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General Safety Information
Pay attention to
the mark
R: right pedal
L : left pedal
Releasing the cleats from the pedals
Cleat types and using the pedals
WARNING
The method of release varies according to the type of cleats you are using.
(Check the model number and color of your cleats to determine the proper method of release.)
– To avoid serious injuries:
WARNING
● SPD pedals are designed so that you release them only when you
intend to release. They are not designed to release automatically at
times such as when falling off the bicycle.
This is a safety measure to prevent you from losing balance and
falling off the bicycle as a result of your feet becoming accidentally
released from the pedals.
Do not use the pedals and cleats in any way other than
as described in these Service Instructions. The cleats are
designed to engage and release from the pedals when
the cleats and pedals are facing forward.
See below for instructions on how to install the cleats.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY
RESULT IN SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY.
● Use only SPD shoes with this product. Other types of shoes may
not release from the pedals, or may release unexpectedly.
● Use only Shimano cleats (SM-SH51/SM-SH56) and tighten the
mounting bolts securely to the shoes.
Single release mode cleats (SM-SH51) and multiple
release mode cleats (SM-SH56) are available for use with
these pedals.
Each type of cleat has its own distinctive features, so
be sure to read the Service Instructions carefully and
select whichever type of cleat best suits your riding
style and the terrain and riding conditions which you will
encounter.
Other types of cleats such as single release mode cleats
(SM-SH52) and multiple release mode cleats (SM-SH55)
cannot be used, as they do not provide stable enough
step-out performance or sufficient holding force.
● Before attempting to ride with these pedals and shoes, make
sure you understand the operation of the engagement/release
mechanism for the pedals and cleats (shoes).
● Before you attempt to ride with these pedals and shoes, apply the
brakes, then place one foot on the ground and practice engaging
and releasing each shoe from its pedal until you can do so naturally
and with minimal effort.
● Ride on level ground first until you become adept at engaging and
releasing your shoes from the pedals.
● Before riding, adjust the spring tension of the pedals to your liking.
● When riding at low speed or when there is a possibility that you
might need to stop riding, (for example, when doing a U-turn,
nearing an intersection, riding uphill or turning a blind curve),
release your shoes from the pedal beforehand so that you can
quickly put your feet onto the ground at any time.
Engaging the cleats with the pedals
● Single release mode cleats:
SM-SH51 (black)
● Multiple release mode cleats:
SM-SH56 (silver, gold / Optional accessory)
These cleats only release when the heel is twisted outward.
They will not release if the heel is twisted in any other direction.
The cleats can be released by twisting in any direction.
You are able to apply upward force to the pedal, since they will not
release unless the foot is twisted outward.
Because the cleats can also be released by lifting your heel, they may
become accidentally released when applying upward force on the
pedals.
These cleats should not be used for riding style which may involve
pulling up on the pedals or for activities, such as jumping, in which
pulling forces are applied to the pedals causing possible release from
the pedals.
Although the cleats can be released by twisting your heels in any
direction or by lifting, they will not necessarily release if you lose your
balance.
Accordingly, for places and conditions where it looks as though you
may lose balance, make sure that you have sufficient time to release
the cleats beforehand.
When you are pedaling vigorously, your heel may inadvertently twist
outward and this may cause the cleat to release accidentally. If the
cleat releases by accident, you may fall off the bicycle and serious
injury may result.
You can help to prevent this by adjusting the amount of force
required to release the cleats, and you should practice until you are
accustomed to the amount of force and the angle required to release
the cleats.
If the cleats release by accident, you may fall off the bicycle and
serious injury may result.
If the features of multiple release mode cleats are not sufficiently
understood and if they are not used correctly, then they may release
accidentally with a greater frequency than for single release mode
cleats.
You can help to prevent this by adjusting the amount of force required
to release the cleats in any direction, and you should practice until
you are accustomed to the amount of force and the angle required to
release.
Press the cleats into the pedals with a forward and downward motion.
Single release mode
Multiple release mode
● Keep cleats and bindings clear of dirt and debris to ensure
engagement and release.
Release the cleats from the pedals by
twisting your heels outward.
Release the cleats from the pedals by
twisting your heels in any direction.
● Remember to check the cleats periodically for wear. When the
cleats are worn, replace them.
Always check the spring tension after replacing the pedal cleats
and before riding. If you do not maintain both your shoes and
cleats in good condition, release and engagement to the pedals
could become unpredictable or difficult, which could result in
severe injury.
SI-41R0G-003
● Obtain and read the service instructions carefully prior to installing
the parts. Loose, worn, or damaged parts may cause serious injury
to the rider.
We strongly recommend only using genuine Shimano replacement
parts.
PD-M970
PD-M770
● If you have any questions concerning your pedals, contact a
professional dealer.
● BE SURE TO READ AND FOLLOW THE ABOVE WARNINGS
CAREFULLY.
● If the warnings are not followed, your shoes may not come
out of the pedals when you intend or they may come out
unexpectedly or accidentally, and severe injury may result.
PD-M540
PD-M530
PD-M520
It is necessary to practice releasing
until you become accustomed to the
technique.
