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cleat installation and adjustment
smartyThe cleats are compatible with all standard SPD® compatible shoes and do not have a front and back but there is a left and a right cleat that changes the release angle. Cleats for road shoes are also available.

Cleat with the two circles on your right shoe means earlier (15º) release angle on both feet.

Cleat with the two circles on your left shoe means later (20º) release angle on both feet.


Cleat release explanation: When the cleat with the two circles is on your right shoe, both feet release at about 15 degrees when your heels are twisted outward, and about 20 degrees when your heels are twisted inward. When the cleat with circles is on your left shoe, both feet release at about 20 degrees when your heels are twisted outward, and about 15 degrees when your heels are twisted inward. The cleats are symmetric to each other. Therefore, both your feet will release the same (early or late) as each other. Use the steel washers with the cleats.

We recommend beginners always start with the cleat with the two circles on the right shoe. Many experienced riders prefer this position as well.

Step One: Position the cleat on the shoe including washers and install 4mm Hex screws through the cleat and washers and into the metal plate in your shoe. Tighten the screws securely (40-50 in-lb (4-5 Nm)). Note: the cleats can rotate a few degrees each direction and slide side to side in order to allow you to customize the right position for you. You will probably need to reposition the cleats a few times in order to place them in the best position.


Step Two: Place one foot on smooth level ground and engage your other shoe into the pedal. Rotate your foot back and forth a few times to feel the free float. For most people, the best position for the cleat allows you to pedal comfortably without having to twist against the spring tension. In other words, when the cleat is properly positioned, you will feel a few degrees of rotational motion without feeling spring tension. Twist your heel outward to disengage from the pedal.

Step Three: If the cleat is not in the correct position, loosen both screws and twist the cleat slightly. Re-tighten the screws securely and repeat Step Two.

spring tension
With conventional pedals, if the spring tension is set low, then it is easy to unclip but also easy to accidentally pull out of the pedal. If the spring tension is set high, then it is very hard to clip in or out.

Our unique patented design eliminates the need for spring tension adjustment. Retention is not dependent on spring tension. Clipping in and out will become easier after the cleats break in.

Smarty and Egg Beater MXR pedals are generally unaffected by mud and other natural debris. In extreme cases, you may need to twist back and forth in order to engage (this will push particularly thick mud through the pedal). Do not use pressurized water on the Smarty or Egg Beater MXR.

engaging the pedals
The Smarty and Egg Beater MXR give you several entry options. With any of these options, you will need to put enough force to spread open the pedal. There will be an audible "click" sound when the pedal is engaged. To verify you are engaged, pull slightly upwards. The pictures show a partial Smarty, but also apply to Egg Beater MXR pedals.

option 1: Step down and forwards into the pedal.engage
option 2: Step down with the cleat behind the pedal. Then push forwards and the pedal bars will flip over and engage. engage
option 3: Step down with the cleat in front of the pedal. Then pull backwards and the pedal bars will flip over and engage. Usually it is easiest to make the pedal bars flip over to engage during the downward stroke while pedaling.

These techniques take some practice. Place one foot on smooth level ground and practice engaging and disengaging from each pedal a number of times. Even if you are experienced with clipless pedals, all clipless pedals take some practice to get used to. Get used to them before going off-road or anywhere dangerous.

disengaging from the pedals
Release from the pedal is achieved by an outward twist of the heel. It is also possible to release by twisting inwards but generally this only takes place accidentally. When you want to disengage, most riders find it easiest and safest to do so by twisting their heals outward. If you prefer twisting inwards, we recommend you place the cleat with two circles on your left shoe to make inward release earlier.

tread interference (difficult clip in and out)
smartySome shoes have a tread that is higher than average, which can cause interference with the pedal, making it difficult to clip in and out of the Smarty and Egg Beater MXR pedals. If you have tread interference, the shims should help. Ideally, the tread of your shoe contacts the pedal, but not too much. With ideal contact, you will achieve maximum stability with easy clip in and out. Try to clip your shoes in the pedals when you're not wearing them and look closely to see if it appears there is excessive contact between the tread and the pedal. If the pedal compresses the tread, then you have interference that will make clipping in and out more difficult. If this is the case, then you'll need to either use the Shims provided, or trim your tread.If you decide to trim the tread, we suggest you use a hand-held sanding wheel (like a "Dremel") or a sharp knife, but please be careful (including safety glasses) and remove only a small amount of tread at a time in order to check for interference. In the rare event that you need two Shims per shoe, contact Crank Brothers and we will provide them for free. If you have interference, remove the cleat and place the Shim (with the textured points) toward the shoe and under the cleat. Do not use the Shim unless you have tread interference or your shoe will be less stable on the pedal. Many shoes will not cause tread interference with the pedals.