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ShimanoPD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals

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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.

  • SPD-SL cleat type
  • Cleats included
  • Adjustable spring tension
  • 14.3mm stack height
  • CroMoly spindle, aluminum pedal body, composite cleat retention bar
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
3-hole road
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Actual Weight

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First clipless

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First pedal and I really dig them. They are easy to adjust and I would recommend as a first pedal. Not sure about how they compare with other pedals in regards to weight but again it is a great learner tool.

Not bad for price

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Not my favorite pedal but gets the job done and works just fine.

Unanswered Question

I seem to have a hard time twisting out of the pedal. Any suggestions?

Great Pedals for the price.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the price they can't be beat since they come with the ($18) cleats too. Sure, they are a bit heavier than the more expensive versions of Shimano pedals, but they work perfectly. Clip out tension is adjustable over a wide range. Even at the lightest tension they are secure until you want to clip out, then you're out quite easily.

Good Beginner Pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have Dura Ace pedals on my road bike, but got a pair of these to keep on my stationary bike. It lets me use the same shoes and position and keep money in my wallet.

Avg. ride time: 3m per week
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My sisters first clipless

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

If you're looking to get into your first pair of clipless road pedals, this is a great option. Economical and burly. Chances are you'll decide you're comfortable enough being attached to your bike that you want to upgrade long before you'll actually need new pedals. There's no reason these couldn't run great for years.

Very nice pedals

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these pedals for a Winter Beater road bike. Very nice pedals and an excellent price. Thank you Competitive Cyclist for the excellent customer service and wonderful help. I’m very happy with my purchase.

good for first timers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this a great pedal to begin with, a bit heavy but I've had them for about two weeks now and i think they're good. when you become a borderline pro racer is when you should start to worry about how much things weigh

Great Pedals

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these a few days before my first race and they are great. Also, they were very easy to learn to use. I've since put around 300 miles on them and they're doing awesome.

Avg. ride time: 5h 38m per week
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Do they compatible with Northwave Evolution S.B.S. Shoe - Men's?

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

Avg. ride time: 0m per week
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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

    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.