Shimano R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals £20.00 @chainreactioncycles
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Shimano R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals £20.00 @chainreactioncycles

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Found 17th May 2012
£33.74 @halfords
£35.99@Wiggle

road pedal for entry level use at a value for money price

Shimano R540 SPD-SL Road Clipless Pedals Features:
Wide pedal platform for improved foot/pedal stability
Low maintenance sealed cartridge axle unit
The low profile platform with open design allows for easy access and cleat adjustments
Easy to clip into and release but with stable fit for maximum power transfer to the pedals
Wider cleat and binding mechanism for better shoe/pedal contact than traditional SPD systems
Weight - 330 grams per pair
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Good solid SPD-SL pedals but I would recommend that you pay a little extra and go for the 105's (£35) as I think they are much easier to clip into which is worth a lot when you're pulling off onto a busy roundabout for example.
Good deal though especially as you get the cleats included for this price.
Good price. I got these for this about two years ago! Served me well
Just bought some of these from Evans Cycles at £26.99, and that was the cheapest I could find. Real bargain including the cleats, which you'll do well to get for less than £14 on their own.
learn how to use these!

http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/8150/119656.jpg

I want to get some of these however this is gunna be really stupid but you the shoes to go with it am I right?
jpknegtel

I want to get some of these however this is gunna be really stupid but … I want to get some of these however this is gunna be really stupid but you the shoes to go with it am I right?



Yes you do, road shoes tend to be quite stiff too.

I've kept my spd pedals on my road bike but this is a great price for SLs
These are great clipless pedals to start off with. They are basically the same shape and same mechanism as the the whole Shimano range (R540>105 > Ultegra > Dura Ace). The only difference being weight, different materials and of course price (£170 for Shimano Dura Ace) . With these pedals you get the cleats that screw onto the bottom of your road shoe. Clipping in and out is relatively easy and the tension can also be adjusted right down to aid this.



Do you need to have Shimano shoes to go with or would any other brand of cycle shoe fit?
trickyb1967

Do you need to have Shimano shoes to go with or would any other brand of … Do you need to have Shimano shoes to go with or would any other brand of cycle shoe fit?



Any road cycle shoe will do.
Thanks Chaffordred
Blinding price. You pay £16.99 for the cleats alone!
pinkpeppa123

Good solid SPD-SL pedals but I would recommend that you pay a little … Good solid SPD-SL pedals but I would recommend that you pay a little extra and go for the 105's (£35) as I think they are much easier to clip into which is worth a lot when you're pulling off onto a busy roundabout for example.Good deal though especially as you get the cleats included for this price.



Thanks for the tip. Will be returning my £26.99 R540s to Halfords and getting the 105s from here.
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chaffordred

Any road cycle shoe will do.


Correction - any SPD-SL compatible road cycle shoe will do...
tempted to buy these just for the cleats.
Most people are better off with standard SPD (MTB) pedals and cleats. At least you can walk on them.
I use spds on all my bikes road, mountain and hybrid, never got on with spdl for some reason, good price though.
^ Yeah I kinda wished I'd just stuck with SPDs. I keep those on my Mountain and Hybrid bikes, and have SPD-SLs on my Road bike, but don't think they add a great deal other than the need to buy another expensive pair of cycle shoes.
skdotcom

^ Yeah I kinda wished I'd just stuck with SPDs. I keep those on my … ^ Yeah I kinda wished I'd just stuck with SPDs. I keep those on my Mountain and Hybrid bikes, and have SPD-SLs on my Road bike, but don't think they add a great deal other than the need to buy another expensive pair of cycle shoes.



I have SPD's on my hybrid (A dual pedal, with flat on one side and SPD on the other) which are great and highly recommended.

I have these SPD-SL's on my road bike, these same R540 and they are also highly recommended. I haven't tried the more expensive ones, so can't comment on the differences.

