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Shimano R540 SPD SL Pedals

Same fundamental shape and technology as Shimano's £125 Lance Armstrong-approved PD-7800
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Shimano trickle-down technology works again. The new PD-R540 shares the same fundamental shape and technology as Shimano's £125 Lance Armstrong-approved PD-7800 pedal.

  • Wider platform than traditional SPD pedals. For most riders, this makes for a more comfortable and stable foot platform.
  • Wide binding section for more efficient pedaling.
  • Sealed cartridge bearings.
  • Approximate weight: 330g.


Shimano are the world's largest bicycle component company, thanks to their ability to innovate and perfect - think indexed gear shifting, Hyperglide cassettes STI, XT, SPD, STEPS…

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Q. I have bought these pedals but have come across a problem. It seems to mounting bolts that come with the cleats are to small to screw into the shoe. The shoes are Muddyfox RBS100 Mens Cycling Shoes which do say that they are SPD SL compatible. Is it possible to use the mounting bolts supplied with the shoe on these pedals or do i need to change the shoe. What would you recommend?
A. We're not familiar with your shoe, it sounds like it might be using an unusual bolt size - the bolts supplied with the R540 pedals are a standard size and fit most road shoes. If your shoe was supplied with bolts we would suggest trying these.
Q. Can you clip into these pedals from both faces or only one?
A. These pedals are single-side entry and come supplied with cleats - with practice they are very easy to clip in and out of.
Q. Would these pedals be a good first timer, always had normal pedals before.
A. If you are looking for an entry level road pedal then the Shimano R540 pedals would be a good option. Standard Shimano cleats have some float (side to side play) which is useful to begin with as it does not fix you feet in place entirely which can cause discomfort. The release tension of the pedal binding can be adjusted and having it set loose when you first ride clipped in can help with building confidence clipping in and out. To go with R540 pedals you would require a suitable road shoe with a three bolt cleat drilling. You can find the road shoes (mens) we currently offer here.
Q. Hi I have a set of these pedals and although I like them I've fallen off a few times generally having to do emergency stops for cars or bikes and not being able to unclip in time. Would I find it easier with atb style pedals?
A. You may well find that unclipping quickly is easier with a mountain bike or touring stye (SPD) pedal rather than a road (SPD SL) pedal. The ease of unclipping is though related to set up and practice. With set up it is possible to adjust the tension of the release on the R540 pedals. It might help to run at least one pedal with lower tension so you can get your foot out quickly when required or at least as you get used to braking as well us unclipping when stopping quickly. 

With a standard SPD pedals the cleats supplied do like road cleats use a single release (i.e. your twist your heel outwards to disengage the cleat). Multi-release cleats are available separately for SPD pedals which are useful in learning to unclip quickly. Multi release cleats allow you to unclip in any direction by twisting your heel. When combined with SPD pedals with release tension set to a minimum it is then very easy to unclip. The downside to this is you cannot pull up too much when pedalling as your foot can unclip. Once you get used to the pedals you can though refit single release cleats.
Q. Do they include cleats?
A. R540 SPD-SL pedals come with cleats, the cleats are 3-bolt design, +/- 3˚ float, which allows for some knee-saving lateral movement.

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