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    Pedals for Muddy Conditions?

    What pedals do you like for muddy conditions. I am in shamano xt right now but they seem to cake up . Having a hard time clipping and unclipping when they get like this. Thought about the cranbrother pedals with the egg beater/ flat pedal type.

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    I use eggbeaters, lots of mud (Willamette Valley, Oregon)... never a problem.

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    eggbeaters hands down.

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    Eggbeaters have been flawless for me, and a few guys I ride with have been happy with their Times
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    Eggbeaters and Times are going to be the most widely recommended. The newer Shimanos with the more opn design are said to be much improved over the older versions for mud.

    I prefer times for the more 'solid' feeling engagement and the lack of accidental release on pedal strikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    Eggbeaters and Times are going to be the most widely recommended. The newer Shimanos with the more opn design are said to be much improved over the older versions for mud.

    I prefer times for the more 'solid' feeling engagement and the lack of accidental release on pedal strikes.

    How are Times on the soles of your shoes? I just noticed that my Eggbeaters chewed away a good portion of my sole last season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonw9
    How are Times on the soles of your shoes? I just noticed that my Eggbeaters chewed away a good portion of my sole last season.
    I run Times, and I have no issues with damage to my soles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    ...I prefer times for the more 'solid' feeling engagement and the lack of accidental release on pedal strikes.
    I've heard of this accidental release on crank brothers from enough people now that I feel inclined to ask. I've been running various Crank Bro's pedals for years and I smash my pedals a LOT..I mean it, I'm a real hack when it comes to paying attention to smashing into rocks. Not once have I been ejected from the pedals, am I just doing it wrong?

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    Haha, obviously you're the one doing it right! The release always happened when accidentally hitting the pedal on an object right before hopping the back tire over it, such as a large log crossing or rock ledge. The hopping part was the key. If you're just smashing your pedals into sh!t while maintaining downward pressure, you're probably not going to release accidentally.

    jonw9: My CB pedals wore holes in a couple of pairs of shoes. CB now sells metal plates you can put between their cleats and your shoe to prevent this. I would think they should be included with all of their pedals, since it seems to be a fairly universal problem. The retention bars on Time pedals don't rotate independently of the pedal body(and there is a pedal body on all Time pedals, so it's not a problem. You'll get a really tiny amount of wear, but nothing even close to the CB stuff.

    The main advantage of CB pedals is weight and ease of release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mango12
    What pedals do you like for muddy conditions. I am in shamano xt right now but they seem to cake up . Having a hard time clipping and unclipping when they get like this. Thought about the cranbrother pedals with the egg beater/ flat pedal type.
    Shimano pedals suck. The standard non-platform Eggbeaters are still the best pedal I've used in mud, ice, snow, what have you. These days I use a pair of newer Times because they have a little bit more shoe-pedal contact and the entry and release is more definite, which makes them a little easier on the joints as far as I'm concerned. But if mud clearance was my main concern, it would be Eggbeaters all the way.

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    Eggbeaters!!!!! You know it makes sense!
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    Beateggers on all my bikes (even my road bikes).

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    I've had no issues with mud and XT pedals, nor snow/ice for that matter.

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    Time Atacs here... reliable in all conditions... and no hotspot.
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    eggbeaters are the best for mud but I broke a spindle in a rock garden, they also do not have adjustable tension like shimano, xpedos
    have also had a few issues coming uclipped in hairy situations. for straight xc with muddy conditions they should be good tho, but not perfect for other conditions fwiw

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    Many different varieties of eggbeaters here. Eggs, Acid, Candy. I even have a set of the 4ti Candies I use for CX race bike. Had it to do all over it would Time Atac. I thought it was normal, and disengagements happen but riding/racing with others had taught me differently. I would check out the new Shimanos' though. They make lots of undervalued components imho.

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    Azonic platforms...and they fit all of my shoes/boots perfectly...and so easy to clip..err..step in and out!
    I like big bars and I cannot lie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonw9
    How are Times on the soles of your shoes? I just noticed that my Eggbeaters chewed away a good portion of my sole last season.

    Crank bros makes a stainless steel plate that fits between the sole of your shoe and the cleat to keep the pedals from wearing grooves in the soles. I think they are called Shoe Sheilds or something like that.

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    Shimano XTR M970. I haven't had any issues with mud caking up. Ever. To give you one example, I did the 2008 24 Hours of Great Glen and the course was rained on for the week prior to the event, creating mud with the consistency of peanut butter. I clipped in and out with ease the entire time. For your viewing pleasure from that event:



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    see link below where JeroenK makes a good case based on XTR use by elite level cyclocrossers. The new XTRs are reportedly much better in mud-clearance than older versions

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...highlight=atac
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    I ride the M540 (cheap) and have never had a problem in mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtDummy
    see link below where JeroenK makes a good case based on XTR use by elite level cyclocrossers. The new XTRs are reportedly much better in mud-clearance than older versions

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...highlight=atac

    Thanks for the link.

    I read the thread, and saw the Xpedo pedals: http://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?...2&postcount=41

    Looking online, they have 220g Ti pedals for under $100!
    http://www.bicyclebuys.com/pedals/PedalsMTB/0486692

    Has anybody had experience with this brand? I have not heard of them. It seems like a great compromise of SPD cleats at an eggbeater price.

    I am seriously leaning towards these now on my new build. 130g lighter than the M770s, and $10 cheaper!

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    frogs! i've never had a problem with frogs in muddy clay and muck.
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    I have ridden SPDs, Time ATAC, and then Frogs for YEARS, and now have been on Crank Bros for the last year. I needed more float for me knees, which is why I went to frogs so long ago. I loved them, but they DO clog up sometimes. Mud, sand, and other stuff can get in the way and make it pretty difficult to clip in. I had them gum up on me in a 24 Hours of Moab a few years ago because of all the sand. Strange, I know. I was a big proponent until I wen to CB's- these pedals rock. Good float, and in ALL conditions, I've never had a problem clipping in. Mud, snow, sand. They work.

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    Azonic platforms...and they fit all of my shoes/boots perfectly...and so easy to clip..err..step in and out!
    I'll second that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
    Beateggers on all my bikes (even my road bikes).
    ditto

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    egg beaters....never get clogged and have yet to have a problem and Ive been running the same pair for 5 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by mo0se
    Time Atacs here... reliable in all conditions... and no hotspot.


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    Go Time ATAC and never look back. Candies are okay if you need a paperweight but they are good for nothing else. Some people like Speedplay Frogs for mud but the ATAC are easy in and out no matter what the conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    Shimano XTR M970. I haven't had any issues with mud caking up. Ever. To give you one example, I did the 2008 24 Hours of Great Glen and the course was rained on for the week prior to the event, creating mud with the consistency of peanut butter. I clipped in and out with ease the entire time. For your viewing pleasure from that event:


    Wow you did a 24hour on a rigid?

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    not like you need another eggbeater recommendation but here it is... eggbeaters for fixie commuter and mtb. pretty good for egg beating as well.

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    It depends on where you ride. If the soil is loamy or sandy (like in misterdangerpant's photo) SPD's are fine in the mud, as these types of soil don't cake together as easily when muddy. If it's clay based soil you'll be lucky to clip in after walking ten feet. Same for snow, SPD's will pack with ice and be useless. I've never had a problem with Eggbeaters or ATACs in any conditions, and I've raced cyclocross in pretty much every type of mud and snow you can imagine (lots of running).

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