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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the dough I was hesitant to pay for snap-ins but have become a believer. I'm primarily cycling for fitness. Pedal efficiency increased from 50% ish to at least 90% ish. Easier to keep feet on pedals in high vibration terrain. Allows more focus on speed and navigation, particularly when fatigued. Having feet snapped in is awkward at first but became second-nature within 4 miles of the first ride. I bought these for the ability to take gravel and debris without paint chipping or highly visible scratching. The non-clip-in side is good for having more control / availability to demount on tricky technical moves (stream crossing, steep decent).
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Get Shimano A530's My daily commute is 32 miles round trip year round (rain, sun, or snow) and then will cycle on top of that. I have used both the M324 (4,000 miles) and the A530's (2,500 miles). Personally stay away from the M324 because one they way 147 grams more and they do not preform like the A530's. There has been at least 10 times that I have almost crashed the bicycle because I was on the platform side and it was as if I had been clipped in. Thank goodness I had enough time to react,other wise I would have came down (now while on the platform side I just have it programed in my brain that will happen from time to time) Second off, from cycling through the same weather conditions the A530's components have held up better than the M324 (that is with some TLC after wet rides)
Date published: 2011-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just what I wanted. At first I feared clipping in to my Mountain Bike because I crash so often. I recently went over the handlebars with these puppies and I remember thinking, "Oh no, I'm going to be still connected to the bike as I go face first into the ground." It wasn't so. I was able to get off and out away from the bike and minimized injury. I love these pedals because you can use a normal shoe or a clip shoe to ride around. I have had these for a couple years and if they ever need replacing, I will get the same ones again. One star off because of the price and the weight.
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Work horse pedals that just won't die I loved them so much after 2 years of use that I bought another pair for my second bike. I've thrown everything at these pedals. I'm 200lbs with disproportionately strong legs if that offers any insight into how I use them. I've gotten them muddy, wet, covered in weeds from falling, and even had moments of surprise that they were still attached after side swiping logs. I've gone multiple rides without cleaning them and they just won't quite. I have them on both my road and mountain bike. Easy to install, easy to adjust tension, and I haven't had to replace a thing. Why only 4 stars then? They're built like a tank. If you care about weight (which I don't) then maybe look for something in a much higher price range.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first clipless-Never go back As a toe-clip person from childhood, I was reluctact to go clipless. My training increased to the point where cycling shoes were needed due to my feet going numb. Found the shoes first then looked for SPD pedals. The M324 was highly recommended and gives the option of clipless or not. The bike shops all recommended Shimano for quality and performance. I never had a learning curve since clipless are easier to mount/dismount than toe-clips. Just jumped on and did 20 miles the first time I clipped in. Didn't fall, no close calls, nothing. I couldn't be happier with SPD and the M324's in particular.
Date published: 2009-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for those new to Clipless Pedals These pedals can take a beating! Mine have definitely had their own encounters with rocks, roots and my shins (the metal teeth on the platform side do hurt if you catch them). Overall a wonderful, reliable entry into the SPD world. They are not very light, but if you are just now moving to clipless you probably won't care about weight just yet. Dual sided; the platform has steel teeth on the perimeter for a good grip. Easy install 5 min max. After a few months of riding with these you may want to upgrade to a lighter set, but even if you choose to hang on to these they are a great pedal so you won't be let down.
Date published: 2008-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left pedal just failed after 16,000 mi. I picked up these pedals after my old Look's got stolen back in 2004. Since then, I have riden on my Trek 1200 from coast to coast in the US, through 12 countries in Europe, down to LA (from portland) and through 10 countries in Central and South America, all on these same pedals. Between 2006 and now, when not touring, I used these pedals to do my shopping, get me to work, school, go on rides, and even two years of competitive racing. These bulky pedals attached to an Orbea Orca are pretty dorky, but they worked for me. At 3,000 miles I crashed going around a corner in a crit race because I had dropped the pedal too low to the ground. At around 9,000 miles, I did the same thing, crashing. I also crashed a few other less dramatic times, not pedal-related. These were all neglectful crashes, not because of the pedal. At about 11,000 miles they began developing a creaking noise that echoed through the bike frame when using the platform side of the pedal. Having done zero maintenance, I assumed they didn't have long for the world, so I took another pair of pedals with me to South America on a big bike tour. I ended up giving them to a friend because these pedals simply would not quit. Finally the other day, the left pedal seized and will no longer spin. What a run. They're a bit heavy, and because they're wide, I would not use them for racing (definitely not their intention). Rarely needed adjusting.
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have installed these pedals 2 bikes Liked first set, purchased second set, installed on a Trek 8.6DS and a Hard-Tail Mountain Bike. Easily Adjustable, can set cleat release down to nothing ... up to extremely hard ... very broad range. Extremely durable/tough ... cost: slightly heavy but seems indestructable. Very Pleased Will purchase third set if ever needed (another future bike ???)
Date published: 2013-01-06
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Questions & Answers

Do these pedals come with the Shimano SM-SH56 Multi Release Cleat in the package?

Asked by: surfer9356
The M324 pedals come with a SM-SH55 cleat set. The cleats included are multi-directional release.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-08

Can you put straps on the flat side of these pedals?

Asked by: snakemonkey
​You can attach straps to the sides of these pedals.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-28

Which side faces up naturally? I don't want to have to look down and see if it's the platform or cleat side.

Asked by: angela
These pedals hang with the platform side down.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-04
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