Looking for a new set of clipless trail bike pedals? Shimano has you covered with 3 levels of caged clipless pedals. Mountain Bike Action has put together a head to head shootout of Shimano’s XTR Trail, XT Trail, and PD-M530 pedals. They note some distinct differences between the 3 models and show you some good photo comparisons.
I really like these new caged models because you get a lot more area to put your foot on when you’re not engaged. This helps in tricky situations when you need to start off at an odd angle or up a hill and in case you accidentally un-clip and can’t get back in right away.
The oldest myth about Shimano pedals is that they are all the same, and the only difference is the use of lighter and more expensive materials to achieve the weight goals of the XTR and XT pedals. This shootout blows that singletrack legend out of the woods. These pedals are different enough in design that it does not take a trained eye to see it.
If you’re in the market to purchase some clipless pedals Jenson USA is our suggested online store. They have a lot of models with some excellent prices.