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Shimano M530 SPD Trail Pedal

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The Shimano M530 SPD Trail Pedal is the value for money SPD pedal that is ideal for mountain bike riding whether you are doing fast-paced cross country or taking it casually with trail riding. The SPD bike pedal has a large integrated cage that gives excellent pedalling efficieny and also improves stability when you need to pedal standing up as it gives more confidence and control.

Theopen design of the pedal helps to keep mud at bay for a low maintenance pedal so it is well suited to tackling the single track and ultra-technical descents where you might have to fight your way through the mud. The Shimano M530 SPD Trail Pedal also has acsealed cartridge bearing spindle that keeps the pedal turning smoothly in any weather condition.

Shimano M530 SPD Trail Pedal Features

  • Value for money dual-sided SPD pedal, perfect for cross country trail riding
  • This trail pedal is ideally suited to tackle single track and ultra-technical descents with control and confidence
  • The large integrated cage provides excellent pedal to shoe contact increasing stability and control
  • Sealed cartridge bearing spindle keeps out water and mud for a smooth action, and makes for a durable pedal
  • Open design helps to shed mud

These were recommended to me as great value, they are! They look great on my hardrock black and I cant believe the price of such a well known brand. I can clip in/out far easier.

6/18/2012 10:20:23 AM | Darren Shepherd

Professional reviews

This 'trail-style' SPD pedal was introduced on the top-end XTR groupset last year, but has trickled down to the XT and Deore groupsets for 2012. These are the budget Deore-level pedals and are based on the same sealed cartridge bearing design as the standard entry-level SPD (the PD-M520).

The main difference between the two is the 530 has a cage, and while this looks like your shoe will have a much greater contact with the pedal, as you do with the DX SPD, in use it is just the broader section around the cleat area that contacts the sole of the shoe. This can be felt though and there is noticeably more support with this pedal than with the cageless 520. The front and rear sections of the pedals aren't there to look pretty either. Shimano's SPDs have always been incredibly easy to clip into and out of but these are, once again, noticeably easier to clip into thanks to the cage providing better cleat location.

With the addition of the larger platform, Shimano has made a great product even better and the weight penalty is only a scant 75g. A perfect product for trail riders on a bit of a budget.

3/11/2014 5:17:41 PM | MBR

When, just over 20 years ago, Shimano decided to make clipless mountain bike pedals it came up with a product that's changed little over the years. The 2011 PD-M520 is the default choice for anyone getting into clipless; it's cheap, lightweight, easy to adjust and as reliable as night following say. Until this PD-M545 and M424s did give though was a resistance to pedal roll on entry - where you go to toe the front of the cleat into the mechanism only for the small body of the pedal to roll on the outsole of your shoe instead of clipping in. The downside was they weren't light, they were big and good at catching the ground. Shimano boiled this info down and made the PD-M530 for those who ride technical trails where being absolute light weight is less of an issue - the extra alloy in the M530's Trail 'wings' adds 39g per pedal (an M520 weights 188g). Weight aside the new M530 is a real rider's pedal. Entry to the cleat mechanism is toe first, the same as all Shimano SPDs, just a lot more reliable thanks to the elimination of the roll. Though the new pedals weren't designed to specifically offer more platform to stand on, if you've got very flexible soled riding shoes you might feel a bit less shoe curl using the M530s. Going back to a conventional sized SPD pedal you immediately sense the pedal is harder to locate on entry and more prone to roll. If you're considering an upgrade or first time buying SPD pedals try the 'Trail' M530 in preference to the old M520. VERDICT: The most convincing case to upgrade your existing clipless pedals yet.

8/8/2012 10:31:19 AM | Guest User

The extra alloy in the M530's Trail 'wings' adds 39g per pedal over the standard M520s, but it results in easier to locate cleat engagement and reduced clip-in 'roll'. Great performance and value

8/8/2012 10:31:19 AM | Guest User

This 'trail-style' SPD pedal was introduced on the top-end XTR groupset last year, but has tricked down to the XT and Deore groupsets for 2012. These are the budget Deore-level pedals and are based on the same sealed cartridge bearing design as the standard entry-level SPD (the PD-M520). The main difference between the two is the 530 has a cage, and while this looks like your shoe will have a much greater contact with the pedal, as you do with the DX SPD, in use it is just the broader section around the cleat area that contacts the sole of the shoe. This can be felt though and there is noticeably more support with the pedal than with the cageless 520. The front and rear sections of the pedals aren't there to look pretty either. Shimano's SPDs have always been incredibly easy to clip into and thanks to the cage providing better cleat location. With the addition of the larger platform, Shimano has made a great product even better and the weight penalty is only a scant 75g. A perfect product for trail riders on a bit of a budget.

8/8/2012 10:31:19 AM | Guest User

These beauties are effectively the little brothers of Shimano's £120 XTR Trail pedals. The 'Trail'part of the name refers to the alloy cage surrounding the pedal. Although it offers a slightly wider area either side of the cleat, you won't really notice a 'platform' as such, it just busies itself with taking the knocks. The engagement is typically Shimano - crisp and secure. Fans of float may need to look elsewhere but for Shimano regulars they're spot-on. The cheap asking price means you won't get lightweight, high-end frivolities such as a hollow chromoly axle (the M530s use a solid number), but weight is still a respectable 446g. Performance is great for the price, and puts a lot of other entry-level pedals to shame. The cage makes accidentally spinning the pedal during quick engagements a thing of the past, and ours have stayed play-free and crisp.

8/8/2012 10:31:19 AM | Guest User

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