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Crank Bros Egg Beaters for Road?(8 posts)

Crank Bros Egg Beaters for Road?NeophyteRoadie
Aug 20, 2003 7:38 PM
I found a great deal on these pedals on closeout, do any of you use these on your road bike? I hear there is a special road bike cleat for the pedal, does anyone know where to buy this cleat? Thanks..
re: Crank Bros Egg Beaters for Road?fasteddie
Aug 20, 2003 8:13 PM
I moved a pair of Egg Beaters from my mtn bike to my road bike a few weeks ago and found no problems at all. No hot spots or anything. Entry not quite as easy as SPD, but nor worse than Look. Actually, I've also used my high-end mtn shoe as well. I generally ride solo on the road and had a couple situations were I had to hike a ways (yes, I do carry a cell phone). Can't do that very well on a road shoe (tried it ONCE).
re: Crank Bros Egg Beaters for Road?lancezneighbor
Aug 20, 2003 8:17 PM
I use them on all my bikes. I love them. They are especially great for commuting since they are so easy to get into at stop lights. I even splurged and got the triple ti ones for my racy bike. I'm interested in checking out the new platform versions, the candy and the mallet. The road cleats are easy to walk in. Why not use them?
I would recommend them....theweasonator
Aug 20, 2003 8:33 PM
I have them on my road and FS. I had Looks for years on the road bike and got the '02s on closeout for $50 for X-mas for the road bike... ended up shaving 80 grams.

I especially like the entry at lights also. Haven't had any problems with unexpected exits or dragging the pedal while cornering. I am using the regular cleat on Sidi's with the SPD adapter and have no probs...

I would say go for it, you won't regret it, except for the ribbing you might get from the die hard roadies who think it is sacrilige to put MTB parts on your roadie.
re: Crank Bros Egg Beaters for Road?lemmy999
Aug 21, 2003 5:16 AM
I have my egg beaters on my road bike while waiting for my Sidi Genius and BeBop SL pedals to come in. I am using my Sidi Dominator 2 shoes with the beaters. I have ridden about 40 miles and not had any problems with them. The shoe is not as stiff as a road shoe, but the pedal is fine and no hotspots. This may not be an issue if you use them on the road, but I got the clearance/closeout ones also (which are last years models or maybe the year before), and the bearings went bad fairly quickly. I don't know if it was because of mud & water but I have heard of many MTB riders having this problem with those early versions of the pedal. However, just keep your receipt because there is a 2 year warranty and they are VERY good at standing behind the product. There was a design change and they sent me some rebuilt pedals in the mail and then I returned mine to them. I think the design change was supposed to increase the durability of the bearings.
Check www.crankbros.comnewridr
Aug 21, 2003 6:26 AM
You can get the road cleats on the website.

I've been using my EB's since I bought my road bike a few months ago. Swapped them over from the mtb. I get a lot of looks and questions from die hard roadies asking how I like them. What really gets them is when I tell them how much lighter these babies are compared to their Look pedals.

Have fun!
I tried them and went back to Looksdzrider
Aug 21, 2003 9:51 AM
I had a real tough time getting clipped in because they are so much smaller than Looks or clips and straps. They were also less comfortable on long rides and not as well suited for riding in street shoes. I suppose that, in time, even I would have learned to get in easily, but the other factors made the learning curve feel very long.
Yes, but I think they work best with Mountain shoes...Fez
Aug 22, 2003 9:56 AM
Eggbeaters are probably not the best choice for road racing. But they are good for noncompetitive use on a road bike.

Lots of pluses - cheap, lightweight, simple design, 4 sided entry, 2 types of float, easy to click in.

The possible negatives:

1 Not very durable bearings on early models
2 Not the greatest cornering clearance
3 Releases a little too easy, especially if you inadvertently turn your leg out.

And although they have cleat designed for road shoe use, I firmly believe they work best with mountain shoes. So that brings up another question - do you want to use mountain shoes with Eggbeaters and your road bike?