Why We Like The Ultegra PD-R8000 Pedals
The Shimano Ultegra PD-R8000 Pedals borrows heavily from the flagship Dura-Ace PD-9100 to deliver pro-level performance for the weight-conscious cycling enthusiast. The extra-wide, lightweight, carbon composite platform offers a huge target for clipping in, so rolling away from red lights and the start of a crit are hassle-free affairs. The large body also provides more efficient power transfer and distributes pressure better so long days in the saddle aren't met with hot spots on your feet. The low profile design increases road clearance for improved confidence when leaning through the turns and getting back on the gas.
Durable, integrated, stainless steel body plates help reduce flex, wear to the pedal body, and provide a smooth surface for the cleats, promoting smooth float. The wide bearing placement offers stable and uniform load distribution so bearings last longer and roll smoother. The adjustable entry and release tension let you customize the settings for a casual easy in-and-out to a vice like grab needed for track racers or sprinters.
The 10 mm body height from the axle center to cleat contact surface lowers the stack height 0.7mm versus the 6800's and the weight has dropped to 248 grams. Pedals includes 6-degree float SPD-SL cleats for 3-bolt shoes and all the mounting hardware.
- High-quality pedals for road adventures
- Wide carbon body offers stable support
- Steel body plate for durability
- SPD-SL cleat for 3-hole shoes
- Adjustable entry and release tension
- Item #SHI00G3
- [body] carbon composite, [spindle] chromoly steel
- Shimano SPD-SL
- Entry / Release
- adjustable cleat retention
- Spindle Diameter
- Pedal Wrench Type
- Compatible Components
- 3-bolt shoes
- Claimed Weight
- [pair] 8.7oz (248g)
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 2 years
4 based on 3 ratings
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January 20, 2024
Durable is not one of the strengths
- I've used it several times
They lost the plates and after that , they became flexibles . Life is around two years.
June 11, 2021
- I've put it through the wringer
I spent $160 in '86 at my LBS the week the Dura-Ace 7401 came out. I was so eager to ditch the "caged" pedal system I'd been using. (Aside: these pedals and their ilk are not "clipless"-clearly you want to be clipped in, but are "cageless" end of aside.) Anyway while 7401s were great pedals and still would be fine to ride on, Shimano has made small refinements the past 35 years to where it's hard to see how much further they could take things to make a better pedal. Almost perfect pedals. I put them on my bike, ride them and don't worry about them. I once had a bearing loosen on the 6800 predecessor model, but that was easy to remedy. One thing though, the 8000's CF body is more prone to marring in my view. I haven't crashed using these, but did fall off my bike last winter while dismounting on a near frozen WA mountain road. I was surprised by the chipping the pedal body endured from that. I think old style aluminum bodies would have handled this much better. If you are a new rider uncomfortable "clipping in" and prone to tipping over while doing so, I'd recommend getting a pair of used pedals to practice. Note to my son and others who have difficulty learning to clip into this style pedals: Don't forget you can pedal with one leg while trying to get engaged with the other leg! Also, when coming to a stop remember to disengage one shoe from the pedal also! Shimano shaved off a little bit of stack height on these from the 6800 series which means the shoe of your shoe is closer to the pedal axle. I didn't really notice this much-at least not to the point where I lowered my saddle. However, more significantly I feel, these are the easiest pedals to clip into on your "first try". I've even been able do fo it on 8% grades on one lane roads where I pulled over to let a vehicle go by. I don't know if there's a bigger contact target for your cleat to engage or if the pedal moves more slowly before going "nose up" prior to engagement, but there is a marked improvement in ease of engagement in my view.
August 2, 2020
- I've used it several times
For someone that comes from 105 shimano pedals, would recommend upgrading to the shimano ultegra R8000. Lighter pedals, slightly wider angles. This gives me more power to push on those climbing hills.
Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com
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