Pro tested, pavé approved.
The most obvious difference between the Speedplay Zero Pavé Stainless and Speedplay's standard Zero pedals is that all of the excess, non-essential material on the pedals has been cleared out. This means that there's less of a chance that road-side debris will accumulate on the pedals and jam your clipless operation while riding over mixed terrain. It apparently works, given the impressive results these minimalistic little guys have netted on the eponymous pavé and limestone gravel of Flanders, Strade Bianchi, and Roubaix — a race that early prototypes have won three times since 2006. You read right. That's 2006, as in eight years ago. These pedals have been used by the pro peloton for at least that long, but, at long last, Speedplay has deemed them fit for release to the public.
Like the rest of the Zero line, the Pavé's locking mechanism does not rely on spring tension for locking security, so while you can easily clip in, accidentally clipping out is virtually impossible. They afford between zero and 15 degrees of float so you can fine-tune the amount of rotational movement you want in your pedal stroke. While the pedal design is a radical departure from Speedplay's usual look, the cleats use the same inverted platform design that defines the brand. They're safe for walking on unpaved surfaces and they mount onto all three- and four-hole cycling shoes, no adapters or kits required, so you can ride any shoe you want without worrying about what the sole looks like.
The Speedplay Zero Pavé Stainless pedals have a spindle length of 53 millimeters, three millimeters longer than their titanium counterparts, and a claimed weight that's 42 grams more per pair. The stainless pedals have no recommended rider weight limit.