Roughly seven years from the first hint of their existence, Speedplay has finally started shipping its Zero Pavé Pedal System. Originally developed for Speedplay's sponsored professional cycling teams, the Zero Pavé features a minimalist design built specifically to handle the harsh conditions of the cobbled classics.
Based on Speedplay's well-regarded Zero technology, the Pavé pedals shave non-essential material, which is claimed to improve entry and release in wet and dirty conditions. The Zero Pavé was first ridden to victory by Fabian Cancellara in the 2006 Paris-Roubaix. Since then, the pedals have been tested at races such as the Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, and Strade Bianche. The Zero Pavé was most recently used in the rainy, cobbled stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France.
Now - finally - the pedals are available to the rest of us. Claimed per-pair weights are 188 grams for titanium and 230 grams for stainless pedals; cleats are 82 grams for four hole or 130 grams for three hole mounting. The Ti spindle has a max rider weight of 185 pounds, and all Pavé pedals are recommended for road use only, no mountain biking or cyclocross.
Pricing starts at $339 for the Zero Pavé Stainless, with the Zero Pavé Titanium coming in at $499. Zero Pavé Edition Cleats are $49, and all Zero Pavé Pedal Systems are hand-built at Speedplay headquarters in San Diego, California.
For more information visit speedplay.com.