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Speedplay or Eggbeaters(23 posts)

Speedplay or EggbeatersJoshua
Apr 24, 2002 6:09 PM
I am trying to decide what pedals to buy. I like the thought of the float and the ease of entry that i have heard the speedplays have, but the eggbeaters with their minimalist look are very apealing also. Any thoughts on the x/3's vs eggbeaters. I intend to really rack up some miles this summer at least a 100 a week and some local tri's also ( just for fun). Thanks as always
re: Speedplay or Eggbeaterssimstress
Apr 24, 2002 6:29 PM
I have no experience with the Eggbeaters. If you decide to get Speedplay, spend the extra to get the X-2's. The X-3's are not as durable and trouble-free. You may appreciate the low maintenance of the X-2's with your high mileage.
re: Speedplay or Eggbeatersgtx
Apr 24, 2002 7:25 PM
I'd compare the Frogs to the Eggbeaters--both allow you to use mtb shoes and walk around. Speedplay has a totally free float, the Eggbeaters are more like Time with a spring-loaded float (gentle tug back to neutral). The Eggbeaters will be better in mud, but that doesn't matter for the road.
Apr 24, 2002 7:34 PM
I second the motion for the X/2's. I've ridden on them for a year and it has been by far one of my best biking related purchases to date. Granted I'm a broke college student and cannot afford many of the luxuries that others on this board can...yet. So my pedals mean alot to me!
I agree, X/2'sTonyR
Apr 24, 2002 7:49 PM
I only know of one guy who rides with Eggbeaters, and he tends to cuss a bit as we leave traffic lights. I use
X-2's and always get away effortlessly. Plus, Speedplay has great customer support.
Do not, however, buy X-3 for anything other than a standbike.
Hope this helps.
On the subject,mickey-mac
Apr 24, 2002 8:02 PM
what's wrong with X-3s? I started using them about 6 months ago and have had no problems. Are they going to burst into flames in the next 500 miles? ;-) In all seriousness, what really sets the X-2 apart from the X-3 other than a few grams.
Apr 24, 2002 8:09 PM
Internally they differ (I forget how) and aren't built to the same spec as the X-2, hence they tend to be less durable. Hey I put X-3's on my stationary trainer, and they were fine all winter. Some folks on this board have had problems, however. If you're light (I'm not), and don't put in a ton of miles, I think they'll be fine, especially in warm, dry weather. Oh yeah, you can re-build X-2's, but not X-3's.

Apr 24, 2002 8:14 PM
I go between 175 and 180 and put on about 8700 miles last year. It sounds like I may not be the prime candidate for X-3s. I really bought them to experiment, with the ultimate goal of putting the 3s on my back-up bike and going with X-2s on my primary bike if everything worked out. I think I'm getting close to that point, as much as it pains me to think of putting Speedplays on my lugged Torelli EL-OS frame with a steel fork and quill stem. Oh well, tradition's not all it's cracked up to be anyhow.
Sounds Like a PlanTonyR
Apr 24, 2002 8:19 PM
I don't think they'll explode on you! Put them on the Torelli. I've got mine on my very obscure lugged steal frame, that never leaves the house anymore. If friends come over you can swap them out so no one knows. ;-}

The X-2's are great.

