by David Howell
Some say you only get one chance to make an initial impression. Well, Canfield Brothers nailed it with the Crampon Magnesium pedal. Sleek lines, a generously sized platform and super thin leading edges combine together to create one of the most attractive pedals I have had the chance to lay my eyes on. With the magnesium pedals coming in at around $200, they may not be cheap, but you get what you pay for.
Crampon Magnesium Pedal Highlights
- 6-10mm Thick Magnesium Body
- DU Bushings
- Chromoly Axle
- Replaceable Dual Sided 10mm Steel Traction Pins
- Durable painted finish
- Black, Gray, Blue, Red, White Colors
- Weight: 9.9 oz (282 g)
- 106mm Square Platform
- Patented Convex Shape
- MSRP $200
On The Trail
Simply saying that these pedals are thin doesn’t do them justice – you need to feel how thin they are to believe it. Traction pins with allen heads on both sides mean that just because you damage a pin, you can still easily unthread it from the pedal body from the opposite side. Each pedal is clearly marked with an “L” or “R” on the body, which makes installation incredibly easy, unless you don’t know right from left.
Canfield Brothers says that having a super-thin, 6mm thick leading edge leads to less pedal strikes and more efficient pedaling - and I have to agree with that statement. Riding with such a thin pedal makes pedaling up your favorite trail less of a chore because you can concentrate a bit more on spinning rather than just mashing climbs like the hulk.Experiencing a leading edge strike with these pedals is going to take some serious skill – if you ride with a soft rubber shoe, like Five Tens, your shoe will probably hit the ground before any metal ever does – they are that thin. Chamfered outside edges also give a bit of added insurance that your pedal won’t hang up if you clip it on an obstacle as well as give the pedals a sleeker, smoother, more thought out appearance. The generous platform size is massive for a pedal so light and is large enough to give riders with bigger feet plenty of real estate for a comfortable ride.
Things That Could Be Improved
The only thing about these pedals I’m not in love with is the convex profile over the spindle. At times it feels like you just can’t keep your foot planted in one spot due to the bulge at the spindle. Taking out the pin just in front of the spindle and adding a bit of grip tape may help a bit, but in some rougher sections my feet had a tendency to skip around the pedals more than on my other “new style” super thin DH pedals. Once I got some miles in I did notice a few millimeters of lateral play of the pedal body on the spindle, but after a few seconds with a wrench to snug things up a bit they were feeling great and smooth once again.
Long Term Durability
After plenty of rides and a couple crashes, these pedals seem like winners in the long term. The durable, painted finish still looks beautiful and has only come off in the spots I have clipped rocks or crashed on them, and the axles still spin straight and smooth despite taking some pretty large impacts.
What's The Bottom Line?
Although there may be some pedals out there that work slightly better for me, the Crampon Magnesium pedals are the perfect combination of form and function. The grip is good, the weight is good, and long term durability isn't much of a concern. Be prepared to get noticed with these pedals and spend some time answering questions about them – people will want to know where they can get a pair of their own.
Visit www.canfieldbrothers.com for more details.
About The Reviewer
David Howell has been riding bikes for the last 11 years, with the majority of that being downhill and trail riding. He raced some downhill in Colorado, but now prefers dirt jumping, trail riding or downhilling with his friends. Working in shops for six years fueled his passion for riding all styles of bikes and has provided an in-depth knowledge of current parts and trends in the industry. His favorite trails are fast and have a good mixture of rough, rocky sections mixed with smoother flowy sections – natural jumps and berms just add to the fun. With a plow riding style and tipping the scales at 235-pounds, he puts the hurt on even the beefiest components.