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I have to upgrade pedals for one of my bikes. I am interested in trying Eggbeaters but have SPD's on both my bikes and don't want to deal with different cleats/shoes. So in the long run I would have to change pedals on my other bike as well. This would only be worth it to me if I'd be blown away from the Eggbeaters. I am comparing the EB with the M520. What I am looking for is:

1.) Ease of clipping in/out
2.) Accidental clipping out
3.) Performance in mud

I've read about the Eggbeaters but would be interested in the opinion of someone who made the transision. So were you blown away?
 

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the candys are good for #2 and #3.

EB's are easier to clip in i'm told.

The candys felt crude and harsh compared to the adjustable tension sliperey love of the spd 646's .
 

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I've used SPD's for 10+ years but like you was interested in trying the Eggbeaters.
I had the beaters on my road bike for a few months and now on my mtb for a few weeks.
Was I "blown away"? Well, no. It's still a clipless pedal. However, I will be buying another pair of Eggs or candies in the near future.

1. Just as easy as the SPD's, except that the Eggbeater can "roll" under your foot sometimes if you don't get on the pedal right. I want to try a pair of Candies on my mtb to see how the little platform helps.

2. Eggbeaters are much better, the extra float makes it harder to accidently pop out without having a high release tension like you need with SPD's. This is what really "makes" the pedal for me. Easy in and out with no accidental releases vs. the SPD's "either/or" design.

3. I haven't used the Eggbeaters in the mud yet, so can't speak from experience on that. But everyone else says...

One other thing I've noticed, the eggbeaters stick out farther from the crank arm than the SPD's and are rather pointy compared to the flat ends of the Shimanos. So they are a bit more prone to bruising up the inside of your calfs if you are unclipped in a fall or if you're like me and just careless when straddling your bike.
 

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carl1266 said:
1.) Ease of clipping in/out
Great. I had no issues from moment one (after many years on Look S2R clipless).
Some lighter riders have reported trouble.

2.) Accidental clipping out
Rare unless the cleats are extremely worn.
(Side note: properly aligned Eggbeater cleats do not wear quickly. do a search including my name for details.)

3.) Performance in mud
Perfect. The Eggbeaters do not clog and are better than the Candy or Mallet.

I bought one pair of Eggs' when first available. I now have 6 pair, a pair of Mallets and a pair of Quattro road pedals. On all my bikes except the commuter.
 

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I have been using Candy SL's and low end eggbeaters for 3 years now after switching from SPD because of poor performance in mud/winter/freezing conditions. The SPD's had an annoying tendency of either freezing you onto the cleat, or not allowing you back in when the temps were hovering just below freezing and riding in muddy wet conditions.
I have had no such problems since switching to Crank Brothers. The larger (simpler) spring mechanism does not get gunked up as easily and have never had a problem getting in or out in muddy/wet/freezing conditions.
The one strike I can give them is that if you bang a rock on the bottom of the pedal, it can unclip you inadvertantly by forcing the bottom of spring mechanism open. This is rare though and if I had better technique, I would never bang my pedal on rocks to begin with ;)
 

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Thanks for the answers. When you guys talk about SPD's, are you referring to the 520's I mentioned or another design? I believe it wouldn't be fair to compare eb to let's say the 505. So this is important to me. Thanks.
 

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I do not know the SPD models by number. I have never liked the performance of any of them.

Many of my riding buddies have dumped various SPD models for Eggbeaters or Candys.
 

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shiggy said:
I do not know the SPD models by number. I have never liked the performance of any of them.

Many of my riding buddies have dumped various SPD models for Eggbeaters or Candys.
I never had an issue with SPD's and I found the M520 on Ebay for $32. So I got them. Thanks everyone.
 

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I love the eggs to death, but sometimes they piss me off becasue if you bash them on a log or rock, your foot gets ejected, and sometimes while riding that is not a good thing.
Dave
 

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carl1266 said:
I have to upgrade pedals for one of my bikes. I am interested in trying Eggbeaters but have SPD's on both my bikes and don't want to deal with different cleats/shoes. So in the long run I would have to change pedals on my other bike as well. This would only be worth it to me if I'd be blown away from the Eggbeaters. I am comparing the EB with the M520. What I am looking for is:

1.) Ease of clipping in/out
2.) Accidental clipping out
3.) Performance in mud

I've read about the Eggbeaters but would be interested in the opinion of someone who made the transision. So were you blown away?
Eggs or Candy's

I have Candy's on all my bikes.

They were tested on a 24hr mud fiesta and they're worth every pennie.
 

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I run SPDs. Got Eggbeaters when they first came out, was impressed by the float and retention, and how well they work in mud. But I was annoyed by them rolling around on my sole when trying to clip in on steep techy climbs. Then 3 months later the bushings were worn out. Putting bushings in an xc pedal is moronic, because they wear out quickly. Yes, you can buy rebuild kits, but I refuse to own a pedal you have to rebuild several times a year. So I went back to SPDs.

If you ride often in conditions that clog SPDs, check out Times.
 
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