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Item # SHI0670

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.

  • Carbon body
  • Aluminum cleat plate
  • SPD-SL cleat type
  • 3-degrees of +/- float
  • Adjustable entry/release

Tech Specs

Material:
[pedal body] carbon fiber, [cleat plate] aluminum
Float:
+/- 3 deg
Entry / Release:
adjustable
Pedal Wrench Type:
[Allen] 8 mm
Actual Weight:
One Color, One Size: 260g
Recommended Use:
road cycling and racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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First set of clip in/clipless pedals...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

SPD, clipless, clipped, SPD SL, flats, cleats, ABCDEFG....

It was all a bunch of brain damage to me. I started cycling back in April of 2016 and quickly fell in love with riding. One for the sheer leisure of riding and two for the fitness aspects of it. I started on MTB and just recently purchased a roadie. I have done enough reading and research to know that the differences between flats and clipless pedals on MTB could be called negligible (notice I say COULD). However, my reading and research has led me to believe that the same does not apply to road bikes. A clipless pedal is a necessity. SO, when I bought the road bike I spent some time researching pedals and I kept coming back to these Shimano cleat style pedals.

I was a little leery at first about using these type of pedals because I had heard the stories of friends falling over at stop lights because they forgot that they were clipped in. God forbid I suffer a little public humiliation in front a bunch of strangers. Anyway, I put these puppies on the bike and attached the yellow cleats that came with the pedals. Before I snapped in, I backed the tension out on the pedals for the clipping system. I balanced in the driveway for 10 minutes or so just snapping in and snapping out. My neighbors must think I am a lunatic I thought. It took a little while to get use to the feeling but I got to the point where I felt somewhat comfortable so off I went to try them out on the road. I still remember the first stop light that I came to and how nervous I felt. I disengaged really early and just let my foot hover above the ground as I coasted to the light. When it turned green, I lined the cleat up with the pedal and put a little weight on it and it snapped in rather easily. There is no mistaking when you have been snapped in. Its loud and solid. I now have some miles on these pedals and I am ready to increase the tension on the mechanism. I would recommend these pedals to anybody who is new to road biking (or experienced). They are light, well built and the clip in mechanism is great. Do yourself a favor and buy a pair.

Light and functional

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

This is my first road pedals, so it will take some time to adjust to these style of cleats. My first impression is these are manufactured to the high level of quality I've come to expect from Shimano. Solid fit and finish. The only caution I can mention is for lighter riders the spring tension is strong even after full loose adjustment. I hope that will change with use.

Easy, light and comfy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These pedals are great - they are easy, light and comfy as my title says. I like the matte finish, as they go with my carbon Scott cr1 pro pretty nicely. they provide a nice solid base and feel great when pumping up some hills. I have had some other pedals that creaked and made all sorts of clicking noises... drives me crazy! These are super smooth though.

No Fuss Pedals

    The Ultegra pedals have a solid platform, great feel, and smooth bearings. With all metal and carbon fiber construction these pedals look as good as they perform. The engagement is positive with a reassuring click in and out so there's no guessing about whether or not you're actually connected. I prefer the blue cleats, minimal play, no slop.

    No-nonsense pedals

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great pedals, work great, easy to use. In fact it's my second pair of ultegra carbon pedals ( for my second bike!). At this price, nothing beats those pedals

    Love them

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great product. Great vendor (Competitive Cyclist). I've notice squeaking with other riders who have other brands, like Look. No noise with Shimano.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 51m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Solid platform. Love them

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have been riding a Look Keo after getting back into cycling "half ass" for several years and am now back into it much more seriously (3500 miles with 3.5 months to go). I bought Looks because hey I bought a set in 1985. What a night and day difference this pedal makes from that. The pedal platform feels wider and just such a solid transfer of power. I have to admit I also just bought the Shimano R231 shoes so that combination is like nothing I have ever had before. Love it. Much easier to clip in at the traffic lights than the Looks.

    Solid platform. Love them
    Avg. ride time: 25m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    feel the POWER!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Stiff, durable, and the power transfer is amazing. Love these pedals.

    Is this the price for the pair of pedals or do I need to purchase two?

    Hey Mack,



    These are priced as a pair! Give a shout if you have any other questions and I'd be happy to help! Cheers, Connor

    Perfect Pedal

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Ultegra line of Shimano parts are usually the best bang for the buck and these are no exception. I used these and the axle conversion kit from Garmin to swap the body for the Vector pedals. These are much, much better than the LOOK/ACR system that came on them originally

    Perfect Pedal

    Great for beginners

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've never used pedals like this before and they were so easy to use. It took me somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 minutes to learn to use these and get used to them. Once riding, they feel incredibly secure and solid and I really like them.

    One with the bike! Thanks for the review!

    Do these pedals settle in the vertical position with the back of the pedal down after you un-clip? My only issue with the 105s is that they do not settle this way, so I'm always looking down to clip back in. I'd rather not have to flip the pedal over when restarting at an intersection or while in traffic.

    Jeffrey, about 98% of the time they do. Occasionally I need to look down to give them a nudge, but I'm someone who's never used pedals like this before and I have an incredibly easy time clipping back into them.

    Do these come with cleats? The 105s do, but I'm not seeing whether they are included or not with this pedal.

    Hey Christian, yes they do. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions. 1-800-409-4502 x 4775 or brkim@backcountry.com

    Avg. ride time: 2h 20m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Noticeable upgrade

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Upgraded to these from shimano R540s. These feel sturdier like more power is being transferred. Mine came in 3 grams lighter than advertised too! Sweet value here love em.

    Two questions:

    1. How much do these weigh?
    2. What year were they made?

    Hey Chris,

    These weight 260 grams a pair. We received this order from Shimano in July of 2015. So I would think a safe estimate would be about a year from July of 2015.

    Eric Watford - Expert Gearhead

    Don't forget to buy cleat covers

      Shimano Ultegra pedals are great (at any price). Light, wide platform, super precision-made, and rock solid reliability. They are I think, by far, the best value in road pedals in the world.

      At this price, they are an insane value.

      But don't forget to buy Shimano cleat covers also (part# SH45). The soft yellow rubber "pontoons" on Shimano SPD cleats wear out pretty fast if you walk around without wearing cleat covers. Which one really shouldn't do, but sometimes we have to (e.g., group ride coffee stop).

      Solution: Shimano cleat covers avail online for about $18 (or less).

      Avg. ride time: 3h 43m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Great Pedal

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great platform. Easy to get in and out of. Switched from Look pedals and am completely happy.