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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 Specs

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

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I didn't get XTR

    I usually get XTR. I have basically the same pedal now, but the extra cash to go buy 30 junior bacon cheeseburgers.


    • 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 34m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.


    • 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: 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.

    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.

      Shimano XT PD-M8000 XC

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Like all things Shimano they work, are not finicky, and are durable.
      What specifically Iike about the pedals are:
      1. The platform is wide and I get good power transfer.
      2. The engagement is positive an you know you are in.
      3. Solid construction

      I went to these after being on eggbeaters for a long time. The eggbeaters might shed "peanut butter" mud marginally better but the power transfer and engagement are much better with the shimano product..

      Unanswered Question

      Is the clips included in the Shimano XT PD-M8000 XC ?

      Avg. ride time: 6h 33m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      outstanding cross pedal

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      After many years of road riding these were the first MTB/Cross pedals I ever purchased heading into my first season of cyclocross racing. I researched several brands and models and decided to go with Shimano. I couldn't be more happy with these. Easy engagement, decently shedded mud/snow, and withstood a season of racing and looking good for the upcoming season.

      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.