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Minimalist race-bred pedals finally released to the public

Speedplay have finally launched the Zero Pavé pedals, an even more minimalist version of their already minimalist Zero pedal design. We say "finally" because pros have been using this pedals since as far back as 2006, when Fabian Cancellara won Paris-Roubaix.

That success continued. The pedals only saw the light of day in the Classics, and were used by Stuart O’Grady when he also won Paris-Roubaix in 2007, and when Cancellara repeated his win the following year.

The pedals, with their stripped back design, were designed especially for races like Paris-Roubaix were typically bad conditions make it desirable to have pedals less likely to clog and jam with mud and grit. By removing all the non-essential parts of the body, Speedplay claim the pedals are easier to engage and release in wet and dirty conditions.

Despite the lack of body, the Zero Pavé pedals are said to offer the same key contact points as the regular pedals, but there is less surface area for mud, dirt and grit to collect, so they should allow quick and easy entry and release in such conditions.

“Originally developed for Speedplay’s professional cycling teams, Zero Pavé pedals have been thoroughly tested and proven over the years with numerous victories in the world’s toughest races including Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Gent Wevelgem and Strade Bianche,” says Speedplay.

"I knew that harsh conditions could play a decisive role in determining the outcome of races on pavé," said Speedplay's CEO, Richard Bryne. "My goal with the design was to provide our riders with the best equipment for such unpredictable conditions."

The regular Zero pedals are manufactured using a composite body with metal inserts bolted into both sides. The new pedal is CNC-machined to achieve the distinctive shape, and hand-built at the company’s San Diego headquarters. They will be offered in a titanium and stainless steel version. 

The titanium model weighs a claimed 188g a pair and costs $499, while the stainless model is 230g a pair and costs $339. We’re waiting to find out if they’ll be available in the UK and, if so, how much they will cost.

With the explosion of gravel riding in particular and endurance bikes capable of venturing away from the smooth tarmac, we’d expect to see these pedals being quite popular. We’ll try and get a set in for review.

http://speedplay.com/

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 1 year ago
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I assume they are compatible with the existing cleats.

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David Arthur @d... [651 posts] 1 year ago
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paulrbarnard wrote:

I assume they are compatible with the existing cleats.

Yes. They come with the latest V2 cleat (http://www.speedplay.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.v2cleat)

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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They look to be compatible with zero cleats, but for a scenario involving repeated clip-in and releases, mud etc, I think the bigger problem is the cleat. I do see what they're getting at because a tiny amount of muck is sufficient to interfere with clipping in on zeroes, but I think it would be worthwhile providing some sort of scuff plates to reduce the cleat wear when off the bike. I use coffee shop covers just to get from my shed to the gate and back. Keep-on covers look good although they're not readily available in the UK.

Still awesome pedals, although I'm unsure about the resemblance to the Luftwaffe emblem!

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David Arthur @d... [651 posts] 1 year ago
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I know someone who cut up slices of an old tyre and super glued them to the cleat, which is a novel solution to the problem of walking around in cleats. I just walk to the shed/garage in a pair of trainers then change at the last moment

You're not actually wearing out the cleat when you walk around in them, the mechanism is protected inside

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Gizmo_ [1333 posts] 1 year ago
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notfastenough wrote:

I'm unsure about the resemblance to the Luftwaffe emblem!

They don't look like a swastika, they look like a Maltese (or Amalfi) cross. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_cross

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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David Arthur wrote:

I know someone who cut up slices of an old tyre and super glued them to the cleat, which is a novel solution to the problem of walking around in cleats. I just walk to the shed/garage in a pair of trainers then change at the last moment

You're not actually wearing out the cleat when you walk around in them, the mechanism is protected inside

Yes, but you do wear out the metal base plate and scuff the screw heads to the extent that they are difficult to gain any traction with a screwdriver.

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Beatnik69 [286 posts] 1 year ago
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Gizmo_ wrote:
notfastenough wrote:

I'm unsure about the resemblance to the Luftwaffe emblem!

They don't look like a swastika, they look like a Maltese (or Amalfi) cross. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_cross

I don't think he means the swastika...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Air_Force

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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Beatnik69 wrote:
Gizmo_ wrote:
notfastenough wrote:

I'm unsure about the resemblance to the Luftwaffe emblem!

They don't look like a swastika, they look like a Maltese (or Amalfi) cross. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_cross

I don't think he means the swastika...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Air_Force

Thankyou!

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WolfieSmith [1244 posts] 1 year ago
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It's an iron cross for Christ sake.

If you want the mountain bike version they come with oak leaves.  4

(Although if you couldn't identify an iron cross my joke about oak leaves with be lost on you..)

Yours

Sven Hassel

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glynr36 [637 posts] 1 year ago
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MercuryOne wrote:

It's an iron cross for Christ sake.

If you want the mountain bike version they come with oak leaves.  4

(Although if you couldn't identify an iron cross my joke about oak leaves with be lost on you..)

Yours

Sven Hassel

And the Iron cross is a variation of the Cross Pattee, which has been around for centuries, Teutonic Knights has it in around 1200, and the Luftstreitkräfte (predecessor to Luftwaffe) used a variation of it.

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duncbell [8 posts] 1 year ago
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Try here: http://www.comtat.co.uk/products/642.htm

Got mine a couple of weeks ago; I actually bought the Kovers Z, for a fiver more. Very prompt delivery.

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David Arthur @d... [651 posts] 1 year ago
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You're not talking about the pedals anymore are you?

Looking forward to trying these out if/when they're available

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IngloriousLou [138 posts] 1 year ago
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Why so much fuss about these pedals and the classics?

I could understand if it was CX but these guys clip in once at the start and out again at the end, why are they bothered or is it just marketing bull?

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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duncbell wrote:

Try here: http://www.comtat.co.uk/products/642.htm

Got mine a couple of weeks ago; I actually bought the Kovers Z, for a fiver more. Very prompt delivery.

Cool, thanks.