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Speedplay X/2 or Zero Stainless?(13 posts)

Speedplay X/2 or Zero Stainless?wilsonc
May 31, 2003 8:28 PM
Assuming the same price for the Speedplay X/2 and the Zero Stainless, which should I get, and why? I would appreciate feedback from people who have tried both.

May 31, 2003 8:43 PM
I'm an X-system user myself, but if you've never used speedplays, all the float will most likely friek you out. Get the Zeros so you can limit the float.
Depends!the bull
Jun 1, 2003 3:05 AM
Do you want float or not?
If you dont want float I would get a look style pedal with a larger platform.
If you want alot of float then get the x2.
I used speedplays for years you can read my reveiew on this site!
re: Speedplay X/2 or Zero Stainless?JonnyHu
Jun 1, 2003 9:06 AM
I've had X/2's for a couple months now. While I'm happy with them, I'd get the zeros if I could do it over - you'll have the option to limit the float if you don't like it. For me, it's not something I notice during normal riding conditions. The only time it still "freaks me out" is under unusual or unexpected riding conditions, like sudden maneuvers or trying to regain balance at a very slow speed.
Zero's for me12x23
Jun 1, 2003 2:27 PM
I made the switch from Time Equipe's this winter. I tried the X-2's first and really liked them. However, in the first century I rode in April the unrestricted float was a little much in fast paceline work, (my heels would occasionally slap the chainstays). I ordered a pair of Zero's the next Monday morning and haven't looked back. I bought Zero's for the rest of the bikes and now have 5 prs of very lightly used to new in box X-2's I need to sell.

Since switching to the Zero's I've fiddled with the float adjustment to the point I have it optimized for me. That alone makes the Zero's my favorite pedal after years of toeclips, Look, and Time.

Then again, who knows, I might have adapted to the X-2's if I'd given them a little more time.
Zero's for merayclark
Jun 1, 2003 5:40 PM
12X23: How much you selling the X2's for? LMK


Jun 1, 2003 7:23 PM
I'd be interested in 2 pairs of your X-2s if the price was right.

email me @

detailed comparison of X and Zero?DougSloan
Jun 2, 2003 6:49 AM
I had X1's, but they hurt my legs and I didn't not care for the sloppy feel. Can you give us full run down of the differences? Thanks

Jun 2, 2003 9:37 AM
As I noted above my feet "got the willies" while riding in a real fast paceline in an early spring century. Also, my calves would get "tight" on long rides from trying to control my feet(?). After switching to the Zero's I would "bump" against the stops occasionally, though I don't notice or feel them anymore. Over a period of time I've adjusted the stops for each foot and I'm using a little less float than I had with the Time Equipe's. What float I've dialed in is free and without recentering like with Time. I like this much better. And, no more tight legs.

However, I still wonder if a lot of this is the result of getting used to the free float. Who knows, had I stuck it out a little longer with the X-2's I might like them as well as I now like the Zero's.
Jun 2, 2003 9:49 AM
The X's made the back of my legs really tight, too. I think my legs were working really hard to control foot position, which is unnecessary with most other pedals. Bottom line, Speedplays were a problem, others weren't.

I also had a problem with the Speedplays bruising the soles of my feet on long, hard rides (hard doubles), but not so with Looks. Not sure if that would change.

Is the clip in/out just as easy with X's? That was the best thing about them.

Jun 2, 2003 2:40 PM
Yeah, sounds like our experience is similar as relates to tightness in the legs.

I haven't experienced any foot problems, but I never experienced any problems with Time or Look pedals, either. I'm on a pair of older Sidi G3 (rain shoes) and a pair of G3's with Millenium soles. My next purchase is to replace both with the carbon sole Sidi Ergo or G4.

The clip in/out, in my experience, is at least equal to the X-2's.

And, the blue pedal body of the stainless Zero wouldn't clash with your celeste Bianchis. ;-)
re: Speedplay X/2 or Zero Stainless?Rubberbandman
Jun 2, 2003 6:31 AM
How many miles are x users getting from spring housing and cleats? Compared to Looks, the speedplay maintenence is fairly costly.

go zero!andy02
Jun 2, 2003 6:43 AM
I use to race tri and have had the ti and steel verisions of the X pedals but have changed to the zero stainless and will never go back to anything else (I have also had look,time and spd). This is one of the few things I can say I have spent money on and have gotten a real performance increase from. To get mine perfect I corrected a 6mm leg lenght difference (almost everyone has some) which is small but I got a 3mm (always correct half) shim from speedplay and have some lateral float on that leg and none on the other. It takes some playing but when you get it right it is amazing! Oh the zero don't get stuck like the X pedals either. the x pedals get dirty and you can't get in or out of them. A real pain in a tri with a dirt trans area.