Prototype Shimano pedals spotted on Sven Nys' new Trek Boone

Slimmed-down body should work better in mud

Trek today announced a brand-new Boone carbon fiber 'cross bike for Katie Compton and new signings Sven Nys and Sven Vanthourenhout. While the bike itself is newsworthy, what also stood out was a pair of prototype Shimano pedals on Nys's machine.

The new Shimano pedals bear a strong familial resemblance to the current PD-M980 XTR Race model with a cartridge-style spindle and retention hardware that appears to be wholly carried over. The new prototype pedals feature an aluminum body that's much more pared down than the current version however, with minimal – if any – dedicated contact area for the shoe tread.

While increased contact area is generally regarded as a good thing when it comes to clipless pedals, some top cyclocrossers have voiced complaints that the current version's increased platform doesn't perform as well in mud as the previous version, which many racers continue to use. The slimmed-down body should alleviate this issue for more consistent engagement and release, plus we also expect it will be slightly lighter, too.

Sven nys's new trek boone was equipped with a set of prototype shimano pedals with a slimmer body that should perform better in mud than the current xtr model: sven nys's new trek boone was equipped with a set of prototype shimano pedals with a slimmer body that should perform better in mud than the current xtr model

The prototype Shimano pedal spotted on Sven Nys' new Trek Boone

We don't have confirmation from Shimano on whether this prototype will eventually be added to the standard catalog but given the company's usual mode of operation, it's a safe bet that it will be. Since the current pedal's larger body still holds benefits for general mountain bike use – which is still a much larger market than cyclocross – we anticipate that this may end up being billed as a CX-specific model that may not even use the XTR designation.

Stay tuned for more information.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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