Crank Brothers Egg Beater SL Pedal

DESCRIPTION

Crank Brothers Egg Beater SL (Stainless) Clipless Pedals. One of the genius pedal designs on the marketplace today, this pedal is essentially two springs surrounding a spindle. Light, extremely durable, and impenetrable to mud interference, this pedal doe

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[Mar 07, 2015]
davidk21770

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Great design. Easy-in, stay-in over rough trails, but easy-out when I need to bail.

Weakness:

Low quality. Don't last. Either the bearings fail or slop develops and the beaters get wobbly and I don't stay clipped-in any more. I even had one come apart while I was riding! The nut that holds the pedal on came off and so did the pedal -- as I was pumping up a hill! The bearings are replaceable, but I don't see any way to adjust the springs when the beaters develop slop and don't hold me in any more. I've gone through 4 pair in the last 5 years. My 1st set lasted 10 years! (And for the doubters, yes, I tried new cleats, but when you can move the beaters 1/4" or more, it's just too much slop to work).

Unless Crank Bros gets their act together, don't expect these to last very long... But while they do, they work well!

[Apr 01, 2013]
mwcet8k

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

-Lightweight
-Clean, simple design that doesn't require adjustment
-Easy maintenance with proper grease gun
-If it matters to you, IMHO these are the blingiest pedals on the market

Weakness:

-Occasionally will release on rock strikes
-Cleats seem to wear faster than other brands
-Sometimes clip in is a little vague

I've been riding the same pair of SL's since 2006 and have had zero problems with them. They've been as trouble free and low maintenance as any bike part I've owned. I'm all about simplicity and low maintenance, and these pedals have delivered. I've ridden both Shimano and Time, and prefer Eggbeaters over both. Entry and release is easy, although as others have stated, I'm sometimes not entirely sure when I've successfully clipped in, and so have to pull up my foot to check. Most of the time clipping in is accompanied by a solid "click". Only occasionally does it feel vague. I don't wear carbon soled shoes, but haven't had any of the hotspot problems others have reported (I wear Sidi Dominators). I also haven't had any problems with the pedals wearing into my shoes, even though I've never used the shoe shields. My only significant gripe is that rock strikes can release your foot from the pedal. I'm mindful of this now, but sometimes it's impossible to avoid pushing a pedal down hard on a rock or root. Releasing when you don't want to is almost as bad as not being able to release when you do want to. This is a byproduct of the basic Eggbeater design, so there's nothing CB can really do about this unless they completely change it. Overall though, the simplicity, light weight, low maintenance, and clean looks of this pedal easily outweigh this one flaw.

[Dec 15, 2012]
JD
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Earlier versions very durable. Not expensive. Minimal maintenance in dry conditions. Great float for sucky knees.

Weakness:

Release on rock strike. Groove wear in soles. Small contact area/potential hot spots with less than uber-rigid soles.

I bought them early, and then another pair a couple years later, and then another. ALL are still running on my 3 bikes. Bent one spindle in a bad crash. Put it in a vise, bent it back, still going 3 years hence. Lubed every year max, rebuilt every 3-4. Maybe I've just been lucky or CB cut quality only after I bought my youngest pair. I'm 200 lbs nekid and hit the Rockies fairly aggressively and often. Been AMAZED at the toughness. Hate it when they release on impact but attentive riding and it's pretty rare. I think CB went cheap on these about the time 5"+travel bikes started going cheap and young-ins who think a line is about cocaine entered the sport- source of all the breakage issues, IMHO.

Similar Products Used:

Many

[Apr 12, 2012]
hoolie

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easy to use, clip in clip out. Lightweight. Affordable $60 shipped on sale. Good customer service. Great set of pedals for the price.

Weakness:

They are not as durable as Time or XT. They are really good, just not THE strongest if getting bashed into rocks. No way would I pay $120 with tax. Pedal frames dig into carbon soles, so use included protector. I just saved you $200.

I switched all 3 bikes to these, and I am happy. I was chasing grams and these are great considering how little they weigh. That gram game is over for me, and after bending a spindle, I may switch back to TIME or Shimano. BUT Crankbrothers warrantied, and took care of me, the newer set has no problems. I like these pedals alot for the mud. 2 of 3 bikes are single speed and I ride really hard, technical, rocky trails. These are impressive. 2 seasons on these. About 100 rides per set at 1-3 hr per rides.

Similar Products Used:

TIME (awesome), Shimano XT(awesome), Ritchey in 2001 (great)

[Jan 28, 2012]
adriatik
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

its realy super light and easy to cleat out.

Weakness:

Need view second to cleats in to shoe. It might loosing balance

for the expert only. And buy it if you have nothing to be spend for your bike.

[Aug 25, 2011]
Haines Mountain Biker
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Easy in. light.

Weakness:

cleats wore out in 200 miles off road. For me thats 1.5 weeks. Also wore bad grove into shoes. Had to use different shoes but same damage occurring. They release to easy and can't be adjusted

I will use these in winter spinning because the float is ridiculous and that's good for the living room but not much else.

Similar Products Used:

All SPD versions, speedplay, years with clips, platforms

[Jul 20, 2011]
mdemey
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

i must admit, they are hella light.

Weakness:

where to begin... they effed up my shoes, which effed up my knees, the spring snapped when i was 4 miles from my car, there was always slop in the stroke somewhere, after 6 months the wings had play. they're just bad.

these things cant be trusted. what you save in weight, you loose in damaging the soles of your shoe, and spring failure. i dont really care about mud shedding, spd's arent the best, but they are still really good. and they wont leave you stranded (like these did). i got tendinitis in my knees because of the play i was experiencing due to the grooves these things put in my shoes. so add it up. new shoes-100, doc copays for knee problems-60, and the feeling that they may fail at any moment-priceless. im buying some spd xtr's and not looking back.

Similar Products Used:

spd 520, spd 770, entry level crank bro egg beaters, egg beater sl's, wellgo w01.

[May 14, 2011]
prairie_plow
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light, Looks, Install doesn't need a standard pedal wrench.

Weakness:

I've heard of bearing problems but haven't serviced mine in 2 years and seem fine.

I've used the eggbeater sl's on my cross bike and hard tail for 2 years with no problems. I live in North Dakota so they are used in rain, mud, snow, gravel, single track, and etc. I ordered a pair of candy sl's so i didn't have to swap pedals between bikes and prefer the eggbeaters. eggbeaters shed mud better. 4 chilis because i'm not sure how long they will last. If i make it another season without overhaul they will get 5 chilis.

Similar Products Used:

Platforms

[Feb 10, 2011]
DiegoGTi
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Nice look, low weight, easy to clip in every postion and with mud, very easy and intuitive to unclip. Low maintenance, Durable and strong. Parts and accesories easy to buy. Nothing to adjust

Weakness:

Pricey but worth it

They are so good that I only wish that the 4 Ti (titanium) would be cheaper Cause this are great, but better if they were lighter.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Nov 07, 2010]
engrocha
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

light, easy to clip in and out, brilliant against mud which is always useful in scotland

Weakness:

Sometimes it's hard to clip at first and had a very few unintended unclips. Still this is my first pair of clipless pedals ever and i am very happy with them. Read a lot about these breaking at the minimum effort but to be honest my pair is 5 years old (6 months in my hands (feet :)) and they have hit many rocks and still working fine!

Good cheap pedals, brilliant on the mud! when these break i mayy try spds xtr as i am not a fun of having to rebuild them every year (even though i haven't tried it yet)

Cheers

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