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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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  • 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: 17h 27m 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: 4h 45m 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: 8m 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.

Staple pedal.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these SPD pedals for 20 year or better. They are my go to MTB pedal. They clean out well and are very predictable when in mud or the dry. These are easily adjustable. Great reliability. My last pair lasted over 12 years - the reason I bought these pedals again!

Love them

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Easy to clip, they just work
mindless clip in and out
yet to see them work in the mud but in dusty high dessert they are rad !

The Standard

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pedals build confidence. You can ride the mud or the dry powder dust and they will keep engaging and releasing under the same pressure every time. Easily adjustable with a turn of an allen key. Predictable in all aspects of the ride. There is a reason these SPD has been around for nearly 25 years - they work!

XTR pedals

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

XTR pedals nuff said.
Tension adjustable
Last for years

Still the best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Easy to clip in and out but keeps you secure when you need to be in control. Great mud clearance. Lightweight too.

Light, yet secure

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been running XTR pedals now for almost 10 years. The design has changed slightly, but for the most part, SPD has been a timeless classic. I have used crank brothers egg beaters as well, the float is nice to have, but there is nothing like being able to have that secure feeling of being clipped in when you are letting gravity take you down the mountain.The cleats can endure a lot of use and the pedals themselves can take a beating too. The other nice feature, is that as your cleats get some use and start wearing out, you can just increase the tension to hold you in. When you have it maxed out on tension or they are sloppier than usual, you just buy a new pair of cleats. The price difference is pretty large compared to the weight savings over the XT, but if you are looking for the best, you can't go wrong with the XTR pedals.

Light, yet secure