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Item # SHI0342

Get in, get out, get on with it.

The Shimano SH-56 cleats are multi-release, which means you can clip out either to the outside or the inside of the pedal. The cleats can also be released by lifting and twisting your heel which makes them a great choice for those first learning to ride with clipless pedals. Please note that if you have an aftermarket SPD-style pedal that isn't a Shimano brand pedal, these cleats are not compatible with your pedals even though they might look remarkably similar to a Shimano pedal!

  • Compatible with all Shimano SPD pedals, except the M858

Tech Specs

Shimano SPD
Recommended Use:
cycling, spinning

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5 5

Great Cleats

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've gone through a few pairs of these without any issues and will keep buying them when it's time for new cleats.

5 5

Non slip on your pedals

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These Shimano SH56 cleats are great easy on easy off. As far as them slipping or coming off your pedals don't have to worry about that have gone about 40 miles on these cleats with no problem .

5 5

Just another reason to run Shimano SPDs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I run XT pedals on my mountain bikes, and my cross bike. I use the same shoe while riding all 3 bikes. The SH56 SPD cleats hold up to all the abuse I put them through on all 3 bikes. They have a good solid interface with the pedal for the long life of the cleat...Others don't, in my experience. The float and release angles are just right, and I have not stripped or seized a bolt yet.

4 5

no comparison but works well

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I didn't even bother trying the sh51, coming from flat pedals to clipless I really wanted it to be as easy as possible to unclip and bail out...

I've ridden them a handful of times and have had no issues, the three release methods work well, debris has not been an issue in rain, mud, sand, or anything else. going clipless definitely takes some getting used to, but i think these cleats are a cheap way to make sure you have all the options possible to unclip

5 5

Minimize the float!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I was surprised coming from SH51's to these that the float difference is very noticeable (Shimano claims 0 degrees). Much prefer no float for power transfer, and these save me from going to SPD-SL, since keeping all shoes and pedals in the quiver SPD is prefered.

5 5

Keeps my feet stuck to the pedals!

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

Great cleat, my first clipless experience. Frankly, everyone psyched me out about falling with these. So much drama over nothing!

I became instantly acclimated.

Then again on my first trip I went over the Brooklyn Bridge on a Saturday morning with gobs of crowds of people...I must have had to clip in and out at least 100 time each way...So, I gotta a lot of practice done on my first day with them.

A flick of the ankle, without even thinking about it, and I'm out. If I spaz out in some mud or on ice I pop right out as well.

1000 miles since November.

Some people talk about popping out with these when pulling through the pedal upstroke...I don't think you'd ever have that problem if you're feet have been properly aligned via cleat position/fitting.

Does what they should and they're cheap.

5 5

Incredibly Durable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's no secret that Shimano makes the best clipless pedals, they also make the best cleats. They are so durable. I've been riding the same pair for the last two years and they are still in great shape. They can definitely stand up to the abuse of the trail. A great buy!

From your description the Shimano SM-SH51...

From your description the Shimano SM-SH51 SPD cleat have four degrees of float.
How much float does the SM-SH56 cleat have?
Where can I find this information from Shimano?
Thanks for you help.

Responded on

Amazon Website indicated that SH56 has 0 degree float.

I have Shimano cycling shoes and I want...

I have Shimano cycling shoes and I want to use them in my spinning/cycling class. Can road clips be interchanged with the SPD cleat set?

Responded on

You need an SH-85 adapter plate. It goes from road (3-bolt/spd-sl) shoes to mountain (spd/spd-r) cleats (not from mountain shoes to road cleats). Basically you need road shoes to do it. If your Shimano shoes are road shoes you just need the SH-85 adapter plate and a set of spd cleats.

I bought the WM61 shoes for spinning class...

I bought the WM61 shoes for spinning class at my gym. would these cleats work for my shoes and my class? the bikes are SPD compatible, would these cleats be enough or would i need to buy another piece?