First off, I've ridden SPDs for almost 15 years, exclusively Shimano, and mostly XT. These pedals were a pain when I first got them...the factory grease was too thick when I first started using them and I could not get out of them even with the adjuster ratcheted to the easiest setting. I fell over on the road before a ride, couldn't unclip, broke my wrist...so yeah, I'm a little bitter. But I still got up and rode dadgummit. Thankfully Google was invented, because I learned if you soak these in WD40 and degrease them overnight, then apply your own light lubrican (Shimano greased these with lubrican't) and ride the heck out of them, they loosen up. I use them now, but still would not recommend them because after a few hundred miles I see very little benefit to the wide platform. They are just heavier, and catch rocks on techy terrain. I'd recommend these same pedals (over all other pedals) without the platform. Want a wider platform? Get a good set o' flats like Spike Spanks. Want SPDs? Avoid these.