Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 Pedal

3.2/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $120.00


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Product Description

The open design of the Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 pedal offers quick, 4-sided engagement and sheds mud easily.


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rider8

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2014

Strengths:    Light. Sheds mud. Easy in and out.

Weaknesses:    Bearings are crap.

Bottom Line:   
This is a story of a once proud brand gone wrong. I had a set of Eggbeater SL and also 4Ti that I rode for years and countless miles until both sets wore out. They worked flawlessly and got every penny of use out of them. Then I replaced with the new Eggbeater 3 pedals. I also moved both of my sons to Eggbeater 3s. Bearings have failed on nearly half of the sets. Some with minimal riding and used by very light riders. One pedal completely bound up. I sent one set in for warranty work after three months. It is not clear to me how Crank Brothers got from the top of the heap to their current state. It seems like an easy fix. Which is exactly what I am going to try next. Replace the bearings with after market Boca bearings as a trail run on a couple of sets. Hope it works.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by 1241632 a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2013

Strengths:    Float, oh the float! My knees (and the rest of my legs) love these. Easier to get into than candys, acids and mallets. Looks great/crazy.

Weaknesses:    Float, so much so I wouldn't take them on a trail.

It's a Crank Bros product, so I fully expect it to snap in half and dump me on my face sometime soon (like my last pair of Crank Bros pedals did).


Bottom Line:   
I've ridden various clipless pedals since I was 16, so that's 14 years now. Horses for courses, and these go great on my commuter bike, due to the float. And not just left-right, there is a bit of toe-in/toe-out float as well that the rubber of my (commuter) shoe and the platform on the other Crank Bros pedals would prevent as I pedal.

But because of this loose connection to the pedals, I'd be a bit worried taking these on any kind of technical trail.

Also, they are noticeably easier to get into than the platformed Crank Bros pedals (I always use the kick-forward style of clipping in, not stomping downwards or going backwards). About the same level of difficulty as Shimano SPDs IMHO.

I find clipping out to be almost the same on all Crank Bros pedals, only exception is if the rubber on your shoes touches the platform it naturally requires a bit more force. If you can learn to keep your ankle loose as you take foot off the pedals, you'll naturally clip out (keep ankle loose -> foot twists as you move it sideways off the pedal) whenever you put a foot down, or are panicking as you are about to crash. Honestly, I think I'd put my foot down just as quick with clipless as with flat pedals. I do ride flats on the freeride bike, but that has to do with the time it takes to clip in.

Crank Bros reputation for reliability is well documented, I don't need to add my opinions here, but make sure you get these from somewhere with good warranty service.

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Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SPDs both bare and with platform, Crank Bros Candy 1s, Mallet 2s, Acid 2s

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Bad Boy, Lefty Headshock, Schwalbe Kojak 35-559, Alfine 8 speed

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jparman a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2013

Strengths:    ease of entry/exit. relatively light weight. they look cool.

Weaknesses:    I am not satisfied with the 2 years of use that I got out of these pedals. It is a 125$ pedal. It should last more than two years. I just find this unacceptable.

Bottom Line:   
Overall I am happy with the performance however after 2 years of riding they are ready for the bin due to wear/play that even a rebuild wouldn't fix. I had a pair of times that lasted over 10 years and they still spin smooth. They are relatively heavy but I imagine I could get another 10 years out of them.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Thys a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2012

Strengths:    Light, rebuildable

Weaknesses:    Play on the cages really quick.
Bearing needs to be regreased, allmost every 3 m.
If it concerns the looks the anodistation of the spring gets off really easy


Bottom Line:   
I started to use the eggbeater pedals in 2008 due to knie problems (eggbeater SL).
Yea knie problems solved so i am happy with the pedals.
Click in and out verry good.

First good impression, but then it starts...
2 years, worn bearing, play on the cages.
- Really nice if you ride the Cape Epic and your pedals start to make noize.

Bearings should be improved so i bought the eggbeater 3 pedal.
At first nice to see that the pedal has a bearing inside in stead of the plasic bushing.
First impression of the pedal is really good.
But then...
If the pedal lasts for 2 year about 5000km on one bike you are lucky.
Off course crankbrothers will replace in warranty.
Only i can not do a multi stage event without having to worry if my pedals hold up.
And i do not want to start rebuilding them on site, other things on my mind then.

That the cleats attack the shoe, there i can live with.
Only the sealing of the pedal is crap, i have to regraese 4 times a year and even then the pedal axe becomes damaged.