Apr 24, 2002 8:24 PM
you can make up for putting them on the Torelli by wearing Oakley Factory Pilots, Descente shorts, a polypro Avocet jersey and Dettos.
Apr 24, 2002 8:29 PM
Got it. I'm going to see if I can track down my old Cinelli hairnet and maybe a Le Coq Sportif yellow and black jersey that was my old favorite. I'm pretty sure the Dettos were jettisoned when I got married. Man, I wish I still had all the cycling gear I threw away over the years.
Apr 25, 2002 5:42 AM
mickey-mac, that's a good plan. the X3s are less durable - they have one bearing and one teflon bushing, and the X1s and X2s have more bearings (i think it was 2 cartridge and 1 needle, but I can't quite remember now). plus they're not rebuildable. that's all.
ah ha!! another college student on X2s!!!!!weiwentg
Apr 24, 2002 8:02 PM
why am I making such trivial posts ....
anyway, the X2s were among my best purchases.
and anothercollinsc
Apr 24, 2002 8:58 PM
and i agree.
did you have to eat ramen for a month to afford them? (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 25, 2002 7:12 AM
not quite ...weiwentg
Apr 25, 2002 12:25 PM
but we had to sell my sister. my brothers had already been sold to pay for tuition, and my left kidney to pay for room and board.
Eggbeaters do you no justice on carbon solestandemania
Apr 24, 2002 9:14 PM
I have tried EB on my Shimano MTB carbon soles while road biking. You can practically hear the the rubbing of the carbon and the pedal. My shoe has a huge imprint on the carbon after one month. I am only 100lbs, so weight is not a factor. I don't use EB for road biking anymore.
I suspected that may happen...biknben
Apr 25, 2002 5:40 AM
The rails of my Time MTB pedals have left huge indentations on my MTB shoes. When I saw the EBs, that was the first thing I thought of. The rails of the EBs are the similar but have an even smaller platform so I would expect them to be worse.

I would highly recommend the Speedplays over the Eggbeaters.
Eggbeaters are releading a road shoe cleat......K-Man
Apr 25, 2002 9:11 AM
should be at your shop in the next week or so.
I have been using the Eggs on my road bike since January (and MTB). I tossed back and forth between speedplay and the Eggs and decided on the Eggs just because of the $$deal I could get for the Eggs. Have been using my MTB shoes though since it has been too cold to break out the mesh road shoes....some time in the next week or two hopefully and will be able to try the new road cleats.

re: Speedplay or Eggbeaterspa rider
Apr 25, 2002 4:21 AM
The speedplays work best on the road. I use the frogs because I prefer the walking in MTB stiff shoes. I will purchase the x2 on my next bike and get covers.

I have two friends using the eggbeats on their MTB. Cleans mud great, but wears out the cleats fast. They look like shimano cleats, but you can only use their cleats on the eggbeater pedals (richey pedals can use shimano multi release cleat).

I don't see any advantage of the eggbeaters over speedplay pedals other than the cost of purchase.

Just my 2 cents.
Apr 25, 2002 9:36 AM
For the road, Speedplay X's hands down. The big benefits of EB's don't really seem to do anything for you on the road. Like Time ATAC's (which I prefer over EB's off road anyway) the main benefit is the ability to clear mud and get consistent release and entry in tough conditions. Not an issue in road riding.
So far as X1/2 vs 3's - I think its mostly the fact that X3's cost so much less that "offends" people.... I have a set of X3's and X1's. I have probably something like 10k miles on x3's - shot lube in them about every 2k miles - they still work like a charm. The X1's are stupid light, expensive and nice. Originally I had some problems with setting up my shoes with the shorter spindle of the 1's. This can also create a problem with going back and forth between the 1's and the 3's I have on different bikes. The 1/2's have bearing on both sides of the platform, the 3 uses a bushing and a bearing. I think the durability issue with 3's is bogus. If the sticker on the 2's is a bit high, I would not hesitate going with the 3's. Check out for what I found to be the best prices on Speedplay (x3: $89.95, x2: $129.95, x1: $179.95) - great service as well.
Thanks for the TipGregory Taylor
Apr 25, 2002 12:02 PM
I just bought their last pair of X-2's. For $130. Not bad!
re: Speedplay or Eggbeatersjc66502
Apr 25, 2002 5:44 PM
No experience with egg beaters, but untold thousands of miles on x/2's. sometime back, someone posted a query about componentry that you'd use if money was no object. I thought about it for a while and the only part on my bikes I would stick with no matter what was my x/2 pedals. for me, my knees, and my riding, they are perfect. a wonder of design: elegant, simple, light and functional. i think speedplay actually won a design award for them from a pestigious design/engineering magazine a few years back.