Hard to argue with.
Speedplay demonstrates its usual willingness to aim high when it claims that the new Zero Aero Stainless Pedals constitute "the most aerodynamic pedal system. Period." That's a bold claim, but the pedals come stamped with the implicit endorsement of none other than Wiggins himself, who chose the Zero Aero pedal system for his successful hour record attempt. It's hard to argue that the neutral space of the velodrome isn't the ultimate proving ground for aerodynamic qualities, and it's hard to argue with the results that Wiggins achieved.
The Zero Aero owes its wind-dodging abilities to a handful of design tweaks, including a reduced frontal area, a streamlined profile, and the kind of dimpling that we've already seen employed to revolutionize the wheelset industry. The dimpling extends to the cleat, which is housed in a walkable, rubberized shell that's contoured to create a seamless transition from pedal to cleat, denying the wind a foothold on any pronounced transitional ridges.
Like the standard Zero pedals, the Zero Aero models feature 15 degrees of micro-adjustable float and independently adjustable fore/aft, side-to-side, and rotational positions. The Zero's low stack height nets more pedaling efficiency and corner clearance while also contributing to the Zero Aero system's streamlined, low-profile aerodynamics.
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- 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.
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