Speedplay's Zero Stainless are superb pedals for road cycling thanks to their light weight, cornering clearance, adjustability and easy entry and exit. This means you'll be the first going out of stop signs and start lines and be able to dive into the deepest corners. The Zeros let you choose a fixed cleat position or up to 15-degrees of unimpeded float, and independently adjust the lateral and fore/aft positioning. Plus, these pedals are exceptionally light, making them a great choice for your prized road rocket. They boast needle and cartridge bearings for smooth rotation and a cleat-based engagement mechanism that ensures you won’t clip out when going hard.
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Speedplay gives me one advantage that no other pedal system can...CORNER. Im a crit racer and this pedal system gives me the ability to take a faster tighter line than any other system available. That means real speed and performance when it counts. It is also extremely easy to enter and exit. Since you can clip in to both sides you dont ever get stuck trying to clip into your pedal. This is ideal for those up-hill stop lights that seem to be everywhere. Instead of looking down at your feet to clip in, the process is literally a natural step in motion.
I've tried a whole bunch of different pedals and never found a pair I completely liked until these. Others I've tried are Time, Campy, Shimano SPD, and Eggbeater.The Speedplays are unique in that they have simply switched roles of pedal and cleat. What would normally be considered the pedal is attached to the shoe. The simple cleat mechanism is attached to the pedal. The advantage of this is that it allows the pedals to be much more firmly attached to the shoe sole, spreading the contact and load area much wider than the typical three-point systems for other pedals.Secondly, Speedplay have separated the adjustment axes so that X, Y and theta (rotational) adjustments are made independently of one another. With most rival systems, X and Y positioning is a cumbersome and inaccurate adjustment whereby all the locking screws have to be loosened and the cleat carefully wiggled to what one thinks is the correct position in one direction while trying to keep the cleat in the same position for another. With Zeros, any changes can be carefully controlled to a level of precision that is difficult with other methods. On other systems, theta is either controlled by the locking tension, or incorporated into the X,Y adjustment, making it even trickier. On Zeros the theta adjustment is controlled by two small screws on the cleat body that precisely limits the amount of yaw clockwise or anticlockwise from a center-point (up to 15 degrees).The locking mechanism is positive, but takes a little getting used to, since it is a sort of twisting-in action to engage the cleat. Once locked, I've never had a cleat spring free under load. So far I've ridden 10,000 miles on the same pedals and cleats. The cleat bases are now well worn, but the locking mechanism is as positive as ever.The one drawback I've experienced is that, because the cleats contain the locking mechanism, they are prone to collecting dirt or mud when not on the bike. This can sometimes interfere with the engagement when you get back on the bike. I invested in a pair of rubber cafe covers, which I recommend that you use diligently when getting off the bike. I also got into the habit of tapping the base of each cleat on the road just before getting on the bike (a sort of double-tap dance with each foot). It's been several months since I had any issues engaging the cleats using this method.I can ride in these pedals all day (7-8 hr rides) without any pressure points developing, which is a first for me. I've had them just over 10 months and covered around 10,000 miles on them with no issues at all. Dialing in the pedals to your particular preference is easy and can be incremented over several rides to find a best fit. For me, they're the best pedals on the market.One issue I've recently encountered building up a new bike appears to be availability. Speedplay markets various colors for the Zero stainless. [...]