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
-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
Weaknesses: -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.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: December 15, 2012
Strengths: Earlier versions very durable. Not expensive. Minimal maintenance in dry conditions. Great float for sucky knees.
Weaknesses: 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.
Strengths: Easy to use, clip in clip out. Lightweight. Affordable $60 shipped on sale. Good customer service. Great set of pedals for the price.
Weaknesses: 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.
Weaknesses: 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.
a Cross Country Rider
from saratoga, ca
Date Reviewed: July 20, 2011
Strengths: i must admit, they are hella light.
Weaknesses: 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.
Bike Setup: ibis mojo, xt wheels, fox talas rlc fork with 15mm thru axel, adjustable joplin seatpost.
a Cross Country Rider
from North Dakota
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2011
Strengths: Light, Looks, Install doesn't need a standard pedal wrench.
Weaknesses: 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.
a Cross Country Rider
from Medellin, Colombia
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2011
Strengths: 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
Weaknesses: 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.
Bike Setup: Trek 8500 15", Rock Shox SID World Cup Fork, Bontrager Race X - Lite (Wheelset UST, Seatpost carbon - ACC, Bar Ends & Stem) Race Bontrager Inform RL Saddle, XTR Chain, Hutchinson Phyton Light, Bontrager Race XXX Lite Handlebar, XT Group, Crank Brothers Eggbeaters SL pedals
a Weekend Warrior
from Perth, UK
Date Reviewed: November 7, 2010
Strengths: light, easy to clip in and out, brilliant against mud which is always useful in scotland
Weaknesses: 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)
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 4, 2010
Strengths: Simple, works, tough, rebuildable, and no frills
I had an original version of this pedal last 5 years, eight 24 hour races, 3 rebuilds, 8 sets of cleats, and finally had to retire that original due to worn beaters, they got too thin for new cleats to grip. Replaced with a newer version and riding them for 2 years now., this is a perfect winter pedal/ mud and all around good buy.
Bike Setup: Surly, Pugsley fat tire bike and Haro, SS Mary 29er.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bartlett, TN, USA
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2010
Strengths: Cheap, light, shed mud, strong
Sorry, but I really don't get where these are weak pedals. Iv'e had them for over a year and I ride about 4-5 times a week. These things have no play in them and no damage after banging them on hundreds of tree roots/log crossings. While banging them on concrete may damage them, normal riding doesn't hurt them! Plus, they're super light, very easy to clip in/out of and are incredibly cheap as far as pedals go. Buy them!!!
Strengths: Lightweight, shed mud, easy to clip into....
Weaknesses: Fall apart/need rebuild kit after EXTREMELY short period of time. I'm sick of Crank Brothers. They are running a racket. The pedals they design are like a town hwore: always needing servicing, but always for a fee. Where's the warranty you promise? After so many times around the block with you would you at least give me a reach around?
Don't buy 'em!!! Go buy XTR's!!! Thats what I did after being so foolish as to buy THREE (3) thats right 3 sets of pedals from Crank Bros! I've had my XTR's for 8 months and have smashed them on more rocks (sometimes on purpose just to inspire more confidence) and put more miles on them than on all my craptackular crank baby pedals combined. Crank Bros, more like Crank Ho's.
Bought these after riding 11 years on the same M747's. These *could* be the answer to all you clipless needs. Easy setup, great float, and sheds mud without liberal amounts of PAM. The quality is the absolute worst. My pair came missing a right side spindle nut, had a ruptured seal, and a bad bushing. CB sent a rebuild kit under warranty...100km later the left puked the bearing. Turns out the bore was machined undersized (I'm an ME). Back to CB for warranty repair...the bearing fits but after everything is torqued, the pedal has about 1mm of play side to side. Does anybody check what they ship!?! I live in the Middle East so I don't have the luxury or fast shipping or a good LBS. I have to depend on my parts! CB, you used to have a great product, quit outsourcing to China and help pull American industry out of the toilet. One Chili because I can't even use or sell this junk.
Similar Products Used: oldskool M747, OEM SPD knockoffs
Bike Setup: ancient Trek 6500, Jamis Dragon 29, Origin 8 Scout 29 SS
a Weekend Warrior
from Melbourne, Australia
Date Reviewed: April 5, 2010
Strengths: Easiest to clip in, very light, simple
Weaknesses: Latest version rusts!
I have used Eggbeaters SL pedals for many years which include frequent wet riding. I always buy the SL for the main reason of preventing rust, especially the spindle but also the wings. With the latest set I bought, I found that CB have snaged the pedals' spec - the spindle in no longer stainless steel, it is now chromoly. I was very upset but left it, but thinking perhaps it's time to move on. But I found after a single wet ride, the wings ALSO rusted!! And it is marketed as stainless steel. I call this stealing and lying.
Similar Products Used: Eggbeater SL pedals for many years
from Portland, OR, USA
Date Reviewed: February 18, 2010
Strengths: Simple, elegant retention system that sheds mud superbly. Symmetric pedal for use cross-threaded on tandem. Light and relatively inexpensive.
Weaknesses: Not so durable or strong. Frequent cleat replacement; bearings easy to pump grease through but nonetheless not so tough; relatively weak axles.
The Eggbeaters are a great idea - the engagement system is simple and light, and superb in mud - there is no better pedal for cyclocross. Unfortunately, the sacrifices that make these light and affordable make them a pain. Creaks are common, and I've had bearings literally come apart in the pedal ("why is the pedal sliding side to side all of a sudden?"). The worst is axle strength; I've broken two axles on my road/cross bike right at the stress riser where the axle tapers to a thinner profile. In one case the break appears to have been a long-developing crack (the pedal came off just while pedalling out of the saddle). I didn't crash either time, but breaking an axle coming down from a jump can have some major negative consequences. Good reason to make sure the trip home is downhill...
For the record, while I'm just shy of 200 pounds (at 6'5"), I'm the kind of rider who doesn't break stuff very often. These are the only pedal axles I've ever broken in 20 years of riding and racing on all sorts of terrain and bikes.
Crank CS has been great - when I sent in the first broke axle, they threw in a full rebuild on both pedals and an extra set of cleats. And I still use the pedals (I'm sort of committed with them on all my bikes). I guess I'd have trouble recommending them to big riders and/or rugged use until they redesign the axle to be a bit stronger.