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Speedplay Zero vs. SPD-SL, which one and why?(4 posts)

Speedplay Zero vs. SPD-SL, which one and why?babyhuey77
Jun 16, 2003 9:44 PM
I am looking at both of these as new pedals. I am currently using Time Impact Mags, which are alright, but just don't feel perfect. I should also mention that I am a large rider, 6'3", 215 and losing as we speak. I also wear a size 48 Sidi Genius VI and am looking for the best possible connection between myself and the bike.
I orginally was using Time Equipe Mags, but sold those for the Impacts. When pedaling with the Impacts I can't seem to be able to get my foot flat, there are visible marks on the cleat that I am clearly using the outer edges of the cleat. I have already tried using the adjutable Q-factor, and it has not helped.
Should I be concerned about hot spots with hot-spots with the Speedplays? Any help and opinions will be extremely valuable. If this is of any importance I ride a 5500 frame with Reynolds, D/A, Ritchey, King, etc...

Thank you

Cracklin oat bran vs. Toated oatmeal squares.the bull
Jun 17, 2003 5:57 AM
There both good.I used Speedplays X pedals but not the zeros.I like the SPD-SL pedals alot!They are well built and nice to walk on.The thing I liked about Speedplays was the float and easy entry.The zero is a good pedal I have looked at its construction.The SPD-SL is a great pedal.I looked at alot of pedals before I bought my SPD-SL's and now that I have them I would buy them agian.The Speedplay pedal has more downs then the SPD-SL's.I hated the way the left stains on the carpet and scratched floors.They also suck if you get dirt in the cleat.The cleats are hard to replace because the screws are part of the walking surface and are phillips head.The only thing that I dislike about the SPD-SL is the clipping in is not as easy.But they feel great when I am riding them.The cleats are awsome to walk around on too!I could play basketball in them(not really but you get the picture).
Coombe ProsPaulNYC
Jun 17, 2003 6:42 AM
The customer service is sometimes sketchy, but the pedals work really really well with the genius sole. They've got loads of float, and the cleat is 100% metal. I believe it to ba steel of some alloy. They're very easy to set up, and they've got an obscenely low stack height.
Speedplay Zeroandy02
Jun 17, 2003 7:03 AM
I haven't used the spd-sl but I have used the zero and X pedal from speedplay. I hated the X but love the zero! It is by far the best pedal I have ever used. I also think it is one of the few things that you can buy that will help your cycling. they don't get stuck due to mud/dirt like the old ones and its the only pedal I know of where you can change the amount of float out to the amount of float in. they aloss fit directly into sidi shoes and you can get shims to fix leg lenght problems.