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Old 03-25-08, 04:11 PM   #1
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Eggbeater C's for fixed riding?

I've done a search and couldn't come up with any fixed specific opinions. I can get a great deal on some C's and seriously pondering switching from spds.

I like the idea of the four sided clip in and the apparent ease of clipping in/out. But how are they on ground clearance? I've seen pictures and can't help but wonder that they may be wider than the average spd pedal.

Does anyone ride them on a track frame (as in high BB) and with 165 mm cranks, which is what I will be doing. More or less likelyhood of pedal strike as opposed to spd's?


Would appreciate any input!
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Old 03-25-08, 04:14 PM   #2
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Pedal strike will not be an issue. I like Eggbeaters quite a bit.
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dude eggbeaters are the sh*t

and they are actually going to be smaller than your average SPD pedal, so you would get even better clearance (even if it is just barely)
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Old 03-25-08, 04:33 PM   #5
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Ok, thanks for the swift replies! I don't think I will be going with the Time pedals. Not to be a poseur, but they don't match my bike!

I really dig the clean look of the eggbeaters. I have read some reviews and got the idea that the minimum I would have to go with are the C's or maybe SL's, because the entry level MXR's suck quite bad as far as quality, durability etc.

Any further opinions?
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dude eggbeaters are the sh*t

and they are actually going to be smaller than your average SPD pedal, so you would get even better clearance (even if it is just barely)
+1 for eggbeaters.

though, they're actually not that narrow. They're a good 5-10mm wider than the POS SPDs that they replaced on my bike.
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Candy Cs FTW!

I seem to remember seeing a video on Youtube that followed Squid around NY. Doesn't he run Candys?
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These are the best clipless pedals for fixed riding (particularly in urban areas) due to the ease of clipping-in. In practice, the small contact area is not an issue and does not create hot spots.

I have both Eggbeaters (fixed) and Candy 2-Ti (cross) and I like them the same. The Candy is more stable due to the platform, but only marginally.
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I have Egg Beaters on my fixie and the track bike; I dig the easy and positive clipping-in and haven't had any pedal strike issues.
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same here

rode both eggbeaters and quattros on a track bike before. would recommend the eggbeaters (and even the ti version if you can afford it). some people will get a hot spot right under their foot because of the smaller size of the pedal, but i never had that problem.
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I use Eggbeater Cs on an IRO (somewhat more road-ish geometry, I believe, so possibly a lower bottom bracket than a true track bike) with 170 cranks, and I've never had a strike issue. They're good stuff. I like 'em a lot.
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i rock the 'beaters myself and have had no problems at all. they were a great start for my first clipless pedal.
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also, eggbeaters somehow fit well into some part the bottom of sidi dominators without being engaged; i can unclip and ride them/stand on them fine in potentially hairy situations, despite the small form factor. i'm a fan. put the cleats on backwards for a bit more float before disengage and you're good to go.
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Old 03-25-08, 07:49 PM   #14
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Buy the eggbeaters now before it is too late, it will change your life.
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Just get something with the Eggbeater system! (Except possibly the Mallets. I ran them on my road bike once for ****s and giggles and scraped a pedal every time I even thought about turning)

I don't see any problem with them at all. Customer service is wonderful too (will replace nearly anything), as is the ease of maintanence (grease gun port, 3 times a year) and rebuild kits once a year.
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I use Eggbeater Cs on an IRO (somewhat more road-ish geometry, I believe, so possibly a lower bottom bracket than a true track bike) with 170 cranks, and I've never had a strike issue. They're good stuff. I like 'em a lot.
I too have an IRO - Jamie Roy with 170mm ctanks. I'm thinking of switching over to eggbeaters. I have a pair of Shimano casual shoes (SPD). Would the eggbeaters be compatable with these shoes?
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I too have an IRO - Jamie Roy with 170mm ctanks. I'm thinking of switching over to eggbeaters. I have a pair of Shimano casual shoes (SPD). Would the eggbeaters be compatable with these shoes?
Yep. That's one of the pairs of shoes I have, Shimano... MT51, I think. Works well.

Worst case scenario you might run into is that the shoes rub on the spindle or the gap between the treads is a bit too tight, but you can shave the treads until it works to your liking.
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Only pedals I liked as much as my Crank Brothers (Quattro, Candy) were my old Frogs. The Crank Bros. pedals rebuild far better and are simpler. Only issue I have ever had was because of the double-sided nature of them. I grounded a pedal on a corner, and it released my foot from the top side. I darned near lost it. That was a one-time occurrence for me though.
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I use eggbeaters on my Swobo fixie... they are the bomb and I would never use any other clipless...
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Yep. That's one of the pairs of shoes I have, Shimano... MT51, I think. Works well.

Worst case scenario you might run into is that the shoes rub on the spindle or the gap between the treads is a bit too tight, but you can shave the treads until it works to your liking.
Thanks a lot. I'm gonna go ahead and order the Eggbeaters.
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eggbeaters are a really handy system, simply because you can use almost any shoe with any pedal they make. I even once used Quattro road cleats with eggbeaters without issue. The only combination which I can think of that might not work is MTB shoes with Quattro pedals, but who knows?
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The only combination which I can think of that might not work is MTB shoes with Quattro pedals, but who knows?
Depends on the shoe and the depth of the lugs on the sole. You may have to shim the cleats, but other than that, no probs.
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Are the cheapie MXR's any good? link

or should I spend the extra and get the C's
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Are the cheapie MXR's any good? link

or should I spend the extra and get the C's
Never buy the cheapest in the CB line. The MXRs are junk, while the Cs are just fine. I don't know what they did to save the $$, but its not worth your time to find out. If you can afford it, get the SLs.
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Aside from being great pedals, Crank Brothers also has an excellent policy for products that break or are damaged. I snapped a spring on mine after a year of use. They told me to send them in for repair no questions asked. I got them back after a day and they had completely rebuilt them. They actually looked like new pedals because they replaced the plastic platforms (they were candys). Maybe Time will do the same thing with their pedals, but I'm not sure because I've never owned them.
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