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    Anyone riding Canfield Crampon Ultimate pedals?

    I've been looking for a set of flats to use for AM/trail type riding, and these look pretty sweet. My priorities are good pedaling/climbing efficiency and light weight.

    The one thing that I'm hesitant about is the convex shape, i.e. the fact that they're thicker under the axle than at the edges. This is kind of the opposite of every other pedal out there, and while I see how the thin edges would limit pedal strikes it seems like they might not feel great under foot. Convex ball of foot on convex pedal= hot spots? I'm using 5.10 Freeriders FWIW.

    Anyone ridden these, and if so is the convex shape noticeable? Feedback or other suggestions?

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    I use the same shoes as you in high top and have used the ultimates and ultimate mags for the last 2 seasons for DH. I also use my pedals in the winter for all mountain. They are by far the best pedals I have run. They are light, strong and feel great on the feet. I previously ran Kona Wah Wah's, NRG's and some specialized pedals but none felt as good. The wah wah's are my second favourite but they are not as good and the crampons.

    The convex shape disappears one you are on them they just feel nice and sticky.

    The only recommendation is pull the pins out when you get them and lock tight them well. apart from that they are amazing pedals.

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    I have these pedals with 5.10's and love them. They feel great under your foot. If u ride am u will need to put lock tight on the pins or they will fall out. Other than that the pedals are awesome.

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    I use the Crampons with 5.10s on all my bikes, By far the best flat I have ridden. Love the combination.

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    Anyone riding Canfield Crampon Ultimate pedals?

    These pedals are discussed in a number of threads, in which I and other users have given our impressions of them. I like mine, and so do my friends. The platforms aren't the largest on the market, but on the other hand, that also means fewer strikes. I've never had hot spots from flat bodies, concave bodies, or convex bodies. Good shoes are important.

    As far as the convex shape, I was also surprised at first, since concavity is a bragging point for a lot of pedals. But consider that your shoes, even those as stiff as 5.10 Impacts, are flexible and deform over the pedal. Think about how a sole bends over a convex versus concave pedal body, particularly if you're riding with your heels down. The sole wraps over the pedal, rather than cupping into it.
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    Been running them for a couple of years... ran the first generation which were thin and flat slightly wide and went to the Ultimates and love them even more. I tend to switch back and forth from clips to flats and the convex shape combined with 5ten shoes makes it feel clipped. You won't regret the purchase if you pick up a set.
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    another yes vote from me. Super sticky, and super durable. I smacked the pins on a rock so hard that it sprained my ankle, and the pin didn't break off at all. Just smeared the very tip of the pin a tad. Still 100% usable. The length of the pins negate a fair bit if the convex shape you are concerned about too. As was mentioned earlier, I prefer a stiffer-soled shoe with them, but they feel pretty much flat to me when riding. They have the same amount of grip of a concave design., but it is easier to reposition your foot on them when needed. Best pedals I've owned.
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    Oh, and they are very low maintenance. I was worried about a full du bushing pedal, as I like the ease of rotation in bearing pedals. I had no need to worry. They break in after a week or so of riding, they rotate very easily, and they stay that way for a looooong time. No lubrication, no cleaning, no nothing. Just ride them. If it eventually wears down to the point where it's getting a bit sloppy (remember, loose is far better than chunky or seized like bearing pedals when they die), they have inexpensive replacement bushing kits to get them back to new.
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    +1 on the Ultimate and 5.10 combo. I ordered a pair last year as soon as they were available and loved them so much that I ordered a set of the new mags this year for my new bike.

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    Yep...+1 from me, too. I've been running them since May, after using straitlines for years. They're bomber paired with 5.10 rubber!

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    Another here that went from the regular Crampons (still on my Highline) to Ultimates that go back and forth from the XC/AM bike to the DH bike.

