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Shimano PD-R540 Pedals

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Inspired by the Tour de France winning 7750 "Lance" pedals, the new R540 brings high performance to the masses. It features the same wide style pedal platform for increased stability, plus a low maintenance sealed cartridge axle unit.

Out on the road, youll enjoy 34 degree cornering clearance, an adjustable cleat retention indicator, and a lightweight resin body.

Item includes two pedals and compatible cleats. Cleats are Shimano SPD-SL style, which are compatible with shoes drilled in the LOOK 3-hole pattern.

Weight: 330 grams
Float: 6 degrees
Materials:

Resin body, chromoly steel spindle

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Shimano PD-R540 Pedals
 
4.4

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (4)
  • Easy to install (3)
  • Increases pedaling efficiency (3)
  • Reliable entry/exit (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road (4)
    • Road biking (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Pedel Super Price!

    Great pedal and a super price. Easy to get into and more important easy to get out of!

    Great pedal and a super price. Easy to get into and more important easy to get out of!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Better than stock caged pedals

    These are better than the stock caged pedals that came on one of my bikes. They are good (decent), but not great, as you get what you pay for (and get less ...Read complete review

    These are better than the stock caged pedals that came on one of my bikes. They are good (decent), but not great, as you get what you pay for (and get less as spending increases of course).

    The bearings are a lot smoother than the ones on the stock caged pedals, but not as good as the ones on my new Ultegras.

    The clip retention springs are looser than I prefer for sprints or any high output, but they are more than adequate for commuting and beginners.

    Within a month there were a ton of scratches in the paint, and I was even fairly careful with them.

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    5.0

    Very fast shipping and excellent deal

    By kvk

    from fremont, ca

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable Entry/Exit

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

      Easy to install to the bike and shoes. Need practice for the first time (I felt down twice :)).

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great pedals

      By Aric

      from Illinois

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

      Great pedal for the price. Can't beat them used in races and they performed beyond expectation in this price point.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      3.0

      First Set of Clipless Pedals

      By GuyOnAbike

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Good Platform
      • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
      • Reliable Entry/Exit

      Cons

      • Single Sided Entry

      Best Uses

      • Fixie
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

      First time riding clipless the cleats that come with these pedals have a lot of play (coming from platforms w/straps) which feels clunky to me just got some 4/5degs from the LBS which feel better. No issues with pedals so far...loved the price!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Quality pedal...excellent price.

      By Satisfied Biker

      from Texas

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
      • Reliable Entry/Exit

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

        Quality pedal for price. Black color goes great with my bike.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Pedal

        By CycleTM

        from Kentucky

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road

          Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

          I am a beginner road cyclist and this is my first set of clip in pedals. The pedals are easy to clip in and out of. They pair well with my Shimano R77 shoes also purchased from Jenson USA. For the price of these pedals you can't go wrong.

           
          4.0

          Good starter pedals

          By Jorgen

          from Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • cheap
          • Easy
          • Good value for money

          Cons

          • Lacked The Precision

          Best Uses

          • Beginner

          Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

          I bought this as my first pedals to my Rocky Mountain Oxygene 10 bike. I wanted something cheap with good quality. They are easy to mount. Only thing lacking is precision and, but that I guess you get get with a more expesive pedal. They are not heavy, but I would buy a lighter pedal set for my next bike.

           
          3.0

          You get what you pay for

          By Chad

          from Riverside, CA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy engagement
          • Inexpensive
          • Minor Float
          • Nice Tension

          Cons

          • Cheap Spring Housing
          • scratches EASILY

          Best Uses

          • Beginners
          • Road

          Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

          With my first pair, there was this obnoxious creaking sound in one of my pedals. I suspect it was because the plastic housing the spring mechanism wasn't properly secured. Luckily, I was able to exchange these for another pair, and now I don't have that issue.

          It should be noted that these pedals scratch very easily. I laid my bike down once, and the ground completely shredded the side of my pedal.

          Overall, these are great for riders who want to explore clipless pedals. They're inexpensive and functional, but don't be discouraged if they're not very durable.

           
          2.0

          Better than stock caged pedals

          By Scott

          from Montreal, Quebec

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • cheap
          • Loose Tension Settings
          • Smooth-ish Bearings

          Cons

          • Gave Hotspots
          • Loose Tension Settings
          • Paint chips
          • Plastic Surface Wears

          Best Uses

          • Beginners
          • Road bike

          Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

          These are better than the stock caged pedals that came on one of my bikes. They are good (decent), but not great, as you get what you pay for (and get less as spending increases of course).

          The bearings are a lot smoother than the ones on the stock caged pedals, but not as good as the ones on my new Ultegras.

          The clip retention springs are looser than I prefer for sprints or any high output, but they are more than adequate for commuting and beginners.

          Within a month there were a ton of scratches in the paint, and I was even fairly careful with them.

           
          5.0

          I love them!

          By FL-Mitchells

          from Palatka FL

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Light Weight
          • Positive Click In

          Cons

          • Bulky Cleat

          Best Uses

            Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

            I just replaced a pair of Shimano SPD pedals with these on my road bike. These are much easier to engage, provide a more positive lock in, and feel better under foot. They do not disengage as easily as SPD's even at their lightest setting, so if easy disengaging is a priority you might not like them. The cleats are more fragile and much larger than an SPD cleat, so these are pretty bad to walk in. They provide less lateral float than my SPD's, and with optional red cleats can provide zero float.

            If, like myself, you spend most of your time on the bike engaged and pedaling rather than walking around, these pedals are awesome. Cleat protectors are available for when you do have to come off the bike. I don't think I'll ever pop out of these on a hard climb, but at the same time I found them easy enough to pull out of quickly when I missed a traffic light.

             
            5.0

            First Clipless Pedals

            By Thad6337

            from Youngstown, OH

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Simple to use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

                This is my first pair of clipless pedals. I did not have any issues installing the on my road bike, nor did I have a lot of issues in using them. I did take one spill at the end of my second ride with them due to not being familiar enough with unclipping. No major deal, and I only scraped the pedal, not the bike.

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