Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals

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Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals
If you're new to road riding or just want an excellent value in a road pedal then look no further than Shimano R540 Road Pedals. These pedals are all about inspiring confidence, be it their wide pedal platform for an incredible amount of support to the large binding target that ensures clipping in is a breeze. Replete with legendary Shimano quality from top to bottom, the aluminum body and chromoly spindle are built for the long haul without being boat anchors under your feet while the sealed cartridge bearings will just keep spinning smoothly ride after ride after ride.
  • Wide, low-profile platform helps deliver better power transfer and support for your foot
  • Sealed cartridge axle unit offers smooth performance with zero maintenance
  • Aluminum body and chromoly axle are plenty strong and built to last
  • Wide bearing placement gives you stable, uniform load distribution
  • Adjustable tension lets you customize the feel, great when you're just starting out
  • Large binding target makes engagement a breeze
  • 34┬░ road clearance lets you corner tighter without worrying about dragging a pedal
Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals
  • MFPARTNUMBER EPDR540W2
  • WEIGHT 330g/pr
  • UPC 689228420977
  • MATERIAL Aluminum body/Chromoly spindle
  • SHOE COMPATIBILITY 3-bolt
  • FLOAT 6 degrees
  • ADJUSTMENTS Tension
  • Rating 4.5

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Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (25)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (31)
  • Commuting/city (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (20), Casual/ recreational (9)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (22), Comfort oriented (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32)

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5.0

Just Right

By skip

from South Florida

About Me Avid Cyclist

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Looking Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Exercise Road Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

    Installed these on my Nashbar AL4 Road Bike and found them easy to adjust to and use. Light and functional. No adjustments necessary, but they can be adjusted which is a nice feature. These pedals are a good value. I ride about 75-100 miles a week and find them more than adequate.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    1st pair of road pedals; very nice feel

    By killerB

    from Manitoba, Canada

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Price
    • Great Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

      I was looking for new shoes, and decided that I would switch from Shimano SPD pedals to road pedals at the same time. I do a combo of commuting and highway riding (for exercise and to the cottage) so road pedals seemed like a better fit.

      I just had my first long-ish (~1 hr, 33km) ride on them. I noticed a difference right away from the SPDs I was using. A lot more power is going into each stroke, giving me a few extra Kms on the odo. Anyone thinking of transitioning to road pedals, I would do it, and these are a great place to start at such a reasonable price.

      I didn't have to tension problem that some others have mentioned--in fact, I increased the tension on both feet, (tension is set at the lowest out of the box) about 5 clicks on the left and 3 or 4 on the right.

      Only reason that I gave this 4 and not 5 stars is that I['m sure other, more expensive pedals are probably "better" in the sense of being lighter or better bearings, or whatever. But, as my first set of road pedals, I'm very happy with these so far. 10/10, will pedal again.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Pedals

      By Paul

      from Boston MA

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy inout
      • Easy to clip in and out
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

        These pedals are just amazing value for the money. I often commute to work so having an easy clip in/out is vitally important in busy areas and these pedals really deliver. They also have great power transfer and feel solid and stable even under heavy pedaling. I was a little concerned at the price being so low, but the quality and usability is great. I really don't see any downside to these pedals.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Solid pedals

        By Hermi

        from San Francisco, Ca

        About Me Avid Cyclist

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

          I ride about 100 miles a week. When my look cleats needed to be replaced I decided to switch over to the shimano pedals to match the rest of my components. I love it. A lot easier to clip in and out of than my old looks. Just as secure as the look pedals when sprinting and climbing.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Speed Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great value

          By Stump

          from Iowa/Colorado

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

            Why pay more for a pedal, these things do all a pedal needs to do. The weight is similar to much more expensive pedals, and the white looks sweet on my white road bike. I've been riding hard for 20 years and I just can't see any reason to go with anything else. I have them on 3 of my bikes now and need another pair of cleats for a new pair of shoes, the price for this pedal is the same as the cleats alone. Guess I'll be buying 1 more pair.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great pedal

            By PcolaBill

            from Pensacola, Florida

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

              I am new to road biking, I was a pretty avid Mountain Biker years ago. My wife and I just started getting ready for our first Tri and I wanted to use clipless. These pedals fit the bill. Easy to install and they do everything I could ask. The clip-in is solid but I find it pretty easy to get out when I need to. I guess if a few grams could make a difference in my times, I could spend a bunch more money but these are great.
              If you are looking for a reasonable price on a good solid pedal, these should be your pedals.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              they work.

              By McBiker

              from Montgomery, TX

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Biking

                Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

                This is my first set of "road pedals" so it took a minute to get used to clipping in. Stepping out is simple, I haven't adjusted tension yet,and don't think I'll need to any time soon.

                isometimes have to look at the pedal when clipping in, but for the most part, I don't have any trouble.

                • Cycling Style:
                • Comfort Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I like it

                By EVVE

                from Brooklyn , NY

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

                    I like this pedals , before I used "Welgo" and now
                    I got it and like it.

                    • Cycling Style:
                    • Speed Oriented
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Well constructed Pedal

                    By Wildirishman64

                    from Berea, KY

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Long-distance riding
                      • Road Biking

                      Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

                      I purchased these pedals for my new Giro road shoes. I have used spd's for two years and I wanted a new set up this year. Well made and solid. Give me a nice range of movement based on my foot position and riding style. The price doesn't flucuate much but I feel like they are a good deal for the price.

                      • Cycling Style:
                      • Comfort Oriented
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great pedal for the money

                      By Wildirishman64

                      from Berea, KY

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Biking

                        Comments about Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

                        I've upgraded from an spd style clip-in to these along with a nice set of Giro shoes. Very satisfied with pedals, easy to clip in and out. Great looking color contrast with my Tommiso road bike. Sturdy, light weight and simple to use.

                        • Cycling Style:
                        • Comfort Oriented
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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