ShimanoXT PD-M8020 Trail Pedal

Sure-footed stability for technical trails.

Revamped with an 11.7 percent increase in pedal-to-shoe contact over its PD-M785 predecessor, the Shimano XT PD-M8020 Trail Pedal provide supreme stability for conquering formidable stretches of trail. The 3.3 millimeter wider profile over the previous iteration makes the M8020 Trail Pedal even more competent in wild terrain, facilitating quick engagement without endlessly searching for the pedal platform.

Other than the slightly wider surface, the M8020 Trail Pedal retains the bombproof characteristics of the legendary PD-M785 with cro-moly construction and sealed cartridge bearings. Two-sided engagement makes easy work of clipping in, especially after dismounting across steep uphill sections and technical stretches. Another benefit, the cleat-to-pedal interface avoids mud buildup, even in nasty trail conditions. Other notable features include four degrees of float and integration with the included 2-bolt SPD cleats.

  • Cro-moly construction
  • Sealed cartridge bearings
  • Wide pedaling platform
  • Two-sided engagement
  • Four degrees of float
  • 2-bolt SPD cleats included
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Gets the Job Done

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Light enough. Feels solid when clipped in and easy to disengage in a pinch.

Performs Well

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Works well in all conditions. The outer platform allows me to check my tuning as I go with my tennies without the need to put my bike shoes... nice benefit.

Wasn't as good as I was expecting.

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

I bought these pedals to give myself a little more stability than my other clipless pedals. I am not super impressed. They really aren't much better, so I kind of regret buying them. They work well and do their job, but they just didn't exceed my expectations.

Not a better clipless pedal out there.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used the XT's for 18+ years now. I continue to try other pedals to include "flats" as people try to steer a direction. What I love about the XT trails is the little bit of extra "platform" for when you dont quite get clipped in right away. Also having the adjustment to tighten or loosen the pop out on the pedal is nice. I like keeping my feet locked in for the push down the hill, but all being able to push/pull up the hill. Cant go wrong with XTs.

Mixed Reviews

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The plastic outer piece doesn't even make contact with my shoe any is therefore useless. Might be different from shoe to shoe. Pedal performs well otherwise.

Clipless Bliss

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After trying to make the switch from flats to clipless, I found myself increasingly losing confidence in my Mallet E pedals. They were hard to get out of, and I felt like I would never get the hang of them. I stumbled upon a review from another member mentioning his frustration with the Mallets and his love for the SPDs. So I gave the SPDs a shot and I can say that I am confident that these will be my new favorite pedal system. They're easy or hard to get out of, user dialed to taste. They are super easy to get into even though they only clip in 1 way, and they also have enough float for extreme trail conditions. Last thing I'll say is if you are frustrated with clipless pedals like I was, give these a shot. You won't be disappointed!

Solid pedal

    The Shimano XT PD-M8020 pedal is a dependable workhorse. Buy a pair and expect to use them for thousands of hard miles without having to worry. The SPDs are an engineering feat that remain as functional today as they did decades ago when they first came out.

    Pedals work great

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is the review where I thank my gearhead Emma - we just started biking, are going on a trip and needed advice. She was incredibly helpful and these pedals are a great example - exactly what we needed and at a great price too. Thanks Emma! Love Backcountry.

    Best out there

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I went from egg beaters to these and they are 100 times better. I think these are the best pedals to get for aggressive trail riding hands down.

    Longer spindles and bombers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I rode xtrs for awhile and then got a bike the had a wide rear triangle. I tried and HATED the Mallet E. I had such good luck with the xtrs that i bought these and will never look back.

    Go-To Clippy pedal

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you're gonna clip in, there isn't much else out there for you. Shimano has been a staple in the SPD game forever. They've got it dialed. And, if you're riding modern geo bikes with lower BB heights, There's a bigger chance you're going to strike a pedal, right? So, get the trail pedal. It'll keep you clippin' in after that mash up the rock garden in Dry Creek ejects your foot from smashing those suckers on a rock. You're welcome.

    The only pedal for me

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have now put these pedals on my last two mountain bikes and I continue to believe they are the best pedals on the market for your mountain bike. You can absolutely find lighter pedals; however, you will not find a better combination of function, durability, a nice platform on a reasonably weighted package. I prefer a small platform in my pedals (as opposed to egg beater style pedals) as it provides a bit more stability and confidence which is really meaningful for me. I also like the range of clip tension. I like my clips to be really loose so that they release under minimal pressure and these pedals fit that bill. Not to worry, you can also dramatically tighten down the clip tension if you are a rider who wants to hammer and is less worried about an easy release. Overall, these are fantastic pedals which I extensively used for the past five years and I have never been disappointed.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are great reliable pedals. The extra platform is ideal for those with softer sole shoes and/or those just getting used to the idea of giving up platform pedals. Also nice if you find yourself pedaling around in regular shoes from time to time to get around town.

    Solid Pedal for the Money

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've been hearing for years that Shimano makes the best pedal at the best prices. After riding a Crankbrothers for only one season and having it crap out on me I gave these a try. So far they are great. Very good feel and confidence in the pedal.

    Best Trail Pedal

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So many pedals, so many options depending on who you are and how you ride. I prefer to be clipped in more often than not and for that purpose the Shimano XT Pedals just ROCK. After being on lower profile pedals the cage around the SPD cleat gives an immediate feeling of support when pressing into turns without the large weight gain and lack of engagement for the pedal stroke. It takes a bit of tuning in the beginning to get the tightness right but as long as you do that you can use these to your aggressive trail/enduro pleasure.

    Great pedal

      I got these for my husband who used to have a one sided clippless/platform pedal that was easy to push on to get leverage going up a climb if you aren't clipped in yet. This pedal offers the great shimano clipless function with an added frame for to stabilize your foot when clipping in and out during your ride. He loves these with the double sided clipless system; would definitely recommend trying these out!


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      If you are looking for pedals that last a lifetime, then Shiamano SPD pedals are the one. They have a very low fail rate. When you buy a pair of Shimano SPD pedals you will easily get a couple years out of them. I highly recommend them.

      Excellent trail pedal

        The PD-M8020 is an awesome trail pedal with adjustable tensions to fit any rider. The wider base is wonderful in providing long lasting comfort for those 4+ hour rides. This pedal also has 4-5 degrees of float to protect your knees. As far as price is concerned, you cannot go wrong with this pedal.

        amazing Pedal

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

        I am very happy with the purchase! These are my first clip on pedals and i already know ill love them.

        The Best

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've used the XC version of this pedal for as long as I can remember. An awesome pedal. This one is a little easier to get into, which is helpful if you're restarting in technical terrain. Hard to imagine it being any better.