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    what clipless SPD pedal?

    What clipless SPD pedal is recommended for a newbie? I have SPD shoes and have ridden clipless for commuting, but not mountain biking. Kind of looking at Shiman M424 but worried about the durability of the "cage" thing. Would appreciate any suggestions. Weight is not a factor, and I don't want to spend more than $75 or so.......

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    If weight really isn't an issue, you should check out the Shimano PD M530 SLX pedals. They're on the heavy side, but work great. And for $31 on Jensonusa, the price can't be beat. I have a pair of these on my XC bike and love them.

    Shimano PD M530 SLX Trail Clipless Pedal > Components > Pedals > Clipless Pedals | Jenson USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    If weight really isn't an issue, you should check out the Shimano PD M530 SLX pedals. They're on the heavy side, but work great. And for $31 on Jensonusa, the price can't be beat. I have a pair of these on my XC bike and love them.

    Shimano PD M530 SLX Trail Clipless Pedal > Components > Pedals > Clipless Pedals | Jenson USA
    A buddy of mine started riding clipless on Shimano PD M530 SLX pedals and he's really happy with them so far. Yes, they are a bit heavy but you can't beat the price and for a newbie on a short budget they are great.

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    The M424s are intended to be dual purpose so you can ride without clipless shoes. Beware of the "jack of all trades, master of none" theory. The M530s are a step further with a bit of a platform to maybe help you ease into it. But, since you say you've ridden clipless already, you might want to try M540 which is a clipless with no cage around it. There pretty darn durable and $44 on jensonusa.

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