Item # SPP000K
Speedplay Zero Aero Ti Pedals $390.00
Good enough for knighthood.
When it set out to develop the Zero Aero Ti Pedals into "the most aerodynamic pedal system" in the industry, Speedplay set itself an ambitious but not altogether uncharacteristic goal. After all, this is the company that effectively inverted the traditional design of pedals. Given that history of ingenuity, we're not surprised that so storied a name as Wiggins himself chose to use the Zero Aero pedals for his successful hour record attempt. Given that the titanium spindle anchoring the Zero Aero Ti system to the crank arms makes them the lightest of the family, we suspect these may be the actual model Sir Wiggo used.
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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Difficult learning curve but very good
I've been using the Shimano PD pedals and clips on my road bikes and time time trial bike for a few years now, but decided to try the Speedplay Zero Aero for my new track bike (Fuji Track Elite). I have to say, the learning curve and initial issues for both installation and usability were steep, as in 25% grade steep! :-) At first, I couldn't install one of the clip units to my left shoe, because the base plate had a defective screw hole that wouldn't allow the screw to thread in all the way. It ended up stripping it out. So that I had to have that replaced. Then the replacement screws were not the right length -- too long -- which required more replacement parts and shipping. I finally got everything installed, and then there is the issue of clipping in with these things. Wow. I thought there was something wrong with them. I couldn't clip in even with putting all of my weight (170 lbs) down on the pedals. I read that this was a common issue. However, I just kept trying, used the Speedplay dry lube, and eventually it became easier. So, you have to be patient. I recommend clipping in and out about 50 times before even thinking about getting on the road. I love the adjustability of the play in the pedals. For track, I basically tightened them all the way up for zero play, with my toes angled ever so slightly inward. I also recommend using Locktight on the 4 mount screws, because without it they tend to loosen up and then the clips are moving from left to right under your shoe. In addition, the instructions say to tighten the screws and then go an extra turn or two. I disregarded that and cranked them down as hard as I could with my hand. It had no impact on the functionality of the cleat and pedals.
Overall, I am now very happy with these pedals and cleats. And I have to say that the guys over at Competitive Cyclist were very accommodating and easy to work with! A+ customer service and support, which keeps me as a return customer.
- 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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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm petty much a regular 30-60 mi/day rider and had these Speedplay pedals on my Giant Defy 0 for about 9 months. No matter how well they were adjusted they allowed too much float, even allowing my right heel to hit the bike frame repeatedly. Changed them out for Shimano Ultegra carbon pedals, these are wonderful! Lock in very well and control float very nicely.