The cream of creamers.
The kitchen-utensil inspiration behind Crank Brother's mud-clearing pedal design knows no finer expression than the Eggbeater 11 Pedals. With the exception of the stainless steel spring, every bit of steel on the other Eggbeaters — body, spindle, and wing — is replaced with cycling's lightweight wonder metal, titanium. They still relish in the slop of trail life, but they approach that slop with the same aloof superiority that a three-star chef might exhibit while indulging a craving at a taco chain.
Thanks to the four-sided wing of the Eggbeater 11, it's virtually impossible to not clip in as soon as the bottom of your shoe hits the pedal. The Eggbeater wing facilitates this operation by rotating under pressure to quickly and smoothly engage the cleat. Despite the Eggbeater 11's low weight and ease of use, the platform's real strength is the lack of a, well, a platform. The pedal's open design leaves nowhere for muck to grab onto, so that easy clip-in action is just as easy in three-star mud conditions.
The included brass cleats recess flush with the tread on the bottom of your shoes for easy walking, and they're designed for two release angles (15 or 20 degrees) depending on which cleat you bolt to which shoe. Crank Brothers recommends the 15-degree setting if you're new to clipless, but going for the gusto with the 20-degree configuration will allow more body english on the bike without the worry of an accidental release.
Needle and cartridge bearings keep the Eggbeater 11 Pedals spinning smoothly and represent a marked improvement compared to the bushings used on OG Eggbeaters. When the time does come for an overhaul, you can take solace in the fact that nobody else's pedals are as easy to service as Crank Brothers'. The pedals include protective shims and all the hardware required for installation.
Please Note: Titanium spindles are not for everyone. Crankbrothers recommends a 200lb (90kg) rider weight limit for the Eggbeater 11 Pedals. Sadly, Clydesdales need not apply.