Shimano PD-A520 Pedals

3.94/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $79.99

Product Description

  • Aluminum/hight finisher body
  • Chrome-moly steel spindle
  • Recessed SPD system
  • Low maintenance sealed cartridge axle unit

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike D a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2011

Strengths:    cleat compatability, wont ruin shoes like egg beaters or time!!!, spd lasts forever, one sided means light weight, good platform, good price, shoot i love it all.

Weaknesses:    getting in and out can take a little attention sometimes, but if im drilling out a 3 hr ride, i clip in and dont clip out again until im home.

Bottom Line:   
im a mountain biker at heart and i ride spd, so these are the lightest best road spd pedals i could find (for a sensible price). they grab tight, i love the platform, i can pull the entire circle of my stroke without feeling play, weight is fine, theres nothing bad about these things. and for anyone thinking of paying double for the a600's, the weight difference is not even a mouthful of water.

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Favorite Ride:   highway 9 up to skyline

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   wellgo w01, egg beaters, shimano xt pedals (on my mtb)

Bike Setup:   specialized sworks tarmac sl with mavic elite wheels.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve pugh a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2010

Strengths:    loads strong reliable etc

Weaknesses:    alittle heavy thats it realy

Bottom Line:   
great pedal who said you cant win the tour with these are kidding ilove them won loads of races whie using these pedals 40 miles plus

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Favorite Ride:   malvern hills uk

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   evans cycles

Similar Products Used:   look

Bike Setup:   specilized allez comp mavic rims campag group set

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by F.Gauthier a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2010

Strengths:    Usable with mtb shoes,low maintenance,easy to adjust tension and lightweight

Weaknesses:    a little bit tricky to engage, maybe it depends on brand of mtb shoe you use,mine are northwave touring shoe

Bottom Line:   
very good pedal, give a good support and also lightweight, a good quality price ratio

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Favorite Ride:   long distance

Price Paid:    $46.00

Purchased At:   EBAY new

Similar Products Used:   mtb evo, shimano pdm-520

Bike Setup:   Argon 18 radon with shimano 105 and ultegra componment, mavic aksium race wheel set, michelin krylion carbon mounted

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Amfoto1 a Commuter

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2010

Strengths:    Strong, smooth, and relatively inexpensive. Adjustable tension. Low maintenance (so far). Allow you to use walkable shoes, also ideal if you switch back and forth to a compatible MTB pedal on another bike at times.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy. A little tricky to clip into at first (depends upon shoe to some degree). Be cautious with multi-release cleats on these (SH-52, for example). They can release unexpectedly. I use SH-51 (single release) for this reason.

Bottom Line:   
I have two sets of these "commuter/touring" pedals on different bikes now. They're great, so long as you have reasonable expectations. First, they are not a dual side pedal as some others seemed to expect (Shimano and others do make dual sided: clips on one side, platform on the other. But they're a lot bigger and heavier). A520 simply have a larger platform area around the clip. Second, like most clipless pedals, they hang vertically so you have to get used to rotating them to clip in. It becomes second nature pretty quickly. Because they use the SPD SH-51 cleat, you can use them with walkable "mountain" or "cross" shoes, my main reason for trying A520 in the first place (I'm using Shimano MD86 shoes with them). A520 are little bit heavy, but spin well in spite of it. These are one of the few SPD commuter/touring type pedals with adjustable tension and choice of cleat release types. You may want to adjust tension as your cleats wear over time.

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Favorite Ride:   any

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   eBay (new)

Similar Products Used:   Various Shimano, Look, Wellgo, etc. road and MTB pedals. Older Shimano Dura Ace 7410 and Ultegra 6500 pedals are similar, but more road race oriented pedals, with little or no platform area, and technically use a different cleat (altho some seem to use them okay with SH-51s).

Bike Setup:   Look 555 with Sram Force compact group. Look 565 with Ultegra 6600/6700 group.
Look 586 (still buildin' it up).
Yokota Yosemite w/Deore LX, Rock Shox.
Trek 7200.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fuzzmartin a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2009

Strengths:    Adjustable
Big platform
Strong cleat

Weaknesses:    Weighted awkwardly
Relatively heavy

Bottom Line:   
I originally purchased the A520s for my Trek 7.3 FX hybrid. Then I decided to upgrade to a full-fledged road bike (a Giant Defy 1). The Defy comes with Crank Brothers Smarty pedals. The Smarties are junk compared to the 520s. Where the Smarties are full of lateral play, the Shimanos are adjustable to your preferences. I like that you can actually feel and hear yourself click in with these pedals/cleats.

I am not a big fan of the weighting on the pedals, however. They tend to flip upside down a bit too often for my taste. After a few miles in the saddle, though, flipping them right side up will become second nature.

The A520 pedals also have more of a platform than a lot of the other SPD-style pedals, which makes for a more comfortable ride. I don't get the hotspots in my shoes like I tend to with the smaller Smarty pedals.

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Favorite Ride:   Ozaukee Interurban

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Crank Brothers Smarty

Bike Setup:   Giant Defy 1 - stock except for the Shimano pedals.

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