Whether you're stepping up your two-wheeled game and clipping into the bicycle for the first time, Shimano PD-M530 MTB SPD Pedal will connect you to your two wheeled steed for years to come. These easy to adjust pedals will take you across miles of singletrack or down the street to work.
The larger, but not huge, platform is great for cross country mountain biking, with a more stable platform through rocky sections. Dual-sided entry for quick entry and exit means you won't be nancing around the trail head trying to flip your pedals over so you can clip in. The sealed cartridge bearing spindle requires minimal maintenance and provides buttery smooth action. The design of the pedal also sheds mud efficienty so you don't miss a beat after jumping obstacles in your next 'cross race. The adjustability of the cleat retention system makes it easy to get the exact tension you need for your riding style.
The Shimano PD-M530 MTB SPD Pedal are compatible with two bolt SPD cleats only. Cleats are included with these pedals.
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mountain biking, cyclocross, winter commuting
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cranked them down to make it easy to snap out and it. Makes for just the right amount a resistance to get out quickly. I was always a bit nervous with clipless, in constant fear of the bike chasing me down a fall. However, these are easy in and out, and you can easily ride them without cleats if you wanna race down to grab some beer on a Friday night but are too lazy to throw on your mountain bike shoes.
I love Shimano SPD and have them on all my bikes but I have hard tail bike which a friend borrow when they are in town and they need normal pedal. I decided to get the PD-M530 so I can use it with my Shimano SPD shoe and my friend can also use the pedal with normal shoes. That way, I don't have to switch pedal each time someone borrow my bike. My only complain is that it is heavy and scratches easily.
These pedals are typically my go to as they are realistically really cheap, they always work, and take a lot to break them. They offer a good range of tension for your cleats, especially if you are learning on clipless and want a really easy action to get your feet out. The only downside is that they are a bit on the heavy side, but easy to live with based on price.
While I haven't been using these long enough to comment on the long term durability, they seem like they will last awhile. It is nice being able to adjust the tension of clipping in and out. It is a must for first time clipless users, so they can build up their confidence and increase the tension as they become more confident. They are a heck of a good buy considering how cheap they are and the beatings they appear to be able to take. I'm not saying they are the best pedals out there, but for the price they are wonderful.
These get the job done. You can loosen or tighten the tension to make it easier or harder to click out of the pedals as you progress. They also have a big enough platform that i can ride with my tennis shoes on and cruise around town to a friends house.
Incredible value for $$$ when compared to the XT/ XTR. True that latter 2 pedals offer better finishes, quality materials, & smoother performance. Tried all 3 & the M530s low price tag, unnoticeable difference in operations won me over. Love the larger platform on the M530s, as it offers ample surface contact to your shoe when unclipped - very useful on rocky sections of the trail. Over the course of 7 years of biking, I've only gone through 3 Shimano SPD pedals... and I'm sure the M530s will last a year or 2 of trail bashing.
These were my first clipless pedals after many years of platforms and clips. They work just fine and I got my confidence in them built up pretty quick. I really had no issues with them until I bought a used bike that had XTR M980 pedals on it. The XTRs work smoother and easier, but its the difference between a $30 pedal made in China or Taiwan and a $170-$270 (depending on where you buy) pedal made in Japan. I think the performance of the M530 is pretty good for someone looking to try their first clipless pedal or for a clipless pedal on a budget.
What do you expect? For less than $50 bucks you get less than $50 performance. This pedal reminds me of why I stopped riding SPDs years ago. I had hoped that Shimano had made significant improvements over the years but I guess that just isn't the case unless you get their higher end pedals. For the price they are a good option for recreation and cruises but not much more.