In 2002 a California garage-based company released a revolutionary clipless pedal onto the bike industry. The original Eggbeater featured an open, mud-shedding design unlike anything else on the market. Not only was the pedal unique, but Crank Brothers design-savvy packaging and marketing made the product stand out.
I bought my first Cyclocross bike in 2002, and it needed some pedals. The Crank Brothers Eggbeaters fit the bill, and delivered immediate success with how easy they were to clip-into when remounting the bike. The design of the pedals are dead simple, and haven’t deviated from much from the original design over the last ten years. The four arms on the pedal are integrated into the visible center tension spring. That’s it, no fancy moving parts, no tension adjustments. The pedal just works, and the design allows you to literally throw your shoe at it from any angle to clip-in. The open bars also allow for serious mud shedding, an important feature during the constant dismounting and remounting of Cyclocross.
The cleat is just as simple as the pedal; it’s a tiny, extremely durable, nugget of brass that hides on the sole of your shoe. The cleat has two available installations orientations that offer either a 15 degree (quicker) or 20 degree release angle.
While I have purchased additional pairs of Eggbeaters over the years to use on various bikes, I still have my original set. This original set has endured several bearing-seizing winters in Minnesota, tens-of-thousands of miles on my training bikes, winning Cyclocross races, mountain bike races and even the occasional road race (when I forgot my road shoes at home). A few years ago the pedals developed some play and grinding in the bearings. Crank Brothers sells a rebuild kit for $15. Ten minutes and a little elbow grease later, the pedals functioned like new again.
Crank Brothers has grown to offer the Eggbeaters in many versions, some with titanium to save weight and some with platforms to increase stability, but it’s all still the same dead-simple, durable and functional design. I’m looking forward to another ten years with my Eggbeaters.
Marc Pro – Strava is sponsored by Crank Brothers for the 2012 race season. Check out all of their pedals, wheels, tools, pumps and more at crankbrothers.com