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Most mountain bikers ride Shimano SPD pedals – why?

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I’ve ridden these Shimano pedals since 2015. Cosmetic wear aside, they still run true – without any maintenance. (Photo: Lance Branquinho)
I’ve ridden these Shimano pedals since 2015. Cosmetic wear aside, they still run true – without any maintenance. (Photo: Lance Branquinho)

Newbies and experienced riders all suffer a similar misery of mechanical frustration. The world of cycling and bicycles contains a myriad of standards, tool sizes and innovations.

Engineers integrate new standards as the quest to build lighter and better components evolve. Cynical cyclists see this as a form of engineered redundancy, but it's progress. Nobody wants to go back to tubed tyres or elastomer mountain bike suspension.

But as everything in mountain biking evolves, one crucial mechanical component has remained effectively unchanged for three decades. A nearly unbelievable achievement for any mountain biking product in a market where trends are often seasonal.

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