Shimano PD MX30 DX (2011)


Clipless pedals are not the only specialty of Shimano. Their range of product is also endowed with a platform pedal, specifically designed for extreme sports enthusiasts. Competition is fierce in this segment, and if we think of Wellgo, Bontrager, BBB, Eastern, Bike Positive and others, it turns out that Shimano DX PD MX 30 pedals have to face many famous candidates.

How is Shimano trying to differentiate itself from the rest of the competition?  Here are some important advantages: low weight, good finishing and the existence of 10 pins on each side of the pedal, for proper grip. It is well known that Shimano include them in the DXR range for BMXs, and in point of utilization, they state that we can use them for the respective test. Fortunately for those interested in buying, PD MX30 DX model can be installed easily on a mountain bike or, to be even more precise, on any mountain bike crankset, including those meant to be ridden to extremes, like the downhill or freeride ones.

Pedals weight 492 grams/pair, which is quite good and tends towards the medium in this product range. Entry-level pedals are made of aluminum-plastic combination and weigh about 315 grams, but durability leaves a lot to be desired.  Truvativ Holzfeller pedals, designed for Downhill, weigh 590 grams. But there are downhill models that weigh even more, and therefore, in point of weight, Shimano DX pedals should satisfy you.

The surface of Shimano DX pedal is big enough to ensure necessary safety on the road. Grip is also enhanced by the contribution of the 10 pins that are installed on the pedal surface, though they are of medium height. The truth is that I met with taller pin pedals that offered a better grip but you could get hurt even worse if your feet happened to slip off the pedal.

However, users complain about the pin quality. The pins are too soft and can get bent if hit against something hard. In addition, they are difficult to change.

The shaft is made of CrMo, with bearings around, not crowns, which is a plus in point of resistance. If the price of about 80 euro does not make you think twice before you buy, you will choose a sustainable product, whose weak points you’ll have to accept. Our advice is to use it for different mountain tests, but not to migrate to the extreme.

Weight: 492 grams
Use: mountain biking, BMX, Freeride, Downhill