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Shimano Dura-Ace PD-9000 +4mm SPD SL Pedals

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Carbon where it counts.

As carbon fiber has worked its way beyond frames and into components, we've seen Shimano's Dura-Ace slowly assimilate. But, unlike other manufacturers that have gone "all-out," making every piece from carbon weave, Shimano uses it where it sees direct benefit, and not just visual appeal. Such is the case with the Dura-Ace PD-9000 +4mm SL Pedals.

The Shimano 9000 pedals feature a wide carbon platform and fit positioning adjustability. In order to achieve this, the pedal is paired with the SM-SH12 cleats. This creates a large area for power transfer, and therefore less energy is lost between your foot and the pedal. And as we're sure you know, every watt counts. Additionally, this +4mm version means that this pedal includes a longer spindle, by 4mm, for those riders who prefer an increased Q-factor.

And while the aforementioned contributes to increased pedal efficiency, Shimano has gone to immense lengths to redesign the definition of comfort with the 9000 pedals. The principles of the cleat retention system are centered on a front/center pivoting system. And within this new design, the SM-SH12 cleat plays a pivotal role. This is because the interaction between the cleat and pedal limits toe movement and lateral play by restricting float to +/- one degree. So, the system basically corrects your bad habits before they happen. Together, this will minimize knee strain, hot spots, and contribute to absolute efficiency. However, we advise you not to be intimidated by the shortened degree of float, as this is not to be confused with the strength of cleat retention, only the degree of lateral movement. But, on that note, Shimano did keep one of our favorite features of Dura-Ace pedals, the spring-loaded tension adjustment. This feature is accessible at the rear of the pedal.

For durability, you'll find that the pedals continue with the usage of a stainless steel top plate.

The Shimano Dura-Ace PD-9000 +4mm SPD SL Pedals are available in the color Black and in one size. Please note that these pedals are recommended for use with the SM-SH12 cleats.

  • Wide carbon fiber platform
  • Stainless steel top plate
  • +/- one degree cleat float
  • +4mm additional spindle length
  • Spring-loaded tension adjustment
  • Compatible with Shimano SM-SH12 cleats

Tech Specs

Material:
[body] carbon fiber, [top plate] stainless steel
Float:
+/-1 deg
Spindle Diameter:
[additional spindle length] +4 mm
Pedal Wrench Type:
15 mm
Compatible Components:
Shimano SM-SH12 cleats
Actual Weight:
One Color, One Size: 248g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Excellent Quality

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used to be a devout Look Keo rider until the springs went out on my second set. I'm not a huge Shimano fan but thought I'd give these pedals a try based on rave reviews and the sleek design. These pedals are great -- engineered perfectly to keep your feet clipped in when you want them to be and clipped out when that red light outlasts your track stand.

I haven't had to fuss with the tension as they come out of the box ready to ride. The cleats that come with these pedals still look new, despite plenty of walking. A great quality product.

Absolutely the Perfect Platform

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried Look (missed clips), Speedplay (didn't like the clip-in) and mostly used SPD because of NYC - walking, stopping, etc.

However I changed my racing bike from Look to DA +4mm and can't say enough good things about it. Easy to clip-in. Great support. Perfect if your feet have some splay and you would otherwise need washers.

You can crank up the watts without any fear of hot shoe, knee or ankle stress etc. I love this pedal. There. I said it. I mean it.

Perfect pedal for road

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great pedal all-around. Easy entry/exit, holds perfectly, very stable under the foot and provides good lateral support to the shoe. Quality is as expected of Dura-Ace, that is, perfect as far as I can tell. Finish and feel are great. No reservations about recommending these to anyone for roadie-type use.

DA DP-9000 +4

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After 20,000mi on my Seven with various Shimano SPD mountain pedals, I've finally upgraded to road pedals. Several people working at different LBSs swore by the DA pedals and they do not disappoint. At 6'4", I got the +4 pedals to replace washers that a prior fitter installed as spacers. I previously used mountain pedals because I live in downtown Chicago, and stops are frequent, so I perceived a lack of convenience with the single-sided entry of Shimano road pedals. I've quickly made the transition and am very impressed by the solid feeling of the DA pedals (combined with SIDI Wire shoes) after only 200mi. It's hard to speak with any authority about "climbing" in Chicago, but the few modest hills somehow seem easier with the DA pedals, and I've remained confidently locked in no matter how hard I sprint or climb -- even though I'm still on the loosest setting. Engagement with the cleat is positive, and exit from the pedal is easy. Indeed, they're as silky smooth as you'd expect for any Dura-Ace component. And despite my concerns, they're not too difficult to walk in, although carrying my bike down a flight of stairs was scary the first time; the cleats have 3 rubber-tipped contact points to reduce potential for slippage, but it's unclear those will last very long.
In comparison to my old SPDs, however, I suggest caution with fit...
The pedals shipped with blue cleats, and my initial efforts at cleat placement were close-but-not-quite. Indeed, I was concerned about the potential for developing an injury with my knees seeming to track a little strangely, so I scheduled a cleat fitting at a nearby shop. Not only did the fitter dial in things perfectly, but he also swapped out the blue cleats for yellow (more float). I feel the set up is now perfect, as I have both a solid interface for efficient transfer while also having enough wiggle room to insure I don't develop any injuries. Even after long rides, I feel better than I did my previous set up. Good luck!

Get the cleat covers for walking. Problem solved - and they keep the cleats looking better as well.

Avg. ride time: 3h 15m per week
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I am currently using the 6800 spd-sl pedal. I'm getting a new bike and am thinking about the 9000. I realize there is a new cleat for the 9000 but I am wondering if the old cleat is compatible?

The DA-9000 pedals support a new cleat with 1-degree float, the Shimano SM-SH12 cleats. The PD-9000 will work with the older cleat designs, and I understand the new SH-12 cleat will work with the older pedals too.

Hi, my Look KEO Blade pedal cracked along the spindle and I'm thinking of replacing those with the DA's. Should the warranty be 3 years instead of the posted 1 year? Also, are these compatible with Look KEO blade cleats. Thank you.

All Shimano Dura-ace and XTR components have a 3 year Manufacturer Warranty warranty. The look keo blade cleats are not compatible with these pedals. These pedals do come with a set of cleats. If you have any other questions you can contact me at ddalton@backcountry.com