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Shimano Clipless Pedals

IDaveIDave Posts: 223
edited May 2014 in MTB buying advice
I'm looking at getting some clipless pedals and it seems like the Shimano M520 is a great entry level choice.

Does anyone know what the difference between the M520 and the M540 is, and if it's worth paying the extra?

I can see from the spec that the M540 is lighter, but anything else?

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-m520-pedals

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-m540-pedals

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  • POAHPOAH Posts: 3,369
    consider the time atac pedals. bit more expensive but have more float and not affect by mud as much as the shimano type
  • crakercraker Posts: 2,060
    I've got a set of each and I'm hard pushed to tell the difference. I expect the bearings are better on the 540s. They're setup differently too, do the 540s have a more positive engagement? (I think they do).

    520s - cheap as chips, perfectly good system IMO.
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    M520s are great, personally I wouldn't consider anything other than shimano as they leave very little to be desired, and most other people run them, which means you can try your mates bikes out etc. without swapping shoes :)
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  • WindyGWindyG Posts: 1,099
    The 540's are lighter but also easier to service no special tools needed just a spanner
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    Oh by the way, I run m530s, and they're awesome. The cage makes finding the pedal when clipping in so much easier.
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  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 4,313
    WindyG wrote:
    The 540's are lighter but also easier to service no special tools needed just a spanner

    Is it actually worth servicing the 520s ? Mine have lasted 5 years year round commuting, plus some muddy XC, with nothing more than dripping lube in.
  • peter413peter413 Posts: 5,120
    Mad_Malx wrote:
    WindyG wrote:
    The 540's are lighter but also easier to service no special tools needed just a spanner

    Is it actually worth servicing the 520s ? Mine have lasted 5 years year round commuting, plus some muddy XC, with nothing more than dripping lube in.

    Depends if they develop movement or are too tight. One of my brand new XT trails had been adjusted too tight so they didn't spin smoothly so I had to service them straight away. It's super easy to do on all the pedals though and the special tool for the cheaper pedals only costs about £2 and is fairly easy to find.

    I'd personally spend the extra because IME the more expensive SPD's have a nicer feeling mechanism.
  • WindyGWindyG Posts: 1,099
    I have 520's on the commuter and 540's on the road and MTB's.
    I've never bothered to service the 520's and they have been through all sorts of censored and have been on all the bikes at some point :-)
    The 540's I got to save a little bit of weight and the ease of servicing as you don't even have to take the pedal off I just leave the spindle on the bike. I havn't really noticed any difference when using them to be honest.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    I have the M520 and M540. I really can't tell the difference. Both are two years old, never had any maintenance and still run smooth.
    I would buy the M520
  • felix.londonfelix.london Posts: 4,067
    ilovedirt wrote:
    Oh by the way, I run m530s, and they're awesome. The cage makes finding the pedal when clipping in so much easier.

    This ^^

    ...but then I went to the dark side and tried CB Mallet 2's and much preferred them - easier to clip in and out (which obviously can be good and bad depending on the situation)

    ...and now after always riding clipped-in in one form or another (yes including toe straps!) I'm on flats and I'm generally enjoying my riding more as a result
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  • 19dm8219dm82 Posts: 70
    Just got some of these free with new bike. Also the cleats and plastic clip in things to make them like a flat peddle. All no good to me as use flat peddles. Put them straight on eBay.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    The clip in things are not to make them into flat pedals, they are so you can have a quick test ride without needing cleats. You can't really ride with them, and most people throw them away.
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  • 19dm8219dm82 Posts: 70
    cooldad wrote:
    The clip in things are not to make them into flat pedals, they are so you can have a quick test ride without needing cleats. You can't really ride with them, and most people throw them away.

    Cheers. Every days a school day.
  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    19dm82 wrote:
    cooldad wrote:
    The clip in things are not to make them into flat pedals, they are so you can have a quick test ride without needing cleats. You can't really ride with them, and most people throw them away.

    Cheers. Every day's a school day.

    FTFY as it's a school day
  • 19dm8219dm82 Posts: 70
    19dm82 wrote:
    cooldad wrote:
    The clip in things are not to make them into flat pedals, they are so you can have a quick test ride without needing cleats. You can't really ride with them, and most people throw them away.

    Cheers. Every day's a school day.

    FTFY as it's a school day

    FTFY?
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Fixed that for you.
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  • I've got both on different bikes. Can't tell the difference performance wise, but the spindle on the m540 is tapered so when you look down it's more visually pleasant.

    Yes, I consider that a quality :wink:
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