Shimano PD-R550 Pedals -> Anyone use them?

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Shimano PD-R550 Pedals -> Anyone use them?

Postby ozdavo » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:26 pm

Seem to be a budget Resin (carbon?) bodied pedal, similiar to 105 & Ultegra Carbon variants.
Can't find any review on them, but appear to be easily available locally (Cell/99/Pushys/etc)
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Found this good comparison shot... looks alot like the 105 Carbon!
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Re: Shimano PD-R550 Pedals -> Anyone use them?

Postby higdawg » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:35 pm

I've had the R540 on my bike for nearly a year and I have had no dramas given they are mostly plastic. I would guess the 550 would be a bit better.
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Re: Shimano PD-R550 Pedals -> Anyone use them?

Postby ozdavo » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:02 pm

I have used the R540, & currently run 105 5700, which are much better due to the wider platform. The R550's seem to have the wider platform in a lighter package at a similiar price to the 105's.
I don't know if these are a new model, but was hoping to hear 1st hand accounts.


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Re: Shimano PD-R550 Pedals -> Anyone use them?

Postby macca33 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:23 pm

It looks very similar to the 105 carbon pedal, apart from the spindle used - that may be the only difference between the pair.

FWIW - 105 5700 pedals are going VERY cheap at present - $40-45 at any of the online outlets.

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Re: Shimano PD-R550 Pedals -> Anyone use them?

Postby warthog1 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:32 pm

I'm just wondering how well they will fare as far as wear goes where the cleat hooks in at the front of the pedal?
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Re: Shimano PD-R550 Pedals -> Anyone use them?

Postby danny the boy » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:53 am

Looks like their part of the new range. I have the Ultegra in carbon, bought from o/s for around $120-130 about 18 months ago, plus 105's in metal on another bike and had 540's on that prior to 105's.
From what I can see the 105's and 540 have the same spindle as what these have which needs a special plastic bit to take them apart. I bought one a while back for loose change and I still couldn't get them apart. The Ultegra carbon (and from that image the 105 carbon) on the other hand can be undone with shifter and easily cleaned and re-greased. As far as use, cleats don't slip into the pedals as easy on the carbon one's but they are easier to disengage IMO, not a huge difference though. Other than weight I'm not convinced there is big advantage in carbon V metal pedals.
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