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.
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Speedplay Syzr Design Fails in Mud
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Don't buy these pedals if you plan to ride off pavement. Speedplay markets them for CX and MB, but unlike other pedal systems with an open structure, the Syzr cleats have a small closed end slot which engages a tab on the pedal. When you step in mud or soft dirt the slot becomes clogged preventing engagement with the pedals.
Fast Road Commute, Walkable Shoe
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I haven't found any reviews of the Syzr for the type of usage I'm doing, so I'm writing one.
TL,DR: Great as a 2-hole, walkable shoe, Zero-replacement for road bike commuting.
I use Zeros on my road bike. Love them. Solid connection. The float is great for me in every way: the "on ice" feel, the wide degree of float available, and the ability to tune the float down narrower.
I'm now doing a longer road bike commute. I want to have a walkable shoe with clipless for my commute, riding to lunch, doing errands, etc. I also like to take my commute bike on faster lunch rides, so I want that nice road pedal feel. I had been just using my Lake road shoes with Zeros, but all the walking in them was not good. So I wanted a pedal to do the impossible:
1) Walkable shoe compatible (2 hole cleats).
2) Feel like Zero: the wide+tunable float, solid connection, the same feeling.
I don't care about riding off road, or mud clearance in cleats, etc, I just wanted a pedal that functioned and felt like a Zero on the road, with a walkable shoe, and the Syzr is pretty great at that.
It's not perfect, but I'm loving it so far. I paired with a very stiff shoe (Fizik M1) to make the smaller platform less of an issue, and it has been working well. One thing to note on mounting is the cleat is tall: it extends past the tread on the shoe by a small amount. I'm thinking of using a little ShoeGoo to add some height on the tread, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Even with a little click, it's still a much better walking experience than road shoes.
It also makes for a higher stack than the Zero (like pretty much every other pedal on earth?), so I had to raise the seat and fine tune things a little bit. Not a big deal.
Attaching cleats was straightforward, just follow the instructions. I did take one of the cleats apart and re-lubricate it because it didn't feel right, not a big deal, takes 5min.
The clipping in process is a little different than other pedals I've used. Where the Zero is "center, then press down", the Syzr is "center, slide forward with downward push". It's not any more or less difficult, it's just different. I was used to it and getting it 100% of the time within a few days on the road. The guides on the front of the cleats do seem to work well for getting the cleat aligned.
Clipping out is quite different from the Zero. Instead of hitting a clear wall of resistance that you push through, the Syzr at default low-tension setting hits almost no resistance at clipping out. As you rotate your heel, it's totally free float, and then suddenly you're not clipped any more. It takes getting used to. On road, it's not an issue for me now. Once I set the float limits the same as my Zero cleats, I've had no problems at all, it's already second-nature after a couple of weeks. I can see how this "oops I clipped out" would be bad on a mountain bike, but on the road, it's just not an issue for me. One difference is I set the heel-in limit wider on the Syzr than on Zero, because my first day I accidentally unclipped while stopped at a stoplight, I never realized I held my heel farther in while stopped/leaning on the pedal. Never had an issue while pedaling. I haven't played with tension setting yet to compare clipping out difficulty (a common complaint of mountain bikers is having no margin between accidental unclip at too loose, and impossible to unclip quickly at too tight).
The connection is very solid. Not as solid as a Zero, more solid than an SPD. I like it. If I played with the tension, it may get even better?
Hopefully that all helps someone.
Is the Speedplay Syzr cleat compatible with Sidi Drako MTB shoe?