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ShimanoXT PD-M8000 XC Pedal

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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 SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
2-bolt SPD
Recommended Use
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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Avg. ride time: 6m per week
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Hi, New clipless, what kind of cleats do I need to get for these pedals?

Easy In Easy Out

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just overhauled my 1995 Stumpjumper and wanted to upgrade the rat trap pedals with toe straps that came with it. Debated about using a pair of overhauled/serviced 25-year-old Shimano PD-530 pedals we pulled off of our tandem, but opted instead to go with a new set of XT PD-8000 pedals. These are silky smooth new generation SPD pedals that work flawlessly, even with the older SH-50 cleats. My Stumpjumper is set up with semi slicks and I use it as an alternate road bike for tooling around and riding with my family when I'm not on my road bike. Great pedals that I wouldn't hesitate to put on a MTN bike or commuter bike. Solid investment.

4 bikes 4 pairs of XTs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What else to say... all my bikes have a pair of XTs installed.. they are bombproof and super reliable.

Solid Foul-Weather Pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a dedicated roadie with Speedplay stainless Zeroes on all but two of my bikes that I ride in the grit and slop of northern Michigan winters/early spring. In my opinion, Zeroes provide the best interface between one’s feet and the bicycle, hands down. Speedplay Frogs, on the other hand, are pretty sub-par. So I’d always end up using old Zeroes, year ‘round. They do not like grit, not to mention snow packed into the cleats when you have to dismount and walk a bit. So I finally decided to go with these, having had some experience with XTs in the past. I am very happy with them. Quick, relatively solid engagement; pretty good power transfer; they ‘blow off’ grit and grime. Somewhat on the heavy side, especially compared to Zeroes, but hey. No cleat scrape while walking is a bonus, even in gravel, although I suppose this may be due to my shoes’ cleat mounting surface. Great price didn’t hurt, either.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like all Shimano products this works as intended. Great, easy, positive engagement. Switched from Eggbeaters to Shimano on all my cross and mountain bikes mostly to have a more secure pedalling platform but realy happy with the ease of engagement.

Only con might be their ability to clear mud and ice compared to the Eggbeaters.

Trusty XC Must

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Solid XC pedal. Never had any problems. All you could ask for in a pedal.

Avg. ride time: 7h 26m per week
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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I prefer my 20 year old Bondtrager pedals, but the bearings finally went. These are ok for the price. I don't like the fit of the cleat.

Twenty years on Shimano XT SPDs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Seriously, they take a lot of abuse. The bearings are accepted as the industry standard for top quality and smoothness of operation. Mud clearing? Serviceability? Easy to adjust? Check, check, & check! I usually get about 5 years of brutal east coast rocks and roots riding / racing out of a pair. The XTRs are lighter, but the XTs are more durable.

Tried and True.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm an out-and-out roadie, but I manage to do a bit of off-road, trail, commuting, and leisure riding on my 'cross bike. I've been a Speedplay devotee for years--at least when it comes to road riding. So I tried Speedplay Frogs on my 'cross set-up. Disappointing, to say the least. Engagement 'feel' was almost non-existent; couldn't do a calf stretch without inadvertently clipping out and racking myself on the top tube. They were soon relegated to the parts bin. I went with Candy 3s which were marginally better but still difficult to engage and didn't feel as if they had a solid platform. I chucked them for a pair of these SPDs, recalling that I'd had a pair when SPDs had just been introduced and had come as OE on my 1988 Cannondale touring bike (along with SRAM Gripshifters--also something new/revolutionary back in the day). I probably put 10,000 km on that bike, and on those pedals. The SPDs were unquestioningly solid and reliable. Now I'm reacquainted with them and couldn't be happier. This pair is all I need for light- to medium-duty in all but the worst condition, with the same qualities as that first pair. Highly, highly recommended.

Cheap and durable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These XT pedals are a great option for both beginners or expert riders. They are durable enough to Enduro ride with and light weight enough to XC race with. not to mention they are half the price of XTR pedals.

A blessing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pedal has been a blessing for my daily commute. It is very easy to clip in and out and makes the ten mile ride each way much more enjoyable!

Avg. ride time: 9m per week
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Beat the $#!t out of these pedals

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride XT race pedals every day, through rain, shine, heat, and cold. Yes, they're heavier than ATACs. No, they wont' break. Ever. These are the pedals you run, when you need your $#!t working through every condition.

Simply the Best

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pretty much the best pedal for the money. Reliable, durable, priced right. Can not ask for anything else.

Love at first clip

    Great addition to my bike for easy clip function and reliability. I was a little worried as this was my first clipless pedal purchase for my bike, but I have been more than satisfied. Easy tension adjustability makes this a great pedal for all levels to adjust to the riders liking and ability. My husband was against these smaller looking clipless pedals, and he tried these and was super impressed and ended up get some for himself 😉.

    Excellent Pedals

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used these pedals for over a year now on multiple bikes and have zero complaints. I've been lazy about servicing and will probably ride these pedals until they die and then buy another pair. They work well and look nice. The interface has worked well with multiple XC style MTB shoes, including Specialized XC Pro and S-works 6 shoes. My pedals have some scratches in the metal from rock strikes, but the marks only seem to have caused cosmetic damage


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you are looking for pedals that last a lifetime, then Shiamano SPD pedals are the one. They have a very low fail rate. When you buy a pair of Shimano SPD pedals you will easily get a couple years out of them. I highly recommend them.