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    Shimano XT PD-M785 Pedals - for Cyclocross

    As a longtime Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedal user (for road, MTB and cyclocross); I am considering making a switch to Shimano SPD pedals for cyclocross. The reason being that on race starts, I can't clip in on my left foot in time to stay with the pack.

    Does anyone use the "trail version" (with outer cage) Shimano XT PD-M785 pedals for cyclocross? Product

    If so how will they compare to my 20 year old (but indestructible) PD-M747 's or to the seemingly current favorite choice for pros the PD-M770 (or exact same version PD-M540 & PD-M970 just with different finishes)? I have heard that the newest PD-M780 / PD-980 versions have a better contact area, but don't shed mud as well. Would I have the same problem shedding mud with the PD-M785's I can't tell if this version is based on the standard 770 or 780 versions.
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    I use the non trail version of that pedal. They seem to work great.

    One time I was in a race with 7 inches of powder snow. Eventually I couldn't clip into the pedals at all at the end of a warmup lap. I wound up racing in running shoes over the ice-impregnanted pedals.

    That race was a mess but at least i placed well. I probably would have done better with those platforms though.

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