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    Great, thanks all for the enthusiastic replies. I guess my main concern was that these might be great DH pedals (i.e. very sticky for standing on while bombing downhill) but might not be as good for multi-hour pedaling days with long climbs etc. Sounds like that's not the case; I'll be ordering some ASAP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewBird View Post
    multi-hour pedaling days with long climbs etc.
    Several hours and 3,500 feet to get here. That's not unusual for summer.

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    I have them and I love them

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    I came across these pedals at a local bike shop in Springdale, UT. They looked thin yet burley. I made the impulse purchase and I'm glad I did. These are the best platform pedals I have owned. (I've previously used Black ops, Wha Whas, and Mallets.) The finish on the pedals is taking a beating, but I could care less. I live in AZ and rocks beat the crap out of everything. I did switch out the pins, but this was purely for esoteric purposes.

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    If you worry about the finish they come in raw too. One caveat...you should locktite the pins...I took a new pair to Whistler and lost half the pins in 4 days.
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    Having gotten these in and done a couple rides on them over the weekend, I can say that everyone was right: these are great.

    (Also, I didn't realize they came from just up the road in Bellingham, WA; I was pleasantly surprised when the pedals arrived at my house in Seattle in just one day!)

    Re: the convex shape, I think I actually like this better than concave. When I ride flats I normally position my foot a bit forward relative to clipless, so the pedal spindle is just behind the ball of my foot. I find that the convex shape actually fits nicely into that part of my foot, and that i don't notice the sharp edge of the pedal digging into my arch the way I do with concave pedals. Also way easier to reposition on these. So, two thumbs up, and thanks for the recommendations guys!

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    Anyone riding Canfield Crampon Ultimate pedals?

    These are killer pedals with my Teva Links. The only tricky part was finding the sweet spot with the seat post height after swapping out the Candy C's.

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    So.... revisiting this. I got my current pair of these back in February. As of now, they're super loose and sloppy-feeling. I've disassembled, cleaned and lubed multiple times. I've tightened end-cap bolts. Thinking they need new bushings.

    So, is this service interval normal? I rode these in the PNW winter, and I certainly haven't been gentle with them, but new bushings every 6 months seems kind of lame...

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    I had the same problem and ordered the bushings. Had my bike shop replace them for me and the pedals are like new again.

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    I love mine for the last year work flawless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewBird View Post
    So.... revisiting this. I got my current pair of these back in February. As of now, they're super loose and sloppy-feeling. I've disassembled, cleaned and lubed multiple times. I've tightened end-cap bolts. Thinking they need new bushings.

    So, is this service interval normal? I rode these in the PNW winter, and I certainly haven't been gentle with them, but new bushings every 6 months seems kind of lame...

    Define super lose? I know when I contacted them, they are expected to wear some and have a little play if I remember. I know mine developed a little play and it hasn't changed since that first break in period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    Define super lose? I know when I contacted them, they are expected to wear some and have a little play if I remember. I know mine developed a little play and it hasn't changed since that first break in period.
    Yeah, mine went through the break-in period and loosened up. At that point they felt good, a tiny bit of play but generally solid and smooth. Now they're much looser, even with spindle bolts snugged down. I'd estimate 1-2mm of fore-aft play in the DU bushing nearest the crank arm. And they don't really hold grease any more; when I disassemble and re-pack, they're back to nearly dry after a couple rides. I think this is all consistent with dead bushings.

    I ordered fresh ones, we'll see how much of a PITA they are to replace, and how long the new ones last. I LOVE the performance of these pedals, but needing an overhaul every 6 months could be a deal breaker for me....

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    Re: Anyone riding Canfield Crampon Ultimate pedals?

    What color locktight for the pins?

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    Blue

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    Purple too

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    Anyone riding Canfield Crampon Ultimate pedals?

    Just spent $22 for the bushing and spring kits (shipped) and rebuilt my CU's. Also took some paint stripper to the bodies in the process and turned my beat up whites into super sweet raw. I bought mine in Feb '13 and put up with some slop since January or so of this year...roughly 1500 miles. They're now snug and silent.


