Pedal for miles
With Shimano’s lightweight and reliable PD-A600 Premium SPD Pedal you’ll be racking up miles on the road with ease. The PD-A600’s adjustable entry and release tension allows you to dial in the fit you desire, and the pedal’s wide platform provides for more efficient power transfer. Shimano also constructed the new PD-A600 with an aerodynamic, single entry SPD design to reduce drag.
- Wide platform for efficient power transfer
- Adjustable entry and release tension setting
- Aerodynamic, single entry SPD design
- Q & A
No Bueno With Older Cleats
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought these pedals to install on my wife's overhauled Trek 1200. She was excited to have these brand new pedals until she went for her first ride on them. I'm going to take the OREO approach on the remainder of this review and sandwich the criticism in-between some positive comments. FINISH: absolutely beautiful one-sided entry SPD pedal in what appears to be an anodized gunmetal blue grey finish. FIT: here comes the criticism. Shimano is really good about informing buyers which cleats are compatible with the newer generation SPD pedals. We have the older SM-SH50 cleats and I called Shimano and several other sources to see if our cleats would work or not. Shimano said they would work, which for all practical purposes is true. The problem is you have absolutely no latitude for error in entry with the SH50 cleats: it has to be precisely spot on in both position and angle, but the shoulders of the SH50 cleat get hung up just shy of entry. Be prepared to spend several or more minutes and a lot of frustration trying to clip in with these older cleats. It can be done if you have the patience of Job. My wife gave up after 10 minutes and rode the opposite side of the pedal without ever clipping in. I tried to clip in the following day and got one shoe in after several minutes but gave up after 10 minutes trying to get the other shoe clipped in. We would have simply upgraded to the newer cleats to resolve this issue but we suspect our old cleats were mounted using Red Loctite and there's no way we can remove them without damaging our existing shoes. The good news is that our older cleats work fine with the new generation XT PD-M8000 pedals (plenty of leeway and a breeze to clip in) and all the prior generation models, but for now we pulled our old PD-525 pedals off of our tandem and put one set on my wife's Trek. OTHER: The PD-A600 is well built and features nice adjustability. Easy to install and easy to adjust. BOTTOM LINE: We really wanted to like this pedal and if we ever upgrade to new shoes with the newer cleats, I'm sure everything will be fine. My wife prefers the SPD shoes so she can walk flat footed in public. If you're a commuter and want a light weight one-sided entry SPD pedal, this is likely a good option (provided you use the newer recommended cleats). However, if you want ease of clipping in and out quickly with no hassle, and can live with a little less "real estate" platform contact with your shoe, I would opt for a two-sided SPD pedal instead.
Good looking pedal
I prefer SPD shoes so I can walk around when I'm off of my bike. These are about the best looking SPD pedals I've found. They are pretty light and I've got many miles on them so far with no problems.... I might add that I bought two pair!
Whats not to like?
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I rented a bike in the bay area in July and they set me up with this pedal which has a larger platform than the regular spd. I liked it so much I upgraded. Inexpensive but much more "road bike" than my previous pedal.
Why do you recommend buying cleats with the purchase of the Shimano A600 pedal? Don't they come with a set of cleats? That just bumps the price up. My experience is that the cleats never wear out.
These pedals come with the cleats, no need to buy them separate.
Great Road style SPD pedal
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had this pedal for the last few months and have to say it's pretty much everything I could have hoped for. I got a SPD style shoe because I loved the idea of being able to actually walk around into stores without either walking like a penguin as others have stated you have to do in road style shoes, or scuffing floors everywhere I go. It has a large base for your foot and seems to provide pretty good force transfer. The adjustments are great, I started with the lightest and quickly learned that a tighter setting was necessary. I've tightened the setting all the way now and it feels quite comfortable after getting used to it.
I'm switching from SPD-SL to SPD and wondering how big a difference is it to have the platform vs not? Do you think it's worth the inconvenience of having the extra stuff on the pedal? --Thanks
Big platform gives better power transfer.
Is this price for the pair or just one pedal?
Like shoes, pedals come in pairs. You will receive one right and one left, and one set of cleats.
not commuter pedals
If you're in and out of traffic, stopping at lights and numerous four way stops, these pedals are not for you. The spd clips gravitate toward the bottom, so first you have to turn the pedal over before you can clip in. Plus, it is very awkward riding them, lacking slip resistance, until you clip in. (Perhaps this is not such a problem for experienced cyclists.) Otherwise, these pedals work very well. They are great for touring outside of city streets.
Is it wide enough so that you could wear...
Is it wide enough so that you could wear sneakers to the store?
No, its not wide enough for sneakers. Also, without clips your foot would slid all over the place.
I sometimes ride in my sneakers with the PD-A600's to my fitness center about 1.5 miles away. Not a big deal (no sliding), but I wouldn't want to do longer rides with the A600's and sneakers, it's not that comfortable.