Re: DW pedals ... kind of crap?
Own a DW 8002 longboard double pedal, i debated for a while between the 5000 double and this one as i found both were of superb build quality. The same day i also tried out the Pearl Demon Drive pedals, but found that they did not have the right feel, im not going to say "cheap" or "frail" because it wasnt a build quality issue, they just felt...light. It could have just been the difference between chain and direct drive as well.
In my experience as far as pedals go, i find that once you get into a decent price range there are no clear losers. I personally cant stand the feel of iron cobras, they are the pedals that i replaced with my 8002's. But there are a lot of people out there who think that DW pedals are way too heavy .etc .etc.
I think youre mistaking feel for build quality....i have not seen a set of DW pedals, even the 2000 series that i would describe as "crap" when put up against comparable pedals of other companies