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Replaced my pedals and cleats: 600 km report.

Friday, May 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

May
23
2014

About a month ago I flipped over my SIDI Genius 5 Pro Carbon shoes and saw that my cleats were badly in need of replacement. While I was at it, I took a good look at my pedals (Shimano Ultegra PD-6610), and they were pretty well trashed, too.

I checked the mileage on the pedals (see my article, “An underutilized, but very useful Strava feature: component mileage tracking“), and they had nearly 20,000 kilometers on them.

I decided it was time replace the cleats and the pedals. Here are the old parts (click to enlarge):

My cleats were well past their expiration date.

My cleats were well past their expiration date.

My well-used Shimano Ultegra PD-6610 pedals after nearly 20,000 kilometers. 310 grams.

My well-used Shimano Ultegra PD-6610 pedals after nearly 20,000 kilometers. 310 grams.

 

I decided to replace the pedals with the newest Shimano Ultegra offering, the Ultegra PD-6800 carbon pedal. The PD-6800 carbon pedal is wider and lighter than the older PD-6610 and, aesthetically, a much better match for my bike.

So, how much wider and how much lighter? Quite a bit on both counts (click to enlarge):

New Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 carbon pedals. 258 grams.

New Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 carbon pedals. 258 grams.

My old Shimano Ultegra PD-6610 pedals. 62.76 mm wide.

My old Shimano Ultegra PD-6610 pedals. 62.76 mm wide.

My new Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 pedals. 70.32mm wide.

My new Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 pedals. 70.32mm wide.

New Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 carbon pedals (L) next to old Shimano Ultegra PD-6610 pedals (R).

New Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 carbon pedals (L) next to old Shimano Ultegra PD-6610 pedals (R).

 

Saving more than 50 grams of rotational weight is always nice, and the wider surface area was instantly noticeable to me. In theory the extra pedal width should provide better power transfer, but putting that aside I just like how they feel under my feet.

I’ve only got a little over 600 kilometers on the new pedals, but I am extremely happy with them so far.

Here is the new pedal mounted on my Madone (click to enlarge):

New Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 carbon pedals mounted on my 2013 Madone 5.9.

New Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 carbon pedals mounted on my 2013 Madone 5.9.

 

If you’re due for a new set of pedals, definitely give the Ultegra PD-6800 pedals a strong look. They are just a few grams heavier than the Dura-Ace pedals, and half the price.

I’m off to ride! Happy Friday!

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