x2 - I'm in the same position. My 647's are starting to get beat and the lighter XTR pedals look like a good replacement. Even if I use my regular "MTB" shoes, I like having the wider platform of the pedal.shalesjr said:I'd have to disagree. On my 5 Spot I use Shimano PD-M647 pedals, and can tell a noticeable difference compared to the regular spd's on my Evil. My only real complaint is weight (522g). The new XTR trails have a claimed weight of 398g. Looks like a pretty decent platform on the new XTR's.
But, I guess I'm not really comparing apples to apples. When using platform spd's, I use more of a tennis shoe spd shoe, as opposed to 'regular' mountain bike shoes on the Evil. Will be interesting to see nonetheless.
morandi said:I love clipless pedals, but I never quite understood the rampant trend of using super stiff carbon type roadie slipper shoes with pedals that have a small minimal contact area for mountain biking. Your pedals are one of your three main contact areas on the bike and most pedal/shoe interfaces suck. They make you feel like you're on ice skates, or standing on two pebbles.
I use the Crank Brother Mallets for all my riding, and its nice to see Shimano making a pedal thats more real world friendly.
Price is key, I think I’ll stay with the 647.freaknunu said:I think price will be a big part of whether or not this pedal sells or not. If its too expensive I think people will find better alternatives for a cheaper price.