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eggbeater durability issues

Old 03-31-06, 09:52 PM
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eggbeater durability issues

after quite a bit of searching eggbeater related threads, i've noticed quite a few posts that call the eggbeaters' durability into question. i'm not sure what to think - a *lot* of people run eggbeaters on fixies, and the pedals are supported by a great warranty. they're also completely rebuildable.

i'd like to know how long you've been running eggbeaters and how many times you've had to rebuild or repair the pedals. and let's keep time and speedplay out of this one.
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Old 03-31-06, 09:57 PM
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I have had one set for about 4-5 years, first on a mountain bike, then on a road bike, now on my fixed gear. Probably 4-5k miles on them overall. Seriously: I just took them apart and lubed them for the first time recently. (I should probably take better care of my stuff...)

My newest set is less than a year old. They are on my road bike. They are holding up fine. I dig 'em.
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Old 03-31-06, 09:59 PM
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I've had a pair of chromoly eggbeaters since august. Rebuilt once, and the spindle on the left pedal is slight corroded in some areas. I'm going to call CB and see about getting a replacement. I also have replaced the cleats once.

The spindle probably would have been fine if I had greased the pedal more often (and if I hadn't ridden through blizzards and the resulting salt/slush).
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three years mtb no problems at all on rigid aluminum frame. replaced the brass cleats once. occasionally durability surveys on this board should be adjusted for the fact that people happy with the product will be less likely to chime in and some stuff breaks through user error that may get blamed on the manuf. but whatever. they're good with some float that's good for your knees.
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Old 03-31-06, 10:02 PM
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3 years on my fixie. Haven't rebuilt them. Work fine.
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Old 03-31-06, 10:06 PM
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mine fell apart in about 6000 miles--about one year of riding. i didn't want to waste time fixing them so i just sold them to a friend who combined his broken pair with mine and made a working set.
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You ride 6,000 miles a year in Minnesota? Whaa? Holy cow.
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Originally Posted by Heraclitus
I have had one set for about 4-5 years, first on a mountain bike, then on a road bike, now on my fixed gear. Probably 4-5k miles on them overall. Seriously: I just took them apart and lubed them for the first time recently. (I should probably take better care of my stuff...)

My newest set is less than a year old. They are on my road bike. They are holding up fine. I dig 'em.

Oh yeah - both mine are the steel ones I think. And I am in LA - so very little exposure to bad weather et al.
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Old 03-31-06, 11:23 PM
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Had mine for a little under a year, over a 1,000 miles and no problems. Best $50 bucks spent
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Old 03-31-06, 11:25 PM
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i've had a pair on my fixxed for about two years now, with no problems. i know i should rebuild them soon, but...
on the other hand, i also have a pair of candy's on my s/s mtb, and one of them blew up at about 5 months, not fun when you're out in the middle of pisgah...anyways, swapped them with a pair of atac's, then eventually swapped back to the candy's due to crank bros outstanding customer service, and that sleazy easy four sided entry...can't get enough.
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Stellar durability thus far.
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I have the cromo ebtrs, and they're going a little rusty, but that's what cromo does. They work great. I kinda wish I'd gotten the Candys, since they're easier to ride with normal shoes.
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I don't think anyone complained about their durability, did they? It is well known that the soft cleats wear quickly, and that sometimes they forget to tighten the locknut in the factory so you end up with your balls crushed on the top tube and the exo-skeleton of a pedal stuck to your shoe. Oh, and a couple of people managed to break off a wing or two, but you need to bust them on a rock real hard to do that.

Otherwise, they seem to last forever, esp. with rebuilds.
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Old 04-01-06, 06:23 AM
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I've had a pair of SL's for about 9 months. I crashed pretty hard last August, and the pedal was probably the first thing to hit the ground. A few weeks later, it fell apart; looked like the sealed bearing cracked. After a failed attempt to rebuild it that just made things worse (my own fault), I sent the whole mess into Crank Bros and they refurbished it, free of charge. They've been fine ever since, and I'm completely happy with them.
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pair of sl's since october 05, pair of c's since february or march 06. haven't rebuilt, regreased or even cleaned either of them once. have replaced the cleats though.
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Old 04-01-06, 09:55 AM
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hey sers... if you have clipless shoes and want to try them out just send me a pm and we can meet up.
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I had the plastic spindle cover on my non-drive Candy SL break while moutain biking, but that was no doubt a result of me falling..
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I first started using them 2 years ago on a mountain bike. Love them so much put them on the road bike, then transfered them to the fixie and bought a new pair for the road. I have them on all of my bikes and have never had to rebuild any of them yet. It is on my "to do" list but I keep putting it off because they have not had any functional problems yet.
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