Shimano's XT line of pedals are designed to take the rigors of off-road competition while also being perfect for casual cross country trail riding or commuting. The XT trail pedal is suited to handle single track and ultra-technical descents with control and confidence.
It's no secret that wide bodied and platform pedals give more control. Simply look at the DH segment for proof. When absolute stability is needed, DH riders use platform pedals or pedals with a clip and platform. Shimano recognized that not everyone wants a super lightweight clipless pedal. For some, control and stability are more important.
Following in the footsteps of the XTR Trail pedals, the Shimano M8020 XT All Mountain Pedals are designed to give you more control, more stability, and the sure-footedness to tackle hairy descents. The XT pedal benefits heavily from the design work of the XTR Trail and retains much of the high-end model's shape. Notable differences are the use of heavier materials, round (rather than oval) axle body, and the not-as-wide bearing placement.
For those who don't live in muddy climates, the Shimano XT M8020 All Mountain pedal is a no brainer. Same wide body pedal design as the XTR, but a bit easier on the wallet.
About Shimano America
Shimano is the biggest manufacturers of cycle components anywhere in the world. Based in Japan, Shimano makes products for all the major cycling disciplines including road, mountain, trekking and leisure. With a huge range on offer they’ll definitely have something to suit you on almost any type of bike.
In 1961, a 3-speed bicycle hub displayed at the New York Toy Show was the catalyst for what would eventually become Shimano American Corporation. The popularity of 20-inch wheeled bikes with hi-rise handle bars fueled a demand for multi-speed hubs and Shimano was producing an affordable and reliable version that caught the attention of the industry. So much so, that by 1965, Yoshizo Shimano, the youngest son of the company founder in Japan, opened an office in New York to get quicker product feedback and to provide technical and warranty assistance to retailers selling bikes equipped with Shimano parts.
Shimano’s participation extends much further than the product, though. Through advocacy programs, ISO 14001 certification, and even commuter / car pool programs for employees, Shimano practices good local citizenship, pursues continued access to those areas that are enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts, and is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment.