Whether you're stepping up your two-wheeled game and clipping into the bicycle for the first time, Shimano PD-M530 MTB SPD Pedal will connect you to your two wheeled steed for years to come. These easy to adjust pedals will take you across miles of singletrack or down the street to work. The larger, but not huge, platform is great for cross country mountain biking, with a more stable platform through rocky sections. Dual-sided entry for quick entry and exit means you won't be nancing around the trail head trying to flip your pedals over so you can clip in. The sealed cartridge bearing spindle requires minimal maintenance and provides buttery smooth action. The design of the pedal also sheds mud efficienty so you don't miss a beat after jumping obstacles in your next 'cross race. The adjustability of the cleat retention system makes it easy to get the exact tension you need for your riding style. The Shimano PD-M530 MTB SPD Pedal are compatible with two bold SPD cleats only. Cleats are included with these pedals.
Strengths: Indestructable, stability from platform contact area, smooth bearings, mud clearance, adjustability, great-performing SPD clip-in system
These pedals share all of the positive qualities of the M-540's I've ridden for years, but with noticeably more stability provided by the increased platform area of the cage. They are immensely strong and durable, with very smooth, well-sealed bearings never contaminated by dirt and with perfectly damped spin, highly secure and adjustable SPD clip system, and very tolerant of mud, dirt, wet, rock hits, etc. I definitely enjoy riding these a lot more with the stability and support they provide. Only drawback is weight: significantly heavier than the M-540's - noticeably so. However, unless you're into shedding grams at great expense, they are probably a much better value than the XTR versions of these pedals. With SM-56 multi-release clips (very critical to use these instead of the single-release!!!) and proper tension adjustment, you simply put your feet on the pedals and you're clipped in - you lift your feet out without even thinking about it and you're unclipped. Whenever your feet are on the pedals, you're locked in securely. Can't ask for anything more from a set of pedals.
Strengths: Strong pedal, easy to clip in and out, price
Weaknesses: weight for those who care, havnt had them long enough to comment on durability
I just got these pedals last week and love them. Adjusting them to the right tension for your weight/preference is very easy. I switched out some bmx pedals for these so I really like the "cage" that surrounds the clip mechanism. It gives you a little more surface area to stand on if you ever fall out while trail riding. Picked them up from jenson usa for only $43. Cant go wrong for that price.
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2012
Strengths: If you're looking for a good lightweight clipless pedal look elsewhere. These definitely are not for the weight weenies out there. Beyond that, these pedals are very strong. The cage as it may be called is simply incredible. It allows me to get even more power to the pedals in the down stroke than a similar Shimano PD-M520 pedal would or a Time Alium/Attack pedal. Being as I'm coming from a set of Time Alium's, I've found the cleat so far much more durable than the Time's all brass cleat. Big plus there.
Weaknesses: I've found only a few minor weaknesses. The main complaint would be weight ( I don't worry about that since I use these on a touring bicycle vice a road/mountain bicycle). I've not noticed the grease leak (blow back) through the seals that another complained of as of yet (not had the pedals past a month). Lastly they are not self adjusting as the Time's are. Frankly, I think this is a plus as I've found the Time's rather tight and stiff in the Aliums.
All in all, I've found even after only a few days riding these pedals that they are far better than the Time Alium or the Crank Brothers Eggbeaters I've used in the past. Being able to adjust the cleat retention system manually has allowed me to lighten the tension enough that my knees no longer hurt from riding in a city where I have almost constantly clip in and out of the pedals. I'd have given these a 5, but the weaknesses took that out. I must admit one thing though. Aesthetically, these have a beautiful appearance for something meant to be pounded on day in day out while riding. They look better than the Aliums for certain.
Strengths: Open design, caged, easy to adjust tension
Weaknesses: Axle design
This set of pedals is a great value. They have an open design at a low price point, and a sturdy cage. The platform less stable clipped out than the freeride style cage, but just as sturdy; it has survived a number of rock strikes and slides on pavement/rock. I find the tension easier to adjust than the old style SPD platforms, where the cage often got in the way. The float on these pedals is also a little free-er than I would like, compared to older SPD interface. Supposedly the higher level trail pedals have a tighter clipped-in feeling.
I am not a big fan of the axle design on the lower-end Shimano, as the seals weep grease and pick up the gritty/sandy top soil prevalent in the area. The only remedy that has worked for me is to clean the seal regularly, which often forces grit past and into the axle assembly. Owning the dollar-and-change service tool is a must for these pedals.
Overall, these pedals, with regular service, show no reason that they will not last for as long as you need them to.