New and improved for 2013, these Shimano Dura-Ace PD-9000 road pedals feature a 4mm wider (56mm) spindle for riders who prefer a wider Q-factor. Two new cleat options are slightly wider at the front to eliminate the excess lateral play found in previous versions.
Carbon and stainless steel construction
Wear-resistant top plate for durability
Extra-wide platform enhances stability and power transfer
Triple bearing design reduces friction for ultra-smooth performance
Single-sided binding engagement with adjustable cleat tension
Comments about Shimano Dura-Ace PD-9000 Road Pedals -- Wide:
I bought my first pair about 6 months ago and have now put them on two more of my bikes. Once you get the tension adjusted to what's comfortable for you, these pedals are very consistently easy to get in and out of. Even at a fairly low release setting, I have not experienced an unintentional release, and I'm a sprinter.
Can't comment on durability yet, but in about 25 years of racing, I've had almost no issues with Dura Ace products, so I expect these will hold up well.
Note: My review is for the extra wide model, which fits me better than the standard spindle model. If you are not a whippet-thin body type, you may want to try these. I'm fairly sturdily built compared to the average road racer, and these feel better to me. For reference, I use 44cm wide bars.
The wide version is only offered in the Dura Ace level. If Shimano also offered a wide Ultegra model, I would probably have gone with Ultegra on the bike I use least to save some $$.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend