Shimano PD-M647 SPD Dual Platform Pedals $109.95
Shimano calls this a racing pedal, and it's easy to see why. The resin cage surrounding the clipless spedal is larger and grippier than the M545/M424 design. The clipless pedal inside the cage is based on the latest Shimano SPD MTB iteration. Making entry easy is the 12.5-degree angle at which the clipless pedal sticks up from the cage. The result is a pedal that's good at shedding muck and is easy to stand on as well as easy to get in to.
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switching from flats
i ride up and down, occasional lift access and shuttle runs, and switching from flats was about as easy as i think it can get with these, I recommend the cleats that allow the 3 release methods (SH56 cleats). Going clipless will definitely take some getting used to but these have been great, easy to get in and out, durable pedals with no issues with debris or anything else. The hex on the outside makes installation easier (regular wrenches are too fat, so this allows you to install without a dedicated pedal removal wrench)
They Take a Beating and Keep Going
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These pedals have seen it all. Incredible abuse, hard powered down-strokes to rocks and roots...repeatedly. I have one year and 4,600 miles on these and they have been off the bike for just one lube and service at 3,600 miles and were looking good. I thought of servicing them sooner, but they really didn't need it when I did get around to it. They are snap to lube. Look up the tricks! Two Thumbs Up!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Put these on my bike and they fit and work awesome!!!
Keeps others from test riding your bike.
When I have flats on my bike I notice people will throw a leg over my bikes and take them for a pedal. With these pedals I have never experienced it. You can tell they want to but they stop short once they see them.
I wouldn't waste my money on the other shimano spd pedals with the cage around them. These things are the real deal. I have bashed the living shit out of them at Whistler. I have seen so many flat pedals get absolutely destroyed in the same brutal conditions and never once have I had a problem with these.
I have three pairs of them that are spread out across my DH bikes. I am the guy with the tool boxes and spare parts when we go anywhere and I notice at races and at Whistler that pedals take a beating. I have fixed and put back together so many different pedals, but I have never had any issues whatsoever with these pedals.
Be Careful Adjusting Clip In Tightness
Pedals work great and I have no problem with them. I personally do not like the adjustment mechanism on these pedals for clipping in and out. I know many riders who have stripped the hex screw as it is very small and now cannot readjust them. The hex screw should be larger and their should be a way to tell how tight or loose they are. I would not buy again do to the design of the clip in factor.
when im clipped in my shoes can twist for a cm or two and it feels pretty hairy coming into tech sections when im riding. does any one know how to fix that? thanks
Free Ride Dream
When I switch from a hard tail to a FreeRide bike, I wanted a pebble that I could use even if I was not clipped in. I hated when I would come out of my clipless pedal and then have nothing to peddle against until I got clipped back in. I use these with the Shimano SH-AM45 Shoes and I have nothing bad to say about the setup. Plastic cage may look cheap but it has help up to a major beating this season and I expect it will last many more.
happy so far
This is my first dual platform pedal, and I have been more than happy with them so far. I can clip in for a longer ride, or not while I head to the corner store and back.
Only pedal for downhill
These pedals rock! I didn't realize how much I disliked the mallet until I stepped into these babies! Easy in and easy out. Simply FANtastic.
I'm a commuter, weekend rider, and occasional competitor, and I use both my road and mountain bikes for all of these on a regular basis. I chose these pedals for their reported comfort with both cleated and flat shoes, and I chose the PD-A530 on my road bike for the same reason. I only have one pair of cycling shoes, so I wanted the same cleats on both, and all the pedals had to be comfortable with flats.
Although I love the PD-A530's, I'm really disappointed with the PD-M647. I forked up big money on these nice pedals for my new titanium XC hardtail, thinking they need to be good with flats and light weight to match the rest of the bike, so these are my only option by Shimano. As it turns out, they aren't really much more comfortable than normal cage-less SPDs, which makes me wonder if I should have even gone with these at all. Secondly, there's an obnoxious creeking sound coming on every pedal stroke, which drives me totally nuts (reported by another reviewer also), and although the cage hasn't cracked, some other plastic part on the spindle has cracked on both pedals. All these combined, I ask myself why I keep these every time I go on a ride. For a similar amount of comfort, I could have paid half the price and saved half the weight with a pair of Crank Bro's Candies or even Shimano cage-less pedals, and been far more satisfied with the end result.
I guess these pedals do have two things going for them: 1. If you miss the clip you have a bit of platform to pedal with until you get a chance to clip in. 2. They apparently make good, lightweight downhill pedals (but I don't downhill, so thats no help for me).
i commute and i lov'em! Feels good with or without the clip in.
Good for casual and intense
The description really says it all: "These pedals take on a DH race as easily as a day on singletrack, and theyll even give you the versatility to ride to the store without changing into bike shoes". I haven't really noticed anything wrong with these, which means they are doing a good job. The only thing that did go wrong is the left pedal made a loud annoying "clicking" noise with every cycle, and it was starting to drive me insane. After a couple rides, right before I was about to send them back, the clicking went away.
Good for starters...
I'm digging this pedal more and more. Not ready for clip'ins yet, but it works great as a normal, flat pedal. should be an easy transition to clip'ins in the future without having to buy new pedals.
I am riding Trek fuel EX 8, does these...
I am riding Trek fuel EX 8, does these PD-M647 SPD fits them?
Yes, pedals are pretty standard so they will fit your bike.
If you are a Shimano pedal fan and ride DH, these are the pedals to get. The cage is insanely durable and they are one of the lighter DH specific pedals out there.
For platform pedals..these rule
Sweet, lightweight platforms. Great for extra leverage. I enjoy platforms for overall comfort. Have used others..love these for the easy cleaning and lightweight comfy design. Solid pedals
What style of cleat do these come with? ...
What style of cleat do these come with? Multi-directional?
SPD cleats are multi-directional.
I have shimano pm 737 pedals on my mtn....
I have shimano pm 737 pedals on my mtn. bike, what replacement cleats do I need ?
Shimano SH-51 Single Release SPD Cleats
I'm assuming the cage platform isn't resin...
I'm assuming the cage platform isn't resin plastic, is it painted cro-mo or anodized aluminum?
Nope, plastic all the way. I can't say I've never seem them fail, but generally they stand the test of time. They do make an aluminum version, but the cage is silver on those.
I googled "1/2-inch clipless pedals", and these came up among others. Are they actually 1/2-inch spindle pedals?