I switched to the Crank Brothers Egg Beater 1 pedals after using SPD clips with Wellgo pedals for many years. I never really had any complaints with the SPD pedals, except for clipping back in with mud build up. I also had not tried anything else to have a comparison with. I really like the functionality of the Egg Beaters, but I did have bearing problems after one season with these Egg Beater 1 pedals. However, I did like the functionality of them enough to replace them with another set of Crank Brothers pedals, but this time with the Candy 3 pedal that has a better bearing package and a small mini cage around the clip spindle.
I did liked the tension adjustability of the SPD pedals, but thought I would try out something new and a little more simple. The biggest thing I noticed with the Crank Brothers pedals is that I have less issues getting clipped in on the fly and rarely does mud get in the way of me getting clipped in. The cleat seems to clean out quite easily and naturally in the process of clipping in. My biggest negative is that there is no adjustment, but after a season of use, they were still functioning aside from the bearings coming loose.
I liked the functionality of them enough to buy another pair, but upgrading to better bearings with the Candy 3 model. I’ve used the Candy 3 model for a season now with no problems. I will mention, that I think the clip in functionality is slightly better with the Candy model. I think the mini cage around the 4 position spindle, helps find the correct clip in position quicker. One other thing I have noticed on the Egg Beater pedals in comparison to the Candy 3 pedals is that the wings on the Egg Beater 1s are stamped steel and I can see how they have worn faster and even bent slightly vs the stainless wings on the Candy 3 pedal that are in really good shape still.
Other Parts In The Box
Standard Cleats – The pedals come with Crank Brothers Premium Cleat with a 6º float and either a 15º or 20º release angle depending on how you mount the cleats on your shoe. I mount mine with the 20º release angle. These obviously came with mounting bolts as well.
Plastic Shims – Each pedal and cleat set also comes with plastic shims for mounting your cleats to your shoe. The pedals rely on contact with your shoe tread, so shims are provided with the pedals to set the proper height of the cleat on the bottom of your shoe.
0º Float Cleat – Crank Brothers also sells a 0º float with a 15º release angle. I personally like a lot of float, so these are not an option for me and I have not tried them.
Tread Contacts – If you happen to use shoes with very worn out or low tread, then Crank Brothers also sells plastic shims that mount on the pedals to raise the contact surface of the pedals to your shoe tread. The shims are made from 30% glass filled nylon, so I would expect them to be very rigid and not your traditional cheap plastic. I have not needed to use the shims yet myself.
Shoe Shields – These are stainless steel shields that mount between your cleats and shoes to protect your soles when tightening down the cleats. I just ordered a pair of these for my Winter Fat Bike Boots (Lake MXZ 303 boots). There was a warning on the bottom of the boot to use the Shoe Shields with Crank Brothers cleats.
Reason For My Ranking
I would have ranked these much higher if it wasn’t for the bearings loosening. I did find out that Crank Brothers has a 2 year warranty, so I will be sending them in for warranty coverage. I really like the functionality of them, but a bearing failure of any kind in 1 season is not acceptable. Like I said above though, I liked the functionality enough to try the Candy 3 pedals with a better bearing package and all around better material selection. These would have come in right behind the Candy 3 ranking if the bearings would have held up.
– Work great in mud
– Easy finding and clipping in after first couple uses
– Simple design
– Bearings are replaceable
– Bearings failed after 1 season
– No adjustability
– First couple times clipping in are tight
– May require pedal shims that are extra cost
– Some shoes (Lake MXZ 303) requires use of shoe shield which is also extra cost