Shimano XTR Trail PD-M985 AM Pedal

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DESCRIPTION

The Shimano XTR PD-M985 Trail SPD pedal is engineered for the specific needs of aggressive trail riders everywhere, with an open, mud-shedding design and large pedaling platform for ultimate control.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 12, 2017]
EDER GIOVANI SAVIO
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Works fine, light, good look.

Weakness:

Its axle is fragile.

Thanks god, I was not in dh when the axle broke.

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[Nov 21, 2016]
Davide
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easy to clip int, nice satisfying clunk, and out. Larger Platform helps a bit if you are not clipped in. Relatively light at 370.

Weakness:

None

Had the pedals for 13 months, riding 3-5 times/week. They work great and I had not problems with the, You can beat the cost: i bought mine for $93.

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Frog

[Jan 29, 2015]
sethbotwick
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Smooth and solid

Weakness:

Durability

These were great until they failed. I went through two sets. Shimano was good about replacing the broken ones no questions asked. I think there was a problem with this product.

[Jan 29, 2013]
HK-Jack

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

They're light. The larger platform makes clipping in easier, and it adds to stability when unclipped. Really good pedals when working.

Weakness:

THEY BREAK! The tip end of the axle can snap, allowing the pedal body to slide/fall off. A new axle will have to be fitted, and the Shimano warranty won't cover any costs. Plus, most bike shops don't carry replacement axles, so you will have to wait a while to have it fixed (3 months in my case). My local bike shop has a couple such axle replacement jobs going, so this problem is not uncommon.

I loved the pedals when they were operational. I'm annoyed that they broke under what I consider normal usage.

[Aug 09, 2012]
Andy
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Light

Look nice

Positive clip in - out

Weakness:

The cage can catch on parts of your shoes, making it hard to clip in. Especially with studs.

The cage is supportive, but it's slippery due to it being hard metal. Some shoes are OK, however, there is a magical zero friction interface formed by the soles of my Bontrager RXLs and the surface of the XTR pedals.

They scratch up very quickly.

There isn't much difference between these and the bog standard Deore ones, except the XTRs are LESS RELIABLE.

The big downer is POOR RELIABILITY.

Not long after fitting these to a bike I noticed that one of the grease seals had come out and was sitting on the shaft. I bought another set hoping to get a refund on the originals but ended up getting a replacement set from CRC/Shimano.

I fitted the second set I'd bought and, lo and behold, not long after one of the seals has come out onto the shaft.

Now I'm on my 3rd set on the bike, fitted last night, and the second failed set are boxed and ready to go back.

So, what can one say? These are Shimano's top of the range trail pedal yet the seals are not fit for purpose. There is no mention of it in the supposedly knowledgeable press, but there never is when it's a big multinational with massive advertising budgets.

There is very obviously a design or possibly QC issue here which needs to be sorted out. In the meantime I would recommend you avoid these pedals, they are nice, and would be excellent if the seals were good but:

If Shimano owned up and said "serial numbers XXX to YYY are faulty, but we have now rectified the problem" then all would be good. But I doubt they will, they will leave it to you to buy the pedals, and have them fail and then go through the routine of returning them, to, potentially, get another faulty set like I did.

Now, I suppose that would be OK for the cheap n cheerful Deore variety, but it is absolutely NOT acceptable for XTR.

[Apr 22, 2012]
Mt.Biker E
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

engagement system, easy on easy off
platform support adds stability & control
weight
cage takes a beating & still performs

Weakness:

bearings & axle system

If it wasn't for the failed bearings after 9 months I would be be raving about the m985 platform spd.
My last pair of shimano's xtrs lasted 7 years of new england granite. In the end it wasn't the bearing or axle system that
failed but the metal cage & spd mechanism.
My dad has the xc version & his bearings failed after 4 months.
Hopefully shimano is addressing the bearing failure issue & standing by their product.
I am very disappointed in the durability especially considering the price point.
I went to email Shimano & they took down their email due to high volume. ??
Makes me hesitant to try the new xt version & the dx's are on the heavy side.


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[Feb 03, 2012]
stubs
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Light and easy to clip in and out of. Look fantastic.

Weakness:

Grease seals came out and let muck in

My first ever piece of XTR kit and at first everything was great I loved the feel of clipping into these pedals and the feeling that I would never get stuck no matter how muddy.

However I noticed after 2 months that the right hand pedal had some play in it and 2 weeks later noticed the grease seals had come out of the gold nuts on both pedals. After only 3 months I have to decide do I send them back or service them. Not something I expected with an All Mountain pedal and certainly not one that cost £100.

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[Jan 30, 2012]
SCTreeHugger
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Large platform
Smooth clip-in/out
Low weight

Weakness:

None yet

I've been using the XTR PD-985 pedals for over 6 months now and would recommend them to anyone. I have already put 1,000 miles of riding on these pedals and they still feel brand new. Time will tell how durable they are but the construction seems bomb proof.

I ride a mixture of XC and downhill and find these pedals to perform equally well in both scenarios. The metal cage gives a nice platform for mashing on the pedals on hard climbs and extra confidence when getting air. Clipping in and out is really smooth and I never have an issue coming un-clipped in rough terrain. The cleat tension is adjustable with an allen wrench so you can easily fine tune the engagement.

Compared to my previous pedals (Crank Brothers Candy C) it feels like I am transferring more power. Plus, they look good too.

Who should get these - Aggressive riders trying to keep their bike weight down yet want something that is sturdy and gives a large platform without going to flats.

Who shouldn't get these - Pure XC riders. Get a cage-less pedal.

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[Aug 15, 2011]
noeffectx
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

durability

Weakness:

none so far

I use this pedal on my xc bike, Specialized FSR Stumpjumper Comp 09, and love it. I ride them loose and banged them couple of times on rocks and still holding up.

[Jul 10, 2011]
marc / fisherbike
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Looking good, in and out clipping works wonderful.
Not very expencive.

Weakness:

Crappy bearings.

I've been riding XTR pedals for years, when I saw these I wanted them right away. So I bought two sets, one for each bike. They are wonderful, no problems with in and out clipping. Good steady platform.

But now after 6 months I have a lot of free play in the bearings. I was very disapointed when i found this out. My old XTR's run for years and the whole pedal's were worn exept the bearings. While now I have new pedals with worn bearings. I'll try a new set of these, and hope they don't wear out that fast.

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