Yes it's a bit of a pain having 2 shoes, but for me the 2 bikes have different purposes and require different kit to go with them.
I'm sure the price is great, sounds nice and cheap .. but, just my thoughts:

I bought the 105's from Ribble Cycles when someone posted an offer a couple of months ago and I moved from Look to these and find them to be awful, because of the construction of the cleat I find it extremely difficult to clip in and out of the pedal. With my Look Keo pedals clipping in and out was effortless, I have persevered for the past couple of months and I cycle to work and back everyday so have had lots of practice but the time has come to move back.

Maybe it's just me but I would buy Look over Shimano everytime now.
pinkpeppa123

Good solid SPD-SL pedals but I would recommend that you pay a little … Good solid SPD-SL pedals but I would recommend that you pay a little extra and go for the 105's (£35) as I think they are much easier to clip into which is worth a lot when you're pulling off onto a busy roundabout for example.Good deal though especially as you get the cleats included for this price.



Not only that, but the 105 has metal wear plates and last MUCH longer.

I have the above and the plastic wears down, have 2 other pairs of 105 and wouldn't by anything less.



Don't make the mistake of buying the cheaper offers of pedals that dont include cleats. Even if you don't need new cleats yet, get them and store them. Cleats on their own cost a bomb.
kazooki

I'm sure the price is great, sounds nice and cheap .. but, just my … I'm sure the price is great, sounds nice and cheap .. but, just my thoughts:I bought the 105's from Ribble Cycles when someone posted an offer a couple of months ago and I moved from Look to these and find them to be awful, because of the construction of the cleat I find it extremely difficult to clip in and out of the pedal. With my Look Keo pedals clipping in and out was effortless, I have persevered for the past couple of months and I cycle to work and back everyday so have had lots of practice but the time has come to move back.Maybe it's just me but I would buy Look over Shimano everytime now.



I'm so glad oh said that!! I have these and I find it really difficult to get my feet clipped into them. The pedal is nearly always upside down when my foot is trying to engage it. On the plus side really light
skelto99

Just bought some of these from Evans Cycles at £26.99, and that was the … Just bought some of these from Evans Cycles at £26.99, and that was the cheapest I could find. Real bargain including the cleats, which you'll do well to get for less than £14 on their own.



take you receipt an go to evans and they will refund you the difference.
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kazooki

because of the construction of the cleat I find it extremely difficult to … because of the construction of the cleat I find it extremely difficult to clip in and out of the pedal.


Same here, I've been using 105s for the past few months and find it horrible pulling away at junctions.
On the plus side, it makes you realise why most roadies are such dicks that don't bother stopping at junctions / red lights / etc...
SanTokiMTB

Same here, I've been using 105s for the past few months and find it … Same here, I've been using 105s for the past few months and find it horrible pulling away at junctions.On the plus side, it makes you realise why most roadies are such dicks that don't bother stopping at junctions / red lights / etc...



Well most of the time its about anticipation and balance. I don't often have to put my foot down at junctions or lights.
SanTokiMTB

Same here, I've been using 105s for the past few months and find it … Same here, I've been using 105s for the past few months and find it horrible pulling away at junctions.On the plus side, it makes you realise why most roadies are such dicks that don't bother stopping at junctions / red lights / etc...



****, its most most, its some... the minority.
I bought these for £34.95 on Ebay back in August. It was the cheapest place I could find them at the time. On that basis, good deal!
GAVINLEWISHUKD

Well most of the time its about anticipation and balance. I don't often … Well most of the time its about anticipation and balance. I don't often have to put my foot down at junctions or lights.



Or learning how to do a trackstand...
markymark34

I'm so glad oh said that!! I have these and I find it really difficult to … I'm so glad oh said that!! I have these and I find it really difficult to get my feet clipped into them. The pedal is nearly always upside down when my foot is trying to engage it. On the plus side really light



Strange, never had a problem with mine, pedal is always the correct way up. If I try and rush things then of course it never works, but I can imagine that is the same for any pedal make.

One thing make sure your cleats are in good condition and not full of mud etc, so you give yourself maximum chance of clipping in.

Or unclip before you stop.........

sancho1983

Or learning how to do a trackstand...








sancho1983

Well most of the time its about anticipation and balance. I don't often … Well most of the time its about anticipation and balance. I don't often have to put my foot down at junctions or lights.




