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The Shimano PD-R540 uses the same SPD-SL cleats and retention system as the more costly Dura Ace and Ultegra level pedals, but it cuts costs by using a body shape that the others once used, but have since moved away from. And while it may lack in the extraordinary sleekness of Dura Ace and Ultegra, it offers the same stable, wide cleat platform, low stack height, and great cornering clearance SPD SL pedals are known for. And it does so at a nice price.

It uses a chromoly steel-spindle, aluminum pedal body, and composite cleat retention bar. The spring tension is adjustable via a 2.5mm hex bolt in the top of the retention mechanism and the settings are visible through a small window on the back so you can make sure that each pedal is adjusted to match. Each pedal runs on two sets of ball bearings. There's a plastic plate atop the pedal so any cleat rub will wear the plate without damaging the rest of the body. The pedal comes with the SM-SH11 floating cleat (the one with the yellow wear tabs). It is designed for three degrees of float from center, in both directions. Stack height is 14.3mm

The Shimano PD-R540 Pedals come with a pair of cleats and mounting hardware for standard three-hole applications.

Tech Specs

Actual Weight:
Black, One Size: 330g

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Do they compatible with Northwave Evolution S.B.S. Shoe - Men's?

Responded on

Yes, these pedals will work with and road shoe designed for 3 hole cleats.

4 5

Great Starter Pedals

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great pedals; easy to clip in and out of (from a beginner cyclist's perspective). I think these pedals are are the best bang for your buck in terms of pedals. Sure, the weight and body are a little on the budget side, but when you're paying less than $50 for them, I consider these a must for the beginner cyclist.

4 5

Very functional

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They're really easy to clip in and out of. I'm a first time clip-in user, and it was really easy to get used to them. Additionally, the pedals are big enough to use with normal shoes if you're casually riding your bike to a friend's house and don't want to wear clip-in shoes.

4 5

Best Value in Pedals

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wound up with a set of these after breaking my Look knockoffs. These were the cheapest pedals my LBS had in stock, and I'm glad they did.

The Good:
--Compatible with the ubiquitous SPD-SL cleat, so spares (both pedals and cleats) can be had quickly in a pinch.
--Excellent support base, especially for my gunboat-sized feet.
--CHEAP; light pedals are great, but there are better places to put your cash than pedals (COACH) if your goal is to go fast.
--Smooth clipping in and out, complete with tune-able release tension.

The Bad:
--Heavier than the pedals further up the Shimano food chain, but such is the cost of budget components.

I raced on these until I got a massive raise at work one year. The Ultegra and 105 pedals have a slightly better support base, but unless you're pushing a couple kilowatts on a regular basis you're not going to miss it. Buy 'em, ride 'em, and enjoy the time on bike!

5 5

Are these better than Ultegra?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the more expensive Ultegra on my bike and decided to put these pedals on my other bike that I do not ride too often to save some $$$. The RD-540's clip in and out very smoothly and other good power transfer. They do everything a clipless should at a fantastic price.
They do not look as nice as Ultrega, do not have all the added features and weigh a little extra, but if money matters then these are amazing value for money.

Are the PD-R540 compatibale on my indoor...

Are the PD-R540 compatibale on my indoor spinning bike (BodyCraft SPX) ? I have Shimano PD-105 on my road bike, so my shoes with these clips would work.

Best Answer Responded on

I can't say, for sure, whether they'll work, but the best way to check would be to take a pedal off your road bike and see if it will thread onto the crank on your spinning bike. A quick Google search did find several people who put standard-threaded pedals onto their Bodycraft bike, but you might want to check to be sure.

5 5

Solid pedal

These were my second pair of clipless (still getting used to the naming scheme of pedals) and these were a fantastic upgrade. I moved up from Crank Bros. candy, and the larger platform makes things just seem more substantial, from when I decide to stand up and hammer it, or just clipping in. I would definitely suggest these.

I got these pedals on a bike, but I need...

I got these pedals on a bike, but I need some cleats to attach to my shoes. I have Shimano MTB shoes that I'd like to use in the meantime until I can get some road shoes. Will my Shimano MTB shoes accommodate cleats for these pedals, and what kind of cleats do I need to get to be compatible with these pedals?


