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New SPD cleats mean no more clip-out excuses when your buddies beat you up the hill.

If you've bent a cleat, lost a cleat, or ground them down to nubs that couldn't hold an empty shoe let alone your entire leg, you need a new set of Shimano SPD Cleats. Shimano actually recommends replacing cleats yearly to maintain consistent pedal release and retention. The SH51 is an easy-entry, single-direction release cleat designed for spin classes, commuters and road bikers using SPD pedals. The SH56 has multi-directional release and a corrosion-resistant chrome finish for mountain bike use, and the SH52 is for use with Shimano's PD-M858 pedal.

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4 5

Good cleats

BMR,S description is right on the money. They do what they are suppose to do and they last!!! I currently use them with the pd-m540 pedal both on and off road.

The picture of this item appears to include...

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The picture of this item appears to include the "sole plate" that fits in the shoe below the insole. It is a metal plate with 4 treaded holes that fits the two screw of the actual cleat. Is my assumption correct?


5 5

Shimano SPD Cleats

These clears are reliable and really your only choice for Shimano pedals. I also use them with my Welgo pedals that came with my bike.

5 5

clips for spinning shoes

had no problems getting them on. took clips to bike store around the corner and they installed them for me for free in about 5 minutes.

5 5

Great Cleats

I've been rocking Shimano SPD cleats since I bought my very first pair of m747 pedals. I just bought my 6th pair of these cleats and they still rock. I mostly ride XC and I use the SH56 because I like the ability to quickly pop the cleat out by pulling my heel up and out. The cleats last forever, clip in easily even when jammed with a lot of mud and are super easy to adjust. I do recommend that anyone buying these try to keep the bolts cleaned out fairly regularly. If they get packed with pebbles and dirt they can be really hard to remove.

4 5

A note on the product description

First, a quick review: These cleats do what they're supposed to do, and do it well. They're highly adjustable, have excellent lateral stability, last longer than most other systems, and clear mud well when used with Shimano pedals (not the very best on the market, but Shimano pedals' reputation for working poorly in mud dates back to the 737/747 era and doesn't apply to the current models). I recommend greasing the bolts during installation to prevent seizing.

Now, here's what motivated me to review these: The product description indicates the SH51 is best for road or indoor use and the SH56 is best of off-road use. I strongly disagree. The multi-release properties of the SH56 can benefit people who are new to clipless pedals and struggle with the release motion. Once you're comfortable with releasing, those same properties become a hazard. Here's what Shimano says, quoted from their installation instructions:

"Because the cleats can also be released by lifting your heel, they may become accidentally released when applying upward force on the pedals. These cleats should not be used for riding style which may involve pulling up on the pedals or for activities, such as jumping, in which pulling forces are applied to the pedals causing possible release from the pedals."

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I too have found that SH51'a are way safer offroad. Not sure where they get their info...

Can I use the 4 hole replacement cleat...

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Can I use the 4 hole replacement cleat plate from Shimano to replace the broken plate on Sidi mountain bike shoes?

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The plate on the inside of the shoe will not fit properly. You will have to cut it down quit a bit

5 5


I have been using these cleats since they came out years ago and they still rule the trails!

Can I use these ones on a route bike?

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Can I use these ones on a route bike?

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You can use these on any bicycle at all provided the pedals are compatible with the cleat. The description gives you a bit more info, but if you're going to buy SPD pedals they will likely include a set of cleats. Just find out what you're running and get the correct cleats for those pedals.

Does this cleat set come with the mountng...

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Does this cleat set come with the mountng bracket? My wifes Shimano's came without them?

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Yes. the plate that slides inside the shoe is included

Do I have to have a bike shop attach these...

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Do I have to have a bike shop attach these or can I put them on myself? Of if I also purchase a pair of shoes, would you guys put them on before shipping them out?

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If you do not know the placement of your cleats I would have a bike shop set up your shoe. This is a simple and painless process. We are not set up to install the cleats to the shoe. If you're replacing old cleats, they will usually leave an indent that will help you line up the new cleats. That's assuming the old cleats were in the right position. KC

Deedub, I am not so sure that the information...

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Deedub, I am not so sure that the information you are providing is correct? Crank Brothers cleats are compatible with all SPD compatible shoes. (Most mountain bike shoes, and some entry level road shoes - the close side by side hole pattern) However, the specific crank brother cleat that attaches to the shoe - and that comes with the pedals - only works with crank brothers pedals. It is my understanding that the crank brothers cleats are NOT compatible with Shimano mountain cleats, and vise versa?

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Deedub is correct. Yes, Crank Brothers cleats are compatible with all SPD compatible SHOES, but Crank Brothers cleats are not compatible with SPD pedals, nor are SPD cleats compatible with Crank Brother pedals (what Deedub said, just not explicitly).

Will this work with a crank brother...

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Will this work with a crank brother pedal?

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NO, Crank Brothers pedals are not SPD compatible and will not work with these cleats.