Egg Beater Pedal Review

Egg Beater SLSorry in advance to all foodies that may have gotten here looking for the latest in oviparous food processing, but this review is for the Egg Beater pedals from Crank Brothers.

My introduction to clipless pedals began with Shimanos. They were set to a medium tension, and I fell down a lot learning how to use them. One time I crashed at a busy intersection and came out of my left shoe, my shoe still dangling in the pedal! It wasn’t till I put them on the loosest setting that I stopped hitting the dirt. The only problem with the loosest setting is that I came unclipped at times. Usually when trying to catch a little air.

I always thought the egg beaters were a cool design, but was wary of purchasing a pair. Most of my buddies had Shimanos, and it made it easy to swap bikes if we wanted. I had also seen a broken egg beater, and felt that my Shimanos were indestructible. Additionally, a friend of mine said that egg beaters, with their roundish shape, could roll on you when trying to clip in. I put my fears aside and purchased a pair of Egg Beater SL’s back in May, lured by the light weight.

It’s always fun to buy a new bicycle part, and Crank Brothers packaging really makes you feel like you just bought something special. I weighed the pedals before installing them, making sure they matched the advertised weight. They were right on. The SL’s weigh in at 266 grams per pair, compared to the Shimanos I was using at 380-430 grams per pair. That’s a 1/4 lb or more of weight (rotating mass) savings! Upon installation there was no adjusting them. There is only one spring tension, unlike the Shimanos that have several clicks of adjustment. This gave me a little concern before I tried them…what if I didn’t like the way they were set?

The final thing to do before riding was to install the cleats on my shoes. You can swap the cleats on the shoes to get different release angles. I chose the earlier release angle, and still have them that way to this day.

Once underway, clipping in to the Egg Beaters was just a little different than the Shimanos. Once you learn the slightly different technique and the pedal breaks in a bit, there is no more thinking about it. Click and you’re in! The four sided entry made it easy to clip in no matter which position the pedal was in. The tension turned out to be just perfect after an initial break in period. The effort to release from the pedals seems like it would work for beginners and more experienced riders alike.

One thing that I noticed right away in the increased float the pedals have. This refers to the angle you have to reach with your heel before your shoe will unclip from the pedal. A little float helps your foot go to its natural position, which is supposed to be easier on your knees too. I was surprised at my natural position. My left foot seems a bit toe in, while my right foot seems to be a little toe out. The Shimanos had very little float, and forced my feet into one position. Another cool thing is that even though the pedals have the extra float, I don’t recall ever unclipping unexpectedly!

On One 29er

I really started liking the SL’s, so I decided to outfit another bike with them. I didn’t feel like shelling out another $100 so I purchased the Egg Beater C’s for a bit less cash. The C’s weigh in slightly heavier at 294 grams per pair, but are still lighter than most other pedals on the market. It seems to me the only difference between the pedals is the weight. I can’t tell the difference in performance.

Aesthetically, the pedals go very well with single speed bikes. The pedals are a very simple design and compliment the simplicity of a fully rigid steel framed bicycle. They look pretty good on my geared bikes though too!

Some riders talk about a “hot spot” on their feet when using egg beaters due to the small platform size of the pedal. I may have experienced this once while on a long ride, coming down a downhill section, standing for an extended period of time. I may have just been tired and beat up though. Typically though, I have never felt any discomfort. It is good to point out though that Crank Brothers makes this design with various platform sizes surrounding the pedal, if you think this would be an issue for you. Your choice of shoe could also factor into the shoe/pedal comfort equation.

Going into winter I’m excited to try the egg beaters in the winter snow and mud. One thing the egg beaters are famous for are their ability to shed trail junk from the pedal. I’ve had experiences with the Shimanos where it was impossible to clip in after putting a foot down in the winter muck.

Well that’s a lot of words to say about a simple pair of pedals, but I really like these things. If you’re looking for a new pair of pedals or trying clipless pedals for the first time, go buy a pair. You won’t be disappointed!

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13 thoughts on “Egg Beater Pedal Review

  1. I still have Shimano pedals on a couple of bikes, but I prefer the EBs. Rarely are they sticky. Between Amy and I we own eight pairs of EBs.

  2. Aside from the weight, I’d pretty much say the same thing about Time pedals. I like them because you don’t have to place the cleat anywhere but front to back like Shimano cleats. One less thing to screw up in my opinion. Like Jeff P I’ve got 3 sets of the Time platform pedals and probably 5 sets of the ATAC pedals.

  3. I’ve been riding two pairs of old Egg Beaters for several years. They’re the simplest, most reliable pedals I’ve ever encountered. Last fall, I finally got a couple of rebuild kits and spent a few minutes overhauling both sets, and they immediately felt brand-new again (not that they ever felt worn out before the rebuild).

    I love them so much, when I bought a road bike last year, I ordered a pair of Quattro SLs from Crank Bros. so that I could wear the same pair of shoes for all my bikes. Can’t beat ’em.

    For winter use, I abandon all my clipless pedals and go back to pegged platforms on both of my winter bikes. It’s easier to avoid ice build-up, and I can wear big honkin’ boots to keep my toes warm.

  4. I hope Crank Bros sends you at least a ti version for this awesome review. They couldn’t get a better sales pitch if they tried!
    I have them on all my off-road bikes and have used them for years. They are the best, period and for all of the reasons you have listed here.
    I also started with SPD, then went to Ritchey and even Time. I had similar frustrations with each; fussy set-up and adjustment, release difficulties and weight.
    But since changing over to egg beaters, I have no reason to ever switch.

  5. I’ve got EBs on all of my bikes. Which makes it hard if I want to try a new pedal out, but oh well, I love them, so probably wouldn’t want to switch.
    Used to run Times, for years and years, way back to their old 1-sided MTB pedals that weighed like 14 pounds. EBs kick ass though.

    James

  6. It is decided then. EB’s are cool!

    A Ti version would be nice to test. I haven’t had any offers from companies to test stuff yet. That is one of my goals for next year though. Those guys over at 29inches.com are getting tons of free stuff to try!

    Tim, I still remember our conversation about winter shoes last winter. I may get some Sorels and flat pedals for January! Sorels and winter tights. I will be a sight to see…

  7. Yeah, you have to be careful with the tights and Sorels, or you end up lookin’ like a Minneapolis hooker on New Year’s Eve.

    I wear windproof pants over tights or long johns, but that might be less fun with your milder temps.

  8. I remember a certain someone lobbying hard against them when I wanted them a couple of years ago… hm… Happy to see the corner being turned.

  9. Yep. I am a flip flopper. This may come back to haunt me in my future political career. Although “lobbying hard against them” seems a bit harsh. The concerns I had in the past about the pedals are stated in paragraph three. I apologize if I prevented you from getting them a couple years ago. You now have my blessing to purchase!

  10. I have tried EB’s in the dirt and just don’t care for them. I had trouble getting in and out of them. I felt like I was doing a little dance each time I tried to get going. It seemed like they were never in the right position and I had to spin them around far too much. I didn’t care for the float feeling either. I really like the feel of my Shimano pedals. They feel very secure so I know that my foot isn’t going to bounce out. Plus I can always count on getting in and out of them quickly. Which is very important to me, especially on climbs and messy spots.

    Now on my road bike set up I use the SL’s and they seem to work fine. I have a lighter shoe and don’t seem to mind them as much. Not getting in and out of them as much I guess.

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