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I just switched to these pedals from my old hand-me-down pair because I wanted a pair with 'float'. These are great! They were easy to transition to, and the pedals are large enough that I can use them with my street shoes.
My first road bike pedals. I have SPDs on my other bike but these work well and are easy to clip in and out of. I'm just getting back into riding again, not sure if I'd appreciate the lighter versions. Maybe I'll get the lighter versions for my next road bike.
I wanted to have the same pedals on my back-up bike as I have on my main bike, which has Shimano SPD Ultegras. I bought these because they're less expensive than the Ultegras. They seem to be of the same quality, and work well with the shoes I use on both bikes. If they're heavier, it's of no concern to me. The important thing is their quality, which seems to be what I'd expect from Shimano and WBW.
These are great pedals for the price. Bearings run nice and smooth, easy clip in and out, far range of adjustment for cleat tension, cleats last a long time. I have two bikes and have Look pedals on one of them. I wanted to change over to Shimano for both so I could use my newer shoes for both bikes. I have Shimano 105 5700's on the other bike. Can't tell a difference. The R540's have a rubber cleat plate vs a stainless steel for the 5700. Both are wide with a low platform. To top if off I got it at a low price with a price match. I really can't say anything negative about these pedals. Great product for the price.
I bought these for my indoor bike, so they don't see see the same miles and abuse as my Ultegra R8000s, but overall feel is identical. Clipping in and riding, I can't distinguish the two. Plus since they come with the yellow cleats, which I needed anyway, it makes them an even better value. One thing I might note is the bearings don't have the smooth, fresh-grease feel that my Ultegras have. I don't feel it while pedaling, just when I rotate them by hand. If you're someone who puts many thousands of miles on pedals, then maybe it will make a difference, who knows. Overall solid purchase, and considering the price, maybe I'll get these for my road bike if my Ultegras ever die.
I have about 1k miles on pedals and no problems. The yellow cleats i did not like as much, found it hard to release from pedal. The blue cleats work better for me but had to buy separately.
The pedal is marketed towards 'amateur cyclist'. This is a bit misleading. The design, construction and weight (315gpair) are almost identical an older model Ultegra, which these were bought to replace. Recommended. Put the money saved towards a good pair of cycling shoes.
As with the shoes this is the first time I have used this type of pedal. At times I have issues trying to clip in but I think I'm just overthinking the process and I know after a few more rides clipping in will become more natural.
Once clipped in the pedals keep me locked in with just enough float to keep up a steady cadence. I will keep this setup for a year or so and then look into upgrading.
For the money you can't find a better road pedal. I have a couple of pairs of Look Keo pedals, (uncluding the new Keo 2 blade). I prefer the Shimano pedals as they have a wider cleat platform , easier to clip in, and the cleats last forever (compared to the Keo's). I think Shimano uses the same bearings for all their road pedals, only difference is the pedal body, these are alluminum. The only problem I have encountered with the Shimano pedals is if you are constantly messing with the tension release, afer a period of time, you stop getting that positive clicking sound letting you know that you have advanced to the next higher or lower setting. I set mine in the middle range and don't fiddle with it. Why spend close to or over a hundred dollars when these will do the job for a fantastic price?