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Shimano GRX Gets its Own Pedals with Limited Edition United in Gravel

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Lots of news is coming from the Shimano camp this week – just in time for Unbound. First, the launch of the new GRX Di2 12-speed groupset and a new set of gravel-focused wheels. Now, to keep everyone on their toes, they offer limited edition Shimano GRX pedals. 

Shimano GRX pedals design
All Photos: Jordan Villella/BikeRumor

Shimano GRX Limited Edition Pedals 

If you love having everything on your bike feature the same component name, these are for you. They are strikingly similar to the bomb-proof and popular (to me, at least) Shimano Deore XT pedals. 

Shimano GRX pedals : xt

Why? That’s a good question, but really—why not? Shimano has the means to produce them. The new design looks cool and offers a bit of a break in the push to have a newly updated pedal every component cycle. The Shimano XT pedal is stable for gravel, CX, and MTB. Shimano feels that a limited release and a “celebration of gravel” were the perfect times for a limited edition design. 

Shimano GRX pedals design

If you’re new to the Shimano Deore XT pedal, let me introduce you. It’s the industry standard for a reliable, race-ready pedal (IMO). The pedaling platform is solid, and the performance is unrivaled, especially in the conditions most riders experience. They shed mud well enough to be a staple at cyclocross races worldwide and are cost-effective enough for most to have the same exact pair on their pit bike. 

The updated design features Shimano “United in Gravel” graphics and the exact dimensions and performance of the Deore XT pedal. 

Shimano GRX pedals : xt

GRX PD-M8100-UG SPD Pedal Details

  • Shimano United in Gravel graphics
  • Dual-Sided SPD
  • Lower platform height for pedaling stability
  • Wider edge-to-edge platform
  • Step in and out consistency
  • Offset binding for improved mud shedding
  • Adjustable spring release tension for personal adjustment
  • Weight: 342 grams
  • MSRP $138.00

For more information, check out: Shimano.com

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FritzP
FritzP
1 month ago

I wish there were longer spindles for shimano SPD pedals for use on lower Q factor road cranksets.

FritzP
FritzP
1 month ago
Reply to  FritzP

I know there are Ti spindles for Shimano pedals but they don’t last when the Ti is used as a bearing race surface.

JasonB
JasonB
1 month ago
Reply to  FritzP

Pedal axle extenders are quite common and can be had for well under $15 per pair online. Those of us with wide feet or shoes with non-tapered heels (pronounced “Adidas Velosamba”) are familiar with this wonderfully simple invention. Just type in “pedal axle extender” at the big A. Or ask your LBS.

Greg
Greg
1 month ago
Reply to  JasonB

Yeah, but the increment for widening stance with those is large. A 5mm longer axle would be nice.
Crank Brothers offers them for their pedals.

Mike
Mike
30 days ago
Reply to  Greg

You can buy PD-M9100 with 2 different axle lengths.

FritzP
FritzP
30 days ago
Reply to  Mike

I think the lengths are normal and shorter. I have the normal and wish for longer.

Larry Falk
Larry Falk
30 days ago
Reply to  FritzP

SQLab has 4 sizes of SPD-compatible pedals. https://sqlab-usa.com/collections/pedals/products/511-mtb-clipless-pedals
(Shimano pedals are better, but if they don’t fit, they don’t fit!)

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

“A stable for gravel” – I for one will be filling my small barn with at least one set of these.

Sirclimbalot
Sirclimbalot
1 month ago

My last pair of XT pedals developed play over 650 miles (or less) of riding in mostly dry conditions. I purged/replaced the grease and it didn’t help. Back to REI for a full refund. I can only guess that many batches had lower QA during the supply chain crunch days, and hopefully things have improved.

Greg
Greg
1 month ago
Reply to  Sirclimbalot

The bearings are adjustable. Did you try adjusting them?

Greg
Greg
30 days ago
Reply to  Sirclimbalot

the play can be adjusted out with 7mm and 8mm open-end wrenches

LozC
LozC
30 days ago

So the 520 weighs 40g more a pair, whilst being 100 bux cheaper…..

Chris White
30 days ago
Reply to  LozC

Weight is easiest to quantify, but that doesn’t make it the most important difference.

Nick
Nick
30 days ago
Reply to  Chris White

You’re right, these have cool laser etching you can’t see while you’re riding

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