We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Shimano XT PD-M8020 Trail Pedal and summarize the results below:
PeakScore: 93 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.8 stars
Expert Rating: 4.2 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 291
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Adequate surface for support.
- Easier to find the clips than the smaller platform version.
- Easy to adjust the release tension.
- Easy to slip foot in-and-out.
- Easy to install and clean.
- Easy to mount.
- Durable build.
- Effective for beginners.
- Cage is small enough that doesn’t add bulk.
- Reasonably priced.
- The machined aluminum provides a consistent feeling of resistance on the shoe.
- The distance between the end of the float and release is short and consistent.
- The machined platform doesn’t feel more slippery when it’s damp.
- Pedal feels safe and stable due to increased surface area.
- Adjustable and serviceable bearing system
- Tension is easily adjusted with a 3mm hex key.
- Extra width helps to prevent foot roll when tilting the bike into corners
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Could be better at mud-clearing.
- Doesn’t have as smooth of a snap on the top end pedal.
- Lack of adjustability due to no traction pins.
- A bit heavier than the competitors.
- The steel-bearing retainer and slim axle don’t allow for removal using a 15mm pedal wrench, but has less surface area for mud build-up.
- Despite a bigger platform, this isn’t a pedal that you want to unclip from and attempt standing on.
- SPD binding protrudes awkwardly, and any pedaling in a soft-soled shoe will become uncomfortable.
The Shimano XT PD-M8020 Trail Pedal is for mountain bikers searching for a well designed easy-to-use pedal with a bigger platform. This is not the best choice for those who want to cycle with soft-soled shoes, but for mountain bikers who want high quality performance.