Friday, August 10, 2012
Dura Ace PD-7900 Pedals - First Impressions
A quick update before the weekend. Shimano’s latest pedal offering arrived last season – the new Dura Ace PD-7900 in carbon composite. Now that we've had our hands on them and they've seen some miles; here's our thoughts. Published weight is 248 grams per pair (124 g. each) which officially enters Shimano into the light-weight pedal game.
This puts the PD-7900 pedal and cleat within 2 or 3 grams of a Speedplay Stainless Steel pedal and cleat. In true Shimano style; they have not sacrificed to get there though – in fact it appears that there is actually more pedal surface contacting the cleat and offering a broader support platform for more comfort and efficiency. Riders who have lots of miles on the latest version and the former PD-7810 have commented that the stability seems to have improved with a feeling of a firmer connection to the pedal without negatively effecting freedom of float.