Unless your daily bread depends on your race resume, or you just won the lottery, saving money in areas where it doesn't compromise performance is just a smart choice. The Shimano PD M540 SPD Pedals include many of the same features of the XTR pedals at a fraction of the cost. The open binding of the PD M540 Pedals means you'll never fumble to clip in no matter how tumultuous the terrain. The dual sided design further facilitates entry. Additionally, it allows the pedals to remain mud free for consistent performance. The spindles are durable chromoly and the bearings are sealed to further dependability. The cleat design of the PD M540 recesses the cleat into your shoe so that if your shoes have a tread, the cleat sits flush and makes walking easy. They are ideal for both trail riding and commuting.