Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Spokane WA
Bikes: 2008 Lapierre X-Lite, 2006 Serotta Coeur d’Acier, 2005 Independent Fabrication Steel Delux, 2003 Surly 1x1, 2003 Surly Cross Check, 1986 Schwin Worldsport SS commuter, 1980's Mongoose Supergoose
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I've got six months on the Egg S, and about a month on the Mallets. I've heard about the bearing problems, but so far, I've had no problems. I'm 220 lbs, and I imagine I put above average demands on the bearings. Time will tell how they hold up. I believe the Eggs, except the cheap version, are warranteed for 2 years, so that should give some piece of mind. Rebuild instructions are included with all their pedals.
As far the cleats go, they don't stick out that much more than SPDs, if at all. For the first several hours of use, the S' were a little harder to release from. After a breakin period (which I"m guessing was actually the cleats breaking in), the pedals release fine. The cleats on Eggs, like Times, are made of softer metal so that the cleats wear out instead of the pedal wings.
I've been completely satisfied with the Eggs so far. They work beautifully in mud, snow, ice, and on the dry roads as well. No maintainance issues, and no release issues.
So consider this a thumbs up for the Egg Beaters, I think you should get them. Hope this helps.