Shimano PD-M324 Pedals Pedal

4.12/5 (67 Reviews)
MSRP : $69.99


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Product Description

Combines the power of Shimano's SPD? and the convenience of a platform pedal.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by SenorSerioso a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2011

Strengths:    SPD for trail riding and platform for leisure riding.

Weaknesses:    Always getting the opposite side you want to use is annoying.

Bottom Line:   
Not worth it, might as well just cycle in your cleats all the time. I had these on for a month and removed them quickly. Waste of money in my opinion.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Similar Products Used:   Plane Jane Shimano SPDs


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paulmorgan a Cross Country Rider from London UK

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2010

Strengths:    reliability, simplicity

Bottom Line:   
Had these on my daily commute bike for seven years. No maintenance carried out on them in that time. They still work as well as when new. Nuff Said....

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by $nap$hot a Cross Country Rider from Dickinson, TX

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2010

Strengths:    Versatile, easy to clip in and out of, can take a beating.

Weaknesses:    Not sure if it is a weakness (may indicate longivity, or lack thereof), but the break-in period seemed kinda short.

Bottom Line:   
The Crank Brothers Candy C's were my first set of clipless pedals. Wasn't a huge fan, because if I missed the clips, the smooth plastic cage provided no grip. Got the Shimanos, and wish I'd gotten them sooner. They are very versatile pedals, and I've bashed them into a number of trees and roots without leaving the slightest mark. If I'm on the wrong side of the pedal trying to clip in, the platform side provides plenty of grip.

As I mentioned above, the break in period seemed kinda short. The bindings seemed to have gotten loose after only a few rides. Nothing a 1/4 turn with a 3mm Allen wrench couldn't fix, and no issues since.

I highly recommend trashing the multi-release cleats they come with and invest in single-release cleats. A very minor bump into a root or rock will cause your foot to pop out with the multi-release.

I will not say these pedals are the best, because that's purely a matter of preference. I will say, however, that they do the job for me, and it will be a long time before I consider a different pedal.

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Favorite Trail:   Jack Brooks Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   modernbike.com

Similar Products Used:   Crank Brothers Candy C

Bike Setup:   Fisher Wahoo Disc. Stock with exception of pedals.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by SLAVISA a Cross Country Rider from SERBIA

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2010

Strengths:    Platform. Great pedal for recreaton and dry terain conditions.

Weaknesses:    Very bad for mud and wet terain conditions.

Bottom Line:   
Try and you will see, I am totally happy with.

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Favorite Trail:   XC

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   non

Bike Setup:   Scott Scale 40, Marzocchi Bomber XC, Fire X, XT setup

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by BikeRider a Cross Country Rider from St. Louis, MO, USA

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2009

Strengths:    Very convenient, platform on one side, clips on other

Weaknesses:    less than one year old... clicks terribly unless adjusted. Requires special tool (TL-PD33) to adjust, which apparently costs as much as the stupid pedals. I am a bit of a fanatic so I take care of bike, tune up regularily, etc. Can not keep them in adjustment - will loosen up in couple rides after having tightened. I have free service from great bike shop but it is still a major pain to take in bike just to have the pedal fixed... twice already in less than a year.

Bottom Line:   
Dissappointed. I never even considered a that pedal would not last more than a year. Poor design - requires special tools. Would not purchase again.

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Favorite Trail:   rsk@charter.net

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   on line

Bike Setup:   2008 Kona Blast Deluxe - all factory except the pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by the_original a Cross Country Rider from Groningen, netherlands

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2008

Strengths:    clip and platform in one, reasonable bearings,

Weaknesses:    fills up with mud , cage rusts ( thin chrome plating ), desing does not allow thick profile on soel of shoe, small platform

Bottom Line:   
As with most products that are a compromise is does not excell in any field. But for multi terrain long rides they do a good job, and allow the choice between sneekers and real shoes. The weaknesses mentioned are inherent to the design, so not really a problem.
If you are competitive please use a different pedal. If you just want to enjoy long trips with different surfaces and the occasional stop for some coffee they do an excellent job.

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Favorite Trail:   mixed

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   futurumshop

Similar Products Used:   dual/single sided spd pedals, platform

Bike Setup:   rockmachine performance flash, mixed deore/105 drivetrain.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by HarrisonBn a Cross Country Rider from Golden, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2008

Strengths:    Seem durable.

Weaknesses:    Annoying to use with cleats, bad clearance

Bottom Line:   
Do NOT use these pedals if you do any sort of technical riding. Clipping back in is so annoying, you always have to make sure the pedal is on the right side. These pedals are good for VERY mild cross country riding at best, but they are going on my commuter now that I got some pd-m545s. Those are a much better pedal for using with regular shoes or cleats. I can't tell you how many features these pedals have prevented me from riding as I am always fiddling around with them in particularly sketchy riding. The bearings seem good however, and they have taken some pretty massive hits and are relatively undamaged.

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Favorite Trail:   Dakota Ridge

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   regular old shimano spd

Bike Setup:   Marin 2007 mount vision

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by agentwkkd a Cross Country Rider from Worthing, UK

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2008

Strengths:    Versatile, go riding in any shoes, sneakers or SPuD's, doesn't matter if you can't clip in straight away, as platform will deal with it, or if you're on tech terrain, ride flats for great 'dab-ability'.

