Shimano M520L Mountain Pedals

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Shimano M520L Mountain Pedals
While the Shimano M520L Mountain Pedals may be priced for the entry-level mountain biker, their performance out on the trail will make them feel like they're worth a million bucks. Using the same mechanism for entry and release used by its rock star Shimano XT and XTR brethren, clicking in and out of these pedals is a joy to behold. Have no fear if the going gets sloppy as they work great in muddy conditions while their aluminum body and chromoly spindle are up to the task of withstanding all the punishment you can dish out while having a rip roaring good time riding in the woods.
  • Aluminum body and chromoly spindle are super tough
  • Adjustable spring tension, top and bottom
  • Sealed bearings make for smooth pedaling
  • Includes Shimano SM-SH51 cleat
Shimano M520L Mountain Pedals
  • WEIGHT 376 grams/pair
  • UPC 689228060470
  • COMPATIBILITY
  • MATERIAL Aluminum body; Chromoly spindle
  • BOLT PATTERN 2-bolt
  • SHOE COMPATIBILITY 2-bolt
  • FLOAT 4 degree
  • ADJUSTMENTS Release tension
  • Rating 4.5

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Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals
 
4.5

(based on 126 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Dual sided entry (102)
  • Reliable entry/exit (102)
  • Adjustable (92)
  • Increases pedaling efficiency (89)
  • Good platform (62)

Cons

  • Heavy (21)
  • Unreliable entry/exit (4)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (95)
  • Road biking (69)
  • Upgrade (21)
  • Commuting (6)
  • BMX (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (72), Casual/ recreational (35), Competitive cyclist (9), Commuter (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (108)

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5.0

Repeat Satisfaction

By T-Bone

from Katy, TX

About Me Avid Cyclist

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Dual Sided Entry
  • Reliable Entry/Exit

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

    Liked my first pair so much that I bought a second pair for my back-up bike. Need I say more?

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    good pedals

    By Ian

    from Santa Cruz, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Dual Sided Entry
    • Good Platform
    • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
    • Reliable Entry/Exit

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

    First off, if you have a road bike and don't have cycling shoes, don't get these. Get road shoes and pedals instead. Pretty much any road pedal is going to be lighter than this, whether it be Look, Time, SPD-SL, or Speedplay. And Speedplay is even double-sided, as well.

    That said, if you're coming from a mountain bike and have SPDs, and you're trying to control your budget, or if you're looking to get bike shoes that you can also walk in, these are the pedals to get. All the benefits of clipless pedals, none of the penguin-stepping off the bike.

    They won't stop your derailleur getting eaten by your rear wheel, but that's just me griping.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Don't Underestimate These Pedals!

    By T-Bone

    from Katy, TX

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reliable Entry/Exit

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

      Wow, after using other brands/models for years, I've really fallen for these pedals! Can't beat them for the price, and I plan of purchasing another pair for my second bike too. I think their best feature is ease of entry/release. I really hammer these on the trail, and they perform quite well. The center-open design does not seem to clog-up with mud like the other pedals I've tried. I'm sold on these!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Perfect for Hybrids Too!

      By Fredcw

      from Briarcliff Manor, NY

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Dual Sided Entry
      • Good Platform
      • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
      • Lightweight
      • Reasonable Price
      • Reliable Entry/Exit

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

        First upgrade I made on new Trek 7.2 FX hybrid bike.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        durable long lasting smooth cost effective efficient pedals

        By jronne

        from Cupertino, CA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Dual Sided Entry
        • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
        • Reliable Entry/Exit

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking
          • Road Biking
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

          I use these for road biking in some very fast company.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Just DO it!

          By ukfan4sure!

          from Louisville, KY

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Dual Sided Entry
          • Good Platform
          • Great Value
          • Reliable Entry/Exit

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • BMX
          • Mountain Biking
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

          I bought these based on the fact they were double-sided and had great reviews. I now have two pairs, one for each of my bikes. These pedals aren't the lightest you can buy, but are very strong and are an exceptional value (shh... Don't tell Shimano or they'll raise the price!). I've also found they hold well and release quickly. I've actually dumped my bike trying to release them on some more expensive models.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          great

          By Jon

          from Brentwood, NH

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Good Platform
          • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable Entry/Exit

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

            Easy to adjust to your fit. Had some trouble getting in and out at first, but quickly become used to them and they've been great since. Awesome deal.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            good product

            By Steve

            from Warrenton MO

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Dual Sided Entry
            • Good Platform
            • Increases Pedaling Efficiency

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

              Great product for my use. Recently purchased a recumbent bike and decided clip in pedals were a better choice than power grips straps. Work well after I reduced the tension for holding shoe onto pedal. Have transferred them to my hybrid bike and enjoy them for this ride as well. Surprised that I have resisted using this type of pedal for so long.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Reliable

              By carlton

              from San Diego

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Dual Sided Entry
              • Reliable Entry/Exit

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

                Actually use these on my roadbike cuz I like shoes I can walk in. Heavy, but solid and reliable.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Nice Pesals

                By Pacoman

                from Syracuse, NY

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Dual Sided Entry
                • Good Platform
                • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable Entry/Exit

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about Shimano M520L Mountain Bike Pedals:

                  I bought a pair of these Shinano pedals last year for one of my road bikes and decided to convert my trail bike to clip less pedals as well. The price is good and the return on investment is excellent. Well worth the money.

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                  • No

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