POWER TRANSFER
EFFICIENCY

SPD-SL is the road-specific refinement of the system. This pedal platform was designed specifically for the needs of world-class road racers. The seamless pedal-and-cleat interface provides a more efficient power transfer under the extreme pedaling loads encountered in race competitions.

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EXTRA-WIDE PEDAL PLATFORM

The wide platform dramatically expands the contact point between the cleat and pedal. Top-level racers have reported that the pedal and cleat interface provides a very solid feeling when they stand on the pedals.

ADJUSTABLE ENTRY
AND TENSION RELEASE

Adjustable bindings allow the cleat tension to be set to each rider's individual preference.

CARBON COMPOSITE BODY

Carbon composite reduces weight and increases strength.

STAINLESS STEEL BODY PLATE

Durable stainless steel body plate reduces flex and wear.

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WIDE BEARING PLACEMENT FOR ENHANCED LOAD DISTRIBUTION

DURA-ACE pedals feature three sets of bearings: ball-type bearings at both ends for symmetrical load dispersion, reduced flex, and silky-smooth rotation; and needle-type bearings centered under the foot to stabilize load distribution.

4 MM LONGER AXLE

Shimano offers an optional extended axle, which adds 4 mm to the distance between the crank and the foot position. This allows riders with naturally wider hips to maintain correct leg alignment on the pedals.

CLEAT SPACERS

Perfect symmetry is rare in nature, and cyclists are no exception. In fact, it's not uncommon for one leg to be longer than the other. To compensate for such discrepancies, Shimano has developed stackable cleat spacers that provide between 1 mm and 5 mm of height-adjustment range.

A RANGE OF CLEATS

Shimano offers three cleat options to meet every rider's needs: the fixed SM-SH10, the center-floating SM-SH11, and the new front-center-pivoting SM-SH12, which provides an excellent balance of stability and freedom. All of these nylon resin cleats feature non-slip rubber tips to enable easy walking.

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LOW-PROFILE DESIGN

Shimano pedal and cleat designs bring the foot closer to the spindle for improved stability, power transfer, and ground clearance.

  PEDAL A (mm) B (mm)
PD axle center to cleat contact surface PD axle center to shoe out sole surface
SPD-SL PD-9000 8.8 14.6
PD-6800 10.7 16.5
SPD PD-M9000 8.3 15.0
PD-M9020 8.7 15.4
PD-M8000 9.9 16.6
PD-M8020 10.1 16.9

SPRING TENSION ADJUSTMENT RANGE

LOWER

HIGHER

STANDARD

9000, 6800, 5800, R540

LIGHT ACTION

R540-LA

WIDE

R550

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SPD-SL pedals support three different ranges of spring tension adjustment: Standard, Light Action, and Wide. Now you can clip in and clip out with the optimal range of spring tension to suit your preference and usage situation.

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