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    Why do most pro's use eggbeaters?

    I've attended a couple of WC xc races and noticed the wide use of eggbeater pedals by what seems like the majority of the pro's. What would be the reasons behind this? I understand weight is an issue plus sponsership to a degree but I have read many indifferent reports about these pedals and wonder why they are prepared to risk potential problems etc for just over 100 -150 grams.

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    Thats the wonder of weight weenie syndrome.. The lighter, the better no matter what!

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    It's pretty simple. Pros are not going to worry about long term durability of their components. The rest of us generally do.

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    Yup. They're light, easy/easiest to get into and work in all conditions. The only problem with Eggs are they break. I would imagine the mechanics keep a close eye on the pedals and rebuild/replace them when necessary.

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    Also all the pro's riding other than shimano, have to pick their own pedals leaving CB, Look and others free to sponsor them. Shimano sponsored riders of course get to use shimano pedals of their choice.
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    Some pros have it written into their contract that they can use whatever they want to win. Kabush is sponsored by Shimano but uses Eggs and Stan's ... lots of racers do that. Some cover the logos up or even relabel parts with their sponsors name on them.
    Lance was riding a Litespeed in those early Tour TT because Trek didn't have a decent bike for him. The bike says Trek but it's not a Trek. That kind of thing happens all the time.

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    The more you ride the more critical pedal selection becomes to avoid injury. Pedals are a very personal decision, based on fit, my guess is that the free float of the EggBeaters is kind to the knees. And why so many pros use them.

    I went to Shimano, and went back after knee problems arose. I found the durability between the two to be the same. Although I think that most have better luck with Shimano for durability. I also seemed to be a touch slower on the Shimano's, likely because the friction in the float was limiting me from a biomechanics point of view. Use what fits you best.

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    I say why DON'T most riders use them? I've had the same pair for over 4 years now. Not one single problem. And these were the (at the time) cheapest spec for $50. I love how light, easy entry /exit and basic they are. Not to mention I've never had them clog to the point I couldn't engage my cleat.

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    Because SRAM sponsors more races then Shimano. SRAM doesn't want their riders using Shimano products.

    Actually my experience is egg beaters are still pretty rare. Most none Shimano riders chose Time
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    Don't know any pro's but I used them one season and went back to Shimano spd's. The brass cleats wear out fast and eggbeaters and rocks are not a good thing IMO - Good old XT or XTR anyday here

    But yeah if you are sponsored you use the product right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    Because SRAM sponsors more races then Shimano. SRAM doesn't want their riders using Shimano products.

    Actually my experience is egg beaters are still pretty rare. Most none Shimano riders chose Time
    At our races most of the Pros are on TIME as well.

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    I've used EB forever with no issues.



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    function and performance. there may be other options that are as good but i haven't had the chance/need to try them. tried shimano. don't like having to replace pedals mid race.

    i just haven't had all the issues that others have had.
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    For every person who gets flawless results with EB, there's ten who have problems.
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    All my bike have EB no problems here

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    Because SRAM sponsors more races then Shimano. SRAM doesn't want their riders using Shimano products.

    Actually my experience is egg beaters are still pretty rare. Most none Shimano riders chose Time
    I was wondering if the information is in fact correct that egg beaters are a popular choice among pros. I don't get to see Pro XCT or World Cup events live, but have never noticed egg beaters as a dominant pedal in advertisements or anything. If a large percentage of pros were in fact using them I'd think there would be some ads in cycling magazines to that affect but I don't ever remember seeing one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight View Post
    For every person who gets flawless results with EB, there's ten who have problems.
    4 sets...no odd problems to report??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorback View Post
    I was wondering if the information is in fact correct that egg beaters are a popular choice among pros. I don't get to see Pro XCT or World Cup events live, but have never noticed egg beaters as a dominant pedal in advertisements or anything. If a large percentage of pros were in fact using them I'd think there would be some ads in cycling magazines to that affect but I don't ever remember seeing one.
    The pros using the pedals is the advertising. Magazines don't go out making advertisements, it's the manufacturer who pays the magazine for advertising.

    3 sets of EBs never an issue. One set of SPD, also never an issue. I do enjoy the float and weight savings of the EB 11s though.
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    Never had an issue with my egg beaters. Been running two sets since 2006 and had zero issues. I now run candy 3s since I like a little platform for the longer endurance races.

