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Old 07-29-08, 01:04 PM   #1
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Clipless pedals.

Ive beend debating on this for a few days weather or not to go clipless. but have decided to. Due to the fact that im going to be using my mtb for trails and long distance riding. I am wondering what kind of pedals would be best. I was looking at Crank Bros pedals because i have read only good things about them. ALso what would be a good shoe? I have relatively big feet. Size 13- 14 depending on the shoe. I am not looking to spend alot of money due to my college student budget. Thanks guys and gales
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Although crank bros are good, from personal experience, i would also recommend time atac pedals. They are around the same price point for similar quality. I've been using times for several years on various mtb only have good things to say about them.
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I would really recommend Eggbeaters for your first clipless pedals. They're by far the easiest to get in and out of in a panic.
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Any specific brand of egg beaters ? and what would be the bennifits of the atac
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Any specific brand of egg beaters ? and what would be the bennifits of the atac
Eggbeaters is the model.....

Made by Crank Bros.... I used to run 2Ti Eggbeaters, but now I use Mallets (EBs with a platform).

The Eggbeater SL is a solid pedal and will last a long time. Anything under that won't last long....
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I would really recommend Eggbeaters for your first clipless pedals. They're by far the easiest to get in and out of in a panic.

Do Eggbeaters have adjustable tension like the Shimanos do?
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I have shimano pedals, and have no problem getting in/out of them
I also have Shimano shoes, They fit good, I wear a size 13.
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Although i've read good things about the eggbeaters, i have never tried them personally. The only types i've tried are the shimano type as well as the time atac pedals. For on road the shimano type were fine but as soon as you have any kind of mud and such i found that they would get tricky to engage or release.

As with the eggbeaters the time atac pedal's design make it so the mud and such that would build up around the cleat would end up getting pushed out by the action of engaging.

Another benefit of the atac pedals is the positive engaging and release, due to this there is no need for tension adjustment. ~5 degree twist of the foot and your foot is released. Upon insertion there has always been a positive click to the pedal and you are in, no troubles. Also there is alot of float with them which is good if your knees are bad like mine. I've had my time atac aliums for over 2 years now and, other than some scratches in the paint and such, they are like new. I've never had any trouble with them at all.

From what i've read the eggbeaters have some of the same benefits but i can't comment on them myself due to never having used them personally.
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I ride in a lot of sandy/dusty/ gritty places, and my Shimano M's have never clogged or anything, only time I ever had a problem getting in was when a rock was inside the pedal, I just kicked it out.
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I would really recommend Eggbeaters for your first clipless pedals. They're by far the easiest to get in and out of in a panic.
I don't agree. I think the best pedals for a first time clipless user are something along the lines of the Shimano 520/540. The release tension can be dialled in fairly easily and you have a bigger platform to guide your cleat into place. Plus they are cheap and easily serviceable. The Eggs have had problems with the pedal axel breaking (at least on the cheap models) and the learning curve, while not long is steep. You can always move up as you gain experience. My personal faves are Times, but that was after using Shimano 520's for a long time and getting used to clipless
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Yea, I'm running the 520's.
They work pretty good, Every now and then when I take a large jolt, of bash a rock (i know, accident) they un-clip, but I need to tighten my tension also.
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Yea, I'm running the 520's.
They work pretty good, Every now and then when I take a large jolt, of bash a rock (i know, accident) they un-clip, but I need to tighten my tension also.

I ran 520's for a very long time with no problems at all. And the fact that they clip in positively and clip out with no drama should place them at the top of any clipless newbs short list of pedals
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i use the time atac i have seen the egg beaters break i have never seen a pair of times break.
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I ran 520's for a very long time with no problems at all. And the fact that they clip in positively and clip out with no drama should place them at the top of any clipless newbs short list of pedals
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I run 540's, which are quite a bit lighter than the 520's and only slightly more expensive (and the same weight as the more expensive XT's). I have them really loose, and the only time I've ever had a problem getting out is when they got clogged with Moab dust. They can be a little tough to get into them if they get clogged with mud, but if you don't live in a muddy climate, that's not a problem. Like Cheeto said, they sometimes pop out accidentally if you smack them into a rock or something, but I'd rather them occasionally come out when they're not supposed to than me get stuck in them while I'm going OTB.
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I ride in a lot of sandy/dusty/ gritty places, and my Shimano M's have never clogged or anything, only time I ever had a problem getting in was when a rock was inside the pedal, I just kicked it out.
The only time I've had my 520's clog was in the snow, where it happens frequently. No problems during summer though.
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I was a "die-hard" SPD user for at least 10 years before switching to Crank Bro's Candy's. (SPD's are Shimano style pedals)

Why I feel SPD's are inferior to Crank Brothers:
-They have less float which means on long rides...my knees began to hurt with SPD's. CB's solved this. You foot actually twists slightly left to right as you pedal...you don't notice it until you ride several hours with your foot "bound" to your pedal. CB's don't bind you.
-SPD's require a little lubing now and then or they become a little sticky.
-SPD's eventually pack up with mud and pebbles that stick to the mud in your shoes rendering them annoying if not un-useable until you grab a stick and clean them out.
-Crank Brothers pedals are pretty much maintenance free. I never need to lube, adjust, or clean them and they always perform much smoother than my SPD's ever did.

