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Featured User: Speedplay Zero Stainless Road Pedals
by mfioretti

Price: $180.00 at Trek Store West, Madison
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5

Bike Setup:
Colnago CLX 2.0 w/ Campagnolo Chorus/Athena mix, Campagnolo Khamsin wheels, Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp, 3T bars and stem, Fizik Arione.

Favorite Ride:
Southwest Wisconsin

Summary:
I decided to go to these pedals after having a few issues with my old Shimano Ultegras. Although the price was steep on these, I think they’re worth it if you take the time to set them up properly and care for them.

At first I had a little bit of trouble engaging the cleat, but I am a very light rider so bigger riders might not have this problem. Once engaged though the pedals feel wonderful. The adjustability of the float is great, as is the cleat positioning ability. This might be the biggest reason people get these pedals and really they can’t be beat there.

It must be said that these pedals do require a lot more maintenance than do others. It has taken me a while to get my cleat setup just right (I’m still kind of working on it…). This can be good though because even if you aren’t initially comfortable, the pedals offer enough adjustability to where to can definitely make them comfortable. You also need to grease the bearings more often because of the design. However, I have noticed that the pedals feel very, very smooth. It’s also advisable to purchase the coffee shop covers to protect the cleat. It would be nice if these were included

Initially I used Sidi Genius 5.5 shoes with these pedals, and although they worked just fine, I had to use the 3 hole adapter that you must use with any 3 hole shoe. I recently changed over to DMT Prismas after being intrigued by the 4 hole design, and these definitely make a big difference. Without the adapter I got lower stack height and weight. With this setup I think that this pedal system is flawless.

Overall I think that this is the best pedal system available. The adjustability, 4 hole integration, weight, and smooth bearings all contribute to a phenomenal feeling and performing pedal.

Strengths:
Weight, adjustability, smooth bearings, low stack height

Weaknesses:
Price, maintenance, coffee shop covers aren’t included

Similar Products Used:
Shimano Ultegra PD-6700

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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