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Shimano A530 SPD Pedals
ShimanoA530 SPD Pedals

Your most versatile accessory.

Changing pedals is a task even the most diehard mechanic dislikes. Clockwise, counterclockwise, right thread, left thread — do any of us ever get it right the first time? For this reason the Shimano A530 SPD Pedals may just become your pedal of choice.

While most pedals feature either a one-sided design (road) or a two-sided (mountain) interface, the A530 takes the SPD and mates it to a platform for an all-in-one package. Now you’re able to ride the trails to work and then put on your boots for a night on the town when the clock is punched. With steel spindles and sealed-cartridge bearings, they are built to last. The platform is an ovalized, oversized aluminum plate that works with any shoe. The cleat side is Shimano’s tried-and-true SPD, and a set of cleats is included to get you rolling right out of the box.

  • Steel spindle
  • Sealed cartridge
  • Shimano SPD cleat compatible (2-hole)
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Too much compromise

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These could be perfect for someone, but I would just switch between flats and clips if you're so inclined. In addition to feeling sorta clunky, they aren't good flats nor are they good clips. As flats, the surface area is too small and they are slippery. As clips, they feel huge and awkward to me.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

these are awesome. its nice to have the option between clipping in or just cruising around town with regular pedals :) they can be a little slick depending on what shoes you wear, but not enough to bother me.

2nd set of these pedals

    I just read Jason M's review about the left pedal clicking. I replaced my previous set of the same pedals because the left pedal was clicking also. At first I thought it was my bike but I put them on another bike and the same left pedal clicking occurred. I decided to try a new set and see how they work in hopes that the problem had been addressed because the old pedals were about 3 years old. The new set seems to work fine but I will reserve my final review for a few more weeks because the clicking on the last set.

    Left Pedal Clicking Defective Product

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Buyers beware. There is a well known manufacturing defect that is plaguing these pedals. The left pedal will click with every crank- and I mean every. You'll also feel the cleat "pop" on the ball of your foot. I'm on my second set of these and the problem persists. I took it to my local bike shop and they couldn't troubleshoot the problem either even after servicing and trying different shoes and cleats.

    Great Pedals

      I recently purchased these. Great pedals you can click in or if commuting up to the store use regular soles or tennis shoes. Great product great price.

      Newby to flip pedals

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Easy installation, easy to ride with. Both platform and clips performed as they should. Platforms big enough to grip street shoes and easy to find when at stops. Clips ins without a snag.

      Unanswered Question

      Can the Shimano pda 530 pedal be sent with the sh56 cleat instead of the 51?

      Using these for years

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have been using these for years now. Love them. Especially when you get to Moab and more technical riding, it is nice to always have two options of pedals built into one.

      great for cruising around

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I use these on a commuter bike and they are perfect. Well made, sturdy and good looking enough. They work with SPD MTB cleats. I have not had any problems with them being too slick. I wouldn't use these for anything other than cruising around town but they are worth the price and I have no complaints.

      Shallow lean angle. Pedal strike risk.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I like this pedal, but have become increasingly concerned about how shallow a cornering angle causes a pedal strike. I provide a picture example and compare them to a 37 degree lean offered by speedplay zeros. I never strike my speedplays nor even the mtb variant the M530. I struck this pedal 3x the first week I had it mounted on my 2017 Specialized Diverge DSW. The angle shown in the picture is not very radical for even moderately aggressive riding, or more concerning, emergency maneuvers in traffic around cars and pedestrians. In my case, the angle is likely somewhat shallower than on a more typical road bike: The Diverge has a lowered BB and my crank is also the longest size, 175mm. If you buy this pedal, test the roll angle for yourself and see if you can keep the bike more upright in all circumstances.

      If the angle works for you, then:

      Pros: Both sides of the pedal do their cleated/street shoe job fairly well.

      the larger surface area of the street shoe cage seems to spread force

      across the lugs and soul of the clipped shoe, yielding seemingly better power transfer.


      Clipping in on the one cleated side can be tricky in traffic

      Shoe lug contact with street shoe side creates traction that may keep your foot from return to a more neutral position on the next stroke.

      Advise avoiding use on bikes with lowered BBs and long cranks. It seems that any design that could support the flip function would have this same problem.

      These are well made. Generally work well and look good, but you have to consider whether the lean angle would for your bike.

      Shallow lean angle. Pedal strike risk.

      great product

        perfect for commuting to class in normal shoes and also for longer rides with clip ins

        Great for dual duty

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        For someone who uses their road bike for fitness and commuting around town these are great. Convenient for use with sneakers or clip in shoes.

        Griptape on platform solves everything

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I see lots of people complaining that the platform is slick. Pretty simple solution; buy griptape, cut it into strips, and stick it on the platform.

        Great Pedal for the Price

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I was looking for a universal pedal... sometimes I like being clipped other times no. This pedal works for me. I'm a casual biker and it works great!!

        My go to simple pedals

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Great, easy to install, no frills pedals.

        Good pedals for short rides

          It doesn't provide the traction for hard trails, and it's not that quick to select the side of the pedal you want to use. Great if you use it to commute. Don't take this to a race!

          Are these pedals compatible with Diadora Tornado Shoes?


          Hey Barbara - These pedals are 2-hole SPD cleat compatible and the Diadora Tornado Shoes require 3-hole road compatibility. Answer is no unfortunately. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

          - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

          Great pedals

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I use the Shimano A530 SPD pedals on my mountain bike and they work great. There is an adjustment bolt on the clip to make it easy to get out of the pedal before you crash.

          Coworker recommended...

            My coworker recommended this (Spencer Oliphant) and I can only say they are great. I recently bought a road bike and am not ready to go full clip ons. These are great alternative.

            When purchasing the A530, is the price for a pair or one

            Hey David - The price on these pedals is for the pair. I own the A530 SPD Pedals so feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

            - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com