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Beware - knockoff item from a 3rd party seller
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 July 2021
Shimano SPD SL cleats are a true and tried piece of cycling equipment, which deserve 5 stars as an item. My recent experience of buying new cleats via Amazon was shocking though, hence a detailed review.
I usually buy new "yellow" cleats every 1-2 years, and a couple of days before the weekend ride I decided it's time to get a new pair. Order via Amazon Prime for the next day delivery, without realizing that it's actually sold by a 3rd part seller.
The item did arrive the next day, and what first alerted me was a very unusual packaging - instead of a standard Shimano package with a log etc, cleats and bolts were just wrapped in a clear plastic bag. Further to that, despite a very similar visual appearance, the item had somewhat of a different feel to the genuine Shimano product. I figured this might be an OEM batch or something, so worth giving it a try anyway. So, on the very first ride, the yellow bit of plastic peeled off from the base. In my 10 years of using such cleats I've never seen that happening - yellow layer may wear off from walking whilst wearing cleats, but it never peels off like this.
I immediately removed the cleats from my cycling shoes, and reported the counterfeit item to Amazon. Cycling with dodgy cleats would be a real threat to health and safety, so I would never recommend using a knockoff product. I suggest that you buy it only from trusted sellers, and Amazon should do more work to prevent the distribution of counterfeit products through its platform