Shimano Saint PD-MX80 Flat Pedal Review

Best Grippy Flat Pedal

Shimano Saint PD-MX80 Flat Pedal

SHIMANO Saint PD-M820 SPD Pedals Black; One Size
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Fun Facts: One of the most grippiest flat pedals you'll find
What we liked:
  • Grippy
  • Durable
  • Attractive
What we disliked:
  • Bulky
  • Heavy (500g)
  • Expensive

Shimano have done it again with the Saint PD-MX80 pedals being some of the best flat pedals on the market. These pedals will especially appeal to people who aren't interested in clip-in pedals but are looking for something grippy.

Weight

The Shimano Saint pedals are a bit heavier than your average pedals, coming in at just shy of 500 grams. If weight is a worry for you, there's more lightweight options out there but are also likely to be a bit more expensive.

Build

Designed for mountain bike riding, these pedals are made to last with amazing build quality and toughness. In fact Shimano suggest the extra weight of these pedals is largely due to the toughness and durability of them.

We noticed from reading other people's reviews that they reported that even after multiple crashes that these pedals are still going strong. 

Shape

These pedals are designed race ready where they use a wide design with a thinner profile (20mm). We find this also works really well with commuting where you quickly need to find the pedals at the traffic lights.

Grip

Using non clip in pedals, it's crucial that your pedals are grippy and avoid your feet slipping as you pedal especially in the wet. No one likes a pedal to the shin. Luckily the Shimano Saint PD-MX80 pedals are made to grip which is largely due to being designed for mountain biking where you need pedals that can grip in the most challenging conditions. 

Grip comes from little pins that stick upwards from the pedal that help grip onto your shoes.

One thing we really liked about the Shimano Saint pedals is the adjustability. They come with 9 pins per side and removable washers which allow you to increase the pin length and grippiness on each pedal. 

Conclusion

These are a great pedal for anyone looking to purchase a pair of flat pedals for commuting to work.

We loved that these pedals are super grippy which makes them perfect for commuters who brave riding in all conditions. While we also felt they make a good alternative for people that have no interest in riding with clip-in pedals thanks to the grip also working great when riding up hills.


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