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    Quality Iusses With Eggbeaters? What to switch to?

    2nd pair have failed within a year (pedal body slides right off spindle). I don't enjoy walking back to my car. I know they have a 5-year warranty so I can get them fixed, but I may promptly sell the new ones on Ebay. I just don't trust them anymore.

    Anybody else have this issue? My older pair lasted 5+ years with zero issues. I bought the new design ones last year and the problems started. Really chaps my ass.

    I haven't researched pedals in so long cause I loved eggbeaters. Now I have no idea what to use.



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    If you like the Eggbeater mechanism, try Time pedals. Just be aware that the lightest carbon-body models may not appreciate rock bashing. I ride the cheaper versions and have had no problems.

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    I Use Shimano XTR's, right now chainreactioncycles.com has them for $112 free shipping, $279 regular I think, and XT's for $66 and $10 shipping, normally $150. Not as light as eggbeaters but they can take a beating

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    It's time for Time pedals. Similar mechanism as the Eggbeaters, in a far more durable package. They're one of those rare bike parts like King headsets which just plain work and get moved from bike to bike over the years. I've been using them for 15 years and the ones I have on my bikes right now are over 10 years old and still working well.

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    +1 on shimano xt's. I know it was probably a bad coincidence, but the only pedal I ever seen come apart during riding (it was during race) was a time - no idea what model it was. Guy was just pedaling hard and pedal just came apart in pieces

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    Re: Quality Iusses With Eggbeaters? What to switch to?

    Which version did you buy of the eggbeater.
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    +1 on SPD's. My XTR's are 4+ YO and I've had zero issues. Just swap from bike to bike as you upgrade. The pedals are light enough for XC racing and will last forever!

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    XT's. Never any issues.

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    Another vote for Time. If you like the mechanism of the Eggbeaters and you like the "play" afforded by it then Time is the only other option. I've been riding Time pedals since the mid 90's with no issues. Shimano makes a great pedal as well, but it's a different design that affords less float and requires a slightly more precise foot placement for engagement (not that it's a big deal).
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    I used Eggbeaters, had all sorts of terrible problems too, love the weight though. Tried Time, got fed up with the pedal slop (marketing nonsense calls it "float").
    Moving to Shimano XT was the best choice I ever made, I'll never go back to sloppy pedals - my knees thank me every day. The only way I'd like the XT pedal more is if you could adjust the float down to even less, but meh... can't have everything.

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    I had the same issue with the egg-beater pedals. Way out in the back country when the pedal came right off the spindle. I immediately took them off and went to the XT pedals. I liked the ease of use of the egg-beater and ability to clip even in mud, but I won't trust them again.

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    Another xt user here. The new look pedals seem nice, but would require switching all my bikes.

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    I went through a similar process a few years ago. I ended up with XTRs but really disliked them. Now I'm back on the egg beaters in spite of the lack of durability.

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    I tried the eggbeaters for the weight loss after years of use with the Time Atac Alium. I ride in Colorado, lots of rock, and pedal strikes; the eggbeaters lasted 2 or 3 rides and the spindle bent beyond practical usage. I went back to Time, but upgraded to the Atac XS line and no worries. Same trails, same random strikes, and the Time's keep on ticking. A weight penalty but I'm out on the trails.

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    Both failed pedals were eggbeater 3's. My old candy SL are still going strong in my cx bike (after years of cx racing).

    XT (SPD) are extremely reliable. My gym has spds on the spin bikes and don't really ever hear of issues. But damn they are heavy. It appears time pedals altered their design a bit. Nervous about switching to a new designed pedal. Maybe it's been out awhile.



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    Link below is a pic of the pedal. I didn't include in thread because it's a huge picture and didn'thave any way to crop on my iphone.

    http://www.guppiesworld.com/wp-conte...11/photo-3.jpg



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    another vote for XT's. They are bulletproof. But for icy snowy CX races, they are not the greatest. Putting some Anti Ice spray on the pedals seems to help a lot though.

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    Quality Iusses With Eggbeaters? What to switch to?

    From the current Shimano SPD pedals M540 pedals are the ones to get. The reason being that they're still based on the old bearing design which had good reliability.

    http://www.shimano.com/publish/conte..._mountain.html

    The newer Shimano SPD pedal design (XTR M980 Race, XTR M985 Trail, XT M780 Race, XT M785 Trail) is nowhere near as good and seems more prone to bearing issues. I went through several sets of warrantied new style XTR pedals in 2011 and 2012 before giving up on them.

    The M540 pedal bearings in contrast are still as good as new.

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    I was a hardcore CB user, we had 5 bikes with them, But about 4-5 ago they went to the crapper. They warranty the stuff, but I just don't want to deal with it. Last warranty pair I sold them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WR304 View Post
    The newer Shimano SPD pedal design (XTR M980 Race, XTR M985 Trail, XT M780 Race, XT M785 Trail) is nowhere near as good and seems more prone to bearing issues. I went through several sets of warrantied new style XTR pedals in 2011 and 2012 before giving up on them.

    The M540 pedal bearings in contrast are still as good as new.
    I have M980's since the beginning of this summer. So far so good. Put over 1500km on them so far and they seem to be fine. If what I read was correct it was on only the 2011,2012 M980's etc. And never heard anything bad about the XT's only the XTR's

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    Quality Iusses With Eggbeaters? What to switch to?

    Here's a thread about the XTR pedals for anyone who's interested.

    XTR Trail pedal failure

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    Quote Originally Posted by WR304 View Post
    Here's a thread about the XTR pedals for anyone who's interested.
    Posted in 2011

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    Time because that is what eggbeaters are copied from. I have been running one version of the atac carbons for 15+ years. I tried eggbeaters 3 years ago and broke them within 2 months.

