Shimano Shimano SPD M540 Pedals Pedals Review

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July 7, 2017
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Light Stylish Sheds mud and dirt easy to maintain and install easy on the budget

Recommendation: Yes!

March 26, 2017
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Light. Positive engagement. Easy to adjust. Don't clog up. Near zero maintenance.

Cons: Worrisome spindly spindle Small area platform is not kind to feet in anything but stiff shoes

Recommendation: Good price for entry level comp pedal.

October 8, 2016
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Reliable, tough, light, very low maintenance

Cons: Sometimes unexpectedly releases, especially off hops and jumps.

Recommendation: good product.

December 20, 2014
Model/Year: M540 SPD

Pros: Reliable
Great price

Cons: None

Recommendation: I highly recommend these pedals to anyone wanting to jump into clipless pedals. The price can't be beat and I really do prefer Shimano to the others. True, the other brand of popular 2 hole pedals are a tad better in shedding mud, I've never had a problem with the 6 years I used these. I ride in Texas and we don't get too wet and when it does, the trails are closed anyway. So, if you're in the Pac NW or other area that rides in the wet, you might consider the other guys, but really for most folks, these are great. If you want essentially the same pedal, but a little lighter, get the XT. Need lighter, still, get the XTR. Look and feel is really the same. I know everything about the upper end pedals is different with different materials, bearings, etc. But, for most folks, the weight is the only difference.

February 12, 2014
Model/Year: 2010

Pros: Reliable.
Great price.

Cons: None come to mind.

Recommendation: I've been using this pedal on my 09 Epic since I purchased it five years ago. I've never had an issue with them. They always work and they take one heck of a beating.

December 20, 2013
Pros: durable, reliable, adjustable, solid bearings,

Cons: bearings aren't really serviceable,

Recommendation: I have to run them at the loosest setting and keep them oiled or I feel stuck, which isn't a nice feeling. But in a situation, I have never not came un-clipped. Bearings aren't serviceable, but I haven't ever needed to, they still move very smooth.

December 18, 2013
Pros: Solid construction. SPD. Easy to maintain.

Cons: Heavier than other company offerings.

Recommendation: Don't bother with 'entry level' SPD. These are affordable enough to get you going without adding weight. They will take a beating and remain reliable.

December 17, 2013
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Adjustable realease.

Cons: none

Recommendation: Yes.

December 14, 2013
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Look great, adjustable tension, SPD

Cons: Hard to get clipped in if shoe/cleat stuffed with mud/snow.

Recommendation: I really like the pedals so far. Great value for the money (assuming you didn't pay full MSRP for them).

December 13, 2013
Pros: Easy on off pedals.

Cons: none

Recommendation: This my first time using clipless so i'm still getting use to them but so far they seem great!