Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11 Ti Pedals Review

Words and photos: Steve Walker

A kiss is just a kiss. Well you’d be wrong. Some kisses are more meaningful than others and some can get you into a world of trouble (financially anyway). Now what the hell has this got to do with pedals I hear you ask? A pedal is just a pedal, right? Once again you’d be wrong.

The pedal is one of only two contact points from your body to your bicycle (the other being your grips of course). If you run clipless pedals then it is imperative you get the right one for the type of riding you intend to do.

Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11 Ti pedals.
Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11 Ti pedals.

Captain, we’re down on power

Here’s the thing (and it’s something I’ve only just learned). People (myself included) spend thousands of pounds on overpriced (mainly carbon) BS in order to save a pound of ‘overall’ bike weight here and there. You know what I mean? The carbon frameset, the XTR mech over the XT or the carbon lever brakes over the stock aluminium ones. The difference in price is mind blowing and yet, in the grand scheme of things, it actually means very little to how your pride and joy feels when you are down the woods. If you feel like you’re down on power then the quickest fix is (apart from wheels/tyres), believe it or not, the pedals you push and the shoes you push them around in.

Rotary club

Rotational weight (along with a diet of lentils and rice) is the most important thing on an XC racer’s mind and that’s where these ‘super bling’ gold babies come into play. They (when paired with, say, a Mavic Fury shoe) turn an effortless rotational circle, to the point where you feel you can push two gears harder down the block. It’s difficult to imagine that pedals and shoes can make that much difference, but they do.

If there were a pedal that would become chairman of your local rotary club, then this would be it.

A good set of pedals such as these combined with a quality pair of shoes will see you going through the gears like there's no tomorrow.
A good set of pedals such as these combined with a quality pair of shoes will see you going through the gears like there’s no tomorrow.

The bank job

Unless you’re a corporate fella then you may well have to pull a bank job to buy the Egg Beater Ti pedals. The full-bodied titanium Crank Brothers pedals are staggeringly expensive, £379.99 worth of stagger in fact. However if you’ve just spent two and a half grand on a carbon frame, then an extra three hundred notes means little really. Or does it?

Hang on

Disappointingly our goldies aren’t quite as light as they should be. When weighed on my butcher’s scales they came in nearly fifty grams heavier than their claimed weight. Now in the grand scheme of things fifty grams is nothing to lose a lot of sleep over. However, we are talking nearly £400 for a set of pedals here and not £50.

Minimal and lightweight, although these ones aren't quite as light as they're claimed to be.
Minimal and lightweight, although these ones aren’t quite as light as they’re claimed to be.

Get in…

Having used Shimano pedals for years I have to say that I did find clipping into the Crank Brothers pedals difficult. My first experience with them left me with a stubbed toe, a scraped shin and a trip over the bars. However, it is not as bad as it sounds. Once I got used to the engagement and disengagement process I found the pedals easy to use. Here’s the ‘hot bottom’ line. Shimano clipless pedals are easier to get into, Crank Brothers Egg Beaters are easier to get out of. It’s like getting married and divorced I suppose. Only you can decide which suits you better.

Clipping-in to the Eggbeaters is a little bit of a different experience to Shimano pedals, but you get used to it quickly. Overall very good pedals, but then that is reflected in the price.
Clipping-in to the Eggbeaters is a little bit of a different experience to Shimano pedals, but you get used to it quickly. Overall very good pedals, but then that is reflected in the price.

Verdict

Is all that glitters really gold?

Well is it? Look I tell it as I see it and for me personally in my quest as a ‘new born’ cross country racer I need every little bit of wattage on the uphills I can find, so if I can use a pedal and shoe combo that is as good (and lightweight) as it gets, then I’m a happy racer. The Eggbeater 11 pedals certainly fall into that bracket and I haven’t had any reliability issues to date so they’ll be staying on my race bike. On the flip side, if you’re just going for a pootle around the woods then I can’t really see much point in spending 379 of your hard earned on the Eggbeater 11 Ti pedals.

Hang on a minute, if all you are doing is riding (and not racing) around the woods then was there any need to spend two-grand plus on that new carbon frame?

Food for thought and lots of different kisses.

Butch

Price: £379.99
More information: Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11
UK distribution: 2Pure

  1. Warren Bates

    Do you not contact your bike at the saddle too? Must be tough riding stood up all the time. ;-)

    1. James McKnight

      Butcher’s clearly so obsessed with weight that he’s lost seat and post. He’s full of innovation see. Plus he’s got thunder thighs to keep him pushing the pedals all day long.

  2. serge the seal of death

    Thunder thighs, good name for a meat cut.
    have you found any issues with pressure points due to them being so small.

    1. 'Butch'

      No issues serge……only been used with carbon mavic furys though. May be a different story with a softer soled

  3. Steven Hardwick

    Bit pricey Steve, even for Ti. Did you use them on the cross bike?

    1. 'Butch'

      Yes Steve, both mountain bike and cross bike,

  4. James

    50grams of difference is the same as the claimed difference between dura ace and 105 pedals, and £100 of difference.. what is the total weight to start with?

    Also as its Cranx Bros any idea what the bearing life is like?

  5. 'Butch'

    James.
    Pedals weighed in at 224 grammes.
    Bearing life, so far, so good.

  6. David+Hunt

    I have some candy pedals (eggbeater plus a small platform). The pedal fell off the bearing on one of the first set I had, but the second pair have been good (crank bros have taken note of comments about poor bearings). The extra platform gives you more to stand on, reducing pressure points on your feet, but obviously they weigh more. (Plus my pedals are not titanium spindles)

  7. David+Hunt

    Oops my silly iPhone just pasted part of an email-sorry!

    1. James McKnight

      Made a quick change to that for you David, darned iPhones eh?

  8. yetitim

    Weight is great and these are top for racing But….Ti is not hard wearing and these will wear out in a fraction of the time that stainless egg beaters will. Mine ended up with razor sharp edged flattened wires.

  9. 'Butch'

    Good grief Tim, that sounds dangerous.
    Any chance of some pictures of the razor pedals?

  10. chris-m

    A good, honest review Butcher. A good twist, as always, to the norm.
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    I don’t think any brand is without it’s flaws, Butcher, but Crank Bros do seem to have their fair share! From their wheels to their pedals, I’ve seen problems. One guy who had a problem with his Ti pedals had only had them for days and they developed play in the bearings in his first race (I think) for the year and also his other set of replacement pedals too!
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    They’re an awful lot of money and should be better. I hope that as they have had improvements made to their bearings that they will last longer and be worthy of their cost.
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    For me, I’ll be sticking with my 13 year old £35 Shimano M424′s. I know you’d want lighter for racing, but it’s hard to deny their value for money.

  11. Marcus Dyson

    I’ve been riding eggbeaters for years. My Merida 9600 came with them, and before I could get rid, I fell in love.

    But the “2″ model is the pick of the bunch price for pound. Mine weighed less than the advertised 272g, so 50g more than the 11s for £300 less.

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