April 23, 2018
Shimano SPD PD-M540 Pedals
– Open bonding mechanism and low mass for real
– off-road riders
– Reliability and performance of classic SPD Adjustable support and adjustable release tension
– Excellent protection against mud and fine stones, better than other pedals in this class
– The chromium-plated stem and compact shaft with sealed bearings do not require frequent maintenance.
Price per pair
Shimano PD-M540 SPD Pedals
- The Shimano PD-M540 SPD Pedals include many of the same features of the XTR pedals at a fraction of the cost.
- The open binding of the PD-M540 Pedals means you’ll never fumble to clip in no matter how tumultuous the terrain.
- Additionally, it allows the pedals to remain mud-free for consistent performance.
- The spindles are durable chromoly and the bearings are sealed to further dependability.
- The cleat design of the PD-M540 recesses the cleat into your shoe so that if your shoes have a tread, the cleat sits flush and makes walking easy.
- What makes the M540 different from the M520 is the spindle.
- The 520 has a larger traditional spindle that takes a 15mm wrench to remove or tighten.
- The 540 has a more elegant spindle that is slightly lighter and needs a 8mm hex wrench to tighten or remove from behind the crank arm.
- Not everyone goes,”ooo that 540 is one great looking pedal, or, gee that 540 is so much lighter”.
- But for me, I do prefer the way the 540 looks, and I prefer the hex key mounting.
- The fact that I started off with 520’s, the 540 pedal itself is right at home for me since they are basically the same pedal.
- But if I was on a budget and didn’t want to spend a few dollars more, or I want to try an SPD pedal so see if it is right for me, the 520 is an excellent choice also.
- They need to be torqued to 35 N-m minimum, and this is hard w/a standard Allen wrench.
- I used my torque wrench and 3/8″ socket-drive allen wrench.
- I use the “M” cleat (multi-release), for peace of mind & ease of release.
- The float lets my feet sit in the perfect position so I don’t really need to adjust the cleats.
- The float was originally for mountain bikers to adjust on trails I think, but the roadie benefit is that it allows the feet to more naturally sit at their proper position by a few degrees in either direction.
- They are incredibly easy to clip in and out of as well.
- Those didn’t offer ANY float, and if my cleat wasn’t adjusted perfect, I had knee pain.
- However, one side didn’t work as smooth as the other side of the same pedal.
- I had to screw and unscrew the clip screw at least twice to relief a little the pressure from the spring.
- After all adjustments, it’s working OK and it’s a war tank, it would last for many seasons.
- My local bike shop sold me a pair old used SPD pedals to try out.
- I struggled with the old used set all week long and had a frustrating experience.
- I finally broke down and bought a new pair of these 540 pedals and love them.
- They clip in and out easily and I love being attached to the bike even in an urban setting.
- I must say that they have performed beautifully; easy entry, easy exit, firm retention for a good positive round peddling action.
- Unless you are a weight weenie I highly recommend these pedals as a very good value.
- You can spend more, but I doubt you will get any better value for your money.
- But my bike that I built from the ground up was still being maintained and was in good order.
- So that you are aware, I used to be a bicycle mechanic back in my high school and university days and my bicycle is equipped with the best parts that I could assemble whilst under a student’s budget.
- Araya box ends 700c, shimano dura ace sealed bearing for crankset, sugino super might drilled competition crankset, suntour superbe f&b derailleurs).
- I have top of the line sealed bearing cage pedals, and wanted to upgrade to step in clipless pedals.
- I had purchased a pair of dual purpose pedals- one side shimano clipless step in, the other side a regular frame for normal shoes to get used to the stepping into business.
- I started with these combo pedals riding about 2-3 miles at a time, just quick outings to get used to stepping into and out of.
- Now then to this product (sorry i ramble)- I have upped my riding to 5 days a week 17 miles a day (1 trip, no commute, lunch hour ride) and DEFINITELY needed to upgrade as the combo’s started to release me when I didn’t want them to (like up hill climbs-arggh you can imagine).
- So after eating the dust from my wife as she stepped seemingly effortlessly into her pedals (she has M520’s) and gaining about 30 yards on me after a light stop, I had to go out and get some new ones.
- The day I put these on my bike I shaved off 7 minutes from my 17 mile ride.
- It has maintained itself and I am regularly outperforming my old times by this margin.
- What are you waiting for- go out and get these now!!!!!
- Plus you will HAVE to pay a lot more for marginal performance gains.
- These are my first clipless pedals and I was debating between the platform versions or these.