Not everyone enjoys racing but if you're looking for full on race performance at a price you can afford, check out Shimano's XT pedals. Inspired by their top end XTR M980 Race pedal, the new M780 XT pedal delivers similar styling and functionality for less. Whether you're a hammer-head racing toward a podium finish, an enthusiast hammering your local singletrack or a borracho headed to the local cantina to get hammered, Shimano's M780 pedals address the needs of today's riders.
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Went back to Shimano XT's after buying to sets of Eggbeaters. The Beaters are lighter than the XT's but that is all. You can't beat the XT's for durability, bearing smoothness, and the beautiful clipped in sound when the cleat engages the pedal. Save those few grams from your waistline and get good pedals. XT-5 stars.
Can't go wrong choosing these pedals.
Excellent pedal for the price. Had the XTR but the bearing do not last. Went to XT at half the price, no problem with bearings after 2 years.
I own Shimano SPD pedals from the mid-1990's which are still in use, and the same cleats fit those old pedals and the new pedals you see here. Over the years, the pedal body has been refined for better mud clearance, which was the main complaint of the earlier generations. I purchased these XT pedals when I bought a new FS XC bike at the end of 2013. With well over 1000 miles on them now, including winter rides in the mid-atlantic and summer rides in the mountains of Vermont, and I couldn't be happier. I will say though that I ALWAYS use Shimano's multi-release cleats (SH56) with SPD pedals. The non-multi-release cleats the pedals come with have a much firmer feel which I find less friendly to the sometimes technical riding I do (some wooden stunts, log rides and balance beams). The Multi-release cleats have a big 'M' stamped on them. Usually, they're about $20, but as I write this, Price Point has them on sale for $12.
They seem to be self guiding.
Those are tough! Very good pedals at a reasonable weight and price. XTR only saves a few grams.
These XT pedals have smooth entry and exit even in nasty conditions. Adjustment range covers a wide range of tension. Shimano XT just works!
These are light. I also enjoy the double side clip-in design, which I realize is not unique to these pedals. While riding I had an OTB moment and wound up getting some bark and other debris lodged into one of the pedals, but I was still able to clip in no problem. My main complaint is that the smaller platform makes clipping in while on an incline tricky because it takes a couple attempts.
I have used XT SPD pedals for years, and they have always served me well. I have recently switched to the new pedals for the larger platform and I have not been disappointed. They work as described and the larger platform is a nice addition. My older XT's still work well after many miles, so they are being handed down to my daughter.
Been riding these for a couple of years now, gave my older ones to my son, now purchased a second set. No problems with them and a great price.
Before buying these, I had a lower level of Shimano pedals. They lasted 6 years, or about 10k miles. The bearings went out on those, which is why I upgraded to these. Heck, if they are going to last this long, get the better model! Tension remained great and not once did I have an unintended unclipping experience.
It's been 15 years since i started in the bike world. I've tried different models and brands and for me, this is the one. Not that expensive and they work perfectly with very low mainteinance.
These pedals have a solid feel and are great for Mountain. They are also awesome for cross, but the mud clearance is not great.
I had these back out and ruin a ride. the pedal came off the spindle. They work great otherwise.
Big fan of the SPDs. I upgraded to these when I got my carbon bike. I've already hit a fair amount of rocks and roots and they work like new. A buddy of mine just ordered because hes had nothing but issues with his egg beaters.
Super durable and great adjustability. I have hit these pedals on many rocks over the years and the cleat still engages smoothly into the pedal. The body of the pedal has become a little loose around the spindle, but that is nothing short of what I would expect from years of hard abuse.
Easy to clip into and like the positive engagement when clipping in. Very happy with these pedals and bought second set for other bike.
I ordered these pedals because I was looking to replace the Candy 1s I had on my mountain bike. I was worried that it was only a matter of time before the candies gave out, and didn't like their flimsy feel. I have been beyond pleased with all of my other XT components, so I purchased these pedals. I was immediately embarrassed that I prefer my $45 cheapo pedals to the fancy XT offering. The XT pedals are significantly harder to get out of, which I don't love, and yet they feel no more securely attached than the candies did. Having it to do over again, I would stick with the Candy 1s until they fell apart and just replace them with another pair at that point. That being said, I have no doubt these pedals will last much longer than the Crank Bros I had been riding.