Shimano PD-M540 Pedal

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Shimano PD-M540 Clipless Pedal. Lightweght, strong pedals from Shimano for entry level users. If you're new to clipless pedals, this affordable double-sided pedal with tension adjustment is made just for you.

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[Aug 27, 2015]
DocVélo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Bulletproof. Durable, I weigh in at 225 lbs on a xc setup. hit a big rock hidden in grass square on last week that stopped me in my tracks, scratches only, not even a dent ! Easy to get in and out, starting to hate the 105 one side clips on my road bike and would trade them with these anyday. Open cleat design doesn't get loose like cheaper clipless pedals and sheds mud better even though they can get clogged from time to time.

Weakness:

Ok, if you really want to be picky, contact surface with shoe and installing that is only possible with an allen key but how often do you need to take them off anyway ?

I'm buying another pair that I found cheap on Kijiji for my road bike since the results have been soooo positive with my XC bike and as they aren't too heavy...

Similar Products Used:

Wellgo, VP's

[Dec 15, 2013]
rufio
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Great performance. Adjustable tension.

Weakness:

None really.

I have used these for some time and I can say that I cannot tell the difference between these pedals and the Shimano M520s that I run on my other bicycles. Given the difference in price and the actual weight savings, I would probably just buy another pair of M520s over these. I like to think of these as the poor man's XTRs.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano M959s
Shimano M520s

[Sep 06, 2013]
mmontini6289
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Durable, Light

Weakness:

Spin when trying to clip in, contact area is small

My gripes are that when trying to get into them quickly to get started on a climb, if you don't get in right away it's almost impossible to pedal because they are so small. They tend to spin a little out of the way when trying to clip in. When really pedaling hard up a climb while clipped in, the contact area is so small that it put quite a bit of pressure on my foot. And don't plan on using these to take a short trip to the store without clipless shoes on. Those complaints aside, they are very well built. I smashed them against a few rocks and they barely had a scratch on them. Overall, good pedals. Maybe I will appreciate them more with time.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano PD-M424

[Jul 18, 2012]
Cyril B
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

very easy and quick locking & unlocking - quality / price ratio - shoes can be clipped on both sides

Weakness:

small surface contact - pure metal - weight

At first glance it's easy to be fooled by it's look from another time (full metal with screws, serrated inserts, visible springs, ...). But don't be mislead : below it's full metal aspect, it's hidden a very good VTT pedal. I feared that my foot will be trapped definitively inside this metal claws ; it's not the case at all : the clip in and out was very easy, quick and responsive without sacrificing vertical traction effort of legs.I even made a little test by lowering up the bicycle with one foot clipped on and one on the floor : what a surprise the pedal doesn't event clip out ! Definitively my favorites ones for many years. To see if it's not wearing out too much over years.

Similar Products Used:

Look kéo easy (on racing cycle).

[Jun 12, 2012]
ncmountainbiker
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Durable, affordable and low maintenance.

Weakness:

None.

I been using these exclusively for over 8 months and I love them. They have been banged on rocks and had mud in them with no issues. I use these on downhill as well and I feel secure even though I know I should be on something with a larger platform like the Mallets by CB. For someone new to clipless these are great since they are very easy to unclip from. There is an adjustment for the tightness on the tension release. I had to increase the tension some due to my feet unclipping from hard landings and jumping, but these aren't exactly made for that anyway. For the price and for someone who does XC riding these are perfect.

[May 15, 2012]
Cormac
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

strong build, easy in/out

Weakness:

none yet

My first foray into clipless pedals and I'm not disappointed. I had been looking into the shoe/pedal combos sold online and either the pedals had bad reviews or the shoes did. These pedals with the shoes I got cost me little over $110, which isn't bad considering the whole clipless thing was more of an experiment for me anyway. I figured if I don't like it I could easily enough sell the pedals. I'd probably be stuck with the shoes though. But whatever, these pedals are adjustable which is the main reason I picked them, but I didn't have the right size allen wrench to adjust em so I left em at the factory adjustment. Preset to the middle tension. Offers easy in and easy out. I just gotta get used to twisting my foot in an emergency situation. Old habits die hard I guess and as a result I've hit the ground still attached to the bike more times than I'd like. But that's my own fault. These pedals seem well build and don't get clogged with mud and leaves to bad. Though I've not gone on any muddy rides since installing these pedals. Even had a rock strike that didn't affect their performance at all.

If your looking for a good first clipless pedals, I'd recommend these. The easy in/out could be made even more so by lessening the tension.

Similar Products Used:

Sun Ringle Zuzu

[Sep 03, 2011]
greenblur
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

You cannot break these pedals. I have smacked them on every rock in central Texas and they work like new.

Weakness:

None, unless you really care about weight. I'm 230 lbs, so 310 grams for XTR's vs 352 grams for the M-540's means nothing to me.

Spend $50 on these pedals and forget about them. They will be the most reliable part on your bike. The XT and XTR versions may be fractionally better but why spend the extra cash?

[Aug 03, 2011]
crosey
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Easy in and out

Weakness:

Gets clogged in muddy rides

Great value purchase. No issues so far. Been riding about 2-3 a week for 3 months. Only downside is during a muddy ride you'll have to clean them at some point.

[Jul 01, 2011]
crosscountryracer137
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Amazing durability, Good mud clearance, adjustability, and weight

Weakness:

There aren't any

These are some of the best pedals I've ever used. They are very durable and perform great. I would definately reccoment these to any riders.

[Jan 08, 2011]
Helmetless
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great value, IMO same weight and performance as compared to the XT pedal, which is much more expensive

Weakness:

a little heavy...
It would be just perfect if could have a wider surface for feet
Mud is definitely an enemy

Great value for the money, 2 years and no issues. If you have so much mud that you can't clip, just hit your shoes against the pedal and the mud will get off

Similar Products Used:

m505s, Egg Beater SLs

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