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Description

The Shimano M540 shares many of the upsides of the XTR-grade M959 mountain bike pedal at a fraction of the cost. It has an open binding mechanism to make clipping in easier than ever, and its weight blows away all of its competitors in its price range. And with the M540 there is no better value when it comes to shedding mud and debris. Its chrome-moly spindle and low maintenance sealed bearing cartridge axle gives it serious durability.

If you ride a road bike, why should you consider the M540 instead of a set of Dura-Ace pedals? The cleats of the M540 are small so they recess flush with the tread on the bottom of your shoes. With recessed cleats you can walk to your heart's content without having to worry about slipping and sliding on your cleats and making a racket as your plastic cleats click-clack on the ground. These pedals are two-sided, too, so clipping in and out at a stop light is a breeze. If you plan on making walking a significant part of your daily riding habits, a mountain bike pedal is ideal -- even if your only bike is a road bike! Road bikes equipped with mountain bike pedals are a common sight around here.

Tech Specs

Material:
[pedal body] aluminum, [spindle] chrome-moly
Float:
5 deg
Cleat Type:
SPD
Pedal Wrench Type:
8 mm
Recommended Use:
cross country, trail riding, commuting, road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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5 5

Great for beginners!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I always show these pair of pedals to people getting into clipless. They are great on the road and mountain. Very forgiving, so it is easy to pull out when learning how to stop at lights & signs. Also great for mountain biking when learning how to go over features. I use these pedals for CX and mountain and love them.

Make sure that your road shoes allow for a moutain bike cleat if you decide to go with this route.

5 5

Great Beginner Pedals

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pedals are great for first time clipless pedal users on road bikes and mountain bikes. These were the first pair of clipless pedals I bought, and they are definitely the easiest pair to use out there.

The two-sided clip in and adjustable tension mean you get to choose how you use the pedals. I used them with my road bike and they served their job perfectly, although you do lose some responsiveness compared to SPD-SL pedals. They were really easy to install; just follow the instructions and you'll be done in no time. Just don't forget to buy some grease and have the proper tools before hand!

Overall, great pair of pedals for beginners, daily commuters, or anyone looking for a cheap, reliable product that will outlast the bike it's put on.

5 5

Great pedal, right price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride New England single track which means it's nasty rocky roots boneyardy stuff and as much as you want to not dab, you do from time to time. Nothing is smooth, mud abounds. I ride in the winter too, with snow, mud, snowmud, and other unknown trail hazards.

These pedals are great. You get a very solid SPD-like oh-yeah-it's-clipped-in feel to them, but they clear nicely.

I find the tension "just right" (right out of the box) to keep me positively locked in while still having the option to dab when I need to.

Weight is pretty decent--though since I have a full squish bike I ain't exactly counting grams.

Price is great too. Have no fear: buy these pedals and don't bother looking back.

5 5

PD - M540

Worth it. Especially when on sale. Easy to disassemble and re-grease the spindle and spindle bearings. Lasts a long time too.

4 5

Great Pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A main stay for my mountain biking equipment. Have used this model pedal for several years and will probably use it for the rest of my life. Very reliable and durable.

4 5

Great Pedal..maybe?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Okay Shimano makes a solid pedal, and these will definitely get you through a few seasons. If you have knee problems these may not be a super choice. SPD pedals have about a 5 degree float meaning you can move your foot in the pedals about 5 degrees either way. In other words, you are LOCKED into these things.

Other pedals (ATACS) have a 20+ degree float so you can move your foot around a bit more and give your knees/ankles a bit or wiggle room.

5 5

COST EFFECTIVE, HARD WORKING, STURDY

I use these on my Hardtail for intermediate trail and single track riding. I love them! Inexpensive yet well designed. THey hold fast to your shoes but are also easy to break free of in a wreck. And I've had plenty! All and all a great buy!

5 5

Great Value Pedals

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Shimano SPD style pedals have been around for years and there are a dozen different copied designs because it works so well. Not particularly light pedals, but 1/2 the price of XT pedals and 1/3 the price of XTR. Best value for your money in terms of mountain pedals, in my opinion. Double sided, with spring tension adjustments

4 5

upgraded my indoor trainer

Not much to report on these b/c all I did with them is install them on my Lemond RevMaster (indoor spin bike) which came with the old school cages. I wanted a better upstroke w/o having to crush my foot in the cages to get it. Since these clipless pedals are not being exposed to the elements and the challenges of 'real' mt biking they'll probably last forever. :)

Do these pedals come with the cleats...

