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Shimano Ultegra PD-R8000 SPD-SL Pedals
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Shimano Ultegra PD-R8000 SPD-SL Pedals

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Description

Ultegra Road Performance

The Shimano Ultegra PD-R8000 Pedals borrows heavily from the flagship Dura-Ace PD-9100 to deliver pro-level performance for the weight-conscious cycling enthusiast. The extra-wide, lightweight, carbon composite platform offers a huge target for clipping in, so rolling away from red lights and the start of a crit are hassle-free affairs.

The large body also provides more efficient power transfer and distributes pressure better so long days in the saddle aren't met with hot spots on your feet. The low profile design increases road clearance for improved confidence when leaning through the turns and getting back on the gas.

Durable, integrated, stainless steel body plates help reduce flex, wear to the pedal body, and provide a smooth surface for the cleats, promoting smooth float. The wide bearing placement offers stable and uniform load distribution so bearings last longer and roll smoother. The adjustable entry and release tension let you customize the settings for a casual easy in-and-out to a vice like grab needed for track racers or sprinters.

Features:

  • High-quality pedals for road adventures
  • Wide carbon body offers stable support
  • Steel body plate for durability
  • SPD-SL cleat for 3-hole shoes
  • Adjustable entry and release tension
  • Available in standard or long spindle variations
  • 6 degrees of float
  • Adjustable cleat tension
  • Includes SPD-SL cleats
  • Weight: 255g pair

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Specifications

 

Pedal Type: Road Pedals 

 

Cleat Type: Road Cleats 

Standard Spindle

Mfg PartNum: IPDR8000 

Long Spindle +4mm

Mfg PartNum: IPDR8000E1 

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Long-lasting, simple pedals and cleats
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, OR
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I really like the simplicity and so far the reliability of these pedals and cleats. After nearly 4,000 miles, and many rides through rain, these have held up extremely well. Once the cleat position is dialed in, they just work, and I don't have to think about them. I do regrease bearings every 700-1k miles or so because of the rain, but even that might be overkill. Simple to do. I'm also still on the first set of cleats - maybe because I try to avoid walking in them. At the current rate, I expect these pedals to last for many thousands of miles to come.

I'll note that coming from (now ancient) Speedplay X2s with huge, non-adjustable float, the first rides on the SPD-SLs felt very restrictive even with the yellow cleats. In fact, I hated them at first, but it honestly didn't take long to adjust and realize that I didn't need all of that float the Speedplays had. Afterwards even new Speedplays just felt sloppy. If I could change one thing on the shimanos, it might be just 1-2 more degrees of float and was one reason I considered Look Keos. But I'm happy with my choice and see no reason to switch. Also if the cleats get a little dirty, no big deal. I once stepped on a single raisin with my speedplays and had to dig a sandy mess out before I could even clip in.

I do recommend taking an allen wrench on the first couple rides to adjust the cleats on the fly. And once you get them dialed in, mark or spray paint the cleat position to make it easier when you replace them.

Reviewed 2/8/2022
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Up to expected quality as long as they last
by CGM
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, OR

Using these on a road bike for outdoor riding.

The only negative I have is the twist-out force is a bit high for me. I have it adjusted all the way down. It is OK, but wish the range went a little lower.

Reviewed 9/28/2023
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Great lightweight pedals
by Darrell
Decatur, GA

Very nice and lightweight. And larger a factor works well for my bike fit.

Reviewed 3/1/2024
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Great Value
by Anonymous

Bought these on sale at a price similar to 105 regular price. Will be used on a new build

Reviewed 1/11/2024
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Shimano pedals are a great product, great durability with serviceable bearings.
by Richard
Cycling Enthusiast
Buffalo/great lakes

See above title for benefits of Ultegra pedal plusses.

Reviewed 1/13/2024
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Shimano Ultegra PD-R8000 SPD-SL Pedals
by Hard Drive
Central Illinois
5 of 6 customers found this review helpful.

