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    XTR vs XT Pedals

    I've had my XTR pedals for 4 years, and it's time to replace them. The bearing play is too much. They actually developed play about a month or two after I bought them, but I just dealt with it. Other than play, I've been happy with them. I've always had Shimano pedals since I started MTBing in the 90s. Anyhow, I'm curious to hear about your thoughts on XTR vs XT. I don't want to get XTR again if they'll develop play. XT pedals are 33g heavier...which is nothing. I've seen lots of posts about XTR play, but not a lot about play on the XT pedals. Your thoughts?

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    Been riding the xt trail for a little while now pretty pumped to have them!

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    The real-life difference between XTR and XT pedals is there is a "R" missing from the XT pedal and some grams are missing from the XTR pedal.

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    I have an old pair of 959's (I believe they are XTR) that I use as my travel pedals. Never had a problem (but my knees prefer Time pedals for everyday riding. Brian is right, save your money and go with XT, it's a better value. The weight difference is negligible and probably not noticeable. All of their pedals are solid.
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    Check out chainreactioncycles.com . It's a UK based shop, but they offer free shipping to the US. Thru
    Their prices on shimano stuff, especially pedals, is much better than anything I've seen in the US.

    That said, you should be able to adjust or rebuild the pedals you have now.

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    I think you can have your XTR's rebuilt. Check with your favorite shop.

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    The XTs I have just don't have the silky smooth release of my older XTRs.
    Ditto on the 959s; they seem to keep going forever.

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    If it were your money, I would totally consider the XTRs. It truly is priceless to be able to show off bling to your mountain bike buddies. You'll probably be accepted into more groups as well because the extra "R" is really the best conversation starter for any new group... something such as "Hey guys, I see y'all are ONLY running XT pedals."
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechniKal View Post
    Check out chainreactioncycles.com . It's a UK based shop, but they offer free shipping to the US. Thru
    Their prices on shimano stuff, especially pedals, is much better than anything I've seen in the US.
    Agreed. They are having a January sale right now and I just bought a Ragley Blue Pig frame and a nukeproof headset for less than $500. They have a XT groupset for less than $700. That's not just drivetrain, that's including brakes. I'm a big fan of that site.

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    I ended up buying the XT pedals (PD-M780) on Amazon. They were $10 more expensive than chainreactioncycles, but I get them delivered in time for the Comfort marathon this weekend. The XTR (PD-M980) had way too many bad reviews on bearing play - it doesn't look like they resolved the issue with newer production pedals either. Haha - no bling, but I'm an outsider anyways riding a 26". Rode enough 29ers to know it's not for me.

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    After four of five years using XT pedals, I now have a set of XTR. Maybe it is my imagination, or the fact that they are fresh (new) but the XTR seems much smoother to get in and out.
    I would get another XTR.

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    You will be plenty happy with the XTs.
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    Save your money. Stick with XT:
    XTR Trail pedal failure - Page 5

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    I just use the cheap pedals (M520, M530) and they've been fine for several years. Heck, I think the set on my road bike has lasted 6 years not doing a damn thing to them.

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    If I remember correctly, the 520's and 530's use bushings instead of bearings, which won't last as long, though still longer than most other pedals I've used. 540's and up use bearings.

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    OK, I've now proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that I'm an idiot. First of all, because of the winter storm on Friday, my XT pedals didn't come in. So, I thought I'd open up the XTR pedals and see if tightening the nuts would help at all. Yup. That was it. A 7mm and 8mm wrench, and tightening the cone up against the ball bearings worked. Yup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlkovacs View Post
    I've had my XTR pedals for 4 years, and....the bearing play is too much. They actually developed play about a month or two after I bought them, but I just dealt with it.
    Quote Originally Posted by mlkovacs View Post
    A 7mm and 8mm wrench, and tightening the cone up against the ball bearings worked. Yup.


    Sounds like some pretty tough pedals that they get ridden loose for 4 yrs, and then once tightened back up, they are ready for more use.

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    I guess now you have to get a bike to go with those new pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlkovacs View Post
    I've had my XTR pedals for 4 years, and it's time to replace them. The bearing play is too much. They actually developed play about a month or two after I bought them, but I just dealt with it. Other than play, I've been happy with them. I've always had Shimano pedals since I started MTBing in the 90s. Anyhow, I'm curious to hear about your thoughts on XTR vs XT. I don't want to get XTR again if they'll develop play. XT pedals are 33g heavier...which is nothing. I've seen lots of posts about XTR play, but not a lot about play on the XT pedals. Your thoughts?
    I'm new to the forum but wanted to chime in. I own a set of the XTR trail pedals and absolutely love mine. Shimano has changed the bearings in the XTR pedals so you may have one of the first generation sets. These pedals are serviceable and you can purchase the newer bearings which will fix your problem. I've tried a lot of clipless pedals and these have been my favorite.

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