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Item # SPP0024

Description

The Chrome-Moly spindles on Speedplay's entry-level set of Zero pedals makes them the most affordable in the Zero family. They only cause them to weigh 4g more than the Zero stainless, though. 210g/pr. You can choose either a fixed position or up to 15 degrees of float. Zero pedals maintain the traditional feel of a fixed system while incorporating all the well-known advantages of Speedplay X Pedal Systems. Dual-sided Zero pedals offer light weight, easy engagement and disengagement, a low 11.5mm stack height and superior cornering clearance. The engagement mechanism does not rely on spring tension for retention, so you don't have to crank down a tension adjuster just to prevent inadvertent release. Best of all, you can choose either a fixed position or a microadjustable 15 degrees of float. Comes with cleats (and mounting hardware) compatible with virtually every road shoe in the marketplace.

Please Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, we are unable to ship Speedplay products outside the United States.

Tech Specs

Float:
free
Pedal Wrench Type:
15 mm
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Actual Weight:
Black/Silver, One Size: 221g

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Impeccable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding Look, Shimano, and Time pedals for the last 6ish years and had been entirely happy with what I had, forgetting the experience of riding with Speedplay.

Inevitably all of the other pedal systems have some caveat that convinced me to turn to another product; with Speedplay, I have never come across any issues, other than being paid to ride something else!

My favorite aspect of Speedplay Zero's is the incredible amount of adjust-ability they offer, which helps to dial in the fit of even the most cantankerous lower extremities.

They also provide an extremely secure and reliable engagement; which is very easy to notice under high load as the cleat and pedal system do not move at all against each other (at least not in a direction they are not supposed to!).

Other manufacturers are coming up with pedal systems of similar weight, but when it comes down to it, Speedplay is still the only one that has done so while maintaining a nearly perfect pedal system, that leaves this rider with zero complaints.


Bradley Gehrig
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Avg. ride time: 15h 16m per week
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solid design, not great durability

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Good pedal but not great. I've had problems with bearing longevity and durability of the pedal. I've also broken several cleat plates. I like the float but I'll stick with shimano

Avg. ride time: 10h 36m per week
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Can't imagine a better pedal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Speedplay X is a wonderful pedal, but the Zero is a step above. You get the same quick engagement of the cleat to the pedal, but you also can now control the float and the cleat is much more durable and less prone to breaking, wearing, and failing.

I appreciated the controlled float because my left knee has a tendency to flick out and my shoes frequently rubbed the crankarm when I had unrestricted float, but with an easy adjustment that stopped happening. Plus I got less wasted foot movement while sprinting or doing high-wattage efforts. I also haven't had a cleat failure yet, unlike my experience with the X pedals.

The only issue I've had with them are fairly minor. First, the cleat requires a bit of a break-in period. Once the cleat is worn, engaging the pedal is really easy. Unless fouled with dirt, where it becomes a different matter. Second, the float adjustment screws strip really easily. I can't do any more adjusting unless I buy new cleats.

But all in all these are small things. The pedals work and give me exactly the float that I need. If you race, the Zeros should get your first look.

Avg. ride time: 58m per week
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I like 'em

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm getting back into road cycling after many years off, and when I recently purchased a new bike a friend of mine that uses Speedplay pedals recommended I try them. My experience with clipless pedals years ago was Shimanos, so I was pretty comfortable with the SPD-SL style of clipping in. That said, I have found the Speedplays to be really easy to get used to, and I can almost always clip into them on the first crank away from a signal without looking. The ability to precisely adjust the float range is quite useful, especially being able to have a different limit for in/out float range. Good stuff. Now I know why most people that try them don't go back to SPD-SLs.

Avg. ride time: 4h 46m per week
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Speedy and Easy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The SPD pedals that came with my first bike were so hard to clip into. Even after my first 500mi on the bike I found I had trouble clipping in on hills and under stress. The speedplay pedals were a breath of fresh air! The double sided nature means no more missed clipping and then looking down to see the pedal upside down. The extra movement is a real bonus for novices as we dial in our form. I loved them so much I bought q set of light action speedplay pedals for my wife.

STILL my favorite pedals

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've probably owned 5 sets of these now through different bikes I've had. I have gone over and tested the other major brands but still can't ride anything else. so easy to get in and out, but have never snapped out inadvertently. super light.

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Avg. ride time: 3h 15m per week
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Do these come with the new walkable cleats?
Speedplay's website says "Zero Pedal Systems are available ... in select colors with Zero Aero Walkable™ Cleats."

Solid, as you'd expect from Speedplay

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I replaced a very old pair of Speedplay X5s with these. Essentially, everything is the same. They perform perfectly.

A side note. When I installed the new cleats on my shoes, first I reused the plate from my old X5s. Second, I tightened the (4) screws into the cleats way too tight. Both BAD ideas!

