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What do you Think of the Shimano PD-M520 for Newer Riders?

Old 04-05-21, 02:27 PM
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What do you Think of the Shimano PD-M520 for Newer Riders?

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I'm thinking about getting some clip-in pedals this year and I read an article that suggested the Shimano PD-M520 for gravel. Actually, it suggested this model based on muddy rides; I don't plan on getting into mud much at all. Still good?
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Ya, still good. Another one to consider is the PD-A530 which is dual sided and has a platform on the other side. This could be good while you are getting used to clipping in and out.
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M520 is a great pedal. Basically the same design as Shimano XT (M8100) and XTR (M9100) pedals, just a tiny bit heavier. I've used these pedals on MTB, CX, Gravel and road bikes for years.
The design is bomb-proof.
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Yup m520 is great - they can be a little stiff to clip in/out in the beginning so make sure you loosen the tension
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Ok, 520 it is.

Hey look at that, decision made!

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Originally Posted by m2244 View Post
Ok, 520 it is.

Hey look at that, decision made!

Thank you
Itís a solid pedal choice, but there might be other factors worth considering beyond a popularity contest...

For example, the M540 uses Shimanoís better axle system which beyond offering few parts, better service life, and lighter weight, also eliminates the need for a pedal-specific tool for servicing and most importantly IMO, does away with the pedal wrench for installation and relies on a common Allen hex wrench such as found in most bicycle mini tools. Itís nice not needing an extra tool, and I think the Allen is easier to work.

Similarly, the A600 uses the higher end axle as well but also drops nearly 1/4lbs compared to M520 through being single sided. I donít see any particular need for double sided pedals for gravel riding, and the A600 design improves cornering clearance and offers a larger support platform which I think makes it feel more solid as well as acceptable to ride in street shoes (soft outsoled).

The A600 also looks more sleek and appropriate to road-going bikes. Yes, it takes more practice to hit the A600 entry as consistently and easily as a dual-sided pedal, but itís not hard to master and itís the skill needed for road pedal systems if you ever imagine going that way.

Also, both M540 and A600 can be upgraded with titanium axles for about $55, shaving close to 50gm, if that kind of thing is of interest.

Iíve been running A600 on my local dirt roads since they first came out, probably 10 years now. I really like them.
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I just called a shop nearby and they have all brands mentioned above. I can't believe a shop in Vermont had all of these! Heading there after work.

Thanks everyone. I feel like a kid today and I love that feeling!
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