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Race ready.

This is the second generation of Shimano's XT branded pedals. And as usual, the workhorse XT parts get some trickledown from Shimano's flagship XTR line. For this version you'll save a handful of grams per pedal over the older XT PD-M770 pedals, but most importantly, the design of the XT PD-M780 Pedals offers more platform to support your foot on the pedal body.

Like all other Shimano SPD pedals, it's a two-sided design so you can have easy access with the stomp of your foot. The two-bolt SH-51 cleats (included) have 4 degrees of float to allow some movement in your ankle as you pedal. At a glance it looks almost identical to the XTR pedals, but material differences make the XTR about 30 grams lighter. Function-wise you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart. The XT pedals are all about performance per dollar.

The Shimano XT PD-M780 Pedals are Dark Grey and have an aluminum body that relies on sealed cartridge bearings to spin on a plated chromoly axle. The retention mechanism can be adjusted on both sides to accommodate your preferred release tension.

  • Mud-shedding design ensures consistent engagement
  • Low-profile shape for added obstacle clearance
  • Cro-Moly spindle for strength

Tech Specs

Cleat Type:
2-bolt, SPD
Entry / Release:
Pedal Wrench Type:
hex wrench 8 mm
Recommended Use:
XC racing, cyclocross
Actual Weight:
One Color, One Size: 340g

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Here's what others have to say...

4 5

A good Shimano pedal.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

They are quality durable pedals. My old pair of Shimanos went strong for 15 years. The bearing in them feels very smooth and high quality. There are lighter options out there. They weigh in at 12.00 oz on the dot per pair. I'm sure they will be trusty companions for years to come.

5 5

Excellent Value

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the value of these pedals. I have them on my CX bikes, by Mountain Bike, and my Fat bike. These have been thru some tuff weather here in Iowa during the winter and they have never failed. So that said I have over 6 pair of these currently on my bikes and wife's and am looking to get a couple more for some recently new acquisitions.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have these on all my mtb's love them, super reliable

5 5

A good upgrade

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded to these pedals from the entry level trail pedals, the m520 or something like that. These have a more positive engagement and hold you better. They are also significantly lighter, which was a big bonus because these went on a carbon racing hardtail, so I wanted them to be pretty light but not to break the bank. I've also smashed them into rocks at speed, and they have just shrugged it off, proving that they are very durable. I would highly recommend these for mountain biking or cyclocross, due to the light weight reliability. I chose these over the crank bros because I like to pedal through corners and tech, so I'll hit my pedals on rocks and stuff, so durability is key.

5 5

Great, but with trade-offs

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using eggbeaters for the past couple of seasons and recently replaced them with Shimano XT pedals. I love the difference. The eggbeaters had too much float in the pedal and required frequent cleat replacement. This Shimano pedals just work, clip in and ride. Plus I don't accidentally slip out of the XT pedals all the time, like when I'm using the eggbeaters. I love the tension system on these pedals and the refined adjustability. The only downside of these pedals compared to the eggbeaters is the weight difference and mud build up. The egg beaters are better at handling mud and allow you to clip in even when there is excess mud build up on the cleats. If I had to choose all over again I'd stick with shimano pedals. The trade offs aren't worth it for trail riding.

5 5

perfect pedals

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

light, great control ripping on technical downhills. get these XTs as the XTrs have bearing problems, though are a little lighter

3 5

good but quality control issues..

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Second set of XT pedals in the past 2 years (2 bikes) and I love everything about them except both sets had to have at one of the pedal spindle bearings replaced after only a few rides. That upped the cost of the pedals by about $ I am not happy about that. Where is the quality control...?

5 5

workhorse of a pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

the XT pedals are very dependable, and just flat work well. adjustment is easy via tension screw, platform size is big enough to disperse pressure across the sole of my shoe, and the price is definitely right. i've owned the XTR's as well, but I don't think the extra weight on the XT's is reason enough to pay more for the XTR's, especially since the XTR's have experienced some quality control issues with seals in the past. i've also used candys and eggbeaters, but i've come back to XT's for the everyday comfort and dependability at a great price.

5 5

The. best. pedal.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't think you can buy a better pedal for the money. Solid. My only complaint is that the factory grease is too gummy, and you are likely to have trouble getting out of them if you ride in dry dirt a lot after the first 10 rides. I degreased both pair that I own in WD40 then re-lubed them myself, and they work like a charm.

5 5

Shimano XT

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

XT is high quality. If you can get 'em on sale they are worth it vs. the PD-M540. Otherwise the PD-M540 is basically the same thing but just a bit heavier.

5 5


You'd better buy these sick pedals now, because they are amazing. best money ever spent on a pedal

5 5

Adjustable and Dependable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I went away from Shimano SPD for a few years in favor of a pedal named after a kitchen implement, but I'm back. Early generations of SPD pedals did not clear mud well, but the current models have open architecture to evacuate crud. Plus, they have great adjustability and retention, and they spin smooth for a long time and don't break.

Responded on

Mike is completely justified with his love affair with Shimano XT products! All the tech trickled down from XTR with a slight weight penalty and a HUGE savings in cost! Listen to Mike Nelson...he's the best!!

5 5

my go to pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

ive been riding XT pedals for the last few years and love the quality. They are extremely durable-able to withstand many rock strikes,ext. Also easy to get in and out of. They arn't the lightest but definitely make up for it in quality. Highly recommended.