    Usually the only people that say anything about a product are those that have problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight View Post
    For every person who gets flawless results with EB, there's ten who have problems.
    First time you will see me agreeing with D8, two pairs of eggbeaters and two broken pedals (one wing and one spring) and I didn't hit them on anything either. I weigh 130 lbs and race XC. I now use Ti Frogs and they have the stability of a road pedal, their downfall is they are useless if you get alot of dirt caked on the cleat.

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    Have one friend in Salt Lake who broke his EB during a ride. His were 5 years old though. (see pic below).

    Another friend who broke hers during Linda Wallenfels camp in St. George. I believe hers weren't that old.

    That was enough data to steer me away from them. Plus the fact that I pedal strike so damn much. Shimano's are freakin' bullet proof.
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    Another happy Eggbeater user. Got my first set OEM on a 2005 Scale LTD, the old triple ti's. Had them serviced twice for free by Crank Brothers. The springs finally just wore out and I gave them to a kid on my team a couple months ago. He sent them into CB, who told him the cost to rebuild was more than they were worth, but they gave him a $100 credit on some new pedals of his choice. Pretty good customer service in my book.
    I have a second set that's 3-4 years old on my cross bike. Doesn't get as much mileage but conditions are often worse than on my mtb. I have a 5 month old set of 11's on my mtb now, so far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolishExperiment View Post
    The pros using the pedals is the advertising. Magazines don't go out making advertisements, it's the manufacturer who pays the magazine for advertising.

    3 sets of EBs never an issue. One set of SPD, also never an issue. I do enjoy the float and weight savings of the EB 11s though.
    Crank Brothers buys ads in magazines and I see them frequently. But the ones I see relate to their wheel sets or their other pedals. If a large percentage of pros were in fact using egg beaters, Crank Brothers would likely be advertising that fact. It is a great, great way to show you have a superior product and a marketing opportunity a company likely would not pass up.

    I used to use egg beaters, they are nice pedals. The float helped me with an overuse knee injury I had developed with SPD pedals. But when the egg beaters wore out I opted for Look Quartz pedals on the recommendation of a couple of local pros who use them.

    I prefer the Quartz now because of the bigger contact patch and I really feel like I can stand and rip up hills without fear of the cleat disengaging--which had been a weakness of the egg beaters. Even though I replaced the cleats frequently, they still wore out quickly and my foot would come out too often when standing to climb.

    It is a good pedal, but has weaknesses. If I could get a new set of cleats and springs every month, I'd probably use them again. But long term they didn't last.

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    i can honestly say that there were quite a lot of CB pedals on the bikes at World Championships. i don't know if they were used there as a special occasion for the mud, but they were used. i explicitly remember because i was told by CB that we could NOT purchase 11's for Allison for Worlds as they were not available. when we arrived in Canadia, quite a few of the women had them on their bikes and i was somewhat disappointed that we were left out.

    i have since purchased two sets of 11's (one for me and one for her) and a set of 3's on my road bike they have all been awesome, i feel they are an improvement over the old pedals which are still on the rest of the bikes in our garage.

    every bike i ride has CB pedals on it. we do not get them for free. i have ridden well over 4000 miles in the first six months of this year, so i would say they have treated me fairly!

    can't deny that some have had issues. guess i got/am getting lucky.
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    Julien Absalon is sponsored by Time.

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    Nino Schurter runs Xpedo's (I think. definitely not eggbeaters though)

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    I have to get the "spa treatment " for 3-5 sets a year. I have four main bikes that get used atleast once a week through out the season and all of them have EB's. I really do like them, but they are not as durable as times were for me. I have ran them for the past 5 years, and after the first year they started to explode. I consistantly pull the spring/platform interface off the spindles and atleast once a season I break a spring. I hate the durability but for the price and weight...they work, but if I could afford to buy 5 new sets to set all bikes up the same, I WOULD NOT BUY CRANK BROTHERS. Their service department is top notch, due to all the $hitty pedals.
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    Crank Brothers (and Race Face) are always great with fixing anything but breaks but still, their products always break!

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    SRAM should step it up and make some pedals.

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    We have 4 sets right now, I been on them for about

    10 years when all they had was one style.. I think a lot of the problems they have now days are related to price point issues. They have the 50.00 dollar one´s they sell at performance and a like. They are almost junk we have two of them and they both broke on the same weekend, the sl and ti are awesome.


    The warranty (customer service) is outstanding, I guess a lots of practice. I do bring a spare set with me every where we go.

