I have used many different pedals, including speedplay zero, the cheap Shimano R540, Shimano Ultegra, and the dura ace. The Ultegra are a close second as they feel the same when in use outside of a few things
1. The dura ace pedals have a better bearing setup. The reason that this matters is when you start riding and are clipping in, the dura ace pedals always drop to the same angle to allow you to easily clip in. the ultegra pedals are also quite light, so without the better bearing setup, sometimes the pedals weight alone wouldnt be enough to get it drop properly, resulting in the pedal being upside down when going to clip in. not a major deal breaker, but makes it a little nicer to use.
2. the dura ace pedals come with the blue cleats, which allow minimal float. I have some bad knees from playing hockey growing up as a goalie, combined with a recent miniscus tear and arthritis at age 31. I find that a proper fit with less float is much better on my knees. a lot of float allows for a worse fit, but all the motion can cause pain. if you need blue cleats, it is a good reason to upgrade to the dura ace pedals. if you need the yellow with more float, you might want to just order ultegra.
3. the 4mm width available on the dura ace pedals is nice. It helps my knees track straighter which allows me to run less float as well. This also helps give you a little more crank clearance when using winter shoe covers. they do also offer the 4mm on the ultegra pedals, but they are tougher to find.
Great pedals. They should last a long time with minimal to no maintenance. feel very secure under you, yet dont require a ton of force to unclip when on loosest setting. Can use them easier with sneakers when needed for quick,casual trips.
I've been riding Time Equipe pedals since the 90's. I have them on at least 8 bikes. I also have the Time Espresso pedals- the latest. I like those too, but it's too easy to clip out on the track bike. Enter Dura Ace. These pedals are so light, but super secure. I put them to the test in a match sprint, a standing start for a kilo, and the flying 200 at Hellyer. Totally secure feeling, and not at all afraid to punch it with these pedals. I'll probably switch a couple of other bikes to these pedals over time. Added bonus the cleats are easy to walk in.
What I love most about Shimano products is that they just work. I've never really opted for Dura-Ace anything, but decided to splurge for my new Giant. These pedals look great, sleek on my ride. I love how adjustable they are. The fact that they are lightweight all the better!
Looks great, excellent price and I am sure they will last a long time. The overall functionality of the various Shimano component levels are similar. Whether Dura Ace or Ultegra you are getting an excellent product. I for one like having top end components. I ride a 15 year old titanium Litespeed Vortex which I will probably use for a very long time. I don't spend money on new frames but like having top endquality components that are silky smooth and look great.
Retired guy usually ride 5 days per week averaging 150 to 200 miles per week some easy some hard
This 9001 is the best model yet of Shimano Dura Ace pedals I have used dating back to 7800 stuff
Nice platform very positive entry and firm feeling
I use DA 7900 and Ultegra pedals on my other bikes and, more often than not, have trouble clipping back in due to the pedal being upside down. It appears that Shimano weighted these DA9000 ones so that 95% of the time they are toe up, allowing me to clip right back in. Also, the blue cleats seem to snap in better and I like the reduced float.
These are great. They work flawlessly. I had the previous 9000 pedals and only replaced them due to a crash. The bearings are super smooth and these are lighter than the 9000 version.