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Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals


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    21 Reviews


    Tried and trusted.

    Ask anyone who’s put in hours and hours on the bike about pedals, and they’ll likely make a single recommendation: Shimano. Shimano’s pedals seem to last forever, require little to no maintenance, and cleats are easy to find when it comes time to replace them. The PD-R540 SPD-SL Pedal seen here is among Shimano’s entry-level pedals, but you don’t sacrifice performance –it’s just a touch heavier than the Ultegra or Dura-Ace offerings.

    • SPD-SL cleat type
    • Cleats included
    • Adjustable spring tension
    • 14.3mm stack height
    • CroMoly spindle, aluminum pedal body, composite cleat retention bar
    • Item #SHI0091

    Tech Specs

    3-hole road
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

      Squeaky Feet

        these are very nice and all but the rubber pad on the top side sometimes will make a nice squeak so i freak out but you'll probably handle it differently so buy them and and recession proof realcyclist

        Nice first clipless pedal

          This is one of the cheaper ones you'll find out there, but I think the performance is probably on par with others. Simple entry/exit, though you'll want to practice on a trainer if you can before you hit the streets. Black doesn't look too great on silver/chrome cranksets, it's almost worth pricing up.

          You don't have to be a first timer ...

            This is the standard pedal you'll get from most bike shops w/ your first bike, it was for me. It's an adequate pedal and like previous reviews it easier to snap in then speed plates or some of the LOOK models. For most beginner riders clips might be daunting and the fear of falling to much to handle, but you'll overcome that fear pretty quickly, so I recommend going w/ upgraded pedal like the LOOK Keo Sprint.

            Unanswered Question

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

            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.

            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.

            I haven't ridden with clipless pedals yet....

            I haven't ridden with clipless pedals yet. I want to get some because I do a couple of long (30 mile +) rides per week. But I also use my bike for short trips to the store or the beach. I don't want to have to wear bike shoes every time I use the bike. Will the "other" side of the clipless pedal accommodate my sandals or sneakers?

            No, the back side of this pedal is not intended for use at any distance. I recommend looking at the PD-A530 SPD Dual Platform Bike Pedal, it is a combo SPD (2-hole) road pedal plus a platform on the flip side. Another good choice is the PD-M324, it is also dual platform but has a more traditional design to it. The PD-M324 is available on Real Cyclist:

            Can you use the spd-sl cleats with spd...

            Can you use the spd-sl cleats with spd shoes that only have the 2 holes?

            What materials are the pedals made of and...

            What materials are the pedals made of and is there a problem with wear?

            does this pedal come with the associated...

            does this pedal come with the associated cleat as well? I have shoes, but the cleatz I have now will not be compatible with this pedal.

            Yes they do. I just bought the Shimano Ultegra SL which is the next model up from this one and it came with cleats. Since I'm a road bike newb I also wasn't sure if the pedals came with the cleats and ordered some cleats separately which I now have to return. Glad their return policy is top notch.Backcountry - if you're reading these you need to add this info to the product descriptions.

            how do you attach the cleats(?) to...

            how do you attach the cleats(?) to shoes?

            There is a 'cleat' that will attach to the bottom of special biking shoes that has three holes on the bottom. The cleat is screwed onto the shoe. The cleat is forced in between the front 'hole' of the pedal and the spring loaded back. The shoe (and you) are now locked into the pedal. You can turn your foot to clip out and release. You probably will fall some getting used to it, but its worth it. Once you get the hang of everything you wont ever want to go back!