When Shimano unveiled the M980 series XTR, they introduced a new concept in the group. One group - two applications. Meaning, there is XTR XC and XTR Trail. The first is what they have always offered, a lightweight and ultra-high performance XC group for offroad. The latter however, is specifically designed and targeted at the largest segment of mountain riders - All Mountain. And it is that category where the M985 pedal shines.
The first thing you will notice is the attached platform that extends from the center of the pedal - it adds an amazing 160% more surface area over the M980. Add to that an additional 5.8mm of width and you have total stability for the gnarliest terrain. The new platform also has knurls and cut outs for added shoe traction.
The rest of the pedal is pretty much standard M980 XTR - the pedal spins on smooth cartridge bearings which rarely need service. Tension is adjustable for release on both sides and one pair of SH-51 single release cleats and mounting hardware are included. One other thing to note is the fact that these pedals take the same cleats as all other SPD mountain pedals, so if you own other versions of SPDs, adding these to your quiver will not require a cleat change.