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    Egg Beater pedal alignment assembly tool?

    Has anyone ever seen a nifty tool that would keep your Eggbeaters in alignment as you install the inner sleeve during re-assembly?

    I keep destryoing the small o-ring and sometimes the sleeve gets bunged up when things are difficult.

    I'm imagining a toll that looks like the pedal spindle, but with the proper diamer in the far end to hold the sleeve in the correct (centered) position for pushing it in.

    Any help/ideas is appreciated!
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    trash can works pretty well for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab
    trash can works pretty well for me
    Maybe on the bottom end EB's... but on "4+" Ti 166 gram pedals I prefer to rebuild, especially if it's just a broken spring...
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    There is a special tool for seating that small inner o-ring correctly and quickly on the inner body seal lip and then allowing you to allign all the pieces together with ease. Unfortunately this tool is not made for sale.

    Maybe a modified screwdriver of the correct diameter with the head ground off would work?


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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJackSlade
    Maybe on the bottom end EB's... but on "4+" Ti 166 gram pedals I prefer to rebuild, especially if it's just a broken spring...
    my point is that all of there products are crap

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    A large hex key works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab
    my point is that all of there products are crap
    Thank you for the useless post.

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    crank bros does inhouse rebuilds for $15 if the pedal is more then 2 years old...
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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab
    my point is that all of there products are crap
    Sorry you feel that way. I've had at least 8 sets of eggbeaters over the last 4 years on various different bikes and the first failure to date was a broken spring on a set of 2Ti's.

    I've tryed the following pedals, and now stick with CB Eggbeaters...

    Shimano (various models), WTB (no longer made), Speedplay (Frog),

    Back to the tool subject, I will try the hex wrench tip - thanks. I'm trying to use some custom Ti springs and they are especially tight, which adds to the assembly problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJackSlade
    Sorry you feel that way. I've had at least 8 sets of eggbeaters over the last 4 years on various different bikes and the first failure to date was a broken spring on a set of 2Ti's.

    I've tryed the following pedals, and now stick with CB Eggbeaters...

    Shimano (various models), WTB (no longer made), Speedplay (Frog),
    Crank Bros manufactures their parts with very loose tolerances, sometimes you get stuff that works OK and sometimes it fails out of the box. When I started looking back at pending warrantees and noticed that we were sending their pedals back 10-1 (the one including ALL other brands) I decided I really thought there product was inferior. They do feel nice if they last and they do stand behind their product better than most in the industry. I know people love them because they are shinny and light but I just flat out refuse to sell them anymore.


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    Thank you for the useless post.
    If you were a better mechanic that would make sense to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab
    If you were a better mechanic that would make sense to you
    Hmm, yes, a riff on my name.

    The higher level of warranty issues are thanks to three reasons:
    1. Their pedals come on a LOT of bikes. A larger user base means more warranty claims.
    2. The make very low end pedals, which are nice because it lowers the entry point for clipless, but the quality isn't there for heavier use. The high end pedals hold up nicely.
    3. They are user serviceable, but most riders don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic
    Hmm, yes, a riff on my name.

    The higher level of warranty issues are thanks to three reasons:
    1. Their pedals come on a LOT of bikes. A larger user base means more warranty claims.
    2. The make very low end pedals, which are nice because it lowers the entry point for clipless, but the quality isn't there for heavier use. The high end pedals hold up nicely.
    3. They are user serviceable, but most riders don't.
    all of the pedals that we warranted were aftermarket product and ran the gamete from entry level to 4ti. Crank brothers product amounted to about 30% of our pedal volume not nearly enough to justify the warranty ratio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab
    all of the pedals that we warranted were aftermarket product and ran the gamete from entry level to 4ti. Crank brothers product amounted to about 30% of our pedal volume not nearly enough to justify the warranty ratio.
    We can argue numbers here, but frankly, it's just not important enough to me.

    To the OP: Please be sure to update the thread with your results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab
    all of the pedals that we warranted were aftermarket product and ran the gamete from entry level to 4ti. Crank brothers product amounted to about 30% of our pedal volume not nearly enough to justify the warranty ratio.
    I think you meant gamut. A gamete is a sperm or egg cell.

    customfab does at least have a quantifiable reason for this opinion, not the usual "I owned a pair". I would freak on a supplier that caused that ratio of claims to sales. As BM points out there is a range of quality. You may have offered the whole range of Crank Bros. pedals but I doubt your sales mix would have been an even distribution. I doubt you sold equal numbers of entry level and 4ti's. And we know the rate of warranty claim is related to volume

    Loose tolerances aren't always a bad thing. The AK-47 and the M-16 are prime examples of that. The AK-47 is less accurate, but the loose tolerances also make it more resilient in poor conditions, and more accepting of ham-fisted maintenance. A Timex compared to a Rolex. Loose tolerances are occasionally engineered, first generation clipless pedals had no float, and we're bad on knees. "User Servicable" usually means they could have built it better but didn't, as a courtesy, so that repairs can be done with simpler tools by the ham-fisted bike owner

    So, both you gents have valid points. Did anyone answer the original posters question?
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    Quote Originally Posted by froggy97
    So, both you gents have valid points. Did anyone answer the original posters question?
    Try reading my first response again.

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