Featuring a wide pedal platform for improved foot and pedal stability, the Shimano R540 SPD-SL Pedals in black have an open profile design for easy cleat adjustment. The pedals are easy to clip into an release, whilst still allowing for maximum transfer of power from the foot. Supplied with 6° float cleats, they're the perfect choice for road cyclists. - L.M.
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excellent pedal for beginner and very affordable, highly recommended...
I have been using these for about 3 months with R087 shoes now and as most people these are my first clip less pedals. I am mostly a commuter so I'm not sure what the difference would be to use more expensive Shimano pedals. Overall they have been performing okay I just have two comments. My foot seems to be somewhat loose while clipped in even with tightened tension (I'm at about 50% tension) and second thing which is annoying is that the left pedal is creating this clicking noise for the second time. First time I was able to fix it by tightening the pedal a bit. So these things have me wondering if I should try the more expensive pedal next time around hoping for a more quality.
The R540's are a very basic looking pedal that does the right job for a road/commuter bike. Depending on the cleats you can buy (extras sold separately) you can choose more or less float
I really like shimano pedals, I have r540 that i bought first, going from SPD to a platform that does not point press in the middle of the foot: I put more than 15 000 km without any meticulous maintenance.
Plastic and metal are scuffed from 4 pairs of cleats, but I still prefer them on my commuter bike.
At â‚¬50 for a set of 'beginner pedals'...look elsewhere.
I had me a set (Boxed incl cleats) for Â£30 from another online retailer. In all honestly I'd be better spending the extra â‚¬17 for 105 model. I already have 6700 on my 'best' bike...and have no issues with them.
The 540's are a bit heavy, don't click in as well, tension is adjustable, but for some reason I don't feel as secure. Seems to be more float in the cheaper version (SH 11 cleats fitted on both shoes). Maybe that's the difference...beginner's bail out option???
Still they'll do for over the winter, no sense ruining more expensive pedals...cos it's gonna be a wet one...
This is the first pedal i ever bought, and it has performed really well. the adjustable tension on the clipping in/out is really good, and the pedals are very solid. a bit on the heavier side, but for this price, you are getting a great pedal
This is the first pedal I ever bough for my road bike, and it has been very good. The performance of it has been fantastic, and the adjustable tension for clipping in is helpful. Pedal is a little heavier, but for this price, it is a great deal
These were my first SPD-SL pedals and besides being a little heavy they worked amazingly well.
The first 2 things you should know when starting to use these is that they are supposed to hang vertically when not clipped in. That is they way they are designed. You have to push them down with your foot as you clip in. I didn't know this at first and kept thinking I had to get them parallel to the ground then clip in.
Also, do NOT go lower than the lowest tension setting as it will mess up the pedals. There are 4 clicks per turn and 3 total turns. So in total there are 12 clicks you can work through. The indicator on the back also lets you know if you are close to the lowest tension.
I rather like the SPD-SL series of road pedals. The offer a secure, wide platform and the cleats have bottom surfaces that make walking on hard surfaces less of an adventure than with many other cleat systems. About the only thing I don't like about them is that they're rather heavy.
If you'd like to try SPD-SL pedals, this is the place to start. Save for using a plastic cover plate instead of a metal cover plate, they are mechanically identical to the much more expensive 105 and Ultegra pedals (check out the technical data from Shimano if you're sceptical). They also weigh about the same. But they cost much, much less and have the same smooth bearings.
And consider this ... when these pedals are on sale, they cost you only a little more than a set of SPD-SL replacement cleats (which come with the R540s). That makes buying them a true no-brainer.
Does the trick! Using this pedal is easy to get the hang of, since it goes off either way. Not the best quality, but since the price is set accordingly it a winner!
PBK has set a nice price for it =)
These are my first set of spd-sl pedals. Initially I was apprehensive about using them, having come from the double sided spd pedals. I found the pedals easy to get into, with the large target area of the pedal helping with this. The only issue I had was with the pedal not returning to the correct hanging position when trying to clip in.
Admittedly I had a few stacks whilst getting used to the different unclipping mechanism. I also found the mechanism tighter than my previous spd's. Once used to it, I was fine.
I found the pedal extremely comfortable whilst riding, with no hot spots. With the floating cleats provided there's enough play to keep the knees fresh as well.
In terms of build quality, the pedals seem really well made, the bearings are smooth, the mechanism is adjustable and most importantly, they look really sleek on the bike :-) The cleats are also well designed and most importantly durable.
If you are a weight concious rider, you may find them a tad heavy.
Would recommend to any beginner :-)
These pedals were my introduction into clip-less riding. I like them a lot. They are very affordable and there is a mechanism that allows you to adjust the amount of resistance you get when unclipping. They aren't as wide and as light as the 105 pedals, which are much better in my opinion. But for the price these are great if you want to try riding clip-less.
After shopping around for new pedals, I came across these. There great! They have the same features as the 105 and Ultergra pedals - easy and visible tension window. The pedal platform is wide and from what I can tell, they use the same cleats as the others. This means they minimize "hot feet" after long use, and finding replacements should be easy.
I've recommended this to a friend and I also know he's happy with them.
Oh, they also come in different colors - black, silver, and white.
...The cleats are very easy to secure tightly on the shoe using Allen headed screws and the tough, slip-proof material feels safer when walking on hard surfaces than the other 'hard shoe' systems.
"Adjustments to entry and release tension are made using an Allen key and they are exceptionally smooth and easy to use."