Dual-sided clipless engagement bindings with XT graphics. Integrated, wide-platform body/cage with enhanced pedal-shoe contact for stabilized power transfer and pedal protection. Adjustable cleat tension with indicator (uses SH51/SH56 cleats).
I've had the same set for 3 seasons. They are cosmetically pretty damaged, but work flawlessly. I will not buy a different pair. The range of adjustment is nice. You can not only dial in the retention, but it works nicely to find a good release tension that you can get used to. Easy entries and exits. Snow? It does ok. Kick it out like a ski binding and you're good. I have never had a mechanical issue; no creaks or play. Really the only choice-except for the cheaper version which also performs flawlessly.
I made the mistake of buying these with a bike purchase from my LBS last October, thus had the 'pleasure' of paying $136 for the pair, and that was with my 15% 'discount' for buying the bike there. I regularly see 'em on here for $90. Anyway, as you would expect, they work terrific. H-U-G-E span of adjustment, so if you can't find the tension that works for you, YOU'VE got a major malfunction. I don't know offhand how much sweep they allow, but it's prolly in the neighborhood of 6deg, and regardless, I find it spot on for me. I think I've 'cleaned'(hosed 'em off) them once in the 7 months I've owned 'em, and despite being caked with dirt/sand/mud of various thickness, again..they work damn-near flawlessly. Obviously they don't give you the surface area of a platform, nor that of the Mallet, but nonetheless, I haven't found myself wishing for more, eVEr. The ONE complaint(for lack of a better word) I would have, is they're heavier than IMO they should be. While they're listed at 402gr's, I've weighed 'em on my own scale, and one at my LBS, and both times they came out to 450gr's(a pound) flat. I guess I could've spent another $150 and bought the XTR's if weight was that important to me, and saved prolly a combined 30gr, but if I was THAT nutty, I'd prolly borrow an old trick from beauty queens everywhere, and run a bottle or two of water up the 'ole Anal-CAYnal and net myself a heckuva lot more in weight savings than a measly 30gr's. But I digress.... If you're reading my 'review', you're quite possibly looking for some enduro/all mountain clipless pedals and looking to ME to help you with your decision, so I'll leave you with this: Buy 'em. Install 'em. Set your spring tension(and remember each pedal has TWO adjustment points). Ride. Forget about them.
I'm not sure why these pedals don't have more reviews on here than they do but trust me when I say there aren't very many people who don't love these pedals, myself included. I switched back to clipless pedals about a year ago & I tend to still treat these pedals like platforms by slamming them into rocks without a care in the world about whether I'll be able to clip in or out of them. I've shoved my muddy foot onto my pedals & they engage perfectly every time. I've played around with the engagement settings & was easily able to dial pedals in exactly how I like them. As far as being able to get in/out of them go, I'm constantly putting my inside foot out thru the high speed corners & I can easily get clipped back in & put my foot on the gas pedal. I've heard that the XTR's are a little better at shedding mud & weigh a little less but man I can't justify the cost. I couldn't be happier with my XT's. If you were one of my riding buddies I'd confidently advise you to try these pedals out.
Nice light pedals that work every time for a long time. The extra trail cage will make these solid pedals last even longer.
I bought these pedals after trying a cheap set of campus style pedals when switching to a cleated shoe to make sure I like being locked in. These pedals are smooth, quite and tough. I have had zero unexpected releases and I like the larger platform when standing and really putting the power to the pedals. I would recommend these to anyone at any experience level.
Love them. They look sharp on my RM Blizzard. I have been using the Ritchey Comp Mountain pedals for years and they have worked for me. But the Shimano M785 XT SPD Trail pedals works even better. The extra platform surface area on the Shimano’s seem to click my cleats on without having to feel and paw my way in to the right placement, especially during the more technical areas of the trails. During the accents, I find that my feet are locked on the bike and are not dancing on the pedals witch transfers to more power and less energy burned. When I have to press the eject button during unexpected bailouts, the pedals effortlessly clicks off. Shimano has the SPD formula right.
I have been riding the XT Trail pedals for about 2 years now and absolutely love them. I moved to the Shimano platform after a few years on Crankbrothers Candy pedals. The XT Trails are by far may favourite. I find them easier to click into and solid when I am in them, by contrast the CB pedals would release on a bad pedals strike. Great buy, I would definitely purchase them again.