View Poll Results: What are the best pedals for cyclocross

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  • SPD (Shimano or comment if other brands)

    138 29.81%
  • CrankBros Egg Beaters

    144 31.10%
  • CrankBros Candy/Acid/Smarty/Mallet

    58 12.53%
  • Time ATAC

    100 21.60%
  • Look Quartz

    6 1.30%
  • Speedplay Frogs

    10 2.16%
  • Others (comment below)

    7 1.51%
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    Eggbeaters!

    Best pedal in the mud, that doesn't seem to be disputed.

    I feel that since you pretty much HAVE to be clipped in to pedal them, they are an advantage- you're forced to learn to click in quickly and consistently, which is an advantage over users of platform-type pedals who might pedal a few revs with one or both feet unclipped.

    The cleat can also be engaged toe first or heel first. I use a kind of "scissor" technique and clip both feet simultaneously, which I don't think you can do on platform-type pedals.

    They take a bit more care than times and spd, but it only takes a few minutes to service them. Good customer support too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by goneskiian
    I thought I replied to this earlier today but I think I got booted because the server was overloaded.

    Anyway.... I've got the Look Quartz on as of Friday. It may be that I have yet to get used to them but I had a rough time getting into them this weekend. Especially on Sunday after the long beach run.

    I was on some XT SPD's the week prior and I feel like it was easier for me to adapt to them quickly.

    I think part of the problem is that there isn't that reassuring "CLICK" that lets me know I'm in.

    On the positive side, they are certainly a very stable platform when engaged. No rocking motion here with the fine tuning you can do to get your shoe sole right onto the pedal.

    I'll give these some more time but so far I'm a little frustrated and not totally impressed.

    Cheers!
    Update on my use of the Look Quartz's. I went for a few road rides and felt like my cleats where too far forward for the Looks. After moving them back a good full cm they're easier to get clipped into.

    I also talked to quite a few people after that race with the super long sandy beach run and most folks had issues getting back into their pedals.

    So...I guess the jury's still out but these new Looks are starting to "look" like a good option.

    I'm still not going to vote for them as the BEST though. Not yet.

    Cheers!

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    I like my Candys and Eggbeaters. I usually prefer the Candys for longer rides if the cleat is attached without the spacer because though the tread interference makes them harder to clip in they're just more comfortable and feel more connected once you're in. With the spacer they're pretty much the same as Eggbeaters but occasionally the cage will be spun so that you miss the clip in if you're in a hurry. That said I still use Candys on my mountain bike and cross bike (which doubles with slicks as my commuter/road bike). I'd like to try a higher-level Eggbeater than the MXRs I tried experimentally for the cross bike but the cost is just too much and the Candy SLs I have work just fine 99% of the time so long as devilish phosphate rich mud isn't involved. The MXRs worked great while they were on the bike but after a few hundred miles they felt wobbly and I didn't trust them to last. They were super-cheap though.

    I like the Crank Bros pedals a hell of a lot more than the entry-level SPDs that came on my current mountain bike and the old ones I used for a little while way back in the late 90's. My old pedals had retention issues (too much tension you couldn't get out, too little and you'd accidentally unclip constantly, and there didn't seem to be a hapy middle ground anywhere) and would have fits once they got clogged up with lovely Florida sand. The M505s that came on my current bike just felt weird after using Candys and Eggbeaters so long, not enough float for my liking. I understand the better SPDs are a big improvement though, but I've never used them.

    Nothing that anyone rides with seems to clear the disgusting green mud that's present on the more technical singletrack around me though. They're all built on abandoned phosphate quarries because that's the only way we get technical terrain in Central Florida. The grenish-grey mix of sand and mud sticks in big globs with lots of small suspended rocks and it's slick despite having a consistency closer to silly-putty. The trailbeds are usually rock-armored enough in the low spots that it's rideable. The problem comes when you put a foot down outside of the trail bed (which happens alot when using a cross bike on trail better suited for my twin boinger), that stuff is just disgusting.

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    How long before Speedplay releases the pedals they've been prototyping for quite a while?

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    I'm considering moving from candy's to egg beaters, had some trouble clipping back in this past weekend, and it is not a new problem, thats for sure. Talked to some people and they recommended Egg beaters. Anyone have extras they want to sell me?

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    Could someone explain why the outer axles of the pedals on Katie Compton's bike are "super-glued"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK
    Probably going to pick up some crank bros this week... didn't want to them the day before a race.
    seriously--i'd get two pair. one for practice/training and the other for _race day only_. that way, maybe you'll not have to run all the way in or have surgery to remove your gonads from you lungs.

    somebody breaks an eggwhooper at every race i attend.

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    I on the other hand have never seen this happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonmoth
    Could someone explain why the outer axles of the pedals on Katie Compton's bike are "super-glued"?

