The 5050 3s are CrankBrothers’ top flat-pedal offerings – and they represent pretty good value for pedals of such quality.
The platform is large and has a comfortable amount of concave shaping, which provides plenty of grip in combination with the 10 grub-screw type pins on each side. Even set at their maximum height we couldn’t feel the pins through the soles of our shoes – despite ditching our flat-specific shoes for trainers down at the pump track.
The pedal body sits far enough from the crank arm that you can really make the most of the large 96x95mm platform too, even with wide feet or clumpy shoes.
The 5050s do well in thick mud, with the machined cutouts in the pedal body allowing dirt to fall through and keeping the surface slip-free. After a couple of months of daily hammering, the bearings are still running smoothly too, and they’re easy to replace.
Removing two long Torx T25 bolts splits the pedal in half, giving access to the easy-to-rebuild internals – a redesigned axle spinning on a needle roller bearing and a cartridge bearing. CrankBrothers’ five-year warranty helps with peace of mind too.