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Advice on what pedals to get for my new cyclocross bike

Old 03-19-21, 02:35 PM
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Advice on what pedals to get for my new cyclocross bike

I just received my Ridley X-Night Disc 105 HD cyclocross bike.

My previous bike was a road and so I知 wondering what pedals you would recommend for this bike?

My shoes are Shimano road shoes with spds so I知 assuming I値l need to get new ones.

Apologies if I知 asking slightly obvious questions but I知 very much still learning.

I should probably add that I do intend on using the bike on the bike path and gravel too.

Thanks in advance

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I would get mountain bike SPD pedals.
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You'll want to get mtb pedals/shoes/cleats. I think Shimano M-540 pedals are great and if you like your road shoes, you can likely get a MTB version of them.
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After some research I ordered these : SHIMANO DEORE XT PD-M8020

I like the wider contact area. Right now on eBay for $81.90 coming from Hong Kong.
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Originally Posted by Claireelesabeth
I just received my Ridley X-Night Disc 105 HD cyclocross bike.

My previous bike was a road and so I知 wondering what pedals you would recommend for this bike?

My shoes are Shimano road shoes with spds so I知 assuming I値l need to get new ones.

Apologies if I知 asking slightly obvious questions but I知 very much still learning.

I should probably add that I do intend on using the bike on the bike path and gravel too.

Thanks in advance
You can totally use the same shoes, assuming you like them. While one shoe type or one pedal type may offer some specific advantage depending on the kind of riding they池e used for, they all perform the same basic function and as such are all suitable for most riding.

For gravel riding, SPD is the most common choice because the cleats and pedals handle rough environments and being dirty better than road 3-bolt cleats, so your SPD are a good choice both functionally and culturally.

I知 imagining your road SPD shoes are something like Specialized Remixes; for non-technical dirt riding (i.e. where you don稚 have to dismount and walk in rough, muddy, slippery or rocky conditions) those are perfect. If you do need to consider walking traction, a new set of MTB or gravel SPD shoes with softer, more aggressive outsole tread would be recommended.

It sound like you don稚 have your old SPD pedals they would work fine if you did so the main features you池e looking for in new ones should be based on the kind of riding you値l do. For example, assuming you池e proficient using SPD, if the bike is only used for sport riding, you may want a lightweight, single-sided pedal like the Shimano A600. If you think you値l be doing rec or utility riding where you won稚 be always wearing your SPDs, then maybe a mixed, platform+SPD pedal where one side is a flat pedal and the other a cleat clamp, might be a good choice, such as the Shimano EH500.

There are other brands and options, but in any case it should not be difficult to find either shoes or pedals to fit foot, needs, and budget.
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Originally Posted by Claireelesabeth
I just received my Ridley X-Night Disc 105 HD cyclocross bike.

My previous bike was a road and so I’m wondering what pedals you would recommend for this bike?

My shoes are Shimano road shoes with spds so I’m assuming I’ll need to get new ones.

Apologies if I’m asking slightly obvious questions but I’m very much still learning.

I should probably add that I do intend on using the bike on the bike path and gravel too.

Thanks in advance
I'm confused - you said you have road shoes with SPDs. Shimano road pedals/cleats are called SPD-SL and use the three bolt attachment that road shoes have.



SPD cleats and pedals are much smaller and use two bolt attachment. They are commonly called mountain bike pedals/cleats.


Do you have two bolt mountain bike cleats on your road shoes, and use mountain bike SPD pedals? Or are they SPD-SL?

If you have SPD cleats and SPD pedals, you might want to get a second pair of pedals and cleats, but a new pair of mtb type shoes for walkability, but stick with that system. If they are SPD-SL cleats and pedals, I'd get a mountain bike shoe-cleat-pedal set up for the new bike, and any brand.

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I have used many different pedals over the years for MTB, gravel and CX riding and racing, and find Shimano XT to be the best value/performance option out there.
I run these pedals on every bike, including road bikes. I gave up on road cleats/pedals/shoes a long time ago.
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Originally Posted by OddJack
After some research I ordered these : SHIMANO DEORE XT PD-M8020

I like the wider contact area. Right now on eBay for $81.90 coming from Hong Kong.
Isn't that about the walk in price for the pedals at most bike shops?
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Originally Posted by dwmckee
Isn't that about the walk in price for the pedals at most bike shops?
They have been replaced by M8120's which are $130. If you can find them NOS maybe they'll be at a discount but doubtful during this pandemic.

I would not recommend A520's because they are one sided and do not like to stay cleat side upright.
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Originally Posted by Elvo

I would not recommend A520's because they are one sided and do not like to stay cleat side upright.
I use Exustar one sided pedals because they're quite a bit lighter and are usually easy to get into. It's not a mountain bike after all. Still allows me the walk ability of mountain bike shoes.
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PD-540s or PD-M8100 if you're fancy. Both are bulletproof and both are perfect for their intended purpose.
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