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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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Great intro to clipless pedals

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Bought these for my 12 year old kid. She had tired other clipless pedals but never felt confident. These are ideal - allow her to ride clipped or unclipped on the same ride. Coupled them with the SH56 cleats. I'd highly recommend them for an intro to clipless pedals

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!

    They Take a Beating and Keep Going

    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.

        quick question

          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.

            Surprisingly Unpleased

              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).

              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 they’ll 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.

                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?