Just took delivery of a TREK 7.7FX this summer to keep riding a great all-carbon road bike with fitness bike handlebars and controls. Wanted the efficiency of road bike pedals to work with my Sidi Genius 7 road bike shoes. These Shimano pedals fit the bill perfectly. The pedal cleats give me the right amount of float and the manufacturing quality is top notch. Very easy to snap into and out of pedals with adjustable spring loading on pedals. Id suggest this set-up to anyone in their mid to late 60s who still loves the long rides on flats and hills.

Reviewed 9/13/2018
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Secure, Easy to Clip In, Quick Cleat Wear
by Overlander
Cycling Enthusiast
Boulder, CO
2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I got these pedals to replace Look Keos that I had used for a few years (the Keos were loosing a metal plate on the top of one pedal). These pedals seem solid. Getting the cleats into the pedals is fine, about the same as the Keos. Getting the cleat out takes a bit more effort at the factory setting, which I have not yet changed. I like the availability of a near-zero float cleat (the blue-cushioned ones). However, these cleats have worn quickly - on both shoes, the outside blue pad was gone after a week of riding, and now after a couple of months, the plastic has worn enough to make walking tilted. But the attachment to the pedals is still secure. Not sure I would buy these again because of the fast cleat wear.

Reviewed 8/20/2018
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Top Notch
by DBBrider
Cycling Enthusiast
Dallas, TX

I can only give four stars because you have to leave a star open for Dura Ace, but these are the best pedals I have ever had. I have some 105's on another bike and the differences in entry and exit are subtle, but noticeable, and when you have some sketchy places to get in and out the Ultegra's are worth the upgrade.

Reviewed 8/21/2023
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Superb pedal, large platform and reliable clip-in/out
by oaklandmark
Cycling Enthusiast
Oakland, CA
4 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

I have been a Shimano SPD user for around 20 years, starting with an old Ultegra pair, and then in a "what the heck" moment buying a DuraAce pair for a second bike. Those DuraAce, after around 15 years, started getting dangerously difficult to clip out of, and so after a little fiddling cleaning and lubing failed, I just went and bought these. I was going to spend the extra for DuraAce again, but between the Ultra being on sale, and admitting to myself that after multiple experiences with Ultegra and DuraAce in brakes, gears, and pedals, I honestly could not find any difference in performance between the two, I bought these.

Shimano has improved their design over the years, with these Ultegra pedals being about 25 g lighter per my scale than the 15 year old DuraAce. The platform is both a little wider and has a slightly larger surface area, both making for a reduction in the pressure on the ball of one's foot, which is the main reason one goes to these pedals in the first place. After riding Look and Keo in the past, as well as a miserable pair of Crank Brothers eggbeater pedals, I can attest that more contact area is a good thing, and less is a pain to the point of injury.

I heartily recommend theses pedals. They are light, smooth, easy to clip in and out of, include a pair of yellow (+/-3 degrees) cleats, allow you to adjust the clip-in tension, are long lasting, and have that large contact area you'll want on a road bike. Excellent product.

Reviewed 6/13/2022
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Very useful
by Anonymous

It stays in a position so you can insert your shoe cleats easily without looking it.

Reviewed 11/9/2023
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Excellent- prefer to Speedplay
by Jeff
Atlanta

Just switched to SPD-SL from speedplay. Like the bigger platform for stability and lower profile too. Using the yellow cleats so medium float but feels more secure than the speedplay.

Reviewed 11/9/2023
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Great pedals, really hold the the shoes in, and lightweight, too.
by Mike
Cycling Enthusiast
Los Angeles, Ca.

These pedals are great, big platform for big feet, lightweight, easy to adjust.

Reviewed 10/2/2023
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Simpler +4 Than Dura-Ace
by MTS
Cycling Enthusiast
Beautiful California
2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I had the +4 Dura-Ace for 22,000 miles until they fell apart. I must have not put them back together correctly when I lubed them and that's a problem. There are two places to tighten and I must have loosened one while tightening the other. Anyway, a pedal came apart when I pushed off and bearings were everywhere. Time for a new pedal. Fortunately, there is now an Ultegra +4, so I can save some $$, and the design is much simpler. There's only one thing to tighten when servicing and I like simple. I try to do as much of my own servicing as possible and since I'm not the greatest mechanic in the world, I need all the help I can get.

