Shimano PD-A520 Pedals

3.94/5 (17 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:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Eugene Wolkow a Commuter

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2016

Strengths:    An SPD pedal for a road bike is a great idea. This is the way to go for commuting because of the walkability issue. Now I can use my road bike to commute to work as well as my mountain bike. However, there are some gross technical weaknesses with this pedal.

Weaknesses:    For one, it is not properly weighted and flips over on the non-rideable side more than half the time. Then, I have to flip them over with the toe front of the shoe to enable them to be engaged. Secondly, the springs are much too stiff, therefore it is difficult to get in and out. I had to loosen the engagement plates on my right pedal to allow me to engage and disengage. This is important in commuting, because of frequent stopping for red lights. Thirdly, the pedals are also heavy and seem out of place on a light racing road bike.

Bottom Line:   
Great idea, but needs some improvement.

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Favorite Ride:   Commute to work

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey V4 PRO is a pure mountain bike pedal with the desired entry and exit characteristics the the PD-A520 doesn't have

Bike Setup:   Trek 2100 Ultegra, 105 and Tiagra


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.



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