News: Shimano launches anniversary pedal/shoe combo

Gold standard in MTB pedals celebrates quarter century on the trail

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To commemorate 25 years of the SPD, Shimano is releasing a limited-edition shoe and pedal combination.

S-P-D.

In the world of mountain biking there is arguably no more easily recognizable three-letter combination. It stands for pedals, highly reliable pedals. Indeed, for most of the last 25 years, “Shimano Pedaling Dynamics” have been the gold standard for attaching foot to bike.

Sure there have been a few bumps in the road. But more often than not, since the initial introduction of the M737 pedal and the M100 shoe in 1990, SPDs have simply worked. No fuss, no muss.

To commemorate this extended track record of success (and lack of product naming originality), the Japanese component manufacturing giant is releasing a limited-edition shoe and pedal combination, the PD-M530C (pedal) and SH-M163G (shoe).

Like its predecessors, the new SLX-level SPD is a versatile, dual-sided pedal that’s equally at home racing cross-country, duking it out on a muddy cyclocross circuit, or ripping down technical singletrack. Claimed weight is 455 grams.

Limited Edition

This commemorative shoe/pedal combo will sell for $205 and be available in spring.

Meanwhile, the new multi-condition trail/enduro shoe features Shimano‘s cross x-strap to reduce top-of-foot hotspots, TORBAL mid-sole for greater control during challenging descents, and low-profile armor on the upper for added foot protection. Color is “limited edition grey.” Sizes run 38-48. Claimed weight for size 40 is 728 grams.

Availability is slated for spring 2015. The combo will sell for $205, the same price as the in-line versions.

For more information visit bike.shimano.com.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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  • Carlos says:

    Boy do I like seeing this type of memorabilia, the picture of the “old” 1990 shoe is great! thanks for posting.

  • Justwan Naride says:

    The original shoe actually looks pretty modern! Dare I say….”enduro”!

  • root says:

    Holy kr*p! I’ve been riding that long?! As a testament to SPDs, I’m still running my second pair of M737’s! Was one of first locally to get them, wore out first pair. Granted the second pair doesn’t see much use now that I use a current model on my current ride.

  • Seneb says:

    It seems kind of odd that they use “Mavic yellow” instead of “Shimano blue” for an anniversary edition. Also… totally boring.

  • krelldog says:

    By a Mongoose, it’s way more fun and affordable :=)

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