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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
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (5)
  • Increases pedaling efficiency (4)
  • Reliable entry/exit (4)
  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road biking (5)
    • Road (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    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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    3.0

    Nice pedals

    By Gregg

    from Olathe, KS

    About Me Commuter

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Shimano PD-R540 Pedals:

      I have had no trouble with these pedals, they are reliable and efficient. Anyone wanting to get away from toe clips or platform pedals should make the switch like I did.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      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.

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