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Shimano Deore XT M785 Trail Pedal (discontinued)

Average User Rating: (Excellent)
Shimano Deore XT M785 Trail Pedal
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Great Trail Pedals

The Good:

Look Great, Durable, Spin Great, Low Maint Req, Adjustable

The Bad:

It would be cool of the accent pieces came in a variety of colors but that his Shimano for you, once you go black....

Overall Review:

I have had these pedals for over a a year now. I switch between platforms and clipless depending on what and where I am riding.  I love these pedals though, I have had Crankbros in the past and while those were good these are just better.  They inspire confidence (no fear of falling out) and no problems getting in.  

Great clipless pedal

The Good:

tough, long lasting pedal at a reasonable price

The Bad:

jams in heavy mud

Overall Review:

If you ride clipless pedals and do the Shimano thing, these are where it's at! Like many Shimano products, nearly the same quality and durability found in the highest level pedals (XTR) is also incorporated here in a more economical version. Overall you get great function and years of solid use with the XT trail pedals.

From previous years, they haveadded a cage around the pedal to increase contact area with the shoe and allow for more security in times when you want to ride clipped-out. This also adds long-term durability, as the cage helps protect the pedals from smashing rocks, etc. I have found that this extra platform does indeed come in handy, despite my fears that it would be harder to clip in with a bulky cage.

Just don't be tempted to think that with the new platform you can ride this pedal with a flat soled shoe - it may work if you're riding around the block to get some groceries, but it will not give you much confidence on the trail.

The weakness of these pedals is found in muddy or really sandy conditions. Heavy mud will jam up the release and create a dangerous situation. Also note that if you do a ton of hiking in your cleated shoes, you may want to replace the cleats each season as a chewed up cleat will also bind a bit on the entry and release of the pedal. Replacement cleats are around $20 which seems a little high for such a simple piece of hardware.

Bonus: right now the XT version can be found at a good price from online vendors.


Product Shimano Deore XT M785 Trail Pedal
Riding Type Cross Country, Trail
Pedal Platform Size Small Platform
Pedal Platform Details
Body Material Aluminum anodized
Bearing Type Sealed cartridge
Spindle Spec Chromoly steel with 8mm hex wrench mount
Cleat Type 2-bolt SPD (Shimano part number SM-SH51)
Float Adjustable entry and release tension settings with cleat retention adjuster
Colors Black
Weight 0 lb 14.4 oz (408 g)
Miscellaneous Robust retention claws with smooth engagement/release
Mud shedding design
Low maintenance sealed cartridge axle unit
Dual-sided pedal system
Model Number: PD-M785
Series: Deore XT
Price $109.55
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