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Old 04-03-11, 05:44 PM
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pedal of choice?

what are the popular pedals for 'cross racing? anyone using egg beaters? or do I need a bit of a platform for ease of dis-mount and re-mount?
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Old 04-11-11, 05:23 PM
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I like Egg Beaters. I feel like a platform gets in the way more than it helps, and you can't beat Egg Beaters for shedding mud.
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Old 04-14-11, 09:49 AM
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I also use egg beaters. There's a lot of people who've had problems with them falling apart, which would be very frustrating, but I've had no personal experience with that. I have them on both cross bikes and both mountain bikes. By the way, as for my experience with mud, I've had more problems with mud stuck in my cleats than I've had with mud stuck in my eggbeaters.
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Old 04-20-11, 08:15 AM
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Candy's have been known to fail, however, I've done 30 races and roughly a 50 Wednesday Worlds type training rides on one set with NO problems. The Candy 1s are inexpensive, so a very good choice.
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Old 04-20-11, 11:22 AM
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But the Candy 2s have better sealing. I've only got 500 miles (and a half dozen races) on my Egg Beater 2s, so I can't given any direct testimony, but my inclination is to say they are worth the price difference. The 3s, which also have the improved seals, spin with noticeably less resistance (noticeable, by hand, not necessarily on the bike).
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Old 04-20-11, 11:34 AM
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I'm done with crank brothers. When they work they feel great but I have two sets of candies that have gotten really sloppy and way too easy to clip out of. And I've broken wings off rocks. Supposedly the new ones are better, but I don't feel like being the guinea pig. I gave them four years of my cycling life. now I have some ATACs on order.
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Old 04-21-11, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by M_S View Post
I'm done with crank brothers. When they work they feel great but I have two sets of candies that have gotten really sloppy and way too easy to clip out of. And I've broken wings off rocks. Supposedly the new ones are better, but I don't feel like being the guinea pig. I gave them four years of my cycling life. now I have some ATACs on order.
I haven't used Candy's at all but this past weekend I was racing one of my mountain bikes and I heard the eggbeater "ping" off the rocks that I hit and they survived. I'm sorry for your problems, though. Mine are all new, within the last 18 months anyway.
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Old 04-23-11, 10:11 AM
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i run shimano spd's and have no real problems with them
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Old 04-26-11, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by kennykaos View Post
i run shimano spd's and have no real problems with them
I have used spd and candy's. Pedals, for the most part, are a personal preference. Some people just "click" better with a certain system. I am thinking of moving to the egg beater to ditch the candy platform.
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Old 05-17-11, 01:00 PM
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I've run SPD the last few seasons with no issues. However I took them out in the snow in Deceber and realized packed snow in the clete and pedal were a real issue, so I've switched to Egg beaters for this season. Ran them a few times in snow in January and they seemed to work fine in winter/snow.

Still getting use to clicking in tho (changed from SPD to egg beater on my MTB too)
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Old 06-17-11, 05:27 AM
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I used to run SPD's on my mountain bikes but when it was time to choose a pedal for CX racing (not just gravel riding) I figured it was better to have four possible, equal positions for engaging the pedal, rather than two. That way I'd have twice as many chances to get going faster after a transition that I would with the SPD pedal. I also liked the way that you can "roll" into the engagement on Eggbeaters, either forward or reverse, again making the transition much faster.

Since using them for a full season of CX racing, I became a convert and loaded up all my off-road bikes with Eggbeaters. Road bikes are a different story, but off-road is all Crank Bros.
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Old 06-30-11, 03:38 PM
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spd mountain pedals have worked fine for me for the past 7 seasons.
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Old 07-05-11, 02:38 PM
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Anyone try using the Look Quartz?
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Old 07-24-11, 09:39 PM
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two seasons (25 races) and going on my third with ATACS - very easy to get in and out of/never had a problem.
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Old 08-01-11, 10:48 PM
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Anyone try using the Look Quartz?
I switched to the Look Quartz pedals this season from CB Candys. I prefer the Looks, much bigger/stable platform. I've been using them all season on my MTB. The other bonus is they are WAY lighter than CB.
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Old 08-01-11, 10:57 PM
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I've ridden with eggbeaters for years with no problems. I don't use them currently, but give them a thumbs up as a great clipless pedal.
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Old 09-08-11, 08:56 PM
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I rode the Look Quartz last season, I've not had any experience with other pedals but they aren't too bad. Sometimes they're hard to get into and too easy to get out of. Practicing sprints today I popped one out and threw my chain in the process. I suppose it's the same with everything.
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Old 09-08-11, 09:23 PM
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It is easier for me to dismount with SPD's. Easier for me to click back in with egg-beaters, and I have had less mud problems (only twice while mountain biking). Two wrecks while trying to dismount with the egg beaters and my decision was made.
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Old 09-14-11, 01:41 PM
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I have had limited success with Eggbeaters the past 2 seasons. I've had trouble getting clipped back in on race starts and remounts. I had even fallen into barriers and lost a podium in a big race last year with one barrier to go while clipping out. I was wearing a pair of Sidi's that had three Velcro straps and got a new pr this fall that have a ratchet strap. I had much difficulty clipping in with the new shoes then I put the plastic shim that came with the pedal cleats on and had an instant improvement with the new Sidi’s. I put the shims on my old shoes with similar results. Clipping in and even out is now an afterthought and my starts at the first 2 races were the best ever, all because of the shims.
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Egg Beaters are great wspecially when the mud starts flying.
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Crank Bros. Candy's. They're cheap and they work. That's kind of the theme of my entire bike.
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Old 10-10-11, 09:00 AM
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I liked the Eggbeater c. Now I can’t find them anymore and the new cleats that come whith the Eggbeater 1 are a little different (they lack the wings sticking out on the sides). Despite tightening them down so tight that I feel as though I am dangerously close to stripping out the screw-holes in my shoe, they still turn a little bit. It happened in a race this weekend and since I suddenly had to twist my foot more than before to get them to disengage, I ended up doing a couple face-plants while dismounting. I assume the Cleats on all the new models are the same on all the new model crank brothers pedals. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Old 10-19-11, 04:24 PM
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I have Time ATAC XS on my cross bike. Been riding with Time Atacs ever since I started biking with clipless.
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Originally Posted by M_S View Post
I'm done with crank brothers. When they work they feel great but I have two sets of candies that have gotten really sloppy and way too easy to clip out of. And I've broken wings off rocks. Supposedly the new ones are better, but I don't feel like being the guinea pig. I gave them four years of my cycling life. now I have some ATACs on order.
I agree. Eggbeaters are killing me. I can never quickly clip back in. I'm out...at least next season.
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