Shimano XTR PD-M980 pedals review

Dependable clip-in trail pedal

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £99.99 RRP | USD $269.95
Shimano XTR PD-M980 pedals

Our review

The pedal you can use the longest with the least servicing or, crucially, loss of performance
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This, we believe, is as well-sorted as a clipless pedal can get. Shimano have used over 20 years of experience to make the SPD a pedal that’s the very definition of predictability.


The extra cash for XTR buys you metal parts that are Teflon coated to be less friendly to mud, less likely to catch on steel cleats and easier to fry eggs on (don’t, though). Shimano shy away from titanium in pedal axles, preferring hollow steel as a light but stronger alternative. There’s no flex to speak of, even when stomping.

Over the years the XTR pedal body has been hewn away to offer fewer places for mud to hide; however, this latest version has more surface area as riders wanted a larger base to push on. The result is the sense you’re stood on a bigger pedal than you are, and it’s why many trail riders still use this version of the Trail with the extended alloy body.

Adjustment of the jaws comes via 3mm screws on each side, and you can have anything from feathery to mantrap. We run ours pretty slack to gain some float.

Where other pedals can need a service in weeks or months, XTRs can run for years between stripdowns, such is the quality of the bearing and the sealing.


This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications


Name XTR PD-M980 pedals (12)
Brand Shimano

Weight (g) 310
Features *Bearings: Loose ball *Axle: Hollow steel *Body: Alloy *Cleat material: Steel *Adjustable tension: Yes *Float: 4 degrees