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    Shimano SPD cleat / pedal combo question - will this work?

    Recently purchased a set of Shimano M540 pedals - came with the SH51 cleats which I installed on one (of two) pairs of shoes. Work great (obviously).

    Now looking to put a set of cleats on my smooth soled road shoe - and have come across the SH71 cleat with the pontoon to protect the cleat. I have not been able to find anything saying if they are or are not compatable. So what say you the knowledgable folks of BikeForums.
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    I've never ridden old SPD road cleats or shoes, but my understanding is that the cleats are compatible. Although, back when those were being sold, I worked in the mechanics section of the store, not in the showroom.

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    I've quit using SPD's but when I did I liked the 51's or 55's better than the 71's but they'll work.

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    SM-SH71 with PD-A530 SPD

    There is a cleat pedal interchangability table here on Sheldon Brown (RIP)'s site
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/shimano.html
    also referenced here
    http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-031/index.html
    But it is alas up to date only till 2008.

    I am wondering whether SH-70's will work with the clip/clipless dual sided PD-A530 SPD pedals.
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    The pontoons can be bought separately.

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    5 years, 6 months and 9 days
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ex Pres View Post
    5 years, 6 months and 9 days
    Now thats funny.
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    Pontoons aren't needed to protect the cleat. MTB cleats are pretty robust and stand up to scrambling around on rocks etc.. The pontoons are for making walking easier and to protect floors from the cleats. I use mtb SPD cleats on road shoes that accept two-hole cleats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Pontoons aren't needed to protect the cleat. MTB cleats are pretty robust and stand up to scrambling around on rocks etc.. The pontoons are for making walking easier and to protect floors from the cleats. I use mtb SPD cleats on road shoes that accept two-hole cleats.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al1943 View Post
    I've quit using SPD's but when I did I liked the 51's or 55's better than the 71's but they'll work.

    +1

    (oops that was me!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    The pontoons can be bought separately.
    Yes but they don't work with the SH-5X cleats, only with the road versions like the SH-71

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