Not more than a few weeks ago a shiny new pair of Shimano's new M9000 XTR pedals dropped. Fortunately, not a moment too soon as I am sporting yet another pair of Egg Beaters with wings flopping around and a spring losing tension.
A few years ago I ran XTR pedals, M980 series to be specific. The engagement of those pedals was much more secure than that of my Egg Beaters, but I had some issues with durability. The first pair stopped spinning like they should within a few weeks of getting them mid-CX season, so I dropped them and was back on my Egg Beaters.
Back to the M9000. Shimano bettered their mud clearance of the M9000 pedals, which was a weak point of the M980 series, as evidenced by so many sponsored pros riding either modified versions or previous generations. I'm happy to test the claims of added mud clearance, which I've enjoyed plenty of from my Egg Beaters.
A bit of a letdown (though fully expected), the weight of these new XTR pedals. My set came in at 304g, which is 6g below the claimed weight, but also 29g heavier than my previous Egg Beater 2's, which retail for approximately 1/2 of these new XTR pedals.
Weight aside, engagement of these new pedals is very positive, one of my favorite aspects of my previous foray into Shimano pedals. Compared to the light engagement and release of the Egg Beaters, the Shimano certainly give you audible and tactile feedback to clipping in and out.
One thing I did notice, the float on my right foot is slightly more free than the left foot. A minor cleat adjustment and the difference in float was taken care of. I'll admit a minute of concern, but it showed to be unfounded.
Otherwise, there's very little to report, which is expected with $200 pedals. They work just as they should, the engagement is crisp and positive, and since this is Embrocation, it's nice that they match. Shimano's fit and finish is what it always in.
A few rides in, I'm happy to be testing these pedals and initial impressions are very positive.
photos and words by Brandon Elliott