With victories in races such as the Tour de France, Paris Roubaix, Giro d Italia, the Tour of California, and the World Time Trial Championships (just to name a few), Speedplay’s Zero pedal systems have more professional road wins than any other pedals on the planet. While many of the clipless pedal systems on the market today are based on ski-binding technology, Speedplay has designed their unique Zero system from the ground up specifically for cycling.
The Zero Pave has been specifically designed for the harsh and unpredictable conditions found in the legendary European cobbled classic races. In order to make these pedals better suited for wet and muddy conditions, Speedplay’s engineers started with the basic Zero system technology then proceeded to remove any non-essential material to ensure entry and release functionality despite poor weather and course conditions. This mud and water shedding design is evident in the cross-like appearance of the Zero Pave pedal body; a departure from the round design of the other versions of the Zero pedal system, this pedal body shape provides exit-points that allow the shedding of mud and grime. Originally developed for speedplay’s professional teams, these pedals have been tested and proven worldwide, including numerous victories in some of the most wet grueling professional road races such as the Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Gent Wevelgem, and Strade Bianche.
While the Pave iteration of Speedplay’s Zero system has been specifically designed for harsher conditions, they share the same patented design characteristics as the rest of the Zero series (Titanium, Stainless). To begin with, the system features a unique and ingeniously simple design that places the locking mechanism on the cleat, leaving only one moving part on the pedal itself - the spindle. This design feature saves significant weight over many other clipless designs, furthermore pedal weight is rotational, making the savings even more important. In addition, this spindle rotates on three bearings instead of the more common two bearing design seen in many pedals. The additional bearing adds more support to the spindle while also allowing Speedplay to design the Zero pedals to be thinner, allowing better cornering clearance (the Zero Pave stainless have an amazing cornering clearance of 37 degrees!) and reduced aerodynamic drag. The lower pedal stack height (11.5 mm stack height for 3-hole mounting, 8.5 mm stack height for 4-hole mounting) also improves power transfer by positioning the foot closer to the top of the spindle. The pedal body is a symmetrical, double-sided design that, unlike many other road pedals, allow entry from either side. Beyond allowing double-sided entry, no matter where in their rotation the pedals are oriented, they self-locate onto the cleats when stepped on, reducing fumbling and errors while clipping in. While the Zero pedal body itself is compact, with Speedplay’s unique inverted design, the cleat (once engaged) provides a large and stable pedaling platform on par with traditional one-sided road pedals. The locking mechanism of the Zero system does not rely on spring tension to secure engagement, making entering and exiting easier while simultaneously making accidental release nearly impossible. To further secure pedal to cleat engagement, Speedplay has designed the locking edges of pedals and cleats to be metal-on-metal, increasing both durability and safety.
Another benefit of the Speedplay Zero system is the high level of adjustability. Within the 15 degrees of adjustment range, float can be micro-adjusted to allow the precise setting of float range. Beyond the ability to micro-adjust the float range, these cleats can also be set to have a fixed-position with zero float. The cleats also allow independent adjustment of all three foot-axis; each of the three critical adjustments (fore-aft, side-to-side, and rotational) can be performed individually and without affecting the others. Not only does this independent adjustment make initial set-up easier, it also eliminates guesswork and misalignment errors when replacing cleats. Speedplay cleats are compatible with both 3-hole and 4-hole mounts, making them usable with a wider variety of cycling shoes. To keep everything working smoothly, the pedals feature a built-in grease port for easy bearing lubrication.
The Speedplay Zero Pave stainless pedals weigh in at 230 grams for the pair. Each Pave pedal set includes a set of Speedplay Pave Zero Aero Walkable cleats. While these are the go-to Speedplay pedals for harsh road-riding conditions, the Zero Pave pedals are not recommended for cyclocross or mountain use. Also of note: Zero Aero Walkable™ Cleats are compatible with all Speedplay Zero Pedals. Zero Pavé pedals are not compatible with Speedplay Ultra Light Action and X-Series cleats and Zero Pavé cleats are not compatible with Ultra Light Action and X-Series pedals.
|Weight per pair||230 grams (115 grams per pedal)|
|Aero Walkable Cleat Weight (3-hole, pair)||130 grams|
|Aero Walkable Cleat Weight (4-hole, pair)||82 grams|
|Spindle Material||17-4 Stainless Steel|
|Cleat Stack Height 3-Hole||11.5 mm|
|Cleat Stack Height 4-Hole||8.5 mm|
|Pedal Bearings||2 cartridge, 1 needle|
|Float||0 - 15 degrees, unrestricted free float|
|Release Angle||Microadjustable heel-out|
|Mounting||All 3- and 4-hole shoes; no Fit Kit required|
|Pedal Maintenance||Grease port makes routine greasing easy|
|Cleat Maintenance||Use dry-type lube routinely|