For a sport that relishes in mud and sand, paying a premium for components seems counter intuitive. Once in a while something comes along that is worth every grain of sand. The Shimano XTR M 9000 Race Pedals are just that something. Most noticeable is the weight. The M 9000 pedals are nearly 100 grams lighter than cheaper pedals, reducing extra weight you'll be carrying on your frame. They are fabricated with lightweight, durable chromoly spindles and aluminum pedal bodies, ensuring fast, reliable cleat to pedal engagement, each and every time. And, while the bearings are still wide set for stiffness, the axle bearing interface has been revamped for increased smoothness and longevity.