Do these pedals come with the cleats (specifically, SH51?) or do you have to order cleats separately?

What's the difference between this model...

What's the difference between this model and the Shimano XT model (PD-M770) besides price and body paint?

Responded on

The XT has Fluorine Coated Binders and slightly lighter Body with a better finish on the Axle. Really not that much besides the Paint.

5 5

First pedals!!!

These were my first clipless pedals on my FSR, and from day one the easiest starter set to use for a novice. I am on my second pair now and still prefer them to many similarly priced competitors These are currently on the Bianchi c2c in my profile pic, as I prefer them over them over my Ultegras. The tension is easily dialed in and I very rarely suffer from clipping out. Good pedal for a beginner to learn to use. Highly reccomend!!!

First pedals!!!

Can these mountain bike clips be mounted...

Can these mountain bike clips be mounted on a road bike shoe?

Responded on

Some road shoes can use both two-hole SPD compatible cleats and typical three-hold Look style cleats. This is rare to find in upper end carbon soled road shoes. To determine if your shoe does support SPD client you should see two mounting holes about an inch apart that are allowed to slide fore and aft on the shoe for adjustment.

Some road shoes can use both two-hole SPD compatible cleats and typical three-hold Look style cleats.  This is rare to find in upper end carbon soled road shoes.  To determine if your shoe does support SPD client you should see two mounting holes about an inch apart that are allowed to slide fore and aft on the shoe for adjustment.
Responded on

Depends on the Shoe
You need a SPD Compatible shoe
Most road shoes with Plastic souls will have slots for SPD cleats but few Carbon souled shoes will work

3 5

They work

Some reviewers say these pedals "pull out", and they do - but they are easy enough to adjust. I find them very easy to get into, except in mud and snow.

1 5

You will pull out!

I am sure that these are grea for conventional MTB but i used these fixed and I would constantly pull out of these at starts on the lift motion. I do not like hitting my knees on my handle bars at all. I constantly would come out when i didn't want to. I changed to the Time Atac sx and tryed as hard as i could to duplicate this issue. I could not! Times are far better. Don't waist your money on the shimanos.

What do you think about putting these on...

What do you think about putting these on a road bike? Good or Bad idea?

Responded on

They'd work fine, they're just not as light as the pedals most people put on their road bikes.

Responded on

As Angus said they would work fine, but your foot would move around alot more than they would if you had road pedals and the tension is not as tight on them because you have to get out quicker when your on the mountain. Again they would work fine they would just have more play in them than a road pedal.

Responded on

I used these on my roadbike and when adjusted properly have very little play in them. They are slightly heavier than the Ultegra's I just swapped them with and when used on the road it does take a little practice clipping in and out because you have a much smaller platform. Their is nothing wrong with using them on a roadbike as many riders I group ride with dual ride (road-mountain) and rather than swap pedals and cleats just utilize one. Another bonus is price to dedicated road peds. I bought these peds and Speciaized shoes for the price i paid for the Ultegra's!!! They are on my bike in this pic!

I used these on my roadbike and when adjusted properly have very little play in them. They are slightly heavier than the Ultegra's I just swapped them with and when used on the road it does take a little practice clipping in and out because you have a much smaller platform. Their is nothing wrong with using them on a roadbike as many riders I group ride with dual ride (road-mountain) and rather than swap pedals and cleats just utilize one. Another bonus is price to dedicated road peds. I bought these peds and Speciaized shoes for the price i paid for the Ultegra's!!! They are on my bike in this pic!
5 5

All-Purpose

The PD-M540 is shimano's all-mtn clip in pedal. It has worked w/o problems on my hardtail K2 for over 7 years. I do tune the settings depending on the type of riding I am expecting, but those adjustments are easy and quick. The pedal is easy to clean (I used this set-up primarily in the muddy woods of PA & VT) which I love, and it hasn't pre-ejected me in a tight spot. Although there are fancier, lighter-weight stuff out there, the PD-M540 and Egg beaters are still my basics and my favorites.

4 5

Great so far

I've been riding this pedal for about 2 months. I really like it so far. I switched to this from a Crank Brothers Egg Beater pedal because of the adjustability of the SPD and haven't been disappointed. I rode the egg beater for about 6 months and it seems to have loosened up over that period of time. I'd catch a little bit of air on the MTB and pop out of the pedal upon landing. None of that so far with the SPD.