Speedplay zero review

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As a longtime Shimano SPD-SL user, I’ve always looked at Speedplay pedals with a bit of apprehension. Their reversed engagement system puts the spring and jaws on the cleat, instead of on the pedal. Unlike other clipless designs, you clip on to Speedplay pedals, rather than clipping in to them. I removed my old pedals and put on the light-weight dual-sided Wahoo Speedplay Zeros, ready to learn about why they had such a strong cult following.

Is it worth the effort of making the switch to the lollipop-style pedals? For some, I think the benefits of Speedplay pedals will definitely sweeten the deal.

RELATED: Wahoo releases new, refreshed Speedplay pedal line and announces upcoming pedal-based power meter

Wahoo and Speedplay

Pre-Wahoo acquisition, Speedplay’s catalogue of pedals was notoriously large. When Wahoo took over the company, one of its main plans was to “simplify and clarify the product lineup,” which resulted in a new offering of just four pedal models. The new Wahoo Speedplay line includes the Speedplay Zero, the Speedplay Comp, a slightly heavier and lower price point model, the light-weight Speedplay Nano, the aerodynamic Speedplay Aero and the new (unreleased) Wahoo Powerlink Zero power meter.

The small lineup of pedals keeps many of the features loyal speedplay users love, while subtly improving the design to increase durability and reduce maintenance. I tested the Wahoo Speedplay Zeros, the flagship pedals of the collection.

New cleats

Predictably, the setup for the Speedplays was more involved than with a typical Look or Shimano 3-bolt cleat. Thankfully, the instructions that came with the product were clear and walked through the steps in a straightforward way.

Speedplay users have to attach an initial adaptor platform, that fits onto 3-bolt road shoes, before connecting the actual cleat, which attaches using three smaller screws. Everything attaches using hex keys and a phillips head screwdriver, an update from the previous design which required star keys, spanners and screwdrivers.

Together, the two platforms allow for more fore-aft and left-right cleat adjustability than most pedal systems. Wahoo updated the design of the cleat body with additional metal to enhance durability, so I don’t expect it to wear it out anytime soon.

When the time does come to replace the cleat body, it should be easy to set up again because I already have my cleat position dialled in.

Adjustability

Despite their design differences, Speedplay pedals have long had a dedicated following due to their adjustability. The unique cleat and pedal fit are customizable to a greater extent than other systems—all Speedplay pedals are independently adjustable +/- 15 degrees of inboard and outboard float.

Bike fitters in particular like the pedals for their greater adjustability and the variety of spindle lengths. The new Wahoo range all feature 53 mm spindles as standard and, through retailers and bike fitters, the brand will be offering 56, 59, and 65 mm spindle length options for the Zero model.

As all cyclists do, I love a properly set-up cleat. I think that the Speedplay’s Zeros’ greatest strength is the wide variety of foot positions they allow. These pedals open up a whole new world of comfort to those who have been struggling with traditional cleat positions and offer a greater range of options for a greater range of body types.

There are some other advantages Wahoo says the peals have over traditional clipless road designs. Their lower weight, 222g per pair, is nice for the marginal gains crowd, but I won’t claim that I was able to notice the difference. The lower stack height required me to slightly lower my saddle, but I felt this minor adjustment was made up for by improved cornering and the aerodynamic benefits of the pedals.

Clipping in

To address an issue with older Speedplay pedals where the pedal body would wear out over time and cause a “rocking” sensation, Wahoo has added a metal plate to the pedal body. The plate replaces plastic that was previously at the interface where the cleat clips on. I didn’t notice any rocking sensation and the pedals felt stable and efficient.

The included walkable cleat covers make for a much more stable and grippy off-bike walking experience than I’m used to. At the start, I sometimes had a bit of trouble clipping in to the Speedplays, but then again, I used Shimano pedals for a number of years, and I still occasionally fumble when clipping into them.

Original Speedplay users would lubricate their cleats as often as once a week. Wahoo says that, with the new generation, it’s only optional so I hadn’t used any lubricant on the pedals, but, after a month of usage, clipping in to the Speedplay Zeros was getting noticeably harder.

Frustrated with the tension, I decided to try adding dry lube to the cleat. It fixed the issue completely. I plan on doing this every few weeks, or at least whenever the pedals start to give me noticeable resistance, so I’m not sure how “optional” it is.

One of the clunkier design elements of the old Speedplays was the need to regularly inject grease into the pedals using a grease gun. My (used) Shimano 105 5800 SPD-SL road pedals lasted over 40,000 km without any service and the bearings still spin smoothly. Wahoo has updated the Speedplay design so that they no longer require regular manual grease addition. It’s great to hear that Wahoo has improved the design to address this arduous aspect of Speedplay maintenance, bringing the maintenance level more in line with other clipless pedal options.

Should you switch to Speedplay?

