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Old 04-08-10, 12:06 PM   #1
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Quick! Time Atacs or Crank Bros Egg beaters

I've got a craigs deal and I'm making the move to clipless for my GT build.

So,

Time Atacs

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Crank bros egg beaters

Both are brand new and $50.
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I love my Atacs, never used Egg Beaters.
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Research has me leaning towards atacs, but again, I'm blind when it comes to clipless...
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Egg Beaters are not good for fixed riding unless you have a brake and use it. For all other purposes I love em and I use them on all my bikes, but I dont ride fixed anymore.

You want something with a bit of a platform if you ride fixed or you can come unclipped, very dangerous when you rely on backpedaling to stop.
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time actac are pretty nice, you can wear down the cleats really far before you need to replace them. might be bad luck but i broke two pairs of atacs in the last month - on one i broke the spring ond the other pair the front hoop. but had them for more than a year so donīt have hard feelings.
a lot of friends complain that the egg beater spindles bent easy and that the cleats dont last
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atac

CB have really hit the bucket in terms of quality.
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Awesome advice guys. I think I'm going with the atacs.
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don't buy the hype against Crank Bros. i love their pedals and ride the **** out of 'em.

that said, i only use straight eggbeaters (as opposed to smartys, mallets, etc) on my road bike and XC bike... it is an awful small platform if you aren't actually clipped in. for anything i would use for commuting/getting around town purposes, i'd want something with some platform.
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ATAC! I've ridden mine every day, for several thousand miles with zero issues. They rule.
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don't buy the hype against Crank Bros. i love their pedals and ride the **** out of 'em.

that said, i only use straight eggbeaters (as opposed to smartys, mallets, etc) on my road bike and XC bike... it is an awful small platform if you aren't actually clipped in. for anything i would use for commuting/getting around town purposes, i'd want something with some platform.
I agree, Egg Beaters are awesome pedals and a great value. I just wouldnt use em on a fixed gear bike because they dont fit the bill for that purpose. I use em on all of my bikes and have for years. Still have my original Egg Beaters and they work great. Most people that hate on the EB pedals either havent tried them or need to justify to themselves why they spent $200 on whatever pedals they are riding.
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don't buy the hype against Crank Bros. i love their pedals and ride the **** out of 'em.

that said, i only use straight eggbeaters (as opposed to smartys, mallets, etc) on my road bike and XC bike... it is an awful small platform if you aren't actually clipped in. for anything i would use for commuting/getting around town purposes, i'd want something with some platform.
bad spindle design that will snap and parts that rust as well as poor manufacturing tolerances that cause the pedals to click.
should see the SL pedals rusting in mechanics.

either that or they have a lot of counterfeit on the market.
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bad spindle design that will snap and parts that rust as well as poor manufacturing tolerances that cause the pedals to click.
should see the SL pedals rusting in mechanics.

either that or they have a lot of counterfeit on the market.
What are you talking about, I use EB pedals Exclusively and have for years. I ride very agressively on and off raod and I weight 230lbs. Never snapped any spindles, or even bent any, no rust at all on even my oldest most worn set, and the springs are as snappy as they were after they first broke in. There is nothing wrong with EB for freewheel riding.
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What are you talking about, I use EB pedals Exclusively and have for years. I ride very agressively on and off raod and I weight 230lbs. Never snapped any spindles, or even bent any, no rust at all on even my oldest most worn set, and the springs are as snappy as they were after they first broke in. There is nothing wrong with EB for freewheel riding.
the recent stuff is really bad.

Just like PI gloves, the old stuff was well made, the new stuff, not so much.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-version-rusts!
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I have actually used both ATACs and eggbeaters for at least a season each. ATACs are far better IMO, and are what I currently use. I would even go so far as to say that those who recommend eggbeaters have likely never tried ATACs. BTW, this was for heavy xc use.

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I have actually used both ATACs and eggbeaters for at least a season each. ATACs are far better IMO, and are what I currently use. I would even go so far as to say that those who recommend eggbeaters have likely never tried ATACs. BTW, this was for heavy xc use.
I ONLY recommend EBs for freewheel riding as I have never had any problems with mine for years. I admit I haven't tried the ATACs and as such I can not offer an opinion on them either way. The reason I like the EBs is that they are 4 side entry so very easy to clip in, they dont require any maintenace(hardly any) as they are self cleaning, they are relatively light for a lower end clipless pedal while still being pretty darn durable. Everyone likes what they know, and I dont know ATACs so I cant say anything negative about them.
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So which ones did you end up getting? I saw the guy post the ad and almost jumped on them right away. I have tried shimano SPD on a fixed gear and worked very well but all the reviews on the Atacs are much better for fixed especially if you're running brakeless.
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I'm about to pick up some shoes and pedals via craigslist this weekend,

Shimano Rd76 shoes with cleats
Shimano M520 pedals

all for $50.

First time clipless, stoked at a good deal.
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Shimano 520s is what I'm running on my Kona and they have been swapped from bike to bike now since they're so durable and work very well, you won't regret it.
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i wouldn't run anything but crank bros now.
i went from xtr spd's to eggbeater sl's and i'll never go back.
way more float (which is a good thing- especially when riding brakeless) and i've never accidentally unclipped with eggbeaters.
don't know why people talk so much trash about them.
lightweight, good looking an durable.
i the think people that talk trash about them have only used the lower end eggbeaters or candys that come stock on some bikes.
the sl line is the way to go!
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I prefer SPDs and Looks over eggbeaters, but I don't understand the claims that eggs aren't good for fixed gear riding. I rode eggs of years fixed, SS, geared, and while I ultimately concluded that I really didn't care for them, I thought they were equally appropriate for fixed or freewheel.
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I use ATACs. They are reliable and all, but they have weird float. You don't get premature unclipping, but when you twist it feels like a spring and there is always a force to pull your feet back to certain angle. Kinda unsettling; feels like stepping on jello. Oh and unlike SPDs, ATACs really snap! on making sound. Kinda scare you, you know? Like it won't leggo my feet ever. ... And, cleat availability is slightly limited. I like SPDs for that. (What SPD pedal do you use, mihlback?)
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I went with the atacs. I'm going to get a pair of mavic razor shoes. I'm excited; the atacs are very solid feeling, but hell, I admit, I have no idea.

I'm going to try these out this weekend. Really pumped.
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Anyone know how walkable the Shimano rd76 shoes are? I'm assuming not very, even though the cleat is recessed (I think), but they have a hard sole. I'm not that concerned because I'm not sure about going clipless and this is such a good deal that even if I don't love the shoes, if I like clipless I can get a new pair and it'll still be a reasonable buy.
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Anyone know how walkable the Shimano rd76 shoes are? I'm assuming not very, even though the cleat is recessed (I think), but they have a hard sole. I'm not that concerned because I'm not sure about going clipless and this is such a good deal that even if I don't love the shoes, if I like clipless I can get a new pair and it'll still be a reasonable buy.
Unfortunately, using RD76 road shoes with SPD mountain cleats provides NO protection for the cleat, which will prematurely damage it and render it useless and prone to unclipping.

If you use a road cleat with a road shoe, you will have protection of the cleat. This is because the protection is provided by the cleat.
If you use a MTB cleat with a MTB shoe, you will have protection of the cleat. This is because the protection is provided by the shoe.
With the combination you proposed above, there is no protection of the cleat.

How do you solve this problem?
Get road pedals and use road cleats.
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