Shimano XT 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
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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.

Solid

  • 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!

    Durable

    • 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.

      Best pedal ever.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have two sets of these, and both are battle scarred from numerous run ins with rocks, tree roots, and the like. They still spin great, and ingress and egress is as smooth as ever. They really are the gold standard for clipless mountain pedals in my opinion. I always recommend them to whomever I speak with, they are my absolute favorite, hands down.

      My First Trail Pedal

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I recently switched over to the trail pedals after riding the XT XC pedal and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised!

      The extra platform that this pedal offers over the XC makes a huge difference. This extra stability helps in those situations where you can't quite clip in quick enough which gives you enough of a platform to keep pedaling until you are able to get clipped in.

      These will most likely be a one time purchase...only because these things last forever! The durability of these pedals are incredible! These are top notch pedals and I would recommend them to anyone!

      Easy install. Easy clipping in.

        Went on easy and clip in even easier. Would buy again.

        Quick Step

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

        I got these for my brother who is on his high school's MTB racing team. He really likes them for the quick step in, you can step in on either side of the pedal.
        I'd recommend these to anyone who is looking to step up their game on the trails.

        Unanswered Question

        Which clip does this take? 51, 54? Is the XT pedal one type and the XTR another and the 530 yet another? Can you provide this detail in your descriptions?

        Happy Trails!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These pedals seem/feel just like the standard XT pedals... except, I haven't been taking large chunks of flesh out of my shins like I did with the XT pedals. I'm really not sure what exactly is responsible for this phenomenon, but I am grateful for it! It could be that I'm not having accidental disengagements or that when I stop to kick a rock out of the trail, the larger platform is easier to see and so I am more aware of where the pedal is... Whatever the reason, I am happy with my M8020 Trail Pedals!

        First time is the charm

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        First experience riding "clipped in" to "clipless" pedals (most nonsensical terminology ever). I have absolutely no complaints so far, about 60 miles in. Easy to get in and out, would highly recommend to any newcomers to clipless pedals