Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 Cleats

One is enough.

If you’ve upgraded your pedals to the Dura-Ace 9000 series, no doubt you’re putting in the miles. When your cleats wear out, as they will, you’ll need the Dura-Ace 9000 Cleats to keep you locked in.

These are the 9000-series Blue cleats, which give you one degree of float, a new option for Shimano that previously only offered six-degree or zero-degree float. This gives you the efficiency and power transfer of a fixed cleat with just a little room for comfort. It’s something the pros have enjoyed for a few seasons now. The one degree of float originates from the center of the cleat, which also works better with your foot’s natural movements while riding.

  • +/- 1 degree float
  • Compatible with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 pedals
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great Cleats!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ridden the yellow cleats for years. I always thought that they hat too much play in them. I switch over to these and all that play is gone and I feel much more secure on the pedal. These cleats are less forgiving if the mis-aligned, but perfect once you get them aligned. Took me a few short rides with an allen wrench to get them perfect, but well worth it.

Great cleats

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Excellent choice to go from the yellow, i feel the floating on the yellow may cause you some instability and produce some knee pains, this one is a lot better

no more yellow for me

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these after years on the yellow-tabbed cleats mainly because I felt the float on the yellow cleats felt sloppy. I haven't looked back since going to theses, which Shimano says give +/-1 degree, although it's probably a little more than that.

The secure feel on descents and standing to sprint is definitely worth it to me. As another reviewer said, I think that people new to clipless pedals should go with yellow, but if you think you might like reduced play in your pedal, give these a try.

No complaints.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use the blue cleats for less play but the yellow cleats should be the starting point for beginners. These work as intended and fit well with my Ultegra pedals. I put over 500 miles on these in just a couple of months and they have held up well.

Great cleat option

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these with Ultegra 6800 pedals. In fact I did an even swap with my LBS exchanging the yellow ones that come with the pedals for blue cleats. As they are somewhat restricted in movement, I would recommend getting a cleat fitting.

I switched to SPD-SL from Look because the gray cleats develop a lot of play quickly and allowed my knees to adopt strange angles. This minimal float cleat has been the perfect solution. Excellent power transfer, no significant loss of power over fixed cleats but I can ride for hours on end in total comfort. Great wide platform too. I have not had any issues with cleat wear affecting the amount of float, although I do notice that a new pair of these require more effort to clip in, so there is a bit of a break-in period for these. Or you can start with the spring tension on the pedals looser and tighten it up as the cleats break in. I have these on both my summer and winter shoes and could not be happier. Over 2000mi with this pedal/cleat combo and extremely satisfied.

Unanswered Question

Will these work with Garmin Vector pedals?

Perfect For Me

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Like other reviewers, I made the switch to these from the yellow/6 degree pedals. Those yellows were just way too floaty for me, like I was standing in a bowl of grease or something. So far with these, I'm locked in enough to feel comfortably stable but there's just enough play to get good foot positioning.

Just to be sure, they work with Ultegra pedals? I want to try these.


Yup. I swapped my Yellow ones for the Blue before using them and are extremely happy with the blue cleats. Definitely recommend getting a cleat fitting before using them, and then your knees will track perfectly with just a little bit of play to prevent issues.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I switched from yellow to blue... and i am extremely happy with the switch. The first ride was a bit different as i did not have really any room for my foot to move around. All in all i like the more aggressive/ steady feel. I've only used the blue ones about 6 times at this point. Will updated on how the pads wear in a month or two.

Glad I Switched from Yellow to Blue

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like the less degrees of float. I don't walk around on these much except to take bike out and in and maybe a stop on the weekly century. I except the plastic to wear and have not experienced it falling off in large chunks.

wear fast

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What can I say about such a basic product? If you have SPD-SL pedals, you need SPD-SL cleats. I've tried both the blue and yellow over the years. I prefer the blue. The yellow ones move too much. I haven't tried the red and don't think I'll ever will. The colored plastic parts break off very easily. I've used mine for 3 or 4 workouts on a stationary trainer in my living room before the blue plastic part broke off. I have only walked around in the house to get my computer, towel, water, got on the bike. Darn Shimano. Why can't this be made more durable?

Great cleat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Went from Speedplays to these due to giving more of a base for transfer of power to the road. Has been a great experience in my everyday rides and racing!

Good to Go

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been riding/racing for a while and these cleats and setup to me offer the best of both worlds. I used to race with toe straps, then the look black(fixed) and red(9 degree) float cleats, Shimano SPD and now the Shimano Dura Ace pedal cleats. The reason I like these is that i don't like all the movement of floating cleats but getting the correct positing with fixed cleat takes some work. This 1-2 degree of float with these Dura Ace blue cleats is perfect to me and the quality of the cleats is Shimano grade and am happy with. I have had for a week and 5 rides and no issues so far with walking tabs falling off. Couldn't be happier and will follow up after a month.

I understand that the if you have 105...

I understand that the if you have 105 pedals, you could still use DA cleats. What is the difference in terms of weight?

thank you


The weight difference in the cleat is fairly negligable. The real weight savings will come in the pedals themselves. 105 level SPD SL pedals come in at 285g and Dura Ace weigh 250g.

Can I use these cleats on a R088 shoe to...

Can I use these cleats on a R088 shoe to ride on D9000 pedals? Thanks,

Yes, that would work perfectly.

Do these cleats only work with the DA...

Do these cleats only work with the DA pedals? Since both the zero degree & +/- 6 degree fit Shimano's other SPD SL pedals, I have to assume that these do, too, but it's not specified here. Please advise. Thanks!


Sorry Davin, I should have elaborated a little more. Yes, they work with other SPD SL pedals not just the DA 9k.