Pros: Great option for beginners interested in clip-in pedals.
Clip-in or normal pedal face.
Robust, strong, beefy construction.
Recommendation: Got these as my first set of clip-in pedals. It gave me the option to run clipped in or just normal, which was great. I've bounced these things off rocks, logs, berms, and a host of other trail hazards and they just keep on ticking. The photos I'll upload will show just how beat up mine are, but they still function perfectly.
SPD engages and disengages smoothly
Platform side are solid and comfortable
Cons: Heavy and they don't consistently settle with same side up.
Recommendation: I have no issues going 100% clipless, but I have hung on to these as I really enjoy being able to flip them over when needed, or hop on the bike for an impromptu ride in flip-flops with the kids.
In Moab, on trail sections with exposed cliffs, I ride the platform side. Just makes me breath a little easier, especially after reading this:
Pros: Ability to jump on and go with any old pair of shoes.
Cons: Platform side has fairly poor traction and low rise on the cage which causes the cleat to hit on the axle causing slips when attempting to go in platform mode while wearing cleated shoes.
Recommendation: Purchased as my first clipless set thinking they'd offer the best of both worlds. For casual riding, they work well, however as my skill level and trail intensity has increased, so has my frustration.
Recommended only for casual/recreational riding or commuting.
Pros: I like the option of going clipping in or not.
The cleat tension was perfect for me out of the box.
Hurts like heck when the ridges on the 'flat' side come around and catch your leg.
Recommendation: I love to hit the trails but I also never turn down the kids when they want to go for a ride. At this point I only have 1 bike so having the option to swing a leg over and go for a ride around the neighborhood is great.
Pros: I like these pedals because sometimes I just want to jump on my bike with regular shoes. They're good if you have some place to go other than on the trail and don't want to walk around with bike shoes on. They grip your feet really well and have a nice look to them.
Cons: They are heavy and you can only clip in on one side.
Recommendation: I recommend these pedals for people that ride both on the trail and if you just have to make a quick trip somewhere and want to jump on your bike really fast. If you use your bike to only ride trails then these may not be the pedals for you. A lot of college students have regular pedals on their bikes for commuting to school without special shoes. So having these pedals might be good for having the option of trail riding.