At SHIMANO, “Power to the Pedal” is not a catch phrase, it’s an obsession. Footwear and pedals designed together and engineered as a system to create a holistic outcome. Our pedal engineers collaborate with footwear experts to create the only shoe and pedal combination designed from the ground up to perform for each rider and their unique demands.
And true to SHIMANO’s System Engineering philosophy, each combination of footwear and pedals — from SPD-SL, to SPD, and Explorer, to the Platform Series — offers optimized biomechanics, engineering excellence, material selection, and craftsmanship to increase rider efficiency and confidence.
POWER TRANSFER AND PEDALING EFFICIENCY PROVEN BY WORLD-CLASS RACERS
The SPD-SL pedal system delivers a seamless shoe + pedal interface for more efficient power transfer under extreme pedaling loads, with a wide cleat design for stability on or off the bike.
The extra-wide platform dramatically expands the contact point between the cleat and pedal providing a solid connection when standing on the pedals.
SPRING TENSION ADJUSTMENT
SPD-SL pedals support three different ranges of spring tension adjustment. Standard, Light Action, and Wide settings allow an optimal range to suit your individual preference and usage situation.
WALK AND RIDE PERFORMANCE FOR EVERY CONDITION
SPD delivers greater efficiency, increased stability, and added comfort both on or off the bike in the most challenging conditions, while recessed cleats make walking easy.
ADJUSTABLE ENTRY AND TENSION RELEASE
Adjustable tension allows the cleat to be set to each rider's preference.
An open-binding mechanism and refined axle-body housing allows mud and debris to be pushed out when the rider steps in.
CARTRIDGE SPINDLE BEARING UNIT
A cartridge bearing unit seals out dirt and moisture and greatly reduces the need for maintenance.
DURABLE, RELIABLE SHIMANO CONSTRUCTION
Off-road pedals must be able to take a hammering which is why SPD pedals achieve the ideal balance between lightweight, durability, and reliability.
BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP FOR THE DEMANDS OF GRAVITY RIDERS
SHIMANO Platform pedals are engineered to deliver the DH, Park, or Trail rider the ideal balance of connection to the bike, pedaling stability, and on-andoff- the-bike freedom.
GRIP FOR AGGRESSIVE RIDING
Pedal body shape and stainless steel pin placement ensure riders have a direct and secure connection to the pedal, maximizing both control and pedaling efficiency.
OPTIMIZED PEDAL PLATFORM SIZE
M828 SAINT and M8040 DEORE XT pedals feature a concave surface (lower in the center and higher in the front/rear) to further enhance shoe-to-pedal interface and grip. Adjustable pins offer even more connection.
WEIGHT AND DURABILTIY
Materials, construction, shape, and thickness are all carefully considered to engineer a platform pedal with the best balance of lightweight, low Q-Factor, and durability across riding conditions.
ALL THE BENEFITS OF BEING CLIPPED IN, WITH EASY ENTRY AND RELEASE
Explorer pedals are ideal for any cyclist that wants SPD efficiency with a more user-friendly interface.
SHOES AND PEDALS DESIGNED TOGETHER
SHIMANO Explorer footwear features a unique ladder shaped “shank” plate. Together with our simple-to-use pedal, this ensures correct placement of a rider’s ball of the foot to transmit power to the pedal.
EASY IN, EASY OUT
This system utilizes a refined recessed SPD cleat, which works with our Explorer pedals to transform comfortable walking shoes into a simple-to-use power transfer system.