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The new Speedplay SYZR Pedal System brings Speedplay’s race-proven technology to mountain bike pedals. The SYZR SS spindle is manufactured in the USA from US-sourced stainless steel for headache-free durability and corrosion-free longevity. In addition to its meticulous construction (which, to be fair, we expect from Speedplay), the SYZR was tested by Ted King, a self-proclaimed lifelong Speedplay devotee, who rode them to victory across 200 miles of competitive gravel racing in Kansas.

The big story with the SYZR is its Direct Drive power transfer. The SYZR transfers power more efficiently than other clipless systems because your power is driven directly through the cleats, not through the soft, rubber lugs on the sole of the shoe. This means that all of your power is transferred to the drivetrain, and that adds up after miles in the saddle.

The SYZR also boasts a micro-adjustable, friction-free float system with a full 10 degrees of adjustability. This gives you a custom pedal feel, catered perfectly to your style and knee-friendly pedal preference. Proprietary ceramic rollers replace the metal-on-metal engagement of other systems for friction-free release and increased durability. Speedplay also designed the SYZR with funnel guides that make entry easier.

Of course, the SYZR is incredibly lightweight. Each SYZR SS weighs just 156 grams, for a complete pedal system that tips the scales at barely over 11 ounces.

Tech Specs

[spindle] stainless steel
0 - 10 deg
Compatible Components:
SPD 2-hole
Actual Weight:
Black/Silver, One Size: 308g
Recommended Use:
mountain bike, cyclocross, gravel, cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this pedal because it gives me so much adjustability. The SYZR pedal can adjust the float, spring tension, and float friction independently from on another. Simply put, this is the best pedal I have ever used.

If you have any questions on this product, I will be happy to help you out. I am usually in the office Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 11:30am-9:30pm you can request me on by phone (1.888.276.7130 ext. 4646) during those hours. You can also send me an email @ dmyers@backcountry.com at any time.

I really like them

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these as soon as they came out because free float is a big issue for me. I also really, *really* like the metal on metal contact and that fact that the shoe tread is not part of the connection. I really notice and appreciate the consistency in the connection and that locked in feeling.

I have not had any problems at all with it inadvertent unclipping. I have, however, adjusted the float so that my foot cannot hit the cranks (don't know if that helps or not). But in serious pulling up on the pedal, no issues whatsoever.

I have not had issues with mud or snow. The only place I did have a problem was when I moved these cleats to my fatbike this fall and did a lot of beach riding on the beach by my house. Here, the sand is this sort of very square crystal and in the many years we've lived here, it's screwed up everything (really badly too). After about three weeks of riding some sand got jammed between the cleat and the sole of the shoe which took out the float motion. Once I got the sand out, no problems. So I don't blame this on the pedal because it's sort of a special situation and I had done no maintenance on the pedal or lube.

For gravel riding or road riding with these pedals, there is nothing better and the connection approaches that of a road pedal. MTB riding is fine as well.

My prior pedal for years was Time ATAC. The Syzrs are better. Only advantage to the ATAC is in the sand (see above). However, the cleat can slide sideways on the springs and with Lake MX303 winter shoes/boots, that allows the side of the shoe to rub on the crank. So while it helps in the sand, it sucks on the pedals.

My Syzrs came from the factory with the release tension set loosely. I tightened that up and as noted in other reviews, the entry and exit was better and easier to tell when you were getting close to engaging or disengaging the pedal.

Bottom Line: I'd recommend them. I like them a lot.

Takes some tweaking, but works great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden SPD (xtr, ti xpedo), TIME ATAC extensively and tried eggbeaters. I decided to try the syzr because I have difficulty getting the cleats set up for my knees and I'm a big fan of their road pedals.

The pedals require a fair bit of work to get installed. As one reviewer pointed out they have a lot of screws. Screws on the cleats to adjust how much float you want, screws on the pedals to adjust the tension. I wanted full float so I backed out the four screws on the cleat and haven't touched them since.
First few rides were terrible. I popped out frequently and for no good reason. I had not set the tension, it came very loose. I cranked the tension down and that pretty much eliminated the unexpected releasing. You do have to be a bit careful to not ride on your tippy toes, but that wasn't much of an adjustment for me.
I haven't had much problem getting into them. I don't find it be much harder than any other offroad pedal system I've used. I've been riding them for about 1.5 months and have not lubed the pedal yet, but have had no issues getting in and out. I have yet to ride them in really muddy conditions, so I can't comment on that part yet. But I did do very technical 2.5 hour XC race and had no complaints.
The float is fantastic. It really is free float and is far greater then any other pedal system.
So far I'm quite pleased. I have some concerns with long term reliability since the cleat itself moves on the shoe for the float. I don't know how that will wear in the long run, but it hasn't been a problem so far. Again, no mud experience but I have no reason to believe it would be an issue.

