|M Force 8 Ti|
Prior to 2013, I had been a long time Shimano SPD user. But, in 2012, after having two sets of XTR M-980's break at the spindle/pedal interface while just pedaling on the flats (could not even blame it on a rogue rock), I decided it was time for a change.
Although the Xpedo's were more expensive, they were also a heck of a lot lighter ... 100grams lighter! The body and spindle are titanium and they have 3 sealed cartridge bearings. There is a 180 pound rider weight limit. However, they do have the M Force 8 Cr (cromoly spindles as opposed to titanium)that do not have a weight limit.
You can use the cleats that come with the pedal or you can use the Shimano SPD cleats. Both have 6 degrees of float.
I have banged them on rocks; no breakage. I have used them in the mud; they shed it like nobody's business. The entry/exit is solid; no worries coming unclipped in the gnar. I have done no maintainence other than cleaning them and applying a bit of ProGold LuberPen oil on the springs.
I also have the M Force 4Ti, with aluminum body and titanium spindle, on my road bike. This set is two years old and is still going strong. I have not had to rebuild them. And they only weigh 15 grams more.
|M Force 4 Ti|
So if you are looking for a durable, long lasting SPD style pedal, take a look at what Xpedo has to offer.