March 14, 2017
I am a big fan of the engagement and retention system that these pedals employ, They offer a tiny amount of float and I find that I don't have issues of accidentally clipping out when riding technical trails or making hard climbing efforts like a do with Shimano SPD pedals. I also use these for cyclocross because I find that the disengagement is less prone to snagging than the SPD pedals are. Pedals are easily rebuildable.
Pedals are easily rebuildable which is good because you will be rebuilding them quite often (don't let your friends with Shimano SPD pedals get a clue about how often you rebuild these or you'll never hear the end of it). The bearings have always been a weak point with these pedals and I recently upgraded to their newest bearings which are backward compatible with all of their pedals. I'm hoping that their longevity is MUCH better than the previous bearings.
Given their faults, I keep coming back to Crank Bros. pedals because they work so well in so many ways that it outweighs the negatives.