I use these for commuting, having replaced Speedplay Syzrs. I've avoided double-sided pedals because I didn't want to worry about what side I was dealing with, but in practice they function very well and it's nice being able to ride in street shoes when warranted. So far, I'm pleased with them. With the included SH-56 cleats, they just work.
One caveat: they have a very large platform. This is good for some riders but it makes the bike noticeably wider and more cumbersome to wheel through a building.
I use these pedals on my mountain bike that is most often attached to my indoor trainer. On the trainer, I can clip into the pedals for structured cycling training. Off of the trainer, I can ride single track without clips. The pedals are a robust design that I expect will outlast my bike.
A very wide platform that feels better than any other pedal that I've tried. My size 14W feet really appreciate this product, The one sided clip, other side studded pedals has given me reassurance as I have rolled along through construction zones on the state roads which I use. Rode through the first slushy conditions of the year, and was grateful for the studded side as opposed to be locked in, the extra half second to put my leg down was a crash saver. Love these!
Good quality and function. Ive put about 500 miles on these so far and havent needed to adjust them. My only reason for giving them 4 stars is they are a little heavy. For the price, quality, and function, they are a good buy.
There are loads of flatclip pedal options, but it is nice to have something with Ultegra level quality (bearings, build, etc.). SPD are a known quality of excellence. It is nice to have a flat-pedal option for conditions where you don't want to be clipped in (sketchy-for-you downhill sections). Additionally, these make a great option to pop on your commuterpub bike to provide flexible shoe options. )
For me, the flats were extra-valued in allowing easier starts whilst on a step bit of uphill. I have these on my fatbike and climbing in the snow, having to stop but then dropping the seat and getting a smooth start is only possible with flats. ) But for all other trail riding, being used to the security of clipping in, I am glad to then flip the pedal over and snug-up on them.
I used these pedals to replace a pair of generic aluminum cage pedals on a KONA ROVE which is a sturdy bike needing sturdy pedals.and they have reflective strips I have a pair of Shimano PD-A530 which are lighter on a KONA JAKE not as heavy a bike so they match it better but the platform side is not very helpful when it gets wet unless you have SPD shoes you can slip off the pedal, not so with these XT PD-T8000's they have grip and you can add longer studs which come with the pair. I hardly use the SPD shoes so this is fine for me and even if they grab my sandals and or tear up the soles of my shoes it's worth getting grip when you need it!