Will my m540 spds ever die? Hurrah for stuff that just works!
I have a pair of shimano m540 spds that have been on my commuter for 5 years. Never greased or attended to other than a qick squirt of gt40 over the surface every now and then and a wipe down with a rag.
Still work as well as new, bearings smooth, clip in and out faultless.
They get an average of 150km a week, i think that is a remarkable feat for something that gets punished as much as a pair of pedals under my bulk!
Hurrah for stuff that just works!
KevPosted 5 years agoAidyMember
I actually do reckon that they stop engaging as well after a while. I’ve got a few sets, newer ones definitely have a more positive click and a bit less rattle between the cleat and pedal than the older ones.
But yeah, never have to touch the bearings. Think some of them have done 20k+ miles.Posted 5 years agobigyinnMember
So true. Got a pair of M540s, M959s and M770s, they just keep going. Unlike CB, my mate has had 2 pairs die in the last 12 months, they weren’t that old either. In fact sundays ride was cut short for him, mostly because the pedal body remained attached to his show, leaving the axle exposed!Posted 5 years agoofficialtobMember
I have no idea which model number I have – however I’ve had some Shimano SPDs on my bike for 10 years. Theyve done MANY 000’s of miles, and had some serious stick. Only attention they’ve had is a quick spray of GT85 every other week, if that!
EDIT: I should add that I also bought them second hand…Posted 5 years agoIamSamSubscriber
Same experiences here. Set of DX Spd’s that must be nearly 6 years old and other than looking shocking and one of the plastic cages having a bit of a wobble they are fine. Also have a set of 520’s that are very nearly 4 years old that again look cack but work fine these are used every day and get next to no attention what so ever.
Shimano pedals are brilliantPosted 5 years agonukeSubscriber
Stick with t he old ones… the new ones are crap
I have to agree. I’ve 520 pedals that haven’t been touched for years and I still have a set of SPDs from when they first came out for MTBs from 20 odd years ago. However, I bought some XT Trail pedals last year and they had lots of play after one ride, they went back and I had a second set which also developed a fair amount of play. Another set of newer ‘standard’ XT SPDs also need more maintenance than expected.Posted 5 years agoNobbySubscriber
My 959s were bought as soon as they were released so must be 10+ years old – they are scraped & battered but work flawlessly despite zero maintenance in that time. The SPD pedals I had prior to that (515s?) ended up on the winter bike & are still working today albeit they now reside in the spares box.
Tried Eggbeaters once – they lasted 4 months before needing a rebuild so got rid.Posted 5 years ago
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