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Crank Brothers Egg Beaters: Broke! Down I went!

Old 10-07-13, 02:18 PM
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Crank Brothers Egg Beaters: Broke! Down I went!

A month or so ago, I was riding along and noticed my right foot was having a hard time staying clipped in. Upon further inspection I noticed that one of the "wings" on my egg beater had broken.

I needed to replace the pedal but the situation was complicated by the fact that I knew the crank arm was virtually welded to the pedal spindle, it had been that way for years. So I knew I had another used pedal at home, and therefore I just took that pedal portion and slid it over my old spindle.

All was well until the other day I was riding along climbing a hill and my right foot came unclipped suddenly. Within a second I was on the ground absorbing some road rash.

It seemed very coincidental that I had two right pedals break in a very short amount of time. It is likely that both pedals involved here had a LOT of miles on them and they are certainly several years old.

I contacted Crank Brothers and they simply stated that I had the cheaper version of the pedals which feature a stamped steel instead of the cast steel. They said this causes them to be more breakable.

They also offered to give me 50% off on a pair of their better Series 3 pedals. I don't know if I am particularly angry with the company, but I do know that I will be checking my older pedals on my other bikes more closely. I might advise you to do the same.

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Old 10-07-13, 02:52 PM
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Perhaps, Return to the Market place: my choice when I bother with clipless pedals at all ..

Time Atac, the spring itself retains the cleat , Obviously spring tempered steel.
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Old 10-08-13, 05:36 AM
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A friend tells me that egg-beater bearings conk out frequently too. (There's always a friend telling someone something though - then it get posted on forums and people get *****ty about it. I have no empirical evidence of this other than the ready availability of eggbeater rebuild kits)

fwiw I have some ancient (>10 yrs) atacs with still sound bearings. I have had the retaining bar on another pair of atacs wear out of shape a bit - but never break. Admittedly I replaced the pedals when I noticed the wear. If things start to wear out and you either don't look - or ignore - then they'll fail eventually. Check your other pedals, buy the new cheap ones. You'll be fine.
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Of the various items of broken crap I have seen on the side of the road, a CB wing was among them. I still use them for road use as I don't ride off road much. If you like them you could consider the upgrade offer though, I probably will. By the way any pedal is accepted.
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Old 10-08-13, 12:43 PM
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I think it is worth reemphasizing that these clipless pedals are several years old and have thousands of miles on them. Perhaps as much as 40K miles between them. So it is hard to arrive at the conclusion that eggbeaters are simply junk. I am taking a different approach and reminding myself that if you ride anything long enough it will likely fail. It is a learning lesson to inspect my bikes more frequently, especially those with with components that have a LOT of miles.
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Old 10-08-13, 01:22 PM
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By comparison I use the older ARC or older Look pedals and have never had one break or require major overhaul Some of the sets were made in 1985 with most made in the 1990s. Roger
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By comparison I use the older ARC or older Look pedals and have never had one break or require major overhaul Some of the sets were made in 1985 with most made in the 1990s. Roger
I think time is only one consideration, I think amount of use is a greater one.
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I've broken pedals, pedal spindles, and cranks... in almost every case it was a painful experience...

I bought a lightly used crank once (didn't break), but now I always buy these items new and replace at about one-half of the life expectancy.

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I have never seen the base model Shimano pedal catastrophically fail like that but have seen it plenty in egg beaters in my 7 years as a bike mechanic, just sayin...
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I had a pair of eggbeaters break in that very same fashion, with probably less than 1000 miles on it. I have since switched out all (3) of my eggbeaters in favor of the older composite-bodied Time ATACs.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I've broken pedals, pedal spindles, and cranks... in almost every case it was a painful experience...

I bought a lightly used crank once (didn't break), but now I always buy these items new and replace at about one-half of the life expectancy.

Holy mackerel! That must have hurt!
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^

Ouch. I just had a vision of standing on the left crank, feeling a sudden give and ending up with a deep, crank-shaped gash in my calf.

That is one scary component failure.
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Luckily I've not had any issues with my first pair of egg beaters, (very first generation) I bought a second pair that were broken when I took them for the first ride. The bolt that holds the body on the spindle was snapped of during manufacture. I had just put them on, and the pedal let go 100' before the start line of a citizen race. (it was a snowy crappy day, so I wasn't so bummed out.)
I've known about three people who have them, and no issues.

To the OP, did you recall having pedal strikes on rocks, or was it a just riding along kind of thing?
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