    They own stock in Supergluecorp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_pitiful
    I on the other hand have never seen this happen.
    aye, you will bro, you will.

    cheers

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    OK... maybe it was my shoes or something, but I can seriously not imagine why Crank Bros are so popular. They didn't have the same problems as SPD in mud, but they SUCK to get in to ALL the time... rather than just in mud. I gave up after 2 weeks.

    Just got some Time ATAC pedals tonight... and already can get in those MUCH easier than the Crank Bros Candy pedals after 2 weeks of practice. I guess weight and cost are big factors, but I can definitely say I would pick the ATAC pedals every time over the horrible Candy pedals!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WadePatton
    aye, you will bro, you will.

    cheers
    Here is a better picture:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/...bon-team/93627

    Supposedly for better grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK
    OK... maybe it was my shoes or something, but I can seriously not imagine why Crank Bros are so popular. They didn't have the same problems as SPD in mud, but they SUCK to get in to ALL the time... rather than just in mud. I gave up after 2 weeks.

    Just got some Time ATAC pedals tonight... and already can get in those MUCH easier than the Crank Bros Candy pedals after 2 weeks of practice. I guess weight and cost are big factors, but I can definitely say I would pick the ATAC pedals every time over the horrible Candy pedals!!

    It may be a cleat/spacer issue. I find that setting up shoes for the Candys is a little harder than eggbeaters, and sometimes you need a spacer or two, possible a little trimming of the shoe sole. I've been using the Candys successfully for MTB for 5 years, and recently for 'cross. No problems with any of the 3 sets I own, and I'm only now having some mechanical trouble with the oldest (5 years) pair. Despite all the naysayers, they are working for me, and seem to be holding up to all-weather use just fine.

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    flats with new strapless clips... ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilScience
    It may be a cleat/spacer issue. I find that setting up shoes for the Candys is a little harder than eggbeaters...
    I had heard the same thing, but given the horrible luck I had with the Candy that I've never had with any other road or mtb pedals... I didn't want to spend more money to find out it wasn't a setup issue and I just couldn't get used to a slide in entry.... and I didn't think I should have to mess with a bunch of spacers. It's the main reason I didn't get the Quartz, too. SPDs just work--and so far the Time ATACs have, too. I'm much happier with these pedals.

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    My new XT spuds are working pretty well, including no clogging issues running through mud. They're much, much better then the old spds

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    Anyone tried the 2011 Crank Bros--especially Candy w/Metal platform?

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    I'll be watching. They look really interesting. I'd been very happy with my CB pedals until I got my most recent set of Candy SLs for my MTB. They've been nothing but trouble. Very discouraging. I just rebuilt them. If they keep giving me trouble I'll probably be looking at Times for the future. The new CB pedals look like they probably solve most of my issues though. Will take a year or two for them to filter down to my budget though.

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    I rode with spd's until about 12 years ago I was racing in colorado, and sand got stuck in my cleat, I had trouble getting in, then at the next barrier I couldn't unclip, hit the ground, and bought a pair or time pedals the next day.

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    As I read this thread it got me thinking, so i started out on Times, had no issues but swapped to Egg beaters, thought they were the pedal to have, until i kept breaking them, had SL's and 3 Ti's ( 2 Ti's w/Ti spindle) had issues with them all breaking Got sick of sending them in for repair constantly so went with new XTR's and couldn't be happier. Just my .02

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    Best pedals for cyclocross?

    I always wondered how people break crank brothers pedals? I ride Candy pedals on both the MTB and cross... and being a heavier rider...

    and the MTB... crashed numerous times in rock gardens without issues....

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    I use the egg beaters, but when **** gets super sticky I think the Time atac is the best with thick mud.

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    I rode on spd for years and switched to time attac last year. Happy owner of the time attac. There was nothing really wrong with SPD, very durable pedals but I like a bit better the time attac with more lateral float.

    I haven't seen a system that doesn't get harder to clip on with sticky mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK View Post
    I know SPDs used to suck at mud, but it sounds like newer designs work fine?
    The answer kind of depends on the consistency of the mud. I started the 2011/2012 season on the new XTR M980 pedals and the first weekend of racing was the USGP in Madison were we got rain on Sunday resulting in a goupy, thick muck that easily clogged the M980's on my race bike but not the M970's on my pit bike. Went back to M970's and a month later was again racing in thick, clay like mud in Fort Collins and while there was some accumulation, I could still clip in/out. Jump to the 2012 Masters Worlds and after rain/sleet/snow/ice, there was soup and goup and the M970's worked reasonably well were as a team mate who opted for M980s found his pedals completely clogged with mud after the first lap and with long lines and only one power washer running, he was only able to pit and and afterwards said he would have probably been better off with flats under those conditions.
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