Shimano PD-M520 Pedals

Shimano PD-M520 Pedals 

DESCRIPTION

Double-sided SPD pedal with adjustable tension and Shimano quality that won't break the bank. Excellent mud shedding. Durable Cro-Moly axle. Sealed cartridge bearings. SM-51 single release cleats included. Black. 380 gramspair weighed without cleats.Note These pedals are compatible with Shimano SPD cleats and NOT compatible with SPD-R or SPD-SL road cleats.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 08, 2010]
Kelly Minyard
Recreational Rider

Strength:

Clip in and out fast. Love the fact that clip in both sides of the pedal.

Weakness:

No weakness. Just need to use the right tool for the job. You wouldn't want to put a western saddle on a thoroughbred before racing it in the Kentucky Derby.

I really like these clipless pedals. I used these pedals on my mountain bike for over a year now, and they have really helped me through tough climbs and nasty falls. I have no doubt that I can clip out of these pedals when I get in trouble. However to save money I placed these pedals on my road bike so I did not have to buy new shoes. I found that the more miles I rode, the more my feet became numb. The strange thing was, I noticed tingling, but thought it was normal and put it in the back of my mind. I overheard a conversation with my "bike guy" telling a customer that since these pedals have a smaller platform it's hard to not toe the pedals and keep up with the other cyclists at the sametime. Plus not to mention numbness will occur with more miles. I recommend these pedals for mb rides and shorter road bike rides. If you plan on ridding 80 plus miles a week, I would stick to specific road bike pedals wiry a larger platform.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 18, 2008]
elguapogordo
Recreational Rider

Strength:

quick in and out of pedals with no effort. Easy adjustment.

Weakness:

small surface area prevents sneaking in a quick jaunt without putting on cycling shoes.

I have a set of these on my stuppjumper, and when I bought a road bike, being a fiscally conservative (read cheap) New Englander, I put another set on so I would not need to buy a second pair of shoes. I'm a big rider (230+, give or take a sniffin') and I have never had any problems at all. Clipping in and out is effortless, especially when I compare myself to my hard-core roadie friends struggling to get clipped into their high end pedals. I'm not a gram-counter, so I don't consider weight to be an issue.

Similar Products Used:

none

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 11, 2006]
Rat Kid
Recreational Rider

Strength:

Learning curve is fairly easy. And clips out pretty fast on a slow speed near fall.

Weakness:

Kinda hard to clip in sometimes. Also theres a very annoying 'click-clack' or grinding noise the cleats make whenever you walk, but thats understandable.

This is the first clipless pedals I've ever used. I've used clip-ons since I started road riding. It took me literally 10 minutes to learn how to clip in and clip out. They're cheap and pretty easy to use.
Got it in a deal($10)from the mechanic at the LBS,since he switched to Crank Bros. Candy pedals

Similar Products Used:

clip-ons

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 06, 2006]
johnmichaelclimaco
Recreational Rider

Strength:

easy in easy out
great pedal for beginners!

Weakness:

maybe weight.
if it were just the same as the r540 @ 330grms

at first i was looking for a cleat pedal since i was really having a hard time disengaging from my r540 road pedal. someone suggested to use a atb spd and recommended these pedals. it has actually a dual sided engagement mechanism but the one i bought has a plastic platform on the other side. was already hesitant to use clipless system! but when it was installed and i tested wow its as easy as 123. GREAT PEDAL

Similar Products Used:

shimano r540 road pedal

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 04, 2005]
kjohnso3
Commuter

Strength:

Double sided clips makes it very easy to clip in the pedal. Cheap price in comparison to other pedals. Soft click sound when pedal engages shoe.

Weakness:

Small surface area may not be ideal for individuals with wide feet. Hot spots will occur if your shoes straps are loose. Can't balance in place as easy at a dead stop due to small surface area.

This is my first set of clipless pedals I have experienced so I have nothing to compare it with. The only thing I can about that is I have seen many different types of clip pedals and it's just a matter of preference. I have been riding for 7 months and the pedals thus far appears to be holding up. I have heard complaints that these pedals are not solid and tend to fall apart. I must be lucky because I ride very hard and the pedals are performing very well. I had my LBS make all my adjustments and they even taught me how to ride in the shoes and pedal effectively. With some extra pointers from some highly experience roadies I became a very proficient at clicking in and out of these pedals. Actually I can click in on first try effortlessly. In group rides during a stop I am able to click in my pedals and be way ahead of the group and up to pacing speed while they are still searching for their pedals. I don't know if it is the particular pedal or just foot-to-pedal coordination. I use a MTB cleat shoes on my road bike. I like the way they look and feel. Also I can walk around normal without anyone noticing that I have bike shoes on. I will not rate it a perfect 5 since I haven't tried other pedals.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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