Edited by: "cycleman" 19th May 2012
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can i fit these to my mountain bike? or are they specifically for road bike
cycleman

Or unclip before you stop.........Or learning how to do a trackstand...








sancho1983



You've messed up your quotes there! But yeah, I just unclip
Have 105's on mine. Looked at these originally but went with a more 'matching' set to my gears. Of course, weight and looks were part of the 'justification' Ended up on the floor once and hope not to do it again as it has knackered me up more than I thought it did at the time.

These are a good price but be sure you want SPD-SL's before deciding purely on price.
Roccostan

can i fit these to my mountain bike? or are they specifically for road … can i fit these to my mountain bike? or are they specifically for road bike



I think it more depends on what shoes you are using with these. Most of the mountain bike shoes are design for SPD and not SPD-SL.
Roccostan

can i fit these to my mountain bike? or are they specifically for road … can i fit these to my mountain bike? or are they specifically for road bike



They are for a road bike.

The pedals would go straight on your mountain bike, but the cleats aren't designed for mountain bike shoes.

You could wear roadie shoes on your MTB, but that wouldn't be practical.

You need these hotukdeals.com/dea…403
Edited by: "chaffordred" 21st May 2012
I do know of people that prefer "road" pedals/cleats/shoes on MTB to MTB internal cleats.

Generally though, if you're going to nede to put your feet down, or climb anything... MTB cleats (as above) are the way to go.

If you have to ask, don't buy these, get the M520s
The SPD-SL have a bigger surface area meaning that you can get more power from them. The cleats however are externally screwed to the shoe and protrude by around an inch, meaning you may have to practice walking in them (speak to your wife, she might be able to give pointers, or if your a woman .. no problem - your a natural already).

The SPD pedals are much smaller and have the benefit of not having to be a certain way up when you clip your foot in, you can clip in either side of the pedal, whereas SPD-SL pedals have to be facing upwards. Depending on the shoe design the cleats can be flush fitting to the sole meaning you can also walk normally in them.

http://triathlonvirgin.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/spd-vs-spd-sl1.jpg

.. if your thinking of investing in shoes I would also recommend buying overshoes for wet days. I'm on my second pair of shoes (first were Specialized current are Shimano R087) in around as many years as when they get wet they smell like the cats been toileting in them every night!
Edited by: "kazooki" 21st May 2012
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kazooki

The SPD-SL have a bigger surface area meaning that you can get more power … The SPD-SL have a bigger surface area meaning that you can get more power from them. The cleats however are externally screwed to the shoe and protrude by around an inch, meaning you may have to practice walking in them (speak to your wife, she might be able to give pointers, or if your a woman .. no problem - your a natural already).The SPD pedals are much smaller and have the benefit of not having to be a certain way up when you clip your foot in, you can clip in either side of the pedal, whereas SPD-SL pedals have to be facing upwards. Depending on the shoe design the cleats can be flush fitting to the sole meaning you can also walk normally in them... if your thinking of investing in shoes I would also recommend buying overshoes for wet days. I'm on my second pair of shoes (first were Specialized current are Shimano R087) in around as many years as when they get wet they smell like the cats been toileting in them every night!



That is a very useful and helpful post. Thanks for the input. As experienced cyclists who thoroughly research our purchases I have to admit the lack of nous and ignorance of some people is quite sickening.

It's as if people don't have Google so need to be spoon fed.

In the end we just went for another set of M520s as we wanted to get road specific shoes, like the ones I posted in a deal and got to 48% with NO comments.

But which CRC have now sold out in various sizes and whacked the price up on others.

You just gotta love the selfish British public - lol.
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chaffordred

They are for a road bike.The pedals would go straight on your mountain … They are for a road bike.The pedals would go straight on your mountain bike, but the cleats aren't designed for mountain bike shoes. You could wear roadie shoes on your MTB, but that wouldn't be practical.You need these http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/merlin-cycles-shimano-m520-spd-pedals-18-96-delivered-1221403



Thank you. BTW would i be better of getting these that come inside a pedal so i can use normal shows too
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