Shimano M540 MTB SPD Pedals are an open design pedal at an economical price. The open binding mechanism is designed to shed mud more effectively, making it easier to clip in or out when the trails are muddy or if you're doing multiple creek crossings. They have adjustable tension, low maintenance sealed cartridge bearings and a chrome-moly axle so they're light, strong and work as well as any MTB SPD pedal in Shimano's lineup.
The M540's lightweight axle will not accept a regular pedal wrench. Do you have a multi tool or a set of metric allen wrenches? That's what you'll need to install your new pedals (and the cleats for that matter). Click the link to see our selection of multi tools.
Had these for a long time now. Pros- Shed mud well. Easy to adjust and clip into. Have been very durable. Strong well functioning pedal and a great price. Cons heavy if compared to some of the very expensive pedals. For the money you cant go wrong.
Bought a set of these to replace my worn out Time Atac pedals. They are lighter and they have a great feel and satisfying "click" when you clip in. Very good at shedding mud too. My local trails are often very muddy and I have no problem with clogged pedals.
This pedals are almost Xt, the only difference is like 10grms and the logo....
These are my first set of SPD pedals and work great for me. I'm really happy of buying these instead of the M505 model, because this set allow the mud to clear on the open areas and I've done a lot of riding on wet conditions. They also seem to be really easy to service according the videos on you tube, but after heavy using them for 6 months I think there is no need to do that yet.
I prefer the XT's to these
This was my first pair of clipless pedals. I was unsure If I wanted to go clipless but these pedals helped me decide I did. They are Lightweight. Easy to install. Easy to adjust. Overall great pedals.
Purchased these fro my 12 year son as his first pair of clipless pedals. The adjustability is great for beginners
After almost 20 years on Shimano M515 pedals, I retired those to my commuter and bought the M540 pedals. Funtionally they are so similar, I barely notice a difference apart from a little better hold, and engagement from the M540. They are solidly built and would probably damage any wall i lean the bike against, haha. No doubt in my mind I'm buying these again if i ever had to.
Great pedal for the money. They engage and disengage really well. They replaced a set of M520's, and the quality of the M540's is noticeable. Shimano cleats last way longer than the Time cleats - I've found with Time pedals, was buying new cleats every 6 months. Would highly recommend these pedals.
I haven't used the xt pedals, but these are very close in weight and work perfectly for me. I like the all metal look.
So...I've been biking since is was like....5 years old and I am just trying the clip-in pedals. I know, I know...don't judge me...i'm lame. I am also very excited. I swapped out my mt. bike flat pedals over the weekend with my brand NEW Shimano SPD pedals and clipped in for the very 1st time. I was nervous and apprehensive but, I have to say, I love them so far. Price Point was great. they offered the pedals at a great price and they shipped wicked-fast. I can say right now,I'll be using this website a great deal in the future. Cheers- John Kirk Louisville, CO
I've been riding 540s for years. Great engagement, reliable and cheap. Only downside compared to XT or XTR is they weight slightly more.
I've been mountain biking for about 20+ years and up until a few years ago, I was riding flats. I bought these as my first pair of SPD pedals and they have been flawless. They are extremely durable and require practically zero maintenance. I highly recommend these pedals for someone looking to upgrade from flats and increase their speed and efficiency on the bike.