We've long been fans of Speedplay's innovative solutions to the common ailments of clipless road pedals, and the SYZR Chrome-Moly Pedals bring the same customizability, low weight, and durability to the off-road world. Despite being relatively new, the SYZR has already made a splash in the non-tarmac world. It was proven in battle by Ted King—a self-proclaimed lifelong Speedplay devotee—who rode them to victory across 200 miles of competitive gravel racing in Kansas.
The main target of Speedplay's engineering wrath this time was the often inefficient power transfer of mountain-specific pedal, cleat, and shoe interfaces that impose a watts tax in the form of soft, rubber outsole lugs. Speedplay eliminated this inefficiency by designing a system that transfers power directly through the cleats instead. This ensures that, when you're pedaling in anger, your efforts pass undiminished into the drivetrain to make the trail — and the competition — feel your wrath.
The SYZR also boasts a micro-adjustable, friction-free float system with a range of micro-adjustability spanning zero to ten degrees. This gives you a custom feel to precisely accommodate your style and maintain a knee-friendly pedal stroke, and the included funnel guides extend that user-friendly ethos to the act of clipping-in.
In a final expression of its pedal-construction genius, Speedplay replaces the metal-on-metal interface that we typically see in mountain pedals' engagement mechanisms with ceramic roller cams, alloying the cleat to "roll" out of the pedal rather than "snap." This all-but eliminates the issues of wet, gritty conditions causing pedals to seize at inopportune moments, promising to make the slow-motion topple a thing of the past.