In multiple release mode, it is
necessary to practice releasing
until you become accustomed
to the technique. Releasing
by lifting your heel requires
particular practice.
the bottom of the shoe, position a cleat and then a cleat adapter
3. From
over the cleat holes. The cleats are compatible with both left and right
A 6 mm Allen key cannot provide a sufficient tightening torque.
Always be sure to use a 15 mm spanner.
Adjusting the spring tension of the binding
The spring force is adjusted by means of adjustment bolts. The adjustment
bolts are located behind each of the bindings, and there are two
adjustment bolts on each pedal. Equalize the tensions by referring to the
adjustment plates and by counting the number of turns of the adjustment
bolts. The spring tension can be adjusted in four steps for each turn of the
adjustment bolt.
Adjustment bolt
Adjustment plate
Decrease
Increase
PD-M970: 2.5 mm Allen key
PD-M770/PD-M540/PD-M530/PD-M520: 3 mm Allen key
Strongest position
Waterproof seal
Note:
Waterproof seal
The waterproof seal is supplied
with Shimano shoes which
require this step to be carried out.
Adjustment plate
4 mm Allen key
Technical Service Instructions
Sockliner
Note:
Cleat
Attaching the cleats
a pair of pliers or a similar tool, pull off the rubber cover to
1. With
expose the cleat mounting holes.
Front
This step may not be necessary
depending on the type of shoes.
Position the triangular
portion of the cleat toward
the front of the shoe.
Rubber cover for
cleat mounting holes
● In addition, if pedaling performance does not feel normal, check
this once more.
SPD shoe
● As an optional reflector set, SM-PD22 (exclusively for PD-M970/PDM770/PD-M540/PD-M520) and SM-PD60 (exclusively for PD-M530)
are available. Please contact a professional dealer for details.
2.
Adjusting the cleat position
Remove the sockliner and position a cleat nut over the oval holes.
Note:
This step may not be necessary
depending on the type of shoes.
If the adjustment plate is at the strongest or the weakest position,
do not turn the adjustment bolt any further.
Cleat mounting bolts
Cleat adapter
● Before riding the bicycle, check that there is no play or looseness
in the connection. Also, be sure to retighten the crank arms and
pedals at periodic intervals.
Weakest position
Adjustment bolt
Remove the sockliner and attach the waterproof seal.
Provisional tightening torque
for cleat mounting bolts:
2.5 N·m {22 in. lbs.}
SPD Pedals
NOTE:
● For maximum performance we highly recommend Shimano
lubricants and maintenance products.
Note:
Note:
Adjustment bolt
pedals. Provisionally tighten the cleat mounting bolts.
Note:
● Parts are not guaranteed against natural wear or deterioration
resulting from normal use.
Note:
Tightening torque:
35 - 55 N·m {305 - 479 in. lbs.}
When the adjustment bolt is turned clockwise, the spring tension
increases, and when it is turned counterclockwise, the spring tension
decreases.
● Be sure to attach reflectors to the bicycle when riding at night.
Do not continue riding the bicycle if the reflectors are dirty or
damaged, otherwise it becomes more difficult for oncoming
vehicles to see you.
● Read these Technical Service Instructions carefully, and keep them
in a safe place for later reference.
15 mm spanner
The cleats will not necessarily release if you lose your balance.
Accordingly, for places and conditions where it looks as though you
may lose balance, make sure that you have sufficient time to release
the cleats beforehand.
● Use a lighter spring tension for attaching the pedal cleats when
riding in adverse conditions.
PD-M530
PD-M520
cleat has an adjustment range of 20 mm front to
1. The
back and 5 mm right to left.
After provisionally tightening the cleat, practice
engaging and releasing, one shoe at a time.
Readjust to determine the best cleat position.
Cleat nut
Sockliner
you have determined the best cleat position,
2. After
firmly tighten the cleat mounting bolts with a 4 mm
Allen key.
Tightening torque:
5 - 6 N·m {44 - 52 in. lbs.}
Mounting the pedals on the crank arms
Use an 8 mm Allen key (for PD-M970/PD-M770/PD-M540 pedals) or a 15
mm spanner (for PD-M530/PD-M520 pedals) to mount the pedals on the
crank arms.
The right pedal has a right-hand thread; the left pedal has a left-hand
thread.
PD-M970
PD-M770
PD-M540
8 mm Allen key
Tightening torque:
35 - 55 N·m {305 - 479 in. lbs.}
● In order to prevent accidental release from occurring, make sure
all the spring tensions are properly adjusted.
● The spring tensions should be adjusted equally on both sides
of each pedal and for both right and left pedals. If they are not
adjusted equally, it can cause the rider diffi culty to engage or
release from the pedals.
Cleat replacement
Cleats wear out over time and should be replaced periodically. Cleats
should be replaced when it becomes diffi cult to release, or it starts to
release with much less effort than the when it was in new condition.
Maintenance of the axle units
If you experience any trouble with the rotating parts of the pedal, the
pedal may require adjustment. Obtain advice from a professional dealer.
* Service Instructions in further languages are available at :
http://techdocs.shimano.com
Please note: Specifications are subject to change for improvement without
notice. (English)
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