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Item # SHI008Y

Widen the gap.

Shimano's XT group is blowing up in 2016. The drivetrain and wheels feature wider Q-factor options, wider gear ratios, and wider rims — a general trend that extends to the XT PD-M8000 XC Pedals, too. Compared to the M780 pedals they're replacing, the M8000 XC racing pedals gain 2.8mm in platform width for just under 8% more contact surface between pedal and shoe. The story isn't all addition, though, with the stack height dropping by .5mm. While this isn't a huge reduction, it does put your soles that much closer to the pedal axle and allows a touch more clearance to avoid pedal strikes.

Other than those changes, the pedals are virtually the same. Four degrees of float, two-sided entry, bombproof durability of the body and sealed cartridge bearings, and simple, muck-clearing cleat-to-pedal interface — the features that recommend Shimano's SPDs as the default pedal for mountain, commuting, 'cross, and even road riding are all retained. The XC model is slightly lighter and less substantial than the Trail version. It also lacks the extra platform, with Shimano opting to make the M8000 pedals low-weight XC racers with an eye toward widening time gaps on climbs instead of armored trail bruisers built for establishing new lines across techy terrain.

  • The classic mountain bike pedal
  • Increased surface area for more stability
  • Reduced stack height lowers rock-strike risk
  • Durable body and sealed bearings absorb abuse

Tech Specs

4 deg
2-bolt SPD
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Best go-to pedal I own!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this pair of pedals on at least 4 different bikes, and they are still holding up. I just recently re-greased the pedal spindle after years of abuse, and they barely needed it. These things release when you need them to, in my experience. I would highly recommend these pedals for a great, durable, long term pedal.

10 years

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I seem to never be able to justify buying pedals because my XT's are 10 years old and still work with fresh cleats every year. But my wife got these for me, and I am STOKED. These are by far the best pedals ever. You don't slide off like Crank Brothers, you don't have to shim like Look, no weird non distinct release like Time. These are every bit as good as XTR just a little heavier. Get them.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I finally replaced my 7 year old XT pedals after 10k+ miles.. Super durable, infinitely adjustable and sheds mud almost as good as eggbeaters... can't go wrong with these.

The standard for a reason

    I've been on Crank Brothers pedals for years but got sick of all the slop and picked up these XTs. They feel much more locked in and the release adjustability is prime!

    Solid Pedals

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Bought these ahead of a road-biking trip & very happy with them so far. Enough surface area they're easy to clip in & out of and they're light enough they don't weigh me down. Good option at a fair price point.

    The go-to mtb pedal

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been using Shimano's SPD system for many years and find that they are the best system for me. The XT M8000 race pedals are smooth and seemingly indestructible.

    Strong pedal

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm very prone to smashing my pedals on rocks, and my Shimano XT PD m8000s have soaked up the abuse. They are plenty light and easy to clip into, but equally importantly they are super strong and durable.

    Great pedals for the money

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Between these and the XTR version, I would stay with this. These are the second pair I bought (another bike). Never had any issues with them and the quality is Excelent! You can't go wrong with XT, and if you are worried about the weight difference between the XT and XTR ... if you are not a professional rider climbing Mt Columbine, please stick with these.
    Great product - highly recommend it
    * Cleats are included with pedals. Yes, change it to the new ones please!

    Avg. ride time: 3h 40m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    XT Pedals and Shimano in general

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I used Eggbeaters for years because I had them on 5 Different bikes, and well when they broke it was easier to buy one pair of those than switch all bikes to something else. 2 years ago I broke multiple pairs in a short span time so enough was enough, everything went to Shimano. Not one break yet and I ride a little of everything including some rocky stuff where I have had a decent bit of pedal strikes. Also do endurance races, put in big training miles, and do some bad weather riding so they have really been put through the wringer.

    The only time I miss them is really winter when I get snow Ice build up, mud has not been a big issue but I try to avoid it when possible.

    So you gave them three stars because...?

    Expect them to be as great as the last p

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I have only gotten one ride in on these pedals and they performed flawlessly on the first ride. I was in a rush and installed them and cranked the tension down all the way before going out for a ride. Normally I would trial and error and adjust them but I was meeting people and was going to ride some really gnarled steep stuff. My shoes never inadvertently came unclipped during the ride and I am using my 2 year old cleats. When I needed to unclip for an emergency dab it was easy. I have the previous version and they have been holding up great for the last 2 years. I also have a cheap pair of Shimano pedals I have used for the last 12 years that have also been flawless, so expect these to last many years. Almost went with XTR but weight difference was negligible and almost went with the level just below XT but the XT has a better platform. Definitely worth the money especially when on sale.

    4 stars just because I haven't had them long enough.

    Just so you know I have three bikes and use all these pedals :)

    Are cleats included with these pedals?

    Yes, they are!

    801-736-6396 ext. 4756

    # 51's single exit, not 56's which are dual sided exit

    Great Platform

      The XT has a little bigger platform than the cheaper SPD mountain pedals (PD-M540).

      The bigger platform creates a better transfer of power, and, fewer hotspots. Nice pedals go a long way (no pun intended).


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These are a simple, quality, reasonably priced (relatively) bike part. Not much more to ask for. You could definitely spend way more for some bling factor and fewer grams, but I wouldn't recommend it. My set I just bought this summer, but almost all of my riding buddies use this pedal (or previous very similar iterations) and ride them for season upon season before needing to replace them. I have a few hundred miles on mine and they're solid.

      Avg. ride time: 1h 33m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Great All-Round Pedal

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have used these pedals exclusively on my MTB and wouldn't choose anything else. Easy to service. Might not be the lightest pedal, but you will have these for years and years! If you are not overly concerned about weight, get these pedals or the trail versions.

      Avg. ride time: 4h 58m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      I have thousands of miles on these

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I actually just bought these and returned them. Why? Because I bought a pair of Shimano XT pedals in 2011 and have ridden/raced about 10,000 miles on them. They the shit and still going strong. I'm just gonna keep rocking them. These last the ages unlike Eggbeaters who get their name because they last about as long as an egg in your fridge.