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I ride mostly trails and am going to give clipless a try. I'm not super aggressive but hope it will improve my riding. I'm also looking forward to giving my poor shredded shins a break. Is there much of a difference between the Shimano 520 & 540s other than weight? I've heard good things about both for starting out. Wondering if it's worth an extra $40 (CDN) for the 540s.
 

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just wanted to let you know that my SO has been running the 540's and having problems with the springs coming off. It's happened several times now and it's a pain to fix, although we've been able to disassemble them on the trail and fix them. This also just happened to a friend of mine with his 959's recently.

Anybody else have this problem?
She's had it with these pedals now and is back on her old 747's.

She's also researched it a bit and it sounded like people were having better luck with the 520's. Hopefully she join in here with her comments.
 

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airwreck said:
just wanted to let you know that my SO has been running the 540's and having problems with the springs coming off. It's happened several times now and it's a pain to fix, although we've been able to disassemble them on the trail and fix them. This also just happened to a friend of mine with his 959's recently.

Anybody else have this problem?
She's had it with these pedals now and is back on her old 747's.

She's also researched it a bit and it sounded like people were having better luck with the 520's. Hopefully she join in here with her comments.
I've been running 540s for about a year. I have the tension adjusted pretty tight and have had no problems at all. I really like 'em and, for me, see no reason to try any other pedals.

Dean
 

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I like the 540s.

never tried the 520 but they look almost identical apart from the spidle seal area.

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I ride mostly trails and am going to give clipless a try. I'm not super aggressive but hope it will improve my riding. I'm also looking forward to giving my poor shredded shins a break. Is there much of a difference between the Shimano 520 & 540s other than weight? I've heard good things about both for starting out. Wondering if it's worth an extra $40 (CDN) for the 540s.
 

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The 520s are wonderful except that the chrome finish began flaking within the first few months. I don't know if that was particular to mine or is widespread, but Shimano warrantied them.

In the mean time, I switched back to their old 535 design. The old design matches the 520 in engagement and release, has poorer mud clearance, but a more durable finish.
 
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