Reviewed 1/9/2023
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Great pedal
by AzBob
Cycling Enthusiast
Phoenix
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

After 15+ years on Speedplay Zero's I switched to Shimano, primarily for a larger platform to try to alleviate hot foot that I would get after 50-60 miles of riding. Unlike Speedplay, these are one sided, but it is in effect the same, since they are weighted so the clip in side is always up. I am clipped in much more securely with less wasted float (maybe I didn't have my zero set screws dialed in enough?) Entry and exit are a breeze. You still need to get used to placing your foot in the correct location for entry - same as when I switch from road to mountain and back. I also bought the cleat covers - much better than the useless Speedplay aero covers that fall off when you walk and get coated with dry lube so you can;t put then in your pocket anyway.

Reviewed 12/10/2020
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Best pedal and terrific price
by Slamy
Auburn AL

Theses are bullet proof.

Reviewed 7/31/2023
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A Top of the line pedal
by Gene K.
Cycling Enthusiast
Bonney Lake WA
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I have three sets of these pedals on my three bikes. They are light and technically as good as the best, Dura Ace. It isn't a secret that Shimano uses the same technology in Ultegra as they do in Dura Ace. The major difference is the materials used, Ultegra being just a tiny bit heavier. It is the simple reason than most professional teams that use Shimano components use Ultegra on their bikes. The oldest set of my Ultegra pedals is on my BMC SLR O1 Team Machine. They have been on the bike for the last four years, and have accumulated somewhere north of 23,000 miles. I have never experienced a problem with them in all that time. They are a great pedal that holds the cleat well, but releases easily when they need to. I bought the third set a couple of months ago when I added a new bike to my stable. I have used a lot of different pedals over the years, but once I got the Ultegra pedal I decided that I had found something to stick with. I like the solidity of the platform and ease of entering and leaving the pedal. Cleats are reasonably priced and generally last a full season of hard cycling. What's not to like?

Reviewed 8/21/2020
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Good pedals
by Aaron
Duluth

I have an older pair of these Ultegra and the Dura Ace version on another bike. The Dura Ace of course is a bit better build and a tiny bit lighter but unless you are racing or have the extra money to spend the Ultegra is perfect. Like the newer pedals better than my old ones but the 5 year old version is still in great shape after thousands of miles. Put the new ones on a new bike build. No complaints and recommended.

Reviewed 8/22/2022
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Wide spindle life!
by RipCity Ryan
Portland

Tired of rubbing your shoes on the inner heel? Tired of scuffing your cranks? Wanting the same incredible clipless system you've always loved from Shimano? If you, like me, are less narrow footed than most than these are the pedals for you! Not any those things? Then still get these in shorter spindle option. A little lighter than the 105, still cheaper than Dura Ace. Get 'em and don't regret 'em.

Reviewed 7/7/2022
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Great pedals, made even better
by Peloton21
Competitive Racer
Burbs west of Boston
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Fantastic value, excellent performance. These Ultegra pedals just keep getting better. The R8000 version has shorter distance by several millimeters between the spindle and top of the pedal.

If replacing older Ultegra pedals, you may need to adjust the seat height slightly lower to account for that, expecially if also putting on a bike with 172.5 mm cranks vs. prior bike of 170mm and older Ultegra pedals. The combon difference in height adjustment is 5-6 mm, which is noticeable. Ask me how I know this... lived it.

Reviewed 7/18/2019
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More power as registered by power meter than my previous pedal. Shimano is great!
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Cold mid west

I was having problems on swift with my pedal so tried this pedal and it worked great, I am older and have tried many pedals. I have not used them in town but zwift and country ridding is really much better with this pedal.

The construction is tough and easy on my feet I use yellow float.

Reviewed 5/12/2022
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