After one rainy ride the bearings apparently soaked up the water completely,so far for paying the extra $ for the double sealed one - pedal was completely blocked the day after. plastic screw for lubing the pedal is absolute s***, couldn't even open it once without damaging the screw. And the same if you try to replace the pins!
Absolute bad value for money pedal. I'm more happy with the box it came in than the pedal itself... Marketing & product design without quality backing up the price.
Similar Products Used: DMR V8&V12's, Welgo Ti's, Specialized 747's
Bike Setup: Commencal Pasta Power with pike, saint and for a short period these pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
from Sauble Beach , On, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 8, 2010
Strengths: Great platform, no slippage, pins did not let shoes slip even when muddy and wet.Well built item
Weaknesses: Came with very little grease in axle shaft, not sure this is a weakness but the pedals sort of stay the same angle not flatten out when your foot is not on them but then again your foot never slips off so its not an issue
The quality of the product is self evident when you look at it, all pins and screws had "blue" thread lock on them, extra pins a Crank Bros sticker and Maintenance instructions come in the box. First thing I did when I got the pedals was GREASE them! I found there was not much grease in axle shaft when shipped. Follow the instructions for maintenance and this pedal should last for a long time
Bike Setup: Trek 6 series,Crank Bros 5050xx pedals,Ergon GP1 grips,Selle Italia Flite gel flow saddle.
a Weekend Warrior
from Chapel Hill, NC
Date Reviewed: June 5, 2010
Strengths: +Looks (customizable colored faceplates)
+Grip is above average but not amazing
Weaknesses: -Pins falling out
-Screws backing out
-Faceplates falling off
I was initially pretty happy with this purchase. However after several rides and normal commuting (to and from campus) they started to fall apart. First some the screws started backing out and eventually a faceplate fell off without me noticing. Luckily crank bros gives you spare faceplates but they did not include spare screws. I contacted crank brothers and they sent me more screws, free of charge. Unfortunately, they were the wrong screws so I went to Lowe's to find something somewhat compatible. A year later, another faceplate fell off but this time I heard it hit the pavement and was able to remount it. I wish they were more solid and less modular. Overall, they were a decent pedal but definitely not worth the price. Recently if been riding clipped in but I just ordered some other platform pedals -- sun ringle's zuzu pedals. I think they will be much more reliable.
Weaknesses: Too many little allen screws, plate design held together by ultratiny allen screws that are next to impossible to find.
Heavy as well. Way too expensive for the headaches you get. Tread pins loosen and fall out depite being held by locktite.
While I haven't yet had the bearing issues that others have (plate fell off before I could rack up enough mileage), the issue with the pins and screws holding the plate on has me pissed off and the pedals have been sitting on my bench the past few months. CB doesn't provide any extra plate attachment screws with their kit, which is very irresponsible. I tried to get some at a local fastener supply, but I would have to order a box of 100 for $40! I mailed CB, and they sent me some screws, but the wrong size...I emailed them about this, and they said it is the only size they have! Crank Brothers seems to be all about clever looking designs and slick marketing, but nothing about proper testing, quality control, or service. As an aside, I just noticed last night the bearings on my CB Acid 1 pedals starting to seize after less than a year of riding...yippee. In contrast my 5 yr old Syncros Mental peddles run like a charm, despite heavy abuse over the years and only one easily performed regreasing/overhaul. The pins don't fall out, either
Bike Setup: Devinci Hectic, Mavic 819 rims, XT hubs, Raceface Atlas AM cranks, DHX5 Air, RS Pike fork
a Weekend Warrior
from Wenatchee, Wa, USA
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2010
Strengths: Sturdy when working...
Weaknesses: Bearings went out quicker than when I owned the 50/50X. Should have learned the first time. 50/50 XX bearings can be re-greased, but that doesn't work so well. Not impressed.
Pedals got sticky after 3 months, re-greased and on the first ride after pedals completely seized. For the price, this is not acceptable. I thought about buying the CB Iodine wheelset, but after the last two pairs of pedals I've owned, I will no longer buy any Crank Brother products.
Strengths: Nice looking, lighter than most, sealed bearings.
Weaknesses: Slippage. Most people mountainbiking on platforms arenlt looking for a slippery pedal. the pins are a hair too short, and the hump in the middle where the axle is is a bit too tall. Bad combination, pin placement is a bit weird too. Removing the stupid reflectors helped, but still is a bit slick to me. Using flat skater-shoes helps too, but you shouldnt have to do those things to make a pedal worth while, never mind a 120$ pedal.
dont waste your money on these cause they look cool, or because they have interchangeable plates. Those things dont make up for the lack of grip when youi need it.
I've got a set of demolitions that outperform these might and day and cost half as much.
Bike Setup: Jamis Dakar xam 2, RS vivid 5.1, RS lyrik coil, xt, wtb laserdick wheelset, ect..
Date Reviewed: April 20, 2009
Strengths: Tough pedel
Weaknesses: After sitting in my garage over the winter both axels rusted to the point that they are useless. I did manage to get one off and re-greased it. The other plastic end cap striped and I pretty much had to destroy the pedal to get it off. Wouldn't recommend unless you want to spend more time taking extra care of these pedals.
For the money I would purchase another pair of Specialized gold DH pedals
getting new pedals and cant decide between these two ... does anyone know which is more durable or r they almost the same... im not worried about weight or price just curious if one is more durable than the other
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