The Shimano PD-R540 cycling pedal is a perfect example of how a giant player in the bike industry are able to offer lower end products at an affordable price to the public.
Using original versions of their higher end products and tinkering with the designs, Shimano have been able to produce a pedal which looks great, works great and goes easy on the hip pocket.
Selling for around about $70 the only real differences in the PD-R540 and Shimano’s high-end Dura-Ace model is a less advanced bearing system, a steel axle and a heavier weight.
Apart from that, they pretty much maintain all the other quality features such as a wider platform, an audible, easy to use click-in, click-out system and the smooth ride that comes with most Shimano products.
# Wide pedal platform for foot-pedal stability
# Low maintenance sealed cartridge axle unit
# Large binding target for quick engagement
# Adjustable cleat tension with indicators