Why I feel Crank Brothers are better than TIME:
-You don't need to adjust them for tight/loose release. Just put the cleat on one way to release at a certain angle, or flip it over to release at a lesser angle. The release is ALWAYS smooth and consistant.
-Crank brothers are a simpler design with much more open clips for better mud clearance
-Time pedals range from $70-$412 / CB's range from $47-$350 (CB's as a whole are cheaper) Sure you can find deals on TIME pedals...just the same though... you can find deals on CB's.


Finally...why I feel Crank Brothers Candy's are better than Eggbeaters:
Theres more cage there for your foot to rest on. They still don't weigh much.

SPD design:

Time design:

Crank Brothers design:


Then there's always Speedplay...but I'd stick with CB's:



Shoes:

I've had inexpensive Shimano's. I've had a couple different styles of Answer. I've had 2 pr. of 661's.
My 661 Peak shoes are by far my favorite shoes to date. They have two velcro straps and a buckle. No laces. The "no laces" thing is great. Both pr. of 661's have by far outlasted the Answer shoes. My cheapo Answer speeder shoes are coming apart at the seams.

Popular opinion from what I've read is that the Sidi, Shimano, and Specialized BG's are top notch.


You can find deals like I did where you can get like 661 Peak shoes and CB Candy pedals for like $80.

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My last three bikes have had eggbeaters and I love them. I ride the plain old $50 egg beater c's, not the $400 ti ones and mine have been great. The weight difference is negligible and it isn't worth the money for the upscale ones. The one drawback (and it's potentially a big one) is that they are not adjustable AT ALL. you have two cleat settings for a 15 or 20 degree release angle and THATS IT. to me it's never been an issue but the two pair that I've been using have different tensions and its noticeable. Granted one set is about a year older but the set that's older is the tighter one. I haven't noticed any loosening over the last year though so that says something. Either way, very few issues, they shed mud extremely well, I've been pretty cruddy and never had problems getting in or out and they're relatively small which keeps me from hitting them too much. When they do hit things (rock's, stumps, other riders that get too close, etc...) they just bounce off and keep going.

Highly recommend the eggbeaters and they seem to sell used too so if you don't like em just sell em off and find something else. Good luck!
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Crank Brothers MXR's are even less than that.
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As far as maintaining my M520's all I've done is They had a WD40 bath with some steel wool, because I had a little bit of rust on the outside of them. It was my fault for the rust though, I stored my bike in my Grandfathers shop while in PA, and the roof leaked...... all over my bike and the table saw it was leaned up against lol.


I rode a very dusty trail the other day, (14 miles worth of dustyness) and they are still working good. I just looked closely at them, and they're caked with dust, but the performance isn't dampered.
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As far as maintaining my M520's all I've done is They had a WD40 bath with some steel wool, because I had a little bit of rust on the outside of them. It was my fault for the rust though, I stored my bike in my Grandfathers shop while in PA, and the roof leaked...... all over my bike and the table saw it was leaned up against lol.


I rode a very dusty trail the other day, (14 miles worth of dustyness) and they are still working good. I just looked closely at them, and they're caked with dust, but the performance isn't dampered.
For me with SPDs...it wasn't dust that made performance suffer. After rain...I had to lube them b/c they felt a little sticky. (prob. corrosion or rust)

In mud...they got pretty caked. When the mud dried...the dried dirt clods were in every little corner of the pedal. Granted, they still worked. The CB Candy's that I'm running now though...work exactly the same in mud or dry weather. Super smooth all the time.
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+1 Time Atac Aluminum are problem free and I can always get out of them. I even buried the front tire to a stop once and I ran right up and over the handle bars to a standing stop, and for my next trick...........
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Made by Crank Bros.... I used to run 2Ti Eggbeaters, but now I use Mallets (EBs with a platform).

The Eggbeater SL is a solid pedal and will last a long time. Anything under that won't last long....
dang, 2Ti. You got some cash.
I have a pair of smartys that I got for 30$. They have worked well and still do. Just got to rebuild them every now and then.
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dang, 2Ti. You got some cash.
I shouldn't have gone that high. SLs would have suited me. The Ti's are blingy with the gold/black paint and all but they're chilling in their box right now.
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Egg beaters are good pedals, I have them on all of my bikes. If you are going to use them off road, get the SL's. I have broken two pairs of the C's.
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I have a pair of Sl's, 2 Sl candys, 2 pair of smartys, mxrs, and c's. I broke a wing on the c's and hoping Crank Bros. will warranty them. I wore out the hook that stops the spring from going to far on one of the Smartys. The Sl's, Sl Candys and mxrs are still in really good shape. Sl's are the most durable in my opinion.
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