I like chain drive pedals and the DW 5000 is wonderful in my book. It's just right, adjustable from heavy to light, and whatever angle, etc., I want. It works in all genres I play from rock to blues. I don't experience any heaviness unique to the pedal. I did switch out the stock beater to an old school Gibraltar round felt one, which I've always preferred to the newer style options. I don't like to fight the momentum of a heavier beater with every stroke. It's been mentioned before that this may be what some of you who call the pedal too heavy are experiencing rather than the action of the pedal itself, and I agree with that. The only thing I could call a con would be its actual carrying weight and inability to fold up, but the build quality and feeling of stability make up for that. To those of you who say these pedals feel "too heavy", try changing out the beater and then playing around with the tension. If I remember right, both my DW's came with weird tensions out of the box and I had to dial them in to feel right.