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What pedals for new shoes

JonnoxJonnox Posts: 3
edited December 2012 in MTB buying advice
Hi Guys,

I have just received some Shimano SH-MO64L shoes for crimbo, I need some advice on the best pedals I should get for the shoes.

I'm pretty new to all this so, any help would be greatly appreciated.




  • 1) Shimano MD520: Great, no nonsense pedals. ... delID=3759


    2) Shimano MD540: (which I have) Similar to the 520's, but built better than the 520's for an extra £10. ... delID=3760


    3) Shimano A530: ... elID=28050

    1 and 2, you have to clip in on both sides as they are double sided. 3 has one side as SPD and the other side is flat, like a normal pedal.

    There are many different types of pedal, but as a beginner with SPD pedals and shoes, you can't go wrong with any of these choices.

    Just whatever you're most comfortable with. Hope this helps.
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  • Greer_Greer_ Posts: 1,716
    M520's would be the best, especially for the price, I've been running mine for well over a year now with no problems.

    Stay well away from dual sided pedals like the A530 though, they're just a terrible, terrible idea - you never have the side facing up that you want to use.
  • WindyGWindyG Posts: 1,099
    Depends on your budget, cheapest Shimano M520 are about £18 the next up from those M540 which are lighter and easy to service for only a few quid more, these are quite small pedals. If your new to clipless you might prefer something like Shimano M424 which have a cage around them as a platform again only about £20'ish. Or for example you could spend a bit more on something like Ritchey Comp V4.

    As above don't bother with dual sided pedals, they are heavy and rubbish, you'll only end wishing you bought something else instead.
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,415
    I've just swapped from 520's to some m530's, the bigger cages make it easier to clip in as the pedal can't roll backwards or forwards so easily, they also look a bit more gnar, which is obviously important and the little cage protects the clippy mechanism a bit too, I smashed a cheapo wellgo one to bits recently right at the start of follow the dog.
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  • angry_birdangry_bird Posts: 3,784
    I've been using 540s for about 4 years now, no problems with them whatsoever. Got a pair of M515s which must be 10 years old by now too, they're still going nicely too with hardly any maintenance which is a testament to shimano, my dad uses them these days.

    Also have a pair of 520s that float around at home as I swap pedals between bikes and switch between flats and spds it's not uncommon for me to leave pedals at uni and bring bikes home without them so figured a spare pair here would be handy. They're great for the price, tad heavier than the 540s, feels funny to use them though, just a bit different, not that it's noticeable after 10 minutes or so riding.

    In short, either 540s or 520s.
  • SPD's are not the only decent one's out there :D Time and Crankbrothers do some nice pedals.

    I have used SPD's since the Deore DX ones came out years ago (I don't want to know how long ago that was :lol: ) and have never had any major issues with SPD's. At the moment I have a pair of 647's and 520's.

    However my knees have just started to play up a little so I have recently got some Time Roc Atac s from merlin cycles for £52 and am wishing I had done it years ago. The float on the times is very nice and I have yet to have my foot "pop" off the pedal if the bike is knocked hard sideways by the trail which is something that has happened often enough to be noticeable with the SPD's. Entry and engagement is much the same as with spd's and you can change the tension and release angle.

    Loads of choice out there :)
  • WindyGWindyG Posts: 1,099
    Those Time Atac's look interesting, I have a issue with my knee but wasn't sure if a pedal change would help, something to consider when I need to replace mine.
  • Thanks so much for all the advice.

    I have ordered some M540s and some Atacs as recommended.

    I will try them both out and keep one as a back up and spare set.

    Thanks again for all the help :)

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