Update- July 2016
I've now been riding these pedals for almost a year and have done so in all conditions. I'm now a convert and have purchased 3 sets (2 mtb and 1 CX). They have performed wonderfully in nearly all conditions, even quite muddy. They are holding up well. I have yet to replace the cleats which was my main area of concern. They are holding up well as are the pedals themselves. Upping my rating to 5 starts since I've had no issues.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ridden Speedplay Frogs since they came out. Just got a new Trek Ex 8 and decided to upgrade the pedals. Naturally, I went for Speedplays, this time the Syzrs. Am I happy? No....and here is why:
1) I think they are dangerous. The first hint was the fact that the instructions have virtually the same warnings as the frogs, except for one addition. You are told not to angle your toe down as you may accidentally disengage. I learned the hard way as I don't always ride with my feet perfectly level. IT is particularly annoying when I am trying to lock in, where I often angle my foot slightly down to help the cleat find the pedal clip. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE CLIP SPRING IS IN THE FRONT OF THE PEDAL, RATHER THAN THE BACK LIKE MOST OTHER PEDALS. This means that pushing your foot forward may compress the spring and widen the opening that is supposed to be closed to hold your cleat to the pedal. I sincerely don't understand that design choice as natural pedal motion includes a forward motion component. You can tighten the spring with an adjustment screw to reduce the problem, but that makes it harder to clip-out.
2) The Syzrs are complicated. Adjustment screws and bolts everywhere (cleat and Pedal). While infinite adjustability seems like a great idea, it makes it tedious to tune the pedals to your liking. Moreover, I am fearful that some of these will loosen during a ride. You also have to make the adjustments 4 times, once for each side of each pedal.

Nice review, I guess this explains why they disengage on technical downhill sections as I reviewed on Aug 6. Your toes are going to point down when you go downhill…

I am generally reserving a review on them for a few more weeks and to get in a few cross races on them before deciding what i think.They seem to be a lot like my Zero's, they take time to break in. I have around 200 miles on them and 25 minutes of just constant clipping in and out work to get them broken in, getting better. The problem thought right now is like you were stating, to get an easy entry exit that you need for cross you have to really back off the tension, but then on any technical section or high power sprint you can easily slip out. I am hoping that over the next few weeks i can up the tension and still have easy in/out for cross. Time will tell. The float is quite nice and they seem to be very well made. But right now i would rather put speedplay zero's on my cross bike for general training/gravel riding and then crank bro's for cross races. I will give a thorough review in October.

Edit: I will add that a real hard smashing straight down motion is the key to a good clip in with these, i was going too soft and easy, the guides on the cleats do a good job of getting everything in place.

I agree that mashing down on the pedal gets you clipped in but I tried this in my last race and it just didn't work for me. I want to be able to clip in while in motion as I remount the bike and place my feet on the pedals. Granted, I needed to lube those pedals but they should almost grab my cleats and lock them into place. I want to be clipped in before I reach the bottom of my pedal stroke. Again, time will tell if more hours on the pedal to cleat interface, more lube and less pedal tension will resolve this issue.

Not impressed so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been a devoted user of Speedplay pedals since I went clipless back in the early 90s. The original simple design of their MTB pedals were bombproof. I never had any problems and they were maintenance free. ...and they lasted forever. Then along came the Frog pedals. Same basic idea as the originals, but now the cleats wore out every 4-6 months. I started having constant problems staying clipped, so I replaced both pedals (on 2 bikes) and cleats with new Frogs. For the last year, I have been adjusting and tinkering with the cleats to try and get my feet to stay in the pedals. A few months ago, I built an Ibis Tranny here on CC and it is an awesome ride! The one thing I didn't order was new pedals since my Frogs were less than a year old. After a few rides on my new bike, I quickly decided that these pedals were not worthy as they continued to come unclipped. I decided I had nothing to lose by trying the new Speedplay SYZR pedals and also replaced my old Sidi Dominator shoes with a new pair. Ok, now for the review: Out of the box, they worked perfect. Felt good, the float was familiar, clipped and unclipped nicely, etc. First ride I had great expectations but towards the middle to end of the ride, they became dusty and harder to unclip. So, I bought the recommended dry lube and have been lubing them every ride and trying to adjust them to a comfortable release but firmly held in. It's been about 16 rides now and I can't find a happy medium. Too loose, and they unclip on technical downhill. Too tight, and I tip over when coming to a stop.

I think I'll dig through the garage and find my original Speedplay pedals!!!

Not impressed so far


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just finished my forth ride on these new pedals. Like the power transfer and adjustable float. Still getting a feel for the release compared with my previous Frog pedals (no resistance). I can not compare to SPDs as I have never ridden them, although I considered the XT-M780 before these came out. Not sure yet if they are worth the extra price over the XTs or Frogs.