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Anyone have these yet? Impressions - are they noticeably different / better than the old Eggbeater SLs? I'm thinking of making a purchase and looking for rationalizations :)
 

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I just bought some for the sole purpose of the new 3's having a 5 yr warranty from CB and also having a needle bearing that doesnt need to be rebuilt so often...they should be here next week and I will weigh in then

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I got some and have been riding and racing them for about 3 weeks now. My biggest impression is how smooth they feel and very solid engagement. The cleats are much smaller too (compared to my old Eggbeater SL's) which seems like a good thing as mud doesn't get plugged up around the cleat as easily. I'm very pleased.
 

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that is such good news to hear, I was a little hesitant to go out on a limb for my first set of pedals, but they look cool as hell and people love them so going to give them a shot!

can't wait to get them on my bike and try them out!
 

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I got some and have been riding and racing them for about 3 weeks now. My biggest impression is how smooth they feel and very solid engagement. The cleats are much smaller too (compared to my old Eggbeater SL's) which seems like a good thing as mud doesn't get plugged up around the cleat as easily. I'm very pleased.
just to confirm, the new/old cleats are still compatible with each other, right?
 

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just to confirm, the new/old cleats are still compatible with each other, right?
I'm using the old cleats with the 3, works fine, the clip-ins and outs feel 'snappier', I'm not sure if it's the old cleats or just the new pedals... I find them to be nice improvements. They spin smoothly, the springs feel more powerful (although maybe it's just because my other Eggbeaters are old now) and they seem to be better built and engineered. I also like that the spindles are shorter than the old SL, they're closer to the old short spindles. Hopefully durability will be good, I broke three Eggbeater SL in less than a month this spring but I can't stand the feel of other pedals...
 

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the design is detter, they use a bearing rather than a bushing which seemed to be a weak spot in the prior models. I found I had to use the shim under mine now they clip in very nicely
 

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3 and Sidi Dominators - shim or no shim?

I tried Eggbeater 3s for the first time today with Sidi Dominator 5 shoes and without shims - and I had a heck of a time clipping in. Much harder to clip in than with my SPDs. Not the result I had hoped for.

Concluding that I was experiencing tread interference, I put the shims on and seemed to have better luck clipping in, but then, this led me to clipping-out too easily. It also seemed like I had less contact with the shoe tread on the pedal and this felt unstable.

I wonder if I would have better results if I shaved off a bit of tread - but that sounds like a complicated mess and I'm certain to screw that up - or if I had shims that were thinner than the Eggbeater supplied shims.

Any thoughts from gallery out there? Thanks.
 

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I tried Eggbeater 3s for the first time today with Sidi Dominator 5 shoes and without shims - and I had a heck of a time clipping in. Much harder to clip in than with my SPDs. Not the result I had hoped for.

Concluding that I was experiencing tread interference, I put the shims on and seemed to have better luck clipping in, but then, this led me to clipping-out too easily. It also seemed like I had less contact with the shoe tread on the pedal and this felt unstable.

I wonder if I would have better results if I shaved off a bit of tread - but that sounds like a complicated mess and I'm certain to screw that up - or if I had shims that were thinner than the Eggbeater supplied shims.

Any thoughts from gallery out there? Thanks.
You can purchase an aluminium "sole saver" direct from cranks bros that may help. I had some problems with the sidi's and switched to specialized shoes this time around and find the softer rubber soles are much nicer fit w/ the egg beaters. Be careful trimming the soles, just a little at a time. Some people round the corners of the cleats a little with the dremmel, i did this and it helped get them in easier.
 

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I think my Dom-5's interface well with Egg 3's. I'm using the plastic shims to protect the shoe around the cleat from premature wear and even built up my soles with a small amount of shoe goo so they contact the pedal body. The soles weren't overly worn, they still had texture. My experience is so different from yours, I wonder if cleat location front to back plays a factor?
 

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As mentioned it may be cleat location, I have had great luck with Sidi Dom5/ EB SL combo for years. Just started using EB3 with no issues.

I have always used the shim to protect sole and for "waterproofing" the cleat holes. I never have had to trim sole either. Cleat centers in sole fairly effectively. Perhaps others require different location for comfort?

Good luck.
 

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I've ordered the aluminum sole savers and will give them a try. I'm hoping that they are a bit thinner than the plastic shims. I think that would do the trick.
 
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