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I am currently on shimano xt's 352 grams. i need to find a lighter pedal and i really don't trust crankbrothers to give me a reliable pedal. i am seriously looking at Look Quartz carbon or carbon/ti's. i belive the redesign in '09 has resolved the issues of the '08 models. Can someone weigh in on this? I know the EB's have bearing's now and we will see how the changes affect longevity and reliability but i know i do not want a pedal that has bushings like exustar, etc. :confused: :skep:
 

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I've ridden SPD for almost 10 years but last year I tried out Quartz carbons to save some weight. They are a bit fiddly to get set up properly as the cleat has to be positioned perfectly and I hated the 20 degree release cleats. Once setup right and with the 15 degree cleats installed I like the pedals a lot. Very secure, yet fairly easy to get out of when you have to bail (with the 15s). After a busy season mine are still in great shape, though I've got no expectation that they will last as long as Shimano pedals (nothing does).

I did switch back to my 540's at the end of cyclocross season as I prefer the easier entry and exit of them for frequent dismounts.
 

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If you are used to SPD pedals and would like something with bearings, look into the Xpedo pedals. They are the performance brand of Wellgo and are really nice and light. Plus their customer service and warranties are excellent.
 

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I can't say enough about my Time Atac's. I have both the XS and XS Ti Carbon models (XS on Enduro, XS Ti Carbon on Epic).
Easy to get into and out of, adjustable, awesome in mud, tough enough to pound against rocks.

Give them a try and you won't be sorry.
 

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I ride Time Atacs as well. Love them. Haven't used any other clip-ins though so I cant relate to others but mine have been flawless over the past 2 seasons since I've purchased them.
 

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biglines said:
I am currently on shimano xt's 352 grams. i need to find a lighter pedal and i really don't trust crankbrothers to give me a reliable pedal.confused: :skep:
Why not? I've run eggbeaters for probably 6-7 years, they are on all my bikes and I've had one spring break in all that time... and that was on the third ride on new pedals.

I do tend to buy the higher end models... maybe that makes a difference, or maybe I'm just lucky.
 

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I run CrankBros. on ALL my bikes as well and I have since the first version (which I still have and ride) without one problem or breakage but I did break an SPD once (1996). Don't discount the EggBeaters without trying them, you may find out that they were just what you were looking for, and Crazy Light since that was your dilemma. I regularly jump my 4 Tis at the BMX track on my 29er just for Giggles and Grins.
 

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Crank Brothers has a 5 year warrantee now on thier new pedals. I am thinking harder about CB's. Another factor other than weight is i want a pedal that has some support. The Looks have shims and do put a lot of emphasis on how supportive thier pedals are. The eggbeaters do not seem to have any extra support other than the cleat area. The eggbeaters also have those elastic bands, are those there to stop the shoe from rocking on the peadal? Also people are running protection plates with the EB's, do thous do anything more than protect the shoe? What about the Candy's with thier platform? does that platform offer any extra shoe support? I do not want to be on a 3 hour ride and have the balls of my feet go numb because there is too much pressure.
 

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Biglines,
I have two sets of slightly used quartz pedals. one white set and another black.
I think I was down to 60 a pair.
they both come with two sets of cleats. team sponsor forced me to another pedal.
 

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I would go with eggbeaters. I have been riding mine for 3 seasons and they are still going strong. They shed mud incredibly well too.

I was at a race a couple weeks ago with a friend who had SPD's and he had major problems with clipping back in once it started getting muddy. I had no problems with my eggbeaters at all.

IMHO.
 

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I rode in the snow with a couple of friends today. One had xtr pedals one had eggbeaters and I had time atac pedals. The xtr caked with snow and after a couple of miles he could not clip in at all anymore. The eggbeaters and the times both worked fine the whole ride. After breaking eggbeaters in the past, I give the nod to time pedals.
 

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Can anyone compare the ease of disengagement from Egg beaters to time or shimano pedals? I currently have Time Atacs. They are amazing pedals as I love the definate engagement/disengagement. Are crank bros comparable to this or are they incredibly loose (almost too easy to get out of)
 

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EggBeaters

Just got four pairs of EggBeaters back from service.
Two of my pedals had broken spring and two other was so loose that shoe released from pedal all the time. I really hate these pedals. Last season I snaped two springs. Cleats worn out very fast aslo.
I'm using 4Ti and SL with titanium spindles. I also had some cheaper model also but during the first ride wing broke after hitting rocks few.

I'm going to change back to Shimano XTR pedals. Does anyone know if I can buy titanium spindles for new XTR pedals? Ward Industries maybe?
 

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you get the springs loose and break them because everytime you push on the pedal, you push on the pedal wings. That is not the way the CBs are supposed to work! Your shoes must have studs high enough to push on the pedal body and the sole of your shoe under the cleat must not touch the wings. This way, the spring work only when you clip or unclip.

There's a lot of shoes with studs not high enough to work properly with the CBs. That's why a lot of people complain about those pedals.
 

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That make sense!

Thank you very much for your post rondelalune!

Strange that I didn't got any feedback from CrankBrothers when they send pedals back to me. Even I write them long letter to explain the problem and wondering why the pedals get loose so fast.

I just checked my shoes. I'm using Mavic Fury and Sidi shoes.
Because eggbeaters eat sole under the cleat quite rapidly I have used spacers delivered with pedals or shoes. But these spacers only makes gap between pedal body and shoe studs bigger. So wings are eating sole even more. Also wings are pushed all the time when pedalling.

So to make pedals work as they should I tried to remove all the spacers.

Sidi winter shoes looks quit good, there is no gap and studs are not so soft giving good support against pedal body.

Mavic shoes have also almost high enough studs but material is very soft. When pressing shoe little bit studs gets flattened and then wings are touching shoe sole under the cleat.

Sidi shoes with replacable SRS sole (studs) are worst. Without any spacers there is still gap between studs and pedal body.

How to fix this problem? Is my only option to add height of the studs? Any recommendation how to do that? Should I add rubber to my shoes or modificate pedals???
 

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Is my only option to add height of the studs? Any recommendation how to do that? Should I add rubber to my shoes or modificate pedals???
That's exactly what i did to my specialized shoes. I glued a strip of thick hard rubber on the studs around the cleats.
Before this, i tried to put some tape around the pedal body, it's working too, but the tape is quickly torn off.

It would be great if a shoe brand made a special eggbeater sole, one with the right height and hard studs. the harder the studs are, the better is the power transfer. Ideally the studs should be replaceable and adjustable height.
 

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Since people asked about them, Action Tec titanium spindles for Shimano SPD pedals are available for $93 shipped from comcycleusa. I don't know anything about them other than what's in the description.

I'm using the 2011 XTR M980 310g SPD pedals and am happy with them.
 
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