Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 SPD-SL Pedals $199.99
A new look.
Unless you've been meditating in a cave for the past couple of years, you've most likely caught wind that Shimano created a carbon fiber Ultegra pedal. Yes, the PD-6700 carbon pedals were 60 grams lighter than their aluminum counterparts, and they were moving closer and closer to resembling a discounted Dura-Ace iteration. Needless to say, they were widely celebrated. For this reason, Shimano opted to utilize the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' strategy for the new Ultegra PD-6800 SPD-SL Pedals.
Even while these come within 35 grams (per pair) of the Dura-Ace 9000 pedals, Shimano has ensured that the pedals still deliver the same blissful retention and instant release that we've grown accustomed to from SPD-SL pedals. In fact, the retention mechanism hasn't changed at all. The retention setting is still adjustable by wrench from the aft portion of the pedal.
As for the carbon pedal body, the 6800 design differs from 9000 through its use of short carbon fibers instead of Dura-Ace's long carbon fibers. Essentially, this is where the extra weight comes from. Additionally, the carbon has been molded with a machined aluminum sleeve that houses the two bearings in each pedal. The whole assembly spins on a stainless steel spindle, and the new pedals retain the replaceable stainless steel wear plate that sits atop the pedal body. Additionally, it supports the SPD-SL cleat for maximum lateral stability, while allowing a hard surface for your cleat to float against -- +/- three degrees.
The Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 SPD-SL Pedals come with a set of SM-SH11 floating cleats (the ones with the Yellow wear tabs) and all of the necessary mounting hardware. The float is three degrees in either direction. The stack height is 13.7mm. And as always, the retention preload is adjustable to allow you to dial in the perfect entry and release tension.
Reviews & Community
A great pedal!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had a pair of 6700s prior to the 6800s. I ditched the 6700s to try the Look Keo carbon blade. The Looks, look cool, have a great platform and clip out easily but clipping in is another issue. They don't point up when you're not clipped in which makes getting back in the pedal difficult.
So, I scrapped 'em in favor for the new carbon Ultegra pedal and am glad I did! Clip in and out is very easy, very stable platform, no hot spots and lightweight. What more can you ask for!
So the difference between the 6700 and...
So the difference between the 6700 and these is weight? The 6700 were aluminum and these have carbon? Is ride quality identical, the only difference being weight? Hopefully someone having used both can fill me in. Thanks.
I've used both and they seem the same except for weight. Clip in, clip out is very smooth, bearings seem very smooth also.
A dramatic improvement over toe cages
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I finally made the change to clipless pedals and I'm glad I did. The energy transfer is amazing, allowing me to go longer and more efficiently. I went straight for carbon figuring I could bring them with me should I ever upgrade my bike, so I can't comment on the differences between aluminum and other materials in comparison. Clipping in and out took a bit of practice and the tension needed some loosening for me to not feel glued to the bike, but I can see myself tightening it back up later as I become more experienced.
You'll need an 8 mm allen wrench to tighten these as opposed to a 15 mm pedal wrench. I hand tightened it with my Alien II multi tool because I don't have a torque wrench (the pedals suggest tightening to 10 Nm). Hopefully it's enough.
solid and light weight
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
great pedals for the money. nice and light weight, yet strong/rigid. can't feel any difference vs. my dura-ace pedals. solid purchase at the sale price, but may be able to find a little cheaper elsewhere.