The Shimano PD-M520 SPD mountain bike pedals use Shimano's tried and true mountain SPD design famous for ease of entry and exit. The M520s use the same SH-51 two-bolt mountain cleat (yes the cleat is included) as its more expensive cousins.
You will want to pair these pedals with a mountain shoe designed for a two-bolt cleat. But these pedals are not just for the off-road set. Many commuters, casual riders and spin class aficionados prefer mountain shoes and pedals to the road variant because mountain pedals are generally easier to clip in and out of plus it is much easier to walk in a mountain shoe.
QUALITY: I knew I should have payed more -- The first time I pulled this out of the box and adjusted the tension, one of the screw heads stripped on me. Im no idiot; I use a screwdriver for a living. Im afraid the material quality is just a little lacking. Luckily, however, it was right about where I wanted it, so I just adjusted all of the other surfaces to match. PERFORMANCE: These were a temporary replacement, so I wasnt looking for them to last forever. I was somewhat surprised however, that despite their quality shortcomings, they performed relatively well. I was very impressed during my first extremely muddy ride. After packing my shoes and pedals full of mud, I kicked em off once and clicked right in, and they held on. I actually havent replaced them yet like I planned to. Its been about 6 months. BOTTOM LINE: If you dont strip out any screws, and they dont break on you, they should perform ok for you.