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    Don't eggbeaters have rider weight limits?

    (probably not a concern for 150 lb pros)

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    Quote Originally Posted by estabro View Post
    Don't eggbeaters have rider weight limits?

    (probably not a concern for 150 lb pros)
    Only the ti spindle versions.
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    Never had any accidental releases with EB's in fast, rough, rocky course sections like I did with SPD's
    I feel glued to the pedals and I like it!

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    and I've seen pros with shimanos, it's a matter of preference

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punch View Post
    and I've seen pros with shimanos, it's a matter of preference
    ...and sponsorship.
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    I used shimano's forever but hated that to get to where I wouldn't unclip in a sprint or climbing made it really hard to unclip when I wanted. I tried EB when a set came on a bike I bought and I loved the float it gave me a long with the fact that I can do a full sprint with pulling straight up and never unclip.

    I have only come unclipped once when I hit a rock but I clipped right back in. I have punished these pedals and no issues, including banging on rocks, roots, the ground, etc... But again, this is all preference so ymmv...
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    I love the ability to clip in four different places on mine. No complaints after a month on them!
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    3 pairs of EBs on two bikes over 8 years. No complaints, no problems.

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    i broke one after a rock strike.
    and cb sent me a replacement free of charge...the triple Ti to boot! and this was after a yr of use.
    i am sure they are not as strong as other pedals but comfort and weight are paramount to me.

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    I noticed the whole trek team was on EB. Didn't look at the others.

    For me, (not a pro by any means!) I ran time for the last 10 years and loved them. I was motivated to switch to EB when I could buy two pair of pedals (SL level) for the same amount as one pair of bottom of line time. And, the weight is 1/2 to 2/3. The EB have been decent but I came out of a pedal on the steep cat track climb starting nationals and spent a long time recovering. I think time is a better mechanism but the weight and price on the EB goes a long way.
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    They shead mud and other crap like nothing. I broke one of mine, a "rider error" according to their warrenty. Still I sent them in and they replaced the broken body for free, I even got some free stickers. Pro riders must like free stickers.

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    I just started riding clipless and my LBS guys recommended EB as a starter, they were cheap at about $50, and I got some Specialized Pro shoes with carbon soles.
    I have ridden on them for a week and a half and I love them so far, I had a washout yesterday but my fiit came free and I caught myself without falling over.

    As for endurance of the pedal I plan on replacing them every year, they are cheap enough that I don't mind and it gives me piece of mind. Many of the "issues" were due to a bad run of the pedals from a couple years ago or from high use pedals that were fatigued from use. Just as with automotive parts, a defect in the product will show up really quickly in use, if it happens quite a few cycles into product life its a use fatigue issue.
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    @madsedan no need to replace them every year. Just inject fresh grease a couple of time each season and replace bearings once a year (the rebuild kit contains everyting you need).

    My EB SL served me well except they don't seem to last a long time. The spring got gradually looser, after a couple of season there was significant play and now after 5 years there's so much play that they barely hold the cleat. I always maintained them well with frequent service, but the spring seem to be the weak link.
    They work great in extreme mud and snow, and they are light, but I prefer more durable parts (and higher quality bearings), so I'll try SPDs next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenk View Post
    @madsedan no need to replace them every year. Just inject fresh grease a couple of time each season and replace bearings once a year (the rebuild kit contains everyting you need).

    My EB SL served me well except they don't seem to last a long time. The spring got gradually looser, after a couple of season there was significant play and now after 5 years there's so much play that they barely hold the cleat. I always maintained them well with frequent service, but the spring seem to be the weak link.
    They work great in extreme mud and snow, and they are light, but I prefer more durable parts (and higher quality bearings), so I'll try SPDs next year.
    5 years for a SL (100 bucks) and you are not pleased? whacky.

    i have 5 year old 2Ti's that are still going but have loosened up and need replacement, i think they are the oldest bike item that has seen constant use that i own.

    admittedly i ride more miles in a year than the average guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme View Post

    admittedly i ride more miles in a year than the average guy.
    of course you do

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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme View Post
    5 years for a SL (100 bucks) and you are not pleased? whacky.
    Yeah I didn't explain myself very well. After 5 years they definitely needs replacement, but play (and performance degradation) started well before that, as soon as after a couple of season (and at the beginning I wasn't even using them so much).

    That said, all in all I must admit it's not that bad for the price.

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