Overall, these pedals are a good quality product that address a specific need in a creative way. In that sense, though they weren’t designed in-house, the pedals fit nicely in-line with Wahoo’s inventory of products.

I wasn’t looking forward to the setup process, but, despite taking a bit longer than other pedals, I was pleased that it turned out to be much more straightforward than expected.

Though the Zeros are lighter than other pedals and have an aerodynamic advantage, the Wahoo Speedplay Nanos would be the best choice for weight weenies, and the Speedplay Aero would be best for those focused on aerodynamics. The Speedplay Zero’s greatest strength is its adjustability, and those who value total control over their bike fit will appreciate the product. The added customization benefits come with more maintenance work (but a bit less than previous generations.)

The cost, $330, is not cheap for a pedal. Is it the first thing I would suggest upgrading on a bike? For most riders, it wouldn’t be. But for those who can afford it, the pedal is one more way to precisely fine-tune the connection between yourself and the bike, and has a few added benefits to go along with it.

The Wahoo Speedplay Zero Pedals, $330, are available at ca.wahoofitness.com or your local Wahoo retailer

Sours: https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/gear-reviews/long-term-review-wahoo-speedplay-zero-pedals/

2021 WAHOO SPEEDPLAY ZERO PEDAL REVIEW – YEARS IN THE MAKING

In case you missed the memo and thought that the famous Speedplay pedal had disappeared from the market, you wouldn’t be alone. It was near the end of 2019 when the Wahoo brand purchased the 30-year-old pedal brand that things pretty much went radio silent. We weren’t sure if Wahoo’s intent with the purchase was to kill the brand off or improve it. Knowing how universally popular the “lollipop pedals” had become among both recreational and professional riders, we were hoping for the latter.

Last August of 2020 we got word that there was a redesigned pedal launching at the end of September. We got some very early samples and started riding them. The launch got pushed and pushed as Wahoo looked to refine the entire lineup rather than just launch the improved version. Upon their acquisition, between all the colors, styles, cleats, axle lengths and assorted small parts, Wahoo was faced with an untenable amount of SKUs. Apparently, this was not the Wahoo way, so they decided to clean house—a deep clean.

THE GANG OF FOUR

The last big pedal news from Speedplay was the arrival of the Syzr off-road pedal in 2015, which enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight before everyone realized that their performance didn’t outweigh their drawbacks. Also gone is the Light Action pedal, which has been replaced with the Easy Tension cleat. This means there is a single pedal-body style without needing to buy a new system if you want more tension or adjustment.

For 2021 Wahoo’s Speedplay line includes four pedals: Comp ($150), Zero ($230), Aero ($280), and the Nano ($450). The Zero is also available in four spindle lengths.

The pedals are available with either a Standard or Easy Tension cleat. The cleats are compatible with both new and old pedals, and both will have the same 0–15 degrees of adjustable float as well.

THE TECH

One feature that made Speedplay pedals so popular was that they were dual-sided, and thankfully that feature remains (except on the Aero). The new design is also backwards compatible with previous Zero pedals, so your old cleats will work on the new design and vice versa. This is great for those already invested in the system that might just need new cleats.

The new design extends the metal bow ties that were on each side of the pedal so there is a continuous metal edge on the contact surface. This updated pedal body is to increase durability. Wahoo has also improved the bearings to a sealed bearing with no grease port. This will minimize the need for regular maintenance, something that few did anyway. One of the biggest upgrades for us is the removal of the 15mm pedal wrench flats in exchange for an 8mm hex wrench.

For some RBA test riders, Speedplays have been their go-to pedal on the road for years. The dual-sided entry and highly adjustable cleats allow for a more customized fit. The setup of a Speedplay cleat is still the same and is still more complex than the three-bolt alternatives. But, the extra time it takes to set them up also lends itself to more setup options for position. You don’t need a Speedplay-specific shoe, and they still fit the typical three-bolt-style shoe perfectly.

THE RIDE

In short, the same as always, which is neither a bad or a good thing, as the changes made not only improve the feel and function but the overall user experience and durability. The bearings no longer need to be serviced as they did before, and the lifespan we have been told should be extended. With that said, we have pedals from 2009–2010 that are still working flawlessly, so durability wasn’t really an issue on the design side of things if you ask us.

The cleats seem to be very similar, and since the Walkable cleats hit the market, we have had little issue with them, either. We do have one of our cleats placed pretty far off-center, and it does allow the cleat to wear the pedal a bit. After testing the new pedals alongside the old, we had forgotten that there was a difference. The biggest thing for us is we no longer have to hunt down our 15mm pedal wrench to swap pedals, thank goodness.

As many have complained, the Speedplay system is not ideal for off-road use. If you step in mud or soft dirt, it will get into the cleat with no way to remove it other than with a stick and patience (water helps, too). That being said, we also think that out of all the road-specific pedal platforms out there, the Speedplay design might be the safest for off-road use because the release tension doesn’t get tighter under load like all the rest of the three-bolt pedal options.

