These pedals offer a good value and a low weight. The Eggbeater 1 is the same pedal mechanically as the rest of the Eggbeater line up. It uses stamped steel for both the body and the wings along with a cartridge bearing and bushing combo. Remarkably, the 1 weighs less than its more expensive brothers, 2 and 3.
The Eggbeater 1 uses the same cleat as other Crank Brothers pedals and has 6 degrees of float with either a 15 or 20 degree release angle depending on set up. The cleats will fit any 2 bolt, SPD style shoe.
I've been using the original Chrome version for 5 years with no ill effects. Bearings will work well for a long time if you lube them every few rides. Love the eggs. For the money and weight, these can't be beat. After the performance of the Chromes (Eggbeater 1s), I can't justify the added weight of the 3 just for another bearing. Great product when maintained properly.
These are handsome pedals and that was the main reason I bought them. But they are also pretty good so far--after about one month of almost daily use. They are easy to get into, though a bit of a challenge when compared to my old SPDs. But they appear to be quicker to learn than SPDs. I seem to have more trouble getting out of them than I expected and when compared to my old SPDs. Instead of clicking out by twisting my heel outward I now need to twist inward. So far I am pleased with them because I expect that clicking in and out will get more routine.
I've had these pedals for a year. Got them for my 26" hardtail and when I sold that I kept them to put on my 29" trail bike. They have held up great and I have never had a problem clipping in when the trails are really muddy. The 4 sided engagement is also super convenient, especially if you are coming from a single sided road pedal. I don't really don't see the point in switching to CB's Candy pedals. My friend rides with them and they are harder to get in to due to the aluminum body around the eggbeater inside not lining up all the time since it can rotate freely inside aluminum wings. I haven't tried egg beater 2 or 3 pedals, but am happy with these and don't see the point in spending the extra bucks.