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    Anyone riding Canfield Crampon Ultimate pedals?

    To change the bearings do you really need a 2.5mm tap to get the crank side bearing out? Or is there a McGyver way to do it w/o messing anything up?


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    Anyone riding Canfield Crampon Ultimate pedals?

    Again, no bearings in the CU's. The bushings (I'm sure that's what you meant, but the distinction should be made...) are easy to take out. Held the pedal in one hand, and used a 90* pick to grab the inner lip of each bushing and kinda carefully yanked on it. Popped right out on the first pull each time.

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    Re: Anyone riding Canfield Crampon Ultimate pedals?

    People say to remove the pins and use blue locktight so they don't rattle out.

    The pins in the pedals I recieved have a bit of blue locktight from the factory.

    Should I still remove the pins and locktight them anyway?

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    No, that Blue is the right stuff.

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    I just ordered a used pair from Ebay and I'm looking forward to getting them on. Also, I found this video regarding rebuilding/maintenance to look helpful.
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    6 months seems a very short time to have worn them out. I've been riding in Utah sand, dust, and clay mud for a year and a half, and I'm only now starting to think about ordering a new set of bushings. They've been beyond fantastic, and have lasted longer than any bearing pedal I've owned.
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    Each of my 3 bikes has a set and I use 5.10s. Very happy with them and I've never had a single problem. I've never even lost a pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coke View Post
    Each of my 3 bikes has a set and I use 5.10s. Very happy with them and I've never had a single problem. I've never even lost a pin.
    I'm ~6 months in on mine and did my first service (just took apart, cleaned, lubed) after a 3 day NC mountain trip with HORRIBLE weather and the bikes sitting outside for 3 days of rain, mud, and grit.

    I had both springs used to minimize side to side travel fall to bits. One email to Canfield and new ones are in the mail free of charge. Literally shipped out like 4 hours after my initial contact email.

    So one small hiccup and they handled it great. Still digging these pedals 100% and would recommend.
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    Has anyone tried to use Straitline pins in Canfield pedals? Maybe I am being particular but I don't prefer grub screws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beer_coffee_water View Post
    Has anyone tried to use Straitline pins in Canfield pedals? Maybe I am being particular but I don't prefer grub screws.
    Looks like in this thread there is a picture with some sort of non-grub screw pins. Not sure the brand though but maybe PM that person.
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    i like the design of these Race Face pedals better

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    I used the ultimate crampons for 12 months without issue.
    However I decided to replace them with an equally expensive set of Deity pedals.
    I prefer these deity pedals for a few reasons.

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    The deity pedals pins are not pointy but just long and flat on the tip. They actually widen at the tip a little. This shape gives a more stable feeling and also seems to grip my shoes much better when sticking landings on drops.
    The flatter pins, also not rip my shoes to shreds like the pointy crampons.
    Also the pointy crampon pins are so excessively sharp that lightly touching them draws blood on any part of my shins - even when just standing next to the bike.
    The deity pedals are flat on the tips and don't ever stab or scrape anything at all.

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    The deity pedals are a little wider and longer and this also adds to the feeling of stability for me.

    3. The deity pedals axel goes all the way through which also adds reatly to the feeling of stability on jump landings. The crampons almost felt springy on big landings and my feet would easily come off from rebound of the landing.