After using them almost 5y i'm fed up with it.
I want a bomb proof pedal!
Going to try the time atac pedal

I find it very strange that i'm one of the only guys that negative over the pedals.
If i'm looking arrount to my friends they have the same opinion over the pedals.
Is it due to the endurance mountainbiking?
Do i demand more of the pedals?
Who nows... riding with these pedals is too expensive for me :)

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Favorite Trail:   Up & down

Duration Product Used:   +2 years

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Bike discount / Van

Similar Products Used:   SPD XT pedals
SPD XTR pedals
Eggbeater MXR pedals - 3 sets on one year


Bike Setup:   Radon XT - with eggbeater SL pedals
Cannondale Rush with eggbeater SL pedals
Thompson roadbike with candy pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wintersolstice a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2012

Strengths:    Quick, easy to use, light, solid

Weaknesses:    Very small

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden eggbeaters since they originally came out, including some of the other Crank Brothers variants such as the mallet.
Compared to the years I spent on Look, Shimano, and SPD, these are my all time favorite pedals. The engagement is great - you're either in or you're not, and there's no waffling like some pedals provide. The release is crisp and easy, especially once the cleats are broken in a bit.

I would heartily recommend these on road/mtb for anyone who is serious about clipless pedals. These aren't good with soft shoes.

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Similar Products Used:   Look, SPD, Crank Brothers Mallets


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by seemlessstate a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2012

Strengths:    light, good looks, simple, rebuildable, and they do shed mud pretty well as advertised. you dont need a pedal wrench to install/uninstall

Weaknesses:    the anodizing on the springs comes off REALLY easily. after one ride, the red has flaked off pretty badly, and I expect after 3-4 months will be completely gone.

you really cant just ride your bike without your cleated shoes. I use my bike to run around the part of town where I live, and these make it somewhat impractical for that. i almost bought Candy's, but opted for these cause they were red, and the store only had the base model candy.

I havent gotten very good at engaging them and they feel a little funny to disengage. theres something about the angle that just feels awkward. im just not used to them, so im sure that after a while, I will get used to it, but after a week of riding them, it feels un-natural.


Bottom Line:   
they work great, look cool, and can be rebuilt. they also are a svelte stainless steel, and everyone knows thats cool!
Im not sure how much better they are over egg beater 1 or 2's, or worse than 11's. these fall right in the middle of the range, which is what I usually buy with any part.

Im happy with them.

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Purchased At:   bike source

Similar Products Used:   shimano, look, time

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight, 10 speed Shimano SLX/XT stuff, RockShox Sektor Mavic crossride. avid elixir 7's, Specialized FastTrak 2.2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by htfu_aaron a Racer from Webster Groves, MO

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2011

Strengths:    Light, sheds mud

Weaknesses:    Clip in and out sound and feeling is vague

Bottom Line:   
I rode EggBeaters for a number of months, thought I wanted to try Time ATAC (alium), but ended up coming back to the EggBeaters. Originally my only complaint with the EggBeaters was that they're vague in their engagement/disengagement so sometimes I wasn't sure if I was actually clipped in or not. When the cleats were new I had a couple cyclocross dismount mishaps but once the cleats wore in it was fine. I'm using the 3s and compared to the SLs the bearing spin very nice. I never had any durability issues with my SLs (on another bike used much less frequently) but the 3s have been rock solid even after the abuse of cyclocross dismounts and mounts. I wouldn't mind trying the Candy 3's but the EggBeater 3s have been great for me.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SPD, Time ATAC

Bike Setup:   Stumpy carbon hardtail 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rad Rider 415 a Cross Country Rider from PA

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2011

Strengths:    Easy to get in and out of, rebuild-able,5 year warranty

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
Work great even in the mud. I have been riding them for over a year now and feel like brand new, just take them apart once a year and re grease and go. Don't buy the cheap ones, they will go out within a few months of hard riding and it is worth the extra dough for the good ones.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Gretna

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   the cycle works

Similar Products Used:   Egg beater mxr and sl

Bike Setup:   Redline D440

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Diego Rodriguez a Cross Country Rider from Ellicot City, Maryland, USA

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2011

Strengths:    Over 1/4 lbs lighter than Shimano M770 XT pedals. Clears mud better than any other pedal I have had.

Weaknesses:    smaller platform if you do not have a xc style shoe (not good for DH shoes.

Bottom Line:   
Solid product, fully rebuildable (unlike my Shimano's) great for anywhere that has mud. Buy if you are into light weight, simple beautiful product

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco Valley State Park: McKeldin Area

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Bikes Online

Similar Products Used:   Time, Shimano, Speedplay

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Carbon Rush, Cobalt wheels, Cobalt 3 bar, Tundra saddle, EB3 pedals

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by cracksandracks.com a Cross Country Rider from aspen, co

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2010

Strengths:    easy to clip into

Weaknesses:    hard to clip out when under a load.

Bottom Line:   
these pedals suck. i've ridden spd pedals for 15 years, and i bought these for the weight savings, and it was a pretty big mistake, because i couldn't release from the pedals. they release fine at the trailhead but not when under load. i crashed 3 times - one of them pretty severely - because my right pedal wouldn't release when i couldn't clean an obstacle.

unless you use a full carbon shoe, there's not enough platform underfoot and you'll feel the pedal pressure your foot.

i bought some shimano xtr spd pedals to replace them. i don't know why i swtiched from xt/xtr pedals in the first place. could have saved myself some serious cuts/scrapes and bruises to myself and my bike.

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Favorite Trail:   mushroom rock

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   shimano 959 spd

Bike Setup:   2010 niner rip 9

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