I've been riding a set of Egg Beaters on my cross bike since 2006 and they have been perfect, great fit, easy entry and very reliable. When the spring on the left pedal finally gave in (not bad for 6 years use) a straight replacement to the new version seemed like the logical choice.
Visually there is little difference between the old pedals and the new, the body has changed shape, presumably to account for the new bearing arrangement but I assumed this was the same tried and tested pedal I'd loved......how wrong I was.
I'm not sure what they've done to these but there is so much more movement from the cleats than there used to be. Your foot now seems to be able to roll left and right a significant amount before the cleat engages against the wings to stop it which is very disconcerting and a little jarring on the ankle. There is often a click noise from the cleats where you can feel them kind of half disengaging on one side of the cleat as you draw the pedal upwards, so far this has not resulted in any unexpected releases but it doesn't fill you with confidence.
I have tried new cleats, with and without protectors and even the old cleats to see if I could improve it but it's always the same.
On closer inspection of the new and old pedals, the old one seems to have a slightly more rounded wing shape, whereas the new has more square angles at the edges. I think ultimately this results in a poor engagement with the cleat when compared to previous models.
Ultimately I can't recommend them, although I have bought them now and got used to riding with a slightly uneasy feel under the feet I think they are best avoided in their current form......maybe things will improve with the next revision.
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