Just the Right Amount of Movement
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Blue
Great upgrade from yellow clips.
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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, an 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.
Great upgrade from yellow clips.
Have only been using clipless for about 6 months. Started with Yellow. They were good to start, but the moving around makes them wear out much faster...so I tried the Blue and NO GOING BACK. Have shown much more durability (still on first pair after about 15 long rides) and are just as easy to clip in and out (if not easier). These work perfectly for me.
One note...get them here. Nice price. Fast Shipping. Avoid Amazon, you never know if they are authentic and I have got a knockoff pair on there where the machining was way off.
This round the cleats are perfect but it's not always the case - past cleats would loose/break-off the back pads when dismounting pedals.
These do the job. They have some width to them and stick out on both sides - guess that’s for balance.
I didn’t get to use them as I have Look pedals and should of made sense of that sooner. But Shimano makes a good product.
What most folks don't know is...
the Shimano Blue and Red cleats have a 'round' toe cleat, as compared to the Yellow cleats 'straight' toe piece, look carefully on the sides of the toe cleat, just down from the tip and you can see the difference. That's mainly why the Blue cleats have so much less float than the Yellow cleats, and the Red basically have no float. Look at video's of current Pro riders, many use yellow, some use blue, everyone likes what they like. If you're a bit older, not necessarily just a 'beginner, the yellow offer a bit more float for your knee joints...I used Yellow cleats since they came out, swapped to blue for a few years, going back to yellow now that I'm an "Age group" rider & racer, over 49 yrs. old...
and nearly all newer Shimano SPD-SL road cleats work in all their road SPD-SL pedals (Dura-Ace R9100, 9000, & 7810, Ultegra R8000 & 6620, 105 R7000, Tiagra R550, even the Shimano PD-R540...).
You know how it is, always thinking what might eek a bit more performance. For years, I've used speed play pedals and appreciated the fluidity and ease of enter and release. So, one day, I'm imagining that perhaps there's a small amount of energy transfer lost in the process, so, how 'bout trying a wider platform and firm grip of Shimano DuraAce pedals? Well, I'm not sure if that's achieved, but what I do notice is a firmer sensation in the pedals and the trade off seems to be a stiffer enter and release. I need to pay attention to this! -- Even though I've backed off the adjustment screw on the Shimano pedals. Generally, I'm sticking with these pedals, but on the relaxed 'putting in the miles' type rides, an easier enter/release system has it's peace of mind advantages.
What's to say . . . if you like a little float and have Shimano Pedals these are for you. I bought a new pair of shoes so I needed cleats. The cleats on my old shoes are still good, so these are not a replacement. You Tube Videos to help fit the cleat to the shoe -- very important with Blue Cleats.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!