Shimano's new generation SDP SL pedal landed the other day. It was one we tried to get in for the recent pedals grouptest test (Cycling Plus 195) but they just weren’t available in time. The new design is based on the current SPD-SL and uses the same cleat. The pedal pictured is the Ultegra SPD-SL model, 105 and Dura-Ace versions will also be available. The new platform claims a 68% increase in area and comes with a replaceable stainless mid-plate. An improvement over the older plastic plate that wore under heavy use. Bearings are typically robust, well sealed and smooth. Like most of Shimano’s pedals the axles on the 105 and Ultegra set can be removed using Shimano’s axle removal tool for easy servicing. There are two SL cleats available, fixed or with three degrees of float. All the pedals feature adjustable cleat tension.
Number crunching and the £69.95 Ultegra pedals weigh in at 389g (including cleats and fixings) and have a 15mm stack height. Look out for them in future Test Bench pages of the magazine for a full review.