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Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 Mountain Bike Pedal Review: Best Clipless Mountain Bike Pedal Review

Best Ultralight Pedal for Cross Country Racers and Gram Counters

  • Platform feel 30% 30%
  • Ease/feel of entry 50% 50%
  • Ease/feel of exit 90% 90%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 100% 100%

Weight per Pair: 280g

Clean Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: XC

Price: ~$85-$135

What We Like: Lightest pedals in test, best mud shedding in test

What We Don’t: Difficult to clip into, no hope of standing on these unclipped

Gram counters will love the Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 pedal. At only 280g, it is the lightest pedal on our list, making it a perennial favorite for cross country racers looking for a minimal, lightweight clipless mountain bike pedal.

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Crank Brothers Candy 7

  • Platform feel 60% 60%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 90% 90%

Pros

Great performance for a reasonable price, excellent mud shedding, best weight to cost ratio available

Cons

Small platform compared to the similarly priced Crank Brothers Mallet E

Weight: 320g

Cleat Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro XC

Shimano XT M8020

  • Platform feel 70% 70%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 70% 70%
  • Weight 80% 80%

Pros

A high-end pedal for a mid-tier price

Cons

Significantly heavier than the Crank Brothers alternative

Weight: 404g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro XC

Crank Brothers Mallet E

  • Platform feel 100% 100%
  • Ease/feel of entry 90% 90%
  • Ease/feel of exit 70% 70%
  • Mud shedding ability 80% 80%
  • Weight 70% 70%

Pros

Lightweight for the size of the platform

Great pedaling platform

The most adjustable Crank Brothers pedal

Easy to clip into

Cons

Vague sense of clipping in and out

Heavier than Candy 7

Pins can make clipping out more difficult

Weight: 420g

Cleat Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, Downhill

Shimano Saint M820

  • Platform feel 90% 90%
  • Ease/feel of entry 90% 90%
  • Ease/feel of exit 70% 70%
  • Mud shedding ability 60% 60%
  • Weight 30% 30%

Pros

The most adjustable pedals that we reviewed

Great pedal platform

Satisfying SPD feel

Cons

Heaviest pedals in our review

Not the best for extremely muddy conditions

Weight: 545g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, Downhill

Crank Brothers Candy 1

  • Platform feel 60% 60%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 90% 90%

Pros

Extremely lightweight and well-rounded pedal for the price

Cons

Lack of traction pads found on higher end Candy pedals

Not the most solid platform

Weight: 294g

Cleat Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, XC

Shimano M530

  • Platform feel 70% 70%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 80% 80%
  • Weight 70% 70%

Pros

Virtually the same pedaling and clipping experience offered by the much more expensive Shimano XTR M9120 and XT M8020 at an entry-level price

Cons

Heaviest mini platform pedal in review, painted cage is slippery when wet

Weight: 453g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, XC

Crank Brothers Eggbeater 3

  • Platform feel 30% 30%
  • Ease/feel of entry 50% 50%
  • Ease/feel of exit 90% 90%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 100% 100%

Pros

A high-end pedal for a mid-tier price

Cons

Significantly heavier than the Crank Brothers alternative

Weight: 404g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro XC

Shimano XTR M9100

  • Platform feel 50% 50%
  • Ease/feel of entry 60% 60%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 90% 90%
  • Weight 90% 90%

Pros

Lightest SPD pedal in test

Fairly large contact area for an SPD pedal

Cons

Pricey and heavy compared to Crank Brothers alternative

Weight: 310g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: XC

Crank Brothers Eggbeater 1

  • Platform feel 30% 30%
  • Ease/feel of entry 50% 50%
  • Ease/feel of exit 90% 90%
  • Mud shedding ability 100% 100%
  • Weight 100% 100%

Pros

Unbeatable weight for budget XC pedals

Cons

Difficult to clip into

Weight: 280g

Cleat Type: Crank Brothers Brass

Use: XC

Shimano M520

  • Platform feel 50% 50%
  • Ease/feel of entry 60% 60%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 90% 90%
  • Weight 70% 70%

Pros

The same pedaling experience of the XTR M9120 for a third of the price

Cons

Heavier than the Egg Beater 1

Weight: 310g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: XC

Shimano XTR M9120

  • Platform feel 70% 70%
  • Ease/feel of entry 80% 80%
  • Ease/feel of exit 80% 80%
  • Mud shedding ability 70% 70%
  • Weight 80% 80%

Pros

All of the great features of the XT M8020 in a lighter package

Cons

Heavier than Crank Brothers alternative and not enough difference to justify the price increase over the Shimano XT M8020

Weight: 398g

Cleat Type: SPD Mountain

Use: All-Mountain, Enduro, XC

Platform

There is not much to the platform of the Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3. In fact, there is no platform, aside from the classic Crank Brothers Egg Beater clipping mechanism. There is a bit of spindle that protrudes out wider than the clip itself, but nothing that might provide anything in the way of solid footing should you come unclipped. Needless to say, you will want to use a stiff pair of shoes to compensate for the lack of platform.

Ease of Entry

The Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 pedals offer true four-sided entry. In theory, this should make them some of the easiest pedals to clip into. In practice, however, this is not the case. You need to hit the clip perfectly with your cleat. Otherwise, the pedal has a tendency to roll under foot. If you don’t mind the extra bit of weight, the minimal body on the Crank Brothers Candy 7s or Shimano mini platform pedals will allow you to keep mashing and sliding your shoe forward until the clip engages. Doing this with the Egg Beater 3 can result in the pedal rolling until your toe is in the dirt.
On the other hand, Crank Brothers pedals are renowned for their floaty feel. The lack of any cage on the Egg Beater 3 pedals means that there is nothing to interfere with this feeling while pedaling.
Like all Crank Brothers pedals, there is not much in the way of a clicking sound or feeling when clipping in.

Ease of Exit

While the lack of any platform surrounding the clipping mechanism might make clipping in much more difficult, it has the opposite effect on clipping out. Unlike pedals with a platform where there is any possibility of catching your heel on the platform hindering your ability to clip out, the Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 is probably the easiest pedal in our test to clip out of. And if I had to choose between ease of entry and ease of exit, I would choose ease of exit every time.
As with entry, the Egg Beater 3 features the same, muted exit feeling often associated with Crank Brothers pedals, and there is no way to adjust how much force is required to unclip. However, the Egg Beater 3’s do allow you to choose between 15 and 20 degrees of float before disengaging.

Mud Shedding Ability

The four-sided egg beater shaped clipping mechanism of Crank Brothers pedals is widely regarded as the best mud shedding clipless mechanism on the market. Because the Egg Beater 3 features no platform around that mechanism, there is really no place for mud to collect, making the Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 the best mud shedding clipless mountain bike pedal on the market.

The Bottom Line

The Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3 is a pedal made of extremes. Where most pedals on the list try to strike some sort of balance between weight, platform, ease of entry/exit, etc, the Egg Beater 3 does no such thing. Instead, it happily sacrifices any semblance of a platform, as well as an intuitive entry, in the name of shedding mud and grams.
If saving grams or shedding mud is at the top of your priority list, and you plan to stay clipped in, not needing to find a clip or get in a frantic unclipped pedal stroke or two in a desperate moment, then the Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3’s are a hard pedal to pass up.
Finally, with an MSRP of $135, and sale prices as low as ~$85, the Egg Beater 3s are a rare combination of value and weight savings.

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