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  • Multi-directional release; works with all SPD pedals except PD-M858
  • Worn cleats can lead to poor pedal function, including premature or stubborn release
  • Frequent riders should replace their cleats at least once per year

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Specs

Best Use Cycling
Cleat Design 2-hole
SPD Compatible Yes
Rated 5 out of 5 by from let me bail out in the last panic moment I was new to the cleat shoes and pedal thing. Tried SH-51 that came with the shoe. Crashed during the trial ride with a minor scrape on my leg, because the SH-51 held tight unless you twist your, and I wasn't used to horizontally twisting heel out , especially in a losing balance panic, and tried to pull up my feet instinctually. Crash ensued. Tried this SH-56 afterwards. What a relief, so easy to get out. I have since used SH-56 for many rides. Bailed out several times in a panic. Great for beginning cleating. However, I believe SH-51 is more effective for pedaling because the tight hold. I'm going to try SH-51 again with a new pair of more rigid shoes, hopefully get more performance when going up hilly trails.
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great shimano product See my other shimano cleat review [sh-51] as everything there applies here, this product works well and I have no complaints but I will not use it much, personal decision not based on the product but I only want one direction for release, it is simpler for me. I would recomd that if you purchase these also by the SH-51 and try them both you might find one better suited to your cycling style. They defiantly work as advertised and are a great product. Also you might want one of each on as you could dismount differently depending, cycling is very personal, some people might like these because they have more options for getting out of the peddle. Cheers
Date published: 2008-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Mountain Biking I use these cleats for mountain biking and they work perfectly. After riding for years on flat pedals, I finally decided to go clipless for endurance racing. I was nervous until I discovered these. They are perfect. It is so easy to quickly get a foot on the ground. I like them so much Ive stuck with them for ~6 years now. When I need to put a foot down, I dont think twice about it, it feels like I just lift my foot right off. That said, they still hold perfectly well while pedaling too. I have never had an issue coming unclipped unexpectedly while pedaling (unless the cleats are really worn down.) They are absolutely perfect for beginner mountain bikers learning to ride clipless.
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good option for SPD pedals I used to be an avid cyclist when I was younger but now I am more recreational rider. I recently switched from my old toe clips to the SPD pedals. The cleats that came with my shoes were OK but I wanted to be able to get out more quickly and reliably, so I bought the multiple release cleats (SH-56). I went out with one shoe with the original (SH-51) cleats and the other with the new multiple release (56). After trying one foot then another the difference didn't seem so great. However, when I tried both feet at once (as in an emergency), the multiple release came out every time and the original cleats did not. I definitely will stick to the new multiple release cleats.
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Cleats- A must try I bought these cleats to replace the black cleats since I had lost a screw. (the screws are interchangeable but i figured I would try something different). The multi-directional are way better than the black single direction release. The still hold well and i have yet to pop out but the release is so much easier. After a 30 mile ride twisting out many times at lights and street crossings with the single direction cleats my knees actually felt funny because of the long twist, not with the multi-directional. Also the clip out is quicker especially in emergency stops. TRY THEM.
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and Easy The cleats were suggested to me by a REI employee. I am a novice bicycle rider but enjoy spinning classes. The cleats were easy to attach to my shoes and are easy to clamp into the pedals. Being cleated in has added an additional level of training for my calves and legs.
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thanks for the Years of performance The clips out lasted my last pair of riding shoes. I bought the new pair just because, the old ones were fine at "15 YEARS OLD". My Shimano pedals are the same age and the new clips just slid right in with no problems. Loved the connectivity over the years with the Shimano produces.
Date published: 2013-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Highly Recommended! I love to ride, but because I'm mostly on the streets, was not sure about using the cleats, although I knew they are the best and most effecient way to ride. Tried the standard, horizontal-release cleats, was discouraged by the rigidity of release, went back to regular pedals (which I didn't like either). So when the[...] showed me these, jumped at the chance. LOVE THEM. Without any loss of holding onto the pedal, I'm still able to quickly release since I have some ability to lift my heal when turning my foot out. All the difference in the world! Everyone told me about the crashes I would have to do, but has not happened with these. I've had to do some emergency releases while on the road (as can be expected) with no problems and no crashes. A big plus while riding on the streets of L.A.!
Date published: 2008-08-08
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I've lost a bolt from my cleat. Does REI.com have replacement bolts available? If not, what are the specs for that bolt, so I can find it elsewhere?

Asked by: DeanDail
We unfortunately do not have spare screws for SPD Cleats. We would recommend taking the cleats to one of bike shops to see what can be done. http://www.rei.com/map/store
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

I have a loud click that occurs once a revolution on one side of my recently purchased Shimano pedals and cleats. The pedals appear fine. Could the cleat be out of spec and causing this metallic click? How would I know if the cleats were at fault?

Asked by: Dennis2
Clicking coming from your cleats could be caused by a few different things. Typically this happens after extended use and wear. Since your cleats are recently purchased it may also be due to a loose bolt. Check your cleats and bolts to make sure they are free from obstructions and firmly bolted in. The best way to determine what is going on is to take your shoes and bike to an REI store with a bike department or any local bike shop if there is not an REI near you. Here's a link to our store finder; http://www.rei.com/map/store
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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