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Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal

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Shimano PD-M540 Pedals

Inspired by the top of the line XTR racing pedals, the M540 offers a similar sculpted body and minimalist axle design. The open body sheds mud easily and yields easy cleat entry and exit in all types of riding conditions. SPD® binding mechanisms on both sides of the pedal make entry fast and easy without the need for pedal flipping. Adjustable release tension lets you dial in the binding mechanism.

Package includes two pedals and Shimano SPD cleats.

  • Weight: 350 g
  • Float: 5 deg
  • Material: Steel spindle, aluminum body
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Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 59 reviews)

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    (47)

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    (11)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (13)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • XC (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Pedals, Best Price I Could Find!

    I ride technical All Mountain and have been using these for quite a while. Adjustability a major plus. Switched from Crank Bros Candy pedals. I find the cleats on the Shimanos last so...Read complete review

    I ride technical All Mountain and have been using these for quite a while. Adjustability a major plus. Switched from Crank Bros Candy pedals. I find the cleats on the Shimanos last so much longer than the CB cleats. You actually "save" money by buying these pedals over the CB!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Crud and Sand Traps

    I rode the Ritchie SPDs for a long time, but after 6 years wanted to get something new. These Shimanos were on sale, great price. I was biking in Colorado and Utah,...Read complete review

    I rode the Ritchie SPDs for a long time, but after 6 years wanted to get something new. These Shimanos were on sale, great price. I was biking in Colorado and Utah, and after the first ride, the grit made the pedals USELESS DEATH TRAPS. Because I couldn't unclip smoothly, I started getting sketched out by technical obstacles, which decreased my riding enjoyment. I pulled these pedals off after the second ride, and they may even end up in the trash.

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    5.0

    Cant Go Wrong

    By 26just

    from Dallas

    Verified Reviewer

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          Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

          I bought these as a back up, they've been on 2 bikes one a Santa Cruz Blur and now on my Turner Flux, everything on my bike is XOs, that's how good they are. They are just a few more grams then the XTs, with a simpler look. They can take a beating and continue giving. Excellent price when there on sale. It will be hard to justify replacing it with a XT or XTR when they get such a bad beating!

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          5.0

          Great Pedals

          By MTB1

          from Denver, CO

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

                I have only owned Shimano pedals since I have never had a reason to try anything else. I have been on 3 rides so far. These pedals are great. My past 3 sets of pedals were a the lower model than these, decided to give these a try since they are lighter and a great price. No regrets.

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                They Simply work

                By Ryno

                from San Diego

                Verified Reviewer

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                  Cons

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                    • X Country

                    Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

                    Clipping in and out with consistent confidence is what you will get with these pedals. A bit on the heavy side compared to some race pedals but an excellent bang for your buck entry level pedal that function beautifully.

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                    5.0

                    Back to SPD!

                    By Rickster

                    from Canada

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable tension
                    • Easier Release

                    Cons

                    • Clipping In When Muddy

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain biking

                    Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

                    After years of riding with Crankbrothers I am back to SPD. The CB pedals (Candy, Mallet) are still better when it gets muddy but I have taken a few too many tumbles when I couldn't unclip.
                    These Shimano M540 pedals are easier to clip in and out and today when I fell over I noticed both feet had come out. Nice! The M540s are OK in mud (not quite as good as CB) but I'll take a small mud tradeoff for safety with these M540s.

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                    5.0

                    Combination of lightness and durability

                    By Diego Gomes

                    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Light
                    • Tough

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Cross country
                      • Mountain Bike

                      Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

                      The best cost-benefit for a pedal. Lightweight and durable Shimano pedal justifies every penny invested.

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                      4.0

                      Great simple pedal

                      By Dude

                      from NEK, vt

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Affordable
                      • Repairsble

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

                          I bought these after my shimano 520's (?). The previous pedals lasted a long time but the. The loose ball bearings died they were cooked. Prices and technology have made anything with sealed bearings pretty affordable. I try to stay away from anything with plastic or loose ball bearings. These have a powerful spring and a secure lock. The float is adjustable but seems very strong at first.

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                          5.0

                          Solid pedals

                          By Tubbs

                          from Ogden, UT

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                                Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

                                I've always ridden Shimano clipless pedals and always have been super pleased with the performance. For the price, I don't think you can do much better than these pedals. I love ability to adjust the tension as well as the different cleat options Shimano offers with the multi-release or regular cleats. These pedals are solid. I've banged them on rocks and they still feel like new. Awesome pedals at a nice price!

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                                5.0

                                Like an Xt

                                By Cato

                                from Helotes, Tx

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Light

                                Cons

                                • None so far

                                Best Uses

                                • Trail ridding

                                Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

                                Quality is like an Xt, the difference between this and xt are only a few grams, and of course the XT logo....

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                                5.0

                                Still going strong

                                By KonaRider04

                                from Aspen, CO

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

                                    Been using these pedals for both road and XC for over 6 seasons and still love em. Easy to adjust the clip tension and can take a beating. More than get your money's worth.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Reliable Strong

                                    By 26just

                                    from Dallas Texas

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • 4 Yrs Old And Still Going

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                                        Comments about Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal:

                                        Have had other more expensive clipless pedals, finally decided to pick these up for a back up pair since they were on sale, and weren't to much heavier then the XTs. Well they've been on 2 bikes so far, Santa Cruz Blur, and Turner Flux, 4 yrs old and still going strong. When these go out, I will repurchase them again, and not as a back up.

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