It was all I could do to stand my full body weight on the pedals and stamp down to get clipped in. Then, the cleats creaked and groaned with every pedal stroke. I thought I was going out of my mind. Finally, I actually read the instructions, which said never combine parts from older and newer pedals and cleats, and also gave an insanely low torque value for the cleat screws. Once I remedied those two issues, they work flawlessly.

Returning For Ultegra SPD's!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I pretty much have the same experience and LEEKYREEF. I am not new to clipless pedals but I feel like a newbie with these. They are amazingly slick, I think I am centered and ready to lock in when I pedal, only to have my leg fly off the pedal in the middle of an intersection! I have almost fallen 3 times unable to clip out. I have adjusted the float to about 4* on each pedal. I have lubed them from the start. I almost got hit Monday because my foot slipped off instead of clipping in! Returning for SPD's!

The problem for most people is that they Speedily clip in action is different than SPD's, the action is in fact much easier and but people use improper form. The speed plays use a stepping down motion, not a toe down and then heal down motion like SPD's. Also speed plays are tight when you first get them and really don't loosen up for 300-500 miles, after that they are the easiest pedal system to get into. In fact i can say for sure i have 3 race wins because of the ability to quickly clip in without looking every single time. In summary lube the pedals at the beginning, give them some break in grace time, and step down with a flat foot.

Disappointed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these pedals for 9 months and set them up for minimum float as I don't have any knee issue. I tried them out because of the two sided entry. From the get go, they have always been difficult to clip into requiring considerable force compared to other pedals. They are high maintenance and require regular lubes with Teflon based lubricant every 2-3 rides. Not to mention yearly lube of bearings with special propriety lube gun. However, they are light and I like the two sided entry, but I feel the cons outweigh the pros.

The pedals do not require a special lube gun, i got the exact same grease gun for 5 dollars online and the lube for 3 dollars at the auto parts store. I ride 12,000-14,000 miles a year and mostly on my speedplays, i grease them three times, it takes 5 minutes. I never lube the outside of the pedal unless they are new and need that extra help. If they are not loose after 9 months you are not riding enough :)

Avg. ride time: 1m per week
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Float saved my knees

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had knee problems in the past and the float on this cleat/pedal system saved me. After using these for over a year now, the best advice I can give to anyone deciding to use these is to remember to lube and grease these bad boys.

Avg. ride time: 32m per week
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The best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these pedals. Clip-less is the way to go.

Avg. ride time: 5m per week
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Best cleats/pedals ever!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love speed play, the ability to have a two sided pedal that I can clip on and off, of is so crucial. Being a rider that's learning my style, ability, and system these were honestly one of the best investments I've ever put on my bike

I did not realize how much I disliked X

    Before I switched to Speedplay Zero.



    With the X pedals, the skating / free-floating feeling, especially during low cadence, standing, has annoyed me from day one, but I kind of ignored it since I really like the dual-sided easy entry, and I wanted to believe I had bought the right pedals. The Speedplay web site and other bicyclists also say you get used to it quickly. I never did.



    Now with a new mountain bike and Ritchey SPD pedals, with a fairly narrow float, I finally realized it was time to make a change on my road bike. So I replaced the X5's with Chromoly Zero's, soon to have titanium spindles.



    I love the micro-adjustable float on my new Zero's. I have dialed it in just to my liking, narrower than I thought I would. I can stand and pedal with more confidence and power, and during lower cadence uphill riding, I like to be able to put a mild outwards pressure towards to outer dialed in float limit. Perhaps it's just my imagination, but I feel it gives me more power and easier pedaling.



    Anyway, just wanted to share, and did not mean to rant on the X pedals. The X's were great in that they made me realize that free floating is not for me. I know the the unrestricted free float is exactly what other bicyclists and their knees prefer.



    The Zero's are a little harder to get into, but that part I have gotten used to - just the right amount of centered pressure and they click right in.

    These are definitely not for novices

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I found these to be extremely difficult to clip into. No trouble getting out. I rode with them several times and really tried to make them work. I ride a steep grade a lot and not being able to clip in was extremely frustrating. I went to a local bike shop to try to get some help. They immediately said that these are more for racers or very experienced riders. They fit me with speedplay light action pedals and I was instantly relieved because I can go ride without the stress of not knowing if I can get into the pedals or not. I'm sorry I didn't know in the first place I would have purchased them from competitive cyclist as I spend a lot of money with you. At that point I was feeling desperate for a fix.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 2m per week
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    Love Speedplay!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have a set of these that I like so much, I moved them from a car-hit, dead bike to the new, insurance-paid-for Cervelo S5 VWD. The only complaint I have is the shafts get beat up, and need to have traces of rust scrubbed off. This after probably 10K miles.



    I have been pleasantly surprised at how durable the shoe cleats are. Still on the originals, after all these miles, and all the walking on them that implies. The shoe cleats do benefit from periodic cleaning and lubing. Clipping in and clipping out is oh, so much easier after I lube them. I use the same dry Rock N Roll Absolute Dry lube I use on my chain.