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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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I have XTR on my road bike and a very old pair of Ritchey pedals on my mountain bike. I'd like to wear the same pair of shoes for both and was considering the XT for my MTB. Does the XT pedals work with the Shimano SH51 cleats?

Hi George!

You can indeed use the same SPD SH51 cleats in both XT and XTR pedals. If I can be of assistance with your purchase or any other questions you have, let me know.

Ed K

Gearhead - Competitive Cyclist



Hi George,

Yes. SH51 cleats are compatible with these pedals.

A solid pedal at a good price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband has these on his mountain bike, and has loved them. He previously ran Crank Brothers Candy pedals, but had issues with them being hard to release. These are much better. This 2nd set was bought for the gravel/cross bike he has been lusting after.

Good quality at a great price.

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

I have had several Shimano clip-less systems over the years and these are just as good and intuitive to use. I switched from CB Candy to these so I can use my shoes for spin classes if I get a hankering to go nowhere. LOL Only a few rides but I suspect they will do just fine.

Easy In. Solid retention. Easy out.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great power transfer. Sheds mud well, and easy to clean after a day on the CX course or on the trails. No accidental releases. Unless you're counting grams, there's no real reason to go with the XTRs.

Its all been said

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just piling on with the other reviews but these are a fantastic work horse pedal. The price to gram diff is large to jump to XTR so I just run these and have never been let down.

No updates needed!

    This pedal as gone largely unchanged for the better part of a decade and for good reason. It is a super dependable and highly functioning choice. It will easily survive an encounter with a rock or log and sheds mud effortlessly. The float adjustment is also spot on for making minor tweaks and adjustments.

    Old Faithful

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Reasonably priced, pretty light, positive retention, and insanely durable. Unless you just prefer the feel of some of the other clipless mechanisms, these will serve you well.

    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: 7h 43m 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