Shimano Ultegra pedals review

As the tier-two option from Shimano, are the Ultegra pedals the perfect middle ground between budget and bling?

Shimano Ultegra pedals overlaid with a five-star badge
(Image: © Peter Haworth)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The best-kept-secret of the Shimano pedal family with indistinguishable ride feel compared to Dura-Ace


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    Weight at 248g

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    Price to performance ratio

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    Availability of spares

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    105 offers 95 per cent of the performance at an even cheaper price

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Shimano Ultegra is one of the most widely used performance groupsets in the world. As the pedal contingent of that groupset, Shimano Ultegra pedals have a lot to live up to. 

Alongside Shimano Dura-Ace 9200, we saw the new Shimano 8100 Ultegra launched, too. Much like its big brother, Shimano didn’t feel the need to make any changes to the existing pedals, so the PD-R8000 pedals carried through to become PD-R8100. 

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Peter Haworth
Contributing Writer

Peter has been riding and racing road, CX, and mountain bikes since the early 2000’s. He spent a decade working at a large independent bicycle shop, handling customer service, warranty and technical questions. Thanks to an obsession with product details he loves nothing more than picking over the newest tech. 

Peter is a fastidious mechanic and will not settle for anything less than perfect when it comes to bike setup, whether it be a child first bike or a highly integrated top-tier time trial or road bike. 

He’s been writing for Cyclingnews since 2020 as a Contributing Writer, where having a 50km commute to his day job allows him to quickly rack up the miles when putting any new products to the test in all weathers. 

He currently rides one of the following:  Specialized Tarmac SL6, Basso Diamate, Talbot Frameworks steel road, Trek Emonda ALR, Specialized Crux, Santa Cruz Tallboy.