    If you want float and mud clearing go with Time pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campergf23 View Post
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    STARTED in 2011 with more than 130 posts, activity as recent as a month ago...
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    Re: Quality Iusses With Eggbeaters? What to switch to?

    Quote Originally Posted by SandSpur View Post
    STARTED in 2011 with more than 130 posts, activity as recent as a month ago...
    My bad sorry

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    Was on crank brothers from the very day they released them. They were fairly decent pedals in the mud & on the east coast singletrack. But last few years either quality control went down or the colorado rocks just helped shorten their life span & they just kept breaking.

    I swapped to XTR start of last year and have never been happier

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    Like I said, I have 1500km on my XTR`S and there still running like new. Bearings are still great.

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    Ive been on CB for years... but the last few they have been wearing out and getting enough play in them that my foot slips out constantly. So, ive been just buying new pairs when this happens. Probably about a pair every 5 to 6 months. I think I'm switching to time.

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    Hm, I have a completely different experience. I have used egg beater for 8 years with only one pedal failure - but that was from a rock hit during a race. Which tells me that they are a bit fragile, so I can understand the complains. I hope they don't let quality go completely down the drain.

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    See if your LBS will let you try out some pedals. Shimanos will be lighter than Times but have less mud clearing and float. Reliability seems to be equal with both. Nearly every person i've seen using Speedplays likes them as well, but, i have zero experience with that. Personal preference mostly.

    I ride Times because that what i tried after SPD's were difficult to get in and out of as a beginner for me. In the mud, SPD simply scared to heck out of me because i couldn't release to save my life. IMO, pedals shouldn't need so many versions of cleats or as much tension adjustments. I started with Time Alium's and they were easy in and out from day one. This was even without any tension settings.

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    I don't think Shimano is lighter than Time. Last I checked, XTR race were 305g... the Time xc 8s are 284... even the xc 6 is lighter than XTR

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    I was hesitant to buy egg beaters after seeing all the hate on these forums, but wanted a pedal with more float and easier engagement than my SPD's. I have not had any issues with them quality wise, but I also do not have much in the way of rocks on my trails. A couple small rock gardens, but that's it.

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    Just gonna add some fuel to this fire...

    Bought some Eggbeater 1's and the main spring in the center of the pedal popped off the body of the pedal after the VERY FIRST RIDE. I couldn't believe it.

    I knew these pedals weren't durable, but I was pretty shocked that I managed to break a pedal after 1 XC ride. Ridiculous. Luckily my LBS gave me a full refund. I'll be going with XT's

    It's funny, I think if you ask 100 people what they think about eggbeater pedals, 50 of them will swear by them, 50 of them will absolutely hate them.

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    Funny thing is I bought the eb1's to make sure I liked them before going all in and have zero problems with them. If I ever have a prob though I will come back and respond.

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    You know this thread is frustrating, the majority will have an opinion and then one guy will get offended and post something about how the majority is wrong. If there is one thing about MTBR, or forums in general for that matter, it's that everything sucks and nothing is good. The simple matter is that more people have issues with CB than Shimano. If weight is more important than durability, stay with CB. If not, switch to Shimano. I was in the same boat as you and after 3 failed CB pedals, I switched back to XTR. No issues (other than they suck)
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    Now let me post my opinion since there are not enough yet

    Have tried several pedals in the past years but I came back to Shimano SPD. They are the most durable pedals out there I believe. Have not had any issues for several thousand kilometers which was not possible with any of the other pedals I tried.

    The current version is not as good as the older ones but still better than the rest. If you need more mud clearance the current XT pedals are the way to go in terms of durability and function. Am currently using XTR and again, no issues at all and I do not worry about them but they are not really light as we all know.

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    2900 miles on my Eggbeater 3s and no problems, purchased in late 2011. XC riding, lots of roots but not many rocks. I weigh about 175#. I have greased them twice because they got submerged.

    A lot of people around here have them and I have not heard of anyone having problems.

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    Thanks for all the replies to my thread. I've sent in my pedals to be warrantied. I am currently using my 'old' EB candy pedals. The ones that seem to be bullet proof. But as somebody else said, the most recent years they fall apart quickly.

    I love the weight and it's so easy to clip in. Those ATAC's are catching my eye because they are so similar. SPD's seem bullet proof, but doesn't mud clog those things up quickly?



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    I just did a cross race in peanut butter mud this past weekend and my spd540's on that bike worked flawlessly, I was shocked to be honest.

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    I had shimanos and hated them. Not enough platform so i went back to candys wich suck ass reliability wise. 4 sets of bearing is 5 months of use without getting wet. Sent them back to crank bros and they rebuilt them with new everything including springs. Gonna switch to the new time xc pedal

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    After my fifth busted pair of eggbeaters in a little over a year, I finally gave in and am switching 3 bikes over to Time Atac pedals.

    I was on Time Atacs a few years ago, and never had any problems, but I was enticed by the weight of the eggbeaters. I regret it big time. I have had a broken spindle, a busted spring, two worn out springs, and bad bearings. These things suck.

    I went with the new Time Atax XC8 from Probikekit. With coupon, it cost about $114 per pair. Weight was spot on advertised of 284.
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    Same thing happened to my old CB pedals. Bought a pair of Time's (3yrs ago) and never looked back. TIME! Ive peeled 'em open once a season, to clean em and lube em up, and they've looked 100% fresh every time. I hate the stiff, mechanical feel of shimanos; these are a nice middle ground between spd and CB.

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