Shimano XT PD-M8020 Trail Pedal

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Shimano XT PD-M8020 Trail Pedal and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

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:

User Reviews

  • 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.
  • Lightweight.
  • Durable build.
  • Effective for beginners.
  • Cage is small enough that doesn’t add bulk.
  • Reasonably priced.

Expert Reviews

  • 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:

User Reviews

  • Could be better at mud-clearing.

Expert Reviews

  • 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.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2.