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Vintage Components - Shimano pedals

On this page: Shimano SPD-SL R540 pedals | Shimano Deore AX pedals | SPD-compatible pedals

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Shimano SPD-SL R540 pedals. Used, $50.00

  • These pedals used the Shimano SP-SL cleat, which look a lot like the Look Delta cleat, but it is NOT interchangeable with Look.
  • The pedal body is aluminum and the axle is chromoly steel.
  • Cleat release tension is adjustable
  • Cleats not included

Shimano said this about these pedals: "Bring race-proven performance home with the Shimano PD-R540 pedal. Featuring the same stable cleat platform, low stack height, and cornering clearance that you'll find on the Dura Ace and Ultegra pedals from Shimano, the PD-R540 offers high end performance at a reasonable price.

"The Shimano R540 SPD-SL feature design proves in Pro Tour racing as well for the daily commuter. The extra-wide platforms, wide bearing placements, adjustable entry bindings and low profile designs transfers your power directly to the pedals.

"Connecting to your bike like never before with the SPD-SL interface. SPD-SL pedals guarantee a reliable and efficient connection between you and the bike. A wide platform offers maximum power transfer and comfort.

"The adjustable tension design is there for the rider's comfort of clipping in and out of the pedal with complete confidence and ease. Release is as simple and straightforward as always, just twist in or out, and the tension adjustment offers an impressively broad range."

Shimano SPD SL pedals

Shimano Deore AX (Dyna-Drive) pedals. used $90.00

Part# PD-70

During the 1980s Shimano was a fearless innovator and marketer. The company was devoted to increasing rider efficiency and stability. One results was the AX component series. The pedals had a very short axle. That change allowed Shimano to lower the pedal platform. The rider could then use a smaller frame and have a lower profile. He was more stable and enjoyed lower wind resistance.

The pedals used a big 1" x 24 tpi axle and required a special crankset that accepted the larger diameter pedal axle. The market did not embrace this innovation and Shimano discontinued the design around 1983.

The Deore group was made 1980-1983 and was specifically designed for touring.

Shimano Deore AX pedals

Top view. The right pedal does not have a reflector.

Shimano Deore AX pedals

Bottom view

Left pedal

The left pedal does not have its outboard bearing seal.

SPD-compatible pedals. Used, $30.00

  • These will get you on the road without breaking the bank.
  • Cleats not included.
  • Chromoly spindle
  • Cleat tension adjustment on back of pedal
  • We don't know who made these, but since they are SPD compatible, the Shimano pedal page seemed the right home for them.

SPD pedals