Best Answer Responded on

The cleats you need for these pedals are included in the cost. they are a SPD-SL cleat.

That being said the SPC-SL cleat is only compatible with 3-hole mounting bases. Shoes compatible with this cleat have three threaded holes in a triangle pattern.

The shoes you have likely only have a two-hole SPD pattern and will NOT be compatible with this pedal.

You options are to buy a standard SPD pedal for your road bike or get a dedicated set of pedals and shoes for your road rig.

5 5

Good Pedals

I love these pedals. They are easy to clip in and out of and work great.

I haven't ridden with clipless pedals yet....

I haven't ridden with clipless pedals yet. I want to get some because I do a couple of long (30 mile +) rides per week. But I also use my bike for short trips to the store or the beach. I don't want to have to wear bike shoes every time I use the bike. Will the "other" side of the clipless pedal accommodate my sandals or sneakers?

Responded on

No, the back side of this pedal is not intended for use at any distance. I recommend looking at the PD-A530 SPD Dual Platform Bike Pedal, it is a combo SPD (2-hole) road pedal plus a platform on the flip side. Another good choice is the PD-M324, it is also dual platform but has a more traditional design to it. The PD-M324 is available on Real Cyclist: http://www.realcyclist.com/roadbike/Shimano-PD-M324-SPD-Dual-Platform-Pedal/SHI0099M.html

Will these pedals work with Gaerne G.Air...

Will these pedals work with Gaerne G.Air Road Shoe ????

Responded on

Yes, the Gaerne G.Air uses a three bolt cleat which is fully compatible with all spd-sl and look style pedals.

4 5

Squeaky Feet

these are very nice and all but the rubber pad on the top side sometimes will make a nice squeak so i freak out but you'll probably handle it differently so buy them and and recession proof realcyclist

4 5

Nice first clipless pedal

This is one of the cheaper ones you'll find out there, but I think the performance is probably on par with others. Simple entry/exit, though you'll want to practice on a trainer if you can before you hit the streets. Black doesn't look too great on silver/chrome cranksets, it's almost worth pricing up.

Will these pedals work with Louis Garneau...

Will these pedals work with Louis Garneau Roady Road bike shoes

Responded on

The Roady Roads are Compatible with SPD, SPD-SL, TIME, LOOK and SPEED PLAY cleats. So you are good to go.

Will these pedals work with the Shimano...

Will these pedals work with the Shimano America SH-R086L Road Cycling Shoe?

Can you use the spd-sl cleats with spd...

Can you use the spd-sl cleats with spd shoes that only have the 2 holes?

Responded on

No, they are not compatable. The 2 hole shoes are typically MTB shoes and the 3 hole are typically road shoes. There are adaptors and always exceptions, but that is the general rule.

3 5

You don't have to be a first timer ...

This is the standard pedal you'll get from most bike shops w/ your first bike, it was for me. It's an adequate pedal and like previous reviews it easier to snap in then speed plates or some of the LOOK models. For most beginner riders clips might be daunting and the fear of falling to much to handle, but you'll overcome that fear pretty quickly, so I recommend going w/ upgraded pedal like the LOOK Keo Sprint.

4 5

OK Pedals

These are my first road pedals and they have worked flawlessly. The adjustable tension is perfect for beginners. Set them light and they are very easy to get in and out of. I have never had one of these unclip on me unless I was trying to unclip. The yellow cleat they come with have a little float so you don't have to be as exact on the cleat placement. Highly recommended.

UPDATE: After about 2,000 miles, the left pedal has developed a very annoying creak. I don't know what is causing it, the cleat against the pedal or something inside the pedal. I have tried lubing the joint where the pedal turns, but the bearings are sealed and not user serviceable. If all you get is 2,000 miles out of these pedals, I'm not sure I would recommend them.

Responded on

Sometimes a pedal creak is caused by dust in the threads that connect the pedal to the crank. For an easy check/cure, remove both pedals clean and dry the threads thoroughly, and grease the threads generously when reinstalling. Wipe off excess grease and see if that doesn't make it go away.