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Shimano PD-M324 flat/SPD pedal



Well made, high performing commuter pedal, but there are cheaper copies available

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The M324 is a solidly built and dependable commuting pedal for riders who want to switch easily between cleats and flats. If you're a big mile commuter or tourer they won't disappoint, but there's much cheaper copies on offer for the leisure rider.

The guts of the pedal is a well-finished Aluminium body that houses serviceable cup and cone bearings. A metal cage is bolted on for riding in flats, and on the other side you get an adjustable tension SPD binding for when you've got your cleats on. The pedals are very well finished and run smoothly from the off, and the fact that they're easy to strip down is a bonus. The SPD mechanism is the same as you'll find on many of Shimano's other pedals, with a good range of tension adjustment and enough float for most knees. The cage is nice and grippy and performs well in the wet as well as the dry.

Anything not to like? Well, only the fact that you can get very similar looking pedals from a variety of manufacturers for about half the price. Essentially they're all copies of this pedal, but none the worse for that. We tested the Revolution incarnation recently and liked it a lot, especially for less than £25. Make no mistake, these Shimano units are better constructed and will last longer if you're fitting them to a commuting workhorse or a long distance tourer. For most urban and leisure riding, though, the bargain ones will be plenty sturdy enough.


Good performance, well designed and nicely made but they look a bit pricey compared to cheaper copies test report

Make and model: Shimano PD-M324 flat/SPD pedal

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Did you enjoy using the product? yes

Would you consider buying the product? yes, if i wanted the dependability and had the cash

Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes, for high milers

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 190cm  Weight: 100kg

I usually ride: Schwinn Moab, urbanised with 700cs  My best bike is: Trek 1.5 with upgrades

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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Shades | 10 years ago
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Had these for 4 years on a commuter/tourer before one of the bearings failed. Whilst they worked fine, my only 'gripe' was they corroded in places and looked a bit tatty. Upgraded to the A530s which don't corrode and look better. The A530 flat side looks like your shoe will slide off but it isn't the case.

Sriracha replied to Shades | 2 years ago

I had the identical experience - bearing trouble and spotty corrosion. I've replaced them with the Deore XT PD-T8000 Pedals, which have the bonus of being street legal in the UK instead of needing the reflectors to be added on, which was a right faff with the M324s.

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