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Old 05-06-20, 09:49 AM
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Shimano PD-EH500 Dual Side Pedals - Thoughts?

Hello - NOOB question here, does anyone have experience with the Shimano PD-EH500 dual side SPD/flat pedals?

I am considering these for my first SPD pedals for my hybrid fitness bike for neighborhood riding.

Is the flat side of the pedals with the screw-in screws grippy enough to hold your feet on the pedals without sliding around?

Thank you!!
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Old 05-06-20, 01:50 PM
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I have these pedals installed on my Scott Metrix and like them for their versatility. Have been riding SPD since converting over years ago so I wasnít sure about the dual platform setup. However, I occasionally like to ride with regular flat soled shoes but also find these pedals appealing when I ride clipless as Iím able to start off flat pedaling and am able to click in soon after. That being said, Iíve stuck with using my single release cleats.

The pegs arenít that aggressive/sharp that theyíll tear through your soles. Just high enough to provide ample grip. You could always opt to screw in just half of the provided pegs. Itís really up to you.
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Old 05-06-20, 02:02 PM
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I have these pedals installed on my Scott Metrix and like them for their versatility. Have been riding SPD since converting over years ago so I wasnít sure about the dual platform setup. However, I occasionally like to ride with regular flat soled shoes but also find these pedals appealing when I ride clipless as Iím able to start off flat pedaling and am able to click in soon after. That being said, Iíve stuck with using my single release cleats.

The pegs arenít that aggressive/sharp that theyíll tear through your soles. Just high enough to provide ample grip. You could always opt to screw in just half of the provided pegs. Itís really up to you.
That's great feedback - thanks very much!
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Originally Posted by Gaarci View Post
Hello - NOOB question here, does anyone have experience with the Shimano PD-EH500 dual side SPD/flat pedals?

I am considering these for my first SPD pedals for my hybrid fitness bike for neighborhood riding.

Is the flat side of the pedals with the screw-in screws grippy enough to hold your feet on the pedals without sliding around?

Thank you!!
Unless you plan on riding clipless, the Saint might be better. I have them on my bike and absolutely love them .
https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/produ...0/PD-MX80.html
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Old 05-06-20, 09:36 PM
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I have them. They were on my Scott Metrix for a while before I threw LOOK Keos on. They are now on my wife's C'dale Quick 5 and she likes them for when she wants to clip in, or if she just wants to fart around and wear regular shoes.
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Old 05-06-20, 09:57 PM
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I installed a pair of these on my hybrid last spring. I like the versatility of them.
The replaceable pins work well, on the "flat" side, when wearing regular shoes.
These pedals come with SM-SH56 "Multi-Release" (vs. SM-SH51 "Single-Release" cleats) which are good for all the "stops and starts" of commuting.
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Old 05-07-20, 11:13 AM
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I have the Nashbar Soho pedals on my bike, and I really like them. I can go clipless on my road rides and just use sneakers when riding rail trails with the family. There is the mild frustration of having to turn the pedal to the correct side, but that's a fair trade-off for not needing to swap out pedals or bikes. I know you're asking specifically about the Shimano pedals, but on the Nashbar pedals the flat side is not super grippy. With sneakers it's plenty good enough for casual riding, but I definitely wouldn't want to use that side for any ride where efficiency is important. The Shimanos look to be bit grippier than the ones I have, though, so they're probably better in that respect.
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Old 05-10-20, 01:20 AM
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Of the three different models of dual sided I've used, the EH 500's are by far my favourite. In general, the drawback of dual sided has been that they weight a tonne (compared to their clip-in only cousins, like the M520. However, the EH500's are far lighter than the M324's I have, and much grippier on the flat side (thanks to the pins poking out). If you are willing to sped the extra money, I could not recommend them highly enough.
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Old 05-21-20, 06:06 AM
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I just put them on my DS3. I bought a pair of Shimano MT-701 shoes as well. After 1 day I’m sold. I thought the set up was easy. Just watched a couple You Tube videos. These are my first clipless pedals and after riding around the block a couple times to make sure I was comfortable clipping in and out, which was much easier to get the hang of than I thought it would be, I did a quick 12 mile path ride. Everything was comfortable and worked well. The platform on the flat side isn’t as big as the pedals that came with the bike, so that may take a little getting used to, but I don’t plan on using the flat side very often. Hope this helps.
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I have Shimano PD M324's, and the PD M-530's and like them both. You can't hardly go wrong with Shimano double sided pedals.
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I've a pair. They balance well for SPD click-in, but require flipping them from F to R for the platform side. They don't weigh much and come in a unique bluish grey color which will not match anything else on your bike.

The SPD side is the typical proven mechanism with the same design as on XT/XTR level pedals. However, the higher end pedals seem to have better plating on the springs and mechanisms. Its still good but not as slick and the springs could rust over time.

The flat side is slightly concave and the pins do a great job of providing traction. Size is smaller than RaceFace Aeffect/Chester but should offer more cornering clearance.


Aeffect vs EH500

The spindle is the older plastic sleeve type which I find is prone to ticking and requires a special tool to service the spindle. This tool once used to be included with SPD pedals. Mounting and removal is versatile via wrench flats or 6mm hex.
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Old 05-25-20, 10:58 PM
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I just got these for my hybrid and I LOVE them after 2 rides. The pins provide plenty of grip on the flat side and they are just the right size.
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Old 06-07-20, 09:53 AM
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+1, love these pedals. will buy for my GF as well. They're great !!
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