Crank Brothers Eggbeater 1 Mountain Bike Pedals

14 Mar

I used Shimano SPD cleats and pedals for several years without any problems. However, last year I started spending a lot more time riding in the mud and needed a pedal/cleat system that could handle these conditions better, so I switched all three of my mountain bikes over to Crank Brothers Eggbeater 1 Mountain Bike Pedals.

Crank Brothers Eggbeater Mountain Bike Pedals

Crank Brothers Eggbeater MTB Pedals

The open-body design of Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedals shed mud and snow like nothing else, so if you love muddy singletrack you will probably love these pedals as well. The pedals have a wide adjustable release angle (15 to 20 degrees) and a forged chromoly spindle with cartridge bearing seals to keep the dirt out. Because your cleats can engage the pedals on all four sides you never have to look down before clipping in. A pair of these pedals weight just 256 grams.

While these pedals shed snow, they are not so great when it comes to shedding ice. If you have to get off your bike and walk in slush for very long there is a good chance your cleats are going to clog up with solid ice, and I’ve found that very difficult to get rid of. So, if you are going to have to ride much in slush you might be better off with something like the Odyssey JCPC Pedal (no cleats).

Crank Brothers Eggbeater 1 Mountain Bike Pedals retail for $60 a pair (including brass cleats) and come with a two-year warranty. If you have several mountain bikes you would like to change over to these pedals, talk with your local bike shop about buying them all at the same time—you will probably get a better price.

If you are a Weight Weenie you might be interested in the insanely lightweight Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11 pedals. The four main parts of this pedal are made of titanium and they only weigh 174 grams per pair. The downside is that they cost $425 a pair (I don’t plan on purchasing these anytime soon).


Tags: , , , ,

3 responses to “Crank Brothers Eggbeater 1 Mountain Bike Pedals

  1. AndrewGills

    March 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    I always wondered why some people rode with those funny looking clip ins. I thought they looked awkward compared with normal MTB clip ins but now see that they are probably the best option 🙂 Though $425 is a lot so I’ll probably be getting some of the cheaper variety (especially given I have a steel framed MTB)

  2. lawfarm

    March 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    One note for Andrew (and for ACC)…I agree that the 11s are ridiculously priced. But the upgrade in bearings and construction from the Eggbeater 1 to the 2 or 3 is well worth it. I run both Eggbeater 2s and 3s, and had 1s for a while…the 3s are worth a premium over the other two, and the 2s are well worth the premium over the 1s.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


My view, my style

Israel's Good Name

Voyages and Experiences in Israel

Grow With Me, Child.

My Journey of Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom

Les Posen's Presentation Magic

It's time for a paradigm shift in how presentations are performed. One presenter's blog on how to present as if all your audience members had a brain.


...finding perfection in imperfection daily.


Just ride...

Bike Like Crazy

whatever the weather

Ferrell's Travel Blog

Commenting on biblical studies, archaeology, travel and photography


Steve Wolfgang's view of the world from suburban Chicago -- or wherever he may be on any given day

It's A Marathon AND A Sprint

And a 10K and a 200 Mile Bike Ride and an Obstacle Race and Anything Else We Find!

Shannon E. Williams

Gather. Discover. Cultivate.


Thru Hiking and Bicycle Touring the worlds best trails

the drunken cyclist

I have three passions: wine, cycling, travel, family, and math.


Cycling and weightlifting, mostly

Long Distance Cycling Cleveland

We host a series of long distance preparation rides each weekend from January - June in the Cleveland, Ohio area

Kerrie Is Running*

*trying to run


healthy tasty food that I love to make and eat and share


Diabetes, Cancer Survivor, Cycling, Photographer, Exercise, College Parent, Twins, Boy Scout Leader, Life

Travel Tales of Life

Travelers. Adventurers. Storytellers.


KITESURFING, CYCLING, SUP: ramblings, idiocy and not much more

Fatbike Brigade

Exploring the world on fatbikes

A Sierra Fatty

A Dyslexic Journalism journal about downhill, fatbike, cyclocross, dual slalom, snowbike, adventure, bikepacking, xc, dh, enduro, ridebikeswithfriends, paddleboard, snowboard, ski, cross-country ski




What happens when a medical doctor becomes a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom

Raising Jordans

Eat. Play. Learn.


Running and Laughing through the Garden State


Inspiring Your Outdoor Adventures

The Bro Code

Putting The Hero Back In Action

Fat Girl to Ironman

My five year journey to awesomeness...




Always Thinking, Reading About, and Up To Something

35,000 Miles of Experiences, Adventures and Thoughts

Thoughts, views and opinions of a northwest cyclist and adventurer

Sports Bras And Sippy Cups

This Mama Lifts More Than Just Babies!

A Promise to Dad

"You don't have anything if you don't have your health"

Triathlon Obsession

Triathlon, Sport and Healthy Living

The Chatter Blog

Living: All Day Every Day: Then Chattering About It

ride your heart out. washington d.c.

Fit Recovery

Stay Clean Get Fit

Chatter Gets Fit

From Couch Potato to Triathlete to Ultrarunner... My Journey

%d bloggers like this: