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At the top of the pedal podium.

In the world of mountain bike pedals, the arc in a graph that depicts the relationship between quality and cost would gradually and predictably rise along both axes. At the farthest side of the price axis, however, there would be a sudden and dramatic upward slope in quality, and that's where you find the Shimano XTR M9000 Race Pedals.

To be clear: even Shimano's most basic pedals represent outstanding value in their durability and performance — pairs that cost $40 eight years ago are still bouncing around on countless bikes, for example. So, you wonder, what's to gain in the not-insignificant price jump from those to these? For one, the M9000s lose even more weight than their already-lithe predecessors. Pedals' inert weight is virtually negated in their relationship to one another when spinning around a crank, but that weight still counts on the scales. You're pulling those things up the climbs, too, and the almost 100-gram difference between the XTR Race pedals and heavier, cheaper pedals out there can be huge on a long day of riding or racing.

What else is worth those dollars? What makes the pros fork over their own cash for a pair when their pedal sponsor isn't Shimano? What makes riders carry move these pedals from bike, to bike, to bike, to bike, to bike? More details: the titanium hardware that comprises the spindle and cleat binders receives a proprietary fluorine treatment to boost the metal's ability to shed mud and dirt, boosting pedal life and allowing the pedal to clear grime quickly for rapid and reliable engagement regardless of riding conditions. The new M9000 version also receives a revised axle/bearing interface for even greater longevity and smoothness, while the bearings are still wide-set to maximize stiffness and responsiveness under load. The list goes on and on… so just trust us. These are very strong contenders for the best MTB race pedals out there, period.

The Shimano XTR M9000 Race Pedals come with SM-SH51 (single release angle) cleats and are also compatible with SM-SH56 (multi release angle) cleats. The pedals' entry and release tension can be adjusted via a hex screw on the back of each pedal on both sides.

  • Compatible with Shimano SM-SH51 (single release angle) cleats and SM-SH56 (multi-release angle) cleats
  • Hex adjustable entry and tension

Tech Specs

[body] aluminum, [axel] chromoly steel
Entry / Release:
Pedal Wrench Type:
[hex] 8 mm
Claimed Weight:
310 g
Recommended Use:
cross-country, trail, all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years

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Best Pedal Period

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ridden XTR pedals for over a decade and they have always taken a beating and never given up. Just change the grease every season and they will last forever, it seems. The cleat system is the easiest to use and the most secure. In mud, they may not be the best but you should not be riding in mud anyway (bad for the trails) and I don't know if any other pedal would be that much better.

If the price is too much, the XT version is essentially just as good just a little heavier but were talking grams not pounds.....

best of the best

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

If you like SPD pedals, this is the king. Great durability for a race pair of pedals.
XT are on most the bikes, but XTR's for race day and the lower weight. Always work well in the majority of conditions.

Strong and Reliable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have raced mountain and cross for years only on XTR SPD's. Can take a beating from hitting rocks and roots, scraping in corners, being in mud & rain, riding in snow and freezing conditions. Easy to adjust tension for a 95lb rider to someone who is over 200lbs. This version has a larger surface area for the shoe contact over the last model and is lighter. Great pedals.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What more do you want? Clips in super easily, incredibly durable, and lightweight. Never any surprises.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They connect my feet to the crank perfectly every time.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been on XTR pedals since 2012 with no issues. This was just such a great price I could not resist buying a second pair. If you want something 100% reliable that will last for a long long time there is no other choice.

Beautiful pedals, great price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are the best SPD pedals one can buy, and at the best price. The spindle has a brushed texture which reflects a high quality build. I have done 200 miles and they still look new. I look forward to the next 200 miles!

Shimano XTR PD-M9000 Race Pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Shimano pedals are fantastic and have never given me any trouble.

Great pedals

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Replaced my 90s Ritchey Logics with these because I was tired of how poorly they cleared mud and at this price it was worth checking them out.
They couldn't have been a better investment. I raced on them all spring and performed flawlessly. I've only had one issue clipping in, and that was because I had a piece of wood jammed in my cleat. Wood.

Best pedals out there! Glad to hear they are working out.

Just bought my second set

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought my first set in 2007. Just bought my second set this week. First set is still totally usable. Enough said.


  • 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 XTR PD-M9000 Race Pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pedal standards come and go but SPD's defined the market. I'm on my ~4th pair of XTR's over the years and could not imagine any reason to go with other standards. I have never had a pair fail during the many 1000's of miles I have abused them, will definitely buy again.

THE Pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The pedal by which all others are judged. I jump between these and the XT model. Oddly enough, the entry and exit in the XTR actually does feel a little smoother. Also, the spindle section of this pedal is ovalized slightly to allow for better mud clearance, which is nice if you ride in nasty weather or race Cyclocross. Otherwise these are very very similar to the XT model. If you have a few extra dollars, I would say, Treat Yo Self.

Avg. ride time: 22h per week
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XTR, and worthy of the group

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride both SPD-S and two-bolt SPDs depending on the time of year. This summer I did a bunch of 'adventure' riding on trails and singletrack, and wanted to use shoes with tread (thus needing two-bolt SPD). I rode about a month on 105-level SPD pedals, which were okay.

I upgraded to these because they were on sale and, wow, it's like a different cleat-system altogether. These things are easier to clip in/out, but less likely to release accidentally. The bearings are unreal, with noticeably lower friction than my 105s. They weigh less too, although I don't know if that makes any real difference.

After about a month on these, I have to say that I love them. They compare very favorably with my three-bolt Dura Ace SPD-9000 pedals, and I'm having a hard time deciding which is better. In the end, the main reason I'm putting the SPD-9000s back on is that I need them for my cold weather and rain shoes.

Highly recommended.

Everything you would expect...and more

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fit and finish is excellent quality. Release action is easy to adjust and smooth. Clipping in is very easy. $/gm makes them a very good value.

Avg. ride time: 6h 8m per week
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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Magnificos pedales muy livianos bonitos y requieren nada de mantenimiento.

Three Thumbs Up

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ultimate power transfer matched with legendary dependability in an evolutionary racing pedal, the result of 20 years of SPD pedal design experience

This XTR pedal is ideally suited for cross country racing due to its lightweight compact design

Lightweight and high performance forged alloy body with hollow chrome-moly axle for stiffness and durability

Low profile platform height of 8.1mm with large platform contact area of 226.9mm square for excellent support and stability

Beautifully constructed with a strong and slender spindle, using an 8mm Allen wrench mounting system

Teflon coated open binding system with slim oval axle body housing sheds mud efficiently and reduces stiction

Sealed cartridge axle system for reliability and simplified low maintenance

Easy entry system and tension adjustment provides plenty of support and holds the cleat firmly in place for those big sprints

Three Thumbs Up
Avg. ride time: 11m per week
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Solid No Frills Pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a huge fan of the XTR Race pedals. The M9000 version continued Shimano's legacy of a solid no nonsense pedal.