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    I have decided to make a comment here regarding these pedals. I brought then a few years back for their light weight and thin edges, hopefully helping me avoid rock strikes on my 5010.
    After splashing out that much money on them I really wanted to like them, and had a good few years telling myself they were great.
    In they meantime I seemed to be wearing a lot of soles out of my shoes, first some teva links, then some specialized f20's. Hmm maybe it's the souls, I was thinking.
    A lot of my mates all ride clipped in, so not a lot to compare to.
    Then within the space of a few weeks I met two people who showed me the soles of their f20's and 510's. They both had had their shoes for 2 and 3 years and they looked like mine after 1 or 2 months.
    Suddenly i realized it's the pedals trashing my souls.
    I bit the bullet and brought a new pair of 510's and some race face atlas pedals and I have now had 6 months on them.
    No where near the damage the Crampons had done to my other shoes.
    I am guessing the convex shape just does not work for me, but was a very expensive test to find out.
    Basically in 6 months to a year my soles were ruined by the crampon, I think the convex shape leads to to much movement under the sole and claws away at the rubber, I can't think of any other reason for it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootsboy View Post
    I have decided to make a comment here regarding these pedals. I brought then a few years back for their light weight and thin edges, hopefully helping me avoid rock strikes on my 5010.
    After splashing out that much money on them I really wanted to like them, and had a good few years telling myself they were great.
    In they meantime I seemed to be wearing a lot of soles out of my shoes, first some teva links, then some specialized f20's. Hmm maybe it's the souls, I was thinking.
    A lot of my mates all ride clipped in, so not a lot to compare to.
    Then within the space of a few weeks I met two people who showed me the soles of their f20's and 510's. They both had had their shoes for 2 and 3 years and they looked like mine after 1 or 2 months.
    Suddenly i realized it's the pedals trashing my souls.
    I bit the bullet and brought a new pair of 510's and some race face atlas pedals and I have now had 6 months on them.
    No where near the damage the Crampons had done to my other shoes.
    I am guessing the convex shape just does not work for me, but was a very expensive test to find out.
    Basically in 6 months to a year my soles were ruined by the crampon, I think the convex shape leads to to much movement under the sole and claws away at the rubber, I can't think of any other reason for it.


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    So instead of changing one variable, you changed two and think it indicates anything? You're first guess was more likely correct since there are a large group of people riding 5 10s and Crampons without wear issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootsboy View Post
    Hmm maybe it's the souls, I was thinking.
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    Suddenly i realized it's the pedals trashing my souls.
    Seek a priest immediately! Let us pray they go to heaven. That is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    So instead of changing one variable, you changed two and think it indicates anything? You're first guess was more likely correct since there are a large group of people riding 5 10s and Crampons without wear issues.
    Sorry I should have mentioned that I run the 510's for a couple of weeks on the crampons. Not a lot of time, but the only real marks that are still on them, are the marks from this 2 weeks with the crampons.
    I am happy that their working for others, and I really wished they worked for me. Maybe it a weight thing, I'm around 66kg fully loaded, so maybe that's not enough for the convex to work with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootsboy View Post
    Sorry I should have mentioned that I run the 510's for a couple of weeks on the crampons. Not a lot of time, but the only real marks that are still on them, are the marks from this 2 weeks with the crampons.
    I am happy that their working for others, and I really wished they worked for me. Maybe it a weight thing, I'm around 66kg fully loaded, so maybe that's not enough for the convex to work with me.
    What color are the pedals, I'll buy them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    What color are the pedals, I'll buy them.
    Black! I did like them for being robust, and servicing was easy, I just stuck new du bushings in there after 2 years, every six months before that was a take apart and grease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootsboy View Post
    Black! I did like them for being robust, and servicing was easy, I just stuck new du bushings in there after 2 years, every six months before that was a take apart and grease.
    We're are you TwoTone? I live in Spain.

    Hmm I thinking shipping to the US would eat any savings buying them used.
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    I came across these pedals at a local bike shop in Springdale, UT. They looked thin yet burley. I made the impulse purchase and I'm glad I did. These are the best platform pedals I have owned. (I've previously used Black ops, Wha Whas, and Mallets.) The finish on the pedals is taking a beating, but I could care less. I live in AZ and rocks beat the crap out of everything. I did switch out the pins, but this was purely for esoteric purposes.


    What pins did you replace them with? Coming from Straitline platforms that have a better pin that doesn't chew into the shoe as much I've been looking to change them to what you have ,

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