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By AB1990 - Posted on 29 December 2013

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

Hi All,

I'm sure you have all probably seen this question a few times, but I'd like some advise if possible

I'm looking for pedals similar to the Crank Brothers Eggbeaters but possible in a cheaper price frame, any suggestions? or would it be best to stick with a brand such as that?


MrSarcastic's picture

Have you looked at getting a set of Shimano M-520. You can get the M-520 for about $20-$30 on the internet.

hawkeye's picture

Depends on how much you like spending time and money maintaining stuff. If you like doing that, sure go Crank Bros. Me, not so much. I prefer to go ride.

So, while I love the minimalist look and low weight of CB pedals, it's Shimano pedals for me. They just work. For years.

noobeasechicks's picture

Yer I am with Hawkeye Shimano Pedals are fantastic and seem to work for years. I have a set of the M-520 and they are fantastic they just haven't missed a beat. The crankbrothers pedals however look pretty cool but are considerably more expensive than the shimano set. If you break the cb pedals then you would have to spend a lot of money to replace them but not with the shimano's.

stefan43's picture

have to admit, I'm still on eggbeaters. every time I try something else going back to the eggbeaters is like coming home.
but would I recommend them? - hell no!

Hugor's picture

Most crankbrothers stuff looks great but has longevity issues.
I actually like their pedals though and have them on most of my bikes.

crank's picture


Aliums are a little heavy but very reliable. XC6s are a nice compromise between weight and dollars.

Oldernslower's picture

Shimano since 1990 - However my modified SPD pedals weigh 100 grams each Smiling. Not having tried other makes I can't say they are better or worse, just relatively reliable. Once we have pedals with proper bearings I may move to them IF the stack height and weight is low enough.

(Stack height = the height above the axle centre the shoe sits (FWOBE), Shimano is still the lowest I believe)

hawkeye's picture

OK, spill the beans. How did you do it? Smiling

Dicko's picture

I am trying out the Look S Track at the moment

Very little float - so not for everyone. But if you want a secure solid feel - large contact area and light weight (240gms pair) these maybe the go.

2 year full return warranty which is also promising.

Oldernslower's picture

Used a defunct XTR set - replaced axles with TI ones, made clip in one sided (same as a roady - and pedal clip in face is always at same position no matter the cranks rotational position (rear facing and vertical), so can clip in the same way each time - took about a weeks riding to be automatic clip in). Removal of a little unrequired material - can get them lighter but lost motivation once I'd done the above, though may just see how light I can get them next time I'm bored Smiling. Had no problems with them after around 8 months of regular use, and no probs clipping in.

But I don't like the Shimano loose balls as a bearing (if it can be called that), the Look S-Track pedal has better cartridge bearings.

AB1990's picture

Hi all,

Cheers for all the info....with the amount I'm willing to spend it'll seem more reasonable to stick with the Shimano

You guys advised me some I didn't look into previously so once again thanks!

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