I ride above average equipment, but it's not the best. For components, I usually go for stainless in lieu of titanium or carbon, with a few exceptions. Pedals are no exception. I've loved Crank Brothers products since I first used them mountain biking. So when I bought my road bike, I bought Crank Brothers Quattro pedals. I think I paid about $125, but they're going for $90 these days. Considering that you can spend more than $500 for Ti pedals, these are on the economical side. But I still love the design and functionality, independent of price.
Unfortunately, they haven't really met my expectations. The outer edges of the pedals have very thin metal pieces that are formed to match the shape of the pedal, but are attached with screws. These pieces are very easy to bend, and one is bent beyond repair. Additionally, the screws that fasten the pieces to the pedal body continuously loosen; maybe they need thread lock, but I wouldn't expect that I would need to check these tiny screws as often as I do. And as I mentioned, the pedal separated on me. The pedal body unscrewed itself from what I can best describe as the 'spindle arm', which is the inner bearing surface of the pedeal, and which attaches to the crank. This confuses me, and probably confuses you, so the photo illustrates what I'm trying to explain.
So today I decided to upgrade to Speedplay pedals. I really love the design of the Crank Brothers products, but the Speedplay product is great too. I decided on the Cro-Mo version of the Zeros. As a cost comparison, these were about $175 I thought about the Light Action, but Speedplay's website said that they were well-suited for lighter riders, including women and youth. I don't think they intended to exclude other groups, but since I count myself as a near-Clydesdale, I didn't think a product that was marketed to waiflike people was the right product for me. So, I decided to upgrade to the Zeros. Here's a photo, in case you care. Oh yeah -- this is probably my Father's Day present to myself. Happy Early Father's Day to Me!