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Unless your daily bread depends on your race resume, or you just won the lottery, saving money in areas where it doesn’t compromise performance is just a smart choice. The Shimano PD-M540 SPD Pedals include many of the same features of the XTR pedals at a fraction of the cost.

The open binding of the PD-M540 Pedals means you’ll never fumble to clip in no matter how tumultuous the terrain. The dual-sided design further facilitates entry. Additionally, it allows the pedals to remain mud-free for consistent performance. The spindles are durable chromoly and the bearings are sealed to further dependability. The cleat design of the PD-M540 recesses the cleat into your shoe so that if your shoes have a tread, the cleat sits flush and makes walking easy. They are ideal for both trail riding and commuting.

  • Chromoly spindle, sealed bearings
  • 2-hole cleat design

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Unanswered Question

I have these cleats on both my road and commuter bikes. No qualms with them but I'm now wanting to buy some toe covers for them as you know, cold tootsies in the winter and all that.
Are there any toe covers, or even shoe covers, that are recommended to go with these? The ones I keep coming across need the road cleat on the shoe in order to secure them.
Thanks for any pointers!


Finally going clipless

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Put these on my MTB a month ago and will never go back to flats.
Nice adjustability to make getting in and out easy.


Durable and dependable!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These are the prime choice for commuters looking for a clipless pedal system. Tightness is very easy to adjust, and they require practically zero maintenance.


Good enough for Jonathon Page...

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I recall reading a few years ago that Jon Page was using these when Shimano updated the XTR pedal. If they're good enough for him they're good enough for most of us. I use them in all situations and, as far as function goes, they're hard to distinguish from XTR.


Shimano Pedals, enough said

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Duel sided entry, improved mud clearance, adjustable spring tension, all metal.... lasts forever! I do ride nicer Shimano pedals on my mountain bike, but the ol commuter bike gets these budget baller pedals.


Inexpensive and Effective

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Great option for a quality pedal at a fraction of the price of others. Use them as a go to for demo mountain bikes and my commuter. They're Shimano, so I bet they last for years!


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.


Great Beginner Pedals

  • Gender:Male
  • 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 served me well as I got used to clipping in.

The two-sided clip in and adjustable tension made them great for getting used to the clipping in process, although you definitely lose some stiffness compared to 3-hole pedals. They were really easy to install which is a bonus for beginners. Just don't forget to buy some grease if you're new to this!

Overall, great pair of pedals for beginners, commuters, or anyone looking for a cheap, reliable product.


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.


PD - M540

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


    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.


    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.



      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!


      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


      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?

        Cleats are included.

        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?

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