Reviews of Shimano PD-M540 SPD Pedals

Shimano

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

simple
effective
shiny

Cons

none come to mind

Other Thoughts

Been using these since 2007. Most recent purchase sort of replaces the old pair even though they still work they release a little different than they used to. Still keep the old ones on standby for other builds. Good product overall.

StarStarStarStarStar In non-muddy conditions, these pedals perform flawlessly.

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Ownership: one year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Light and effective for normal use. Grips cleats tightly. No involuntary release under normal conditions.

Cons

I used these pedals in the 2014 Iceman Cometh Challenge. It was a muddy/sloshy 30 mile course due to weather conditions before and during the race. The composition of the soil was such that many times it was difficult to impossible to clip in or stay clipped in especially on rougher sections. Therefore I spent a great deal of concentration and energy trying to keep my feet on the pedals. This is eslecially crucial in climbing (and there are many steep climbs in this race) when pulling is as important as pushing. I went to to a bunny-hop over the finish line for a cool photo op, but my feet came off the pedals because they were so loaded up with sand and mud. Regardless of the attempt to have a flashy finish, I desperately needed an MTB pedal to perform in adverse conditions during the race.

Other Thoughts

Shimano needs to rethink the effectiveness of a performance pedal in adverse conditions in which mountain bikers often find themselves.

In non-muddy conditions, these pedals perform flawlessly.

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