Shimano A600 vs CrankBros Eggbeater/Candy 3

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by NicolaZ, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. NicolaZ

    NicolaZ New Member

    Nov 24, 2012
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    Dear all,

    I’m looking to change my current SPD hybrid pedals with either the Shimano A600 or the CrankBros Eggbeater/Candy 3.
    I use my bike for commuting, which means stopping at lights and STOPs rather often, and for medium-length bike rides whenever I can. I use Mavic Razor shoes, which have nice stiff soles.

    I like CrankBros Eggbeater’s four-way entry system and generous float, but I read some really nasty reviews here and there, which mainly complain about the pedal breaking down easily and the poor durability of the brass cleats. I am a little concerned about that because I do walk a fair amount in my cycling shoes and the SPD cleats have coped rather well with that.

    On the other hand, Shimano A600 pedals are “one-way” entry only but they are durable.

    Anybody has experience with both?

  2. vspa

    vspa Active Member

    Jan 11, 2009
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    CrankBros i believe cannot be adjusted for cleat exit, the Shimano you can adjust for easier or harder exit of the shoes, i agree the SPD sustain well enough walking, but for commuting purposes i use a double platform pedal, one side SPD and the other normal dented steel patform, very convienient with just a few extra grams punishment,
  3. qdc15

    qdc15 Member

    Aug 18, 2004
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    I don't like Crank Brothers. Even with new cleats the retention is weak, causing inadvertent release. I prefer pedals that hold on tighter. If you want a dual purpose pedal such as the Shimano A600, I would recommend instead pedals like those vspa suggests. I've read that he non-cleat side of the A600 are slippery. I think Shimano PD-M324 would offer more secure footing when using the non-cleated side. I've recently replaced Crank Brothers with Time MTB pedals on two of my bikes. After trying several brands, Time pedals are my favorite. Easy in/out but with good retention. Worth your consideration.
  4. dabac

    dabac Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2003
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    CB cleats are soft, granted. But the only times I've come out of them unintentionally has been in crashes, which has probably been a good thing anyhow.

    CB durability/quality seems so-so.
    I've accidentally trashed two pairs beyond redemption.One was a low-end model(Smarty) but I guess I got my money's worth first. The other was a Candy, where one of the pedals had been assembled w/o any lube at all. Come to think of it, my first pair of Eggbeaters had one of the seals wrung outside-in at delivery.

    But at the end of the day I still like the float, the mud/snow clearing ability, the easy entry. And a while longer I'm willing to put up with yearly rebuilds, and 6-month clean/lube intervals.
  5. David Gerchman

    David Gerchman New Member

    Nov 30, 2012
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    If your coming out of eggbeaters easily, then something is wore out. I have loled at my cousin many times because he has fallen over. but maybe he just has a really tight set. I just got speedplays myself.