Weaknesses:    Weight, awkward servicing, have to remove cage, and mess around with 13mm/10mm socket wrenches, constantly swapping between the two to adjust cone and lock nut - can't snug both at same time.
Unlike if riding with SPud shoes, if your in your sneakers then you have to make sure you hit the correct side, though you soon get the idea as the pedal normally rests at the halfway point, so either flip forward or back to whatever suits as you bring your foot on pedal.


Bottom Line:   
Worth it as a good alround pedal if you have only 1 'do-everything' bike though could be cheaper

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   UK

Similar Products Used:   non in the similar one side one thing, one side the other.

Bike Setup:   5" travel Steel Hardtail,

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by country biker a Cross Country Rider from rockwall texas usa

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2008

Strengths:    they work, good seals

Weaknesses:    NOISY!!!! the bearings suck a big cucumber.

Bottom Line:   
these pedals will get you where you want to go but are very distracting and embarrassing with all the noise they make. it only took a couple days for this to occur. took them apart and they were clean inside except for the high quality grease and tiny bearing balls. these were absolutely a waste of 60 bucks. like throwing it in the wind or burning it. i really think shimano owes me 60 bucks. the tioga surefoot pedals from lickbike cost like 20 bucks. they aren't sealed as well but if you only ride in dry conditions they'll last and last.

p.s.
i think it's stupid that this site makes you list what type of rider you are and only has four stupid options. i put cross country because i ride threw the country a lot.

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Favorite Trail:   dirt road

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   performance bike

Similar Products Used:   tioga surefoots

Bike Setup:   700c panaracer pasela 37's. voodoo columbus cross frame. brooks b17 laced. mavic rims. lots of shimano.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by firedawg225 a Cross Country Rider from Chievres, Belgium

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008

Strengths:    -Easy of use
-Can use both normal shoes and Cleats
-Hold your feet pretty good
-Releases easily when in trouble


Weaknesses:    Sometimes hard to find the cleat side but i can live with that. Takes alittle to get used to it but i can find the clip everytime without looking now.

Bottom Line:   
I think these are great. If you want light weight buy something with less stuff. If your buying a platform and clip pedal of course it's going to weigh more then a Clip only pedal. These are great! Easy to use and great if this is your first clip in pedal. Love these for climbing feet stay palnted and i get up hill alot better now.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Espace

Bike Setup:   2007 HM Moab

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sickness in seattle a Weekend Warrior from Washington

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008

Strengths:    Great for someone new to clips. Built to take a serious pounding. Don't have to wear cycling shoes every time you want to ride

Weaknesses:    As others have said, it always ends up clip side down.

Bottom Line:   
Good for someone just getting into clips. Knowing what I know now, buy online, save some bucks.

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Favorite Trail:   Lee's Camp

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   BGcycle

Bike Setup:   Kona Cindercone, deore group, stroker disc, Dart3 forks...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Boo Urns a Cross Country Rider from Dooblin, Irlanda

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2008

Strengths:    The metal is nice and shiny.

Weaknesses:    There is some silly bump on one side of the pedal, that means i can only use my flip flops on one side. drat.

Bottom Line:   
Its very helpful if i want to stop mowing the grass in my flip flops and go for a cycle with my secret kids (they dont know im their dad) without having to buy proper cycling shoes.

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Favorite Trail:   Yur Maz Gash

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $59.00

Purchased At:   cycleways.com

Bike Setup:   Giant SCR 3.0 with wings of golden angel dust and a hint of mint truffle.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by John F from Pittsburgh PA

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2008

Strengths:    Double sided, good for sharp turns so you have somewhere to put you foot back down

Weaknesses:    heavy, bulky but no problem for me

Bottom Line:   
Good for the money, dont spend more than $50 on them, but fun for a first time clipless like me. Not too great for riding with out clipless shoes, so keep your platforms

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Favorite Trail:   Rays Mtb, Frick Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $33.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   nothing too similar to these

Bike Setup:   Gary fisher bitter, Cannondale Carve Shoes ($100, Wellgo SPD clips)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by spiro vagenas from Denmark

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2007

Strengths:    durable
versatile
weight
simple clean cut looks
affordable


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
My pedal of choice. The best pedal I have used when verstality is required.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $93.00

Purchased At:   Vittesse

Similar Products Used:   PD-MX30, PD-M545

Bike Setup:   koga miyata tls

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by benj nazareno a Weekend Warrior from philippines

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2007

Strengths:    dual use and price.

Weaknesses:    weight and tendency to flip to the wrong-side...platform when wearing cleats, cleats when on regular shoes.

Bottom Line:   
this being my first time using cleats, did not have much difficulty installing and engaging the pedal. despite the extra weight, did not think of it as a major consideration since bulk of the extra poundage is on my body and not my bike!
also felt that it's dual use feature was an advantage for a multi-purpose bike (specially when running emergency errands on flip-flops!).

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Favorite Trail:   cross country

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   3MJ Bike Shop - Davao City

Similar Products Used:   not applicable...first cleats ever used.

Bike Setup:   merida matts 900 frame, deore group set.

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