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New prototype Crank Brothers 5050 Pedals spotted on Sam Hill's bike. Apparently the official release may be at Sea Otter. Stay tuned.

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Sam Hill's Prototype Crank Brothers 5050 Pedals

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  • quasibinaer

    3/29/2011 4:43 PM

    Sven, I meant the old models. Not the new ones obviously, which I presume will be better. No doubt there. But I do have a few points with the older 5050XX. All in all nice pedals (I still ride ´em!) but not good enough to not try something else for a change.

    And I´m not one of those usual internet guys by the way ... see you at the races!

  • big bear

    3/26/2011 4:14 PM

    same old same old. why doesn't someone aspire to make something as beneficial and intelligent as those fly paper pedals?

  • domino0

    3/26/2011 8:09 AM

    Sven is right. These along with the new mallets will use the same spindles,bearings etc, as the newer eggbeaters. This means that all of crank brothers pedals will use the same component parts, thus reducing costs, which may be passed on to the consumer.

    As for snapped mallet spindles, it's a big over reaction. People wouldn't give a fuck if a shimano pedal or component broke, they would just be like "oh hey it's shimano, they were good, I will just buy a new set" but with CB and other manufacturers, if something breaks people go ape-shit and demand replacements etc (clearly not aimed at everyone, majority of people are understanding). You will probably find that shimano have just as many shody parts made, they just don't let them get sold on, so they could have only 5 out of 10 actually being sold for all we know. CB could do with better quality control, but having said that their warranty departments are top notch, especially here in the UK!

  • Lucent

    3/25/2011 4:58 PM

    Sven - I'm pretty pumped with my pair of 50/50XX pedals that I bought the first year they came out, still rocking them today. So I'm VERY interested to see how these compare.

  • Sven Martin

    3/25/2011 3:52 PM

    @quasbinliner i doubt you have a pair of these. CB have made the pedal lighter, thinner, improved sealing and have also managed to use a stronger spindle. I have been riding these and the new Malletes for a few months now while they make final tweaks and changes. Delivering on all points but im sure comments will still be thrown out there as usual based on a few years old experiences on older models.

  • bstens

    3/25/2011 2:02 PM

    saying all this, it should be noted that CB has a pretty dialed warranty department. in and out in the same week

  • quasibinaer

    3/25/2011 1:55 PM

    I own a pair of these (XX model) and frankly, they´re not worth the money. I do like the option to change plates though, that´s a neat touch. Axle is holding up well so far - although it could go a little more free-moving for my taste. And somehow I manage to lose or break pins quite easily.
    Looks like they´ve kept the interchangeable theme, I hope they got thinner and lighter aswell.

  • letsgetit

    3/25/2011 1:34 PM

    Ahhhhh...... ok. Never had those. I always see the 50/50s getting bagged on for some reason, maybe it's the Intense/Kona/Norco/Evil etc etc...... Syndrome. See 1 picture of a broken one out of 15000 sold and they are all junk. Or maybe the 50/50 is heavy and it's all the weight weenies. I don't know, always wondered though.

  • bstens

    3/25/2011 12:07 PM

    the bigger problem has been in their clipless models. Lots and lots of snapped axles. Hopefully this revised model solves that!

  • letsgetit

    3/25/2011 11:58 AM

    Not sure why everybody hates on CB. I've had a set of 50/50s for like 3 years, on my DJ/street bike before they went on my DH with a low BB and 175mm cranks and they will go on my new DH bike. Great grip with BS, flexy, blown out skate shoes, never broke any piece of them. I'm a big dude and have beat the hell out of them! Or is this one of those rumors turn "fact" ?
    EDIT: My wheels and fork let go on my DJ/Street bike but the pedals are still going 2 years later.

  • bstens

    3/25/2011 11:48 AM

    and the snapped axle / plastic saga continues.

  • TRex

    3/25/2011 11:24 AM

    The axle looks REALLY strong. I guess they can't do much worse than the old ones. Maybe I should stop hating... On the positive side I bet they come in some really cool packaging.

  • iceman2058

    3/25/2011 11:00 AM

    if these are thin, maybe the first CB flats to not suck...

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