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Shimano PD-EH500 vs. PD-T421 pedals

Old 04-27-21, 12:04 PM
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Shimano PD-EH500 vs. PD-T421 pedals

Hi all,

I looking to move from toe clips to a dual-sided SPD/flat pedal. I already own Shimano CT-500 shoes (Shimano CT500).
Shimano recommends either the EH-500 or the T421 pedals.

The differences I see are:

T421: click'r technology (whatever that is) Has reflector. Shimano lists for "Trekking" (Shimano T421)
EH500: pins on flat side. Shimano lists for "Multi-Purpose" (Shimano EH500)

Does anyone understand why one would choose one of those vs. the other?

I don't ride in mud or downhill. I'm an adventure rider on paved (75%), dirt road(25%), and I avoid mud, and am not a mountain biker.

Thanks for the input.
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Originally Posted by Zebra Tempest View Post
Hi all,

I looking to move from toe clips to a dual-sided SPD/flat pedal. I already own Shimano CT-500 shoes (Shimano CT500).
Shimano recommends either the EH-500 or the T421 pedals.

The differences I see are:

T421: click'r technology (whatever that is) Has reflector. Shimano lists for "Trekking" (Shimano T421)
EH500: pins on flat side. Shimano lists for "Multi-Purpose" (Shimano EH500)

Does anyone understand why one would choose one of those vs. the other?

I don't ride in mud or downhill. I'm an adventure rider on paved (75%), dirt road(25%), and I avoid mud, and am not a mountain biker.

Thanks for the input.
T421 uses Click'R, which is aimed at beginners (more float and less click in and click out strength). EH500 also comes in a version with sh-56 cleats, which offer more float over the standard but with standard springs.
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Between those two pedals, I would go EH500.
Pedal reflectors...why?

My gravel bike has an older pedal verson of the EH500 called the A530. I use my gravel bike most frequently for family rides to places where I want regular shoes, so the pedal is very convenient since it has a platform option.
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Originally Posted by DorkDisk View Post
T421 uses Click'R, which is aimed at beginners (more float and less click in and click out strength). EH500 also comes in a version with sh-56 cleats, which offer more float over the standard but with standard springs.
Thanks for that link that explains Clickr. It turns out I am a beginner and never used clipless. Any idea if that might be useful?
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Shimano used to make a beginner cleat that you could install on your shoe that made it easier to clip in and out of this looks like they have made more of a system out of it.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Between those two pedals, I would go EH500.
Pedal reflectors...why?
only thing I can think of is because they sell worldwide and some areas may require pedal reflectors to be street legal. Friend in Stockholm said she has to keep the reflectors that come on wheels in order to be legal..
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Originally Posted by Zebra Tempest View Post
Thanks for that link that explains Clickr. It turns out I am a beginner and never used clipless. Any idea if that might be useful?
I'd say the product has a short useful life span. How long is one expected to take to learn a pedal system? After that you buy the real deal and discard this one? Just buy the real SPD.
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I switched my gravel/bikepacking bike last year from Shimano XTR SPD pedals to the EH-500 pedals for versatility, and Iíve been very happy. Iím not a beginner - Iíve used SPDs almost since they were first introduced - and I skipped the included SM-SH56 cleats and use SM-SH51 cleats instead. But I think the EH-500 pedals would be useful for beginners and experienced riders alike.

In my experience, the SPD side functions exactly like the XTR pedals, Shimanoís top product line. And the flat side is comfortable for me with all the shoes and sandals Iíve tried, including very thin hiking/running sandals. The shape of that side is slightly curved, which is fine; and the metal pins definitely help keep my feet in place - enough so that Iíd be reluctant to use flat pedals that didnít have such pins or something similar.

I havenít tried the other pedals mentioned in this thread.
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Ok, you all convinced me to go with the EH-500. I'm getting them put on in a couple of weeks with a bike fitting. Thanks.
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