Inline with their release of their new Gravity shoes, here’s a first look at Shimano’s tasty looking pedals in their gravity line up.
SHIMANO’s revised Gravity pedals feature one SAINT-level SPD option, three flat pedal options at SAINT and DEORE XT-levels, and a non-series option, all designed to fit perfectly and offer optimum pedaling connection with Shimano´s Gravity and All-Mountain shoes.
The SAINT-level PD-M820 is one half of Shimano’s most advanced Downhill and Enduro-specific pedals offering ultimate bike control, contact, grip and durability with SPD efficiency and stability.
The M820’s wide alloy body is system engineered to match perfectly with the AM901 shoe providing a very solid pedal/shoe interface. The double-sided durable alloy pedal body protects the SPD mechanism from impacts whilst the low profile design lowers the stack height and the weight (546g). Four adjustable pins per side offer grip when you’re not clipped in.
Its compatriot, the SAINT-level strong and durable PD-M828, is an eight-sided concave platform pedal offering excellent grip and support. Twelve stainless steel pins per side (optional 3mm or 5mm) deliver the aggressive downhill or free-rider the ideal balance of connection to the bike and pedaling stability, with the best balance of weight and durability across riding conditions.
The DEORE XT-level PD-M8040 comes in small-to-medium (shoe size recommendation 36-44) or medium-to-large options (shoe size recommendation 43-48) for optimized support and rider-tuned performance. With 10 pins either side and a slight concave design for comfort and efficiency, these Trail and Enduro pedals offer the legendary off-road performance associated with Deore XT. Sold with optional 3mm pins or 5mm pins. Weights: 460g (S/M) or 503g (M/L).
Thomas Vanderham, free ride athlete and Shimano test rider: “I’ve been testing the PD-M828 flat pedal with the GR900 flat shoe and I’m really happy with the developments. These pedals are bombproof. The support under foot is excellent due to the large platform and my feet feel really well connected to the pedals. They’ve handled everything I can throw at them and really live up to the SAINT name.
“The GR900 shoe is a perfect match. The new sticky rubber compound from Michelin provides a ton of grip and we worked a lot on the sole stiffness to find the right balance of support and pedal feel. Additionally Shimano incorporated some nice features like a rubber toe cap for added protection and quick drying construction so that you don’t wake up to wet shoes!”
Finally, the PD-GR500 builds on the strong reputation of its predecessor (PD-MX80) as a Shimano-branded durable flat pedal for entry-level Trail and All-Mountain riding. The PD-500 features height-adjustable pins and low-maintenance sealed cartridge bearing chromoly axles, available in black or silver options at a weight of 533g.
The PD-M820, PD-M828 and M8040 pedals will be available from November. The GR500 will be available in August.
About Shimano Singapore: Established in 1921 and incorporated in 1940 in Japan (Sakai City, Osaka), Shimano Inc. designs, conducts R&D, manufactures and sells high quality bicycle components, rowing and fishing equipment. In 1973, Shimano established its first factory in Singapore outside of Japan. By leveraging on the quality workforce here, Shimano has since grown into a full-fledged manufacturing plant with R&D, product design and engineering, cold forging, stamping, heat treatment, electro-plating and tooling fabrication capabilities. Shimano Singapore set up its sales office in 1996. It is the regional headquarters for sales and marketing of all Shimano products in South-East Asia. For more information, see http://bike.shimano.com.sg