THE VERDICT

If you’re a Speedplay user that never upgraded to the Zero system, you are now forced into the change, but let’s be honest, that was coming either way. Light Action users will need a new system, but there are still plenty of cleats remaining on the market if you want to hold out for a few years.

Overall, the changes made are to improve the user experience and to simplify the selection. Dealers don’t have to carry all the colors in all the styles and can instead stock more of each style. Actually, we are most excited about the power meter version they have announced (but not yet released), and hope to get a set of those in to see how they fit all the tech into such a compact design.

PUNCH LINES

A simplified selection

Same great performance

Not ideal for dirt

STATS

Price: $230

Weight: 217 grams

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I started using Speedplay pedals back in 2006. I wrote the first review in 2008. This is an updated review after using them for nearly fourteen years.

Summary

Speedplay pedals are very good to ride on. They took a little bit of getting used to (like floating on ice is common feeling), but now I don’t want to go to any other system. They are light, small and easy to use. I’ve never had any problems when actually cycling with them, and since pedalling is so important, this makes me want to like them and overcome any faults they may have.  The main drawback of Speedplay pedals is that they have been an expensive choice. In particular, they are more prone to long-term maintenance problems. Three times I’ve had to throw away a pair because the internal bearings seized up (it was always the left pedal which went. So I have three spare right pedals lying around).

I once complained to Speedplay and someone from America rang up to say they never get maintenance problems if you look after them and pursue regular maintenance – using grease gun and lube. I was disappointed I couldn’t buy a spare left-hand pedal to match up my surplus right pedals.

If you do buy Speedplay, it is really essential, you learn to grease and lube regularly; I wish I had done earlier.

Why I Switched to Speedplay

My first clipless pedals were the more common Look pedals. The reason I switched to Speedplay pedals was:

  1. I had some problems with my knees and (rightly or wrongly) I blamed the Look pedals and the way my movement was restricted. I liked the idea of having a large angle of float that comes with Speedplay
  2. I wanted to save weight. Speedplay comes in at 205 grams and 150 grams for Titanium version. These were the lightest pedals on the market, at the time. However, the gap between the weight of Speedplay and Look has been reduced with the introduction of new models like the Look Keo. At 240 grams + cleats they offer good value for money at only £39.99
  3. Very aerodynamic – pedal is small surface area.
  4. Cleats are easy to set up. I always found the Look cleats a bit fiddly to get in the right position. If they were slightly out, it could cause problems. Speedplay are much easier to set up because of the greater degree of lateral movement.
  5. Optimal power transference because the pedal is encased in the shoe with minimal stack height. Whether there actually is better power transfer, I don’t know. But, it does feel good.
  6. I like many aspects of  Speedplay Zero Aero – and may buy if I get back into racing.

Using Speedplay

I have been very happy with the Speedplay. They are definitely a little strange when you first test them. But, it is amazing how quickly you can get used to the large float. Cycling with Speedplay feels very natural. Some might feel the large degree of float makes it harder when sprinting.

Difference between Speedplay X and Speedplay Zero

The Speedplay Zero, are essentially the same as the X series, but you can control the amount of float, offering more adjustability than the Zero, which are always set to maximum float. With the X, I always end up brushing against the side of the cranks. It means my cranks look polished (removing any decals). Also, I wear through overshoes very quickly.

The two series are not interchangeable, which is a bit of a pain. Since I started with X, I don’t want to make the transfer because it would be too expensive. But, if I could start again, I would choose the Zero series.

With Zero, Speedplay suggests one option is to use the ‘Heel-In’ adjuster so that it didn’t hit the chainstay and to open the ‘Heel-Out’ to the full float. I have to say, I’ve never used the micro adjuster, but it makes sense to prevent heel hitting chainstay.

Speedplay  Zero Aero Pedals

  • Axle – titanium
  • Weight pair – 158 grams
  • Three precision cartridge and needle bearings
  • Designed for aerodynamics with small frontal area and dimpled cleats and underside for maximimum aero advantage.
  • Used by Bradley Wiggins in his successful World Hour Record of 54.526km on 7 June 2015 when he rode at 33.88mph to break hour record.
  • Speedplay Zero Aero at Wiggle

Drawbacks with Speedplay

1. Cleats Expensive The X Cleats are expensive to replace. £31 at wiggle. I think these are the most expensive cleats. To be fair they do last a long time. I’ve had to replace about three times in six years. I try and avoid walking on cleats, but I find that it is the metal spring in the cleat which wears away first. Speedplay are unique in having the attachment mechanism in the cleat itself rather than the pedal. Hence why they are expensive.

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2. Bearing System. Speedplay say that they deliberately choose a more fiddly system to get better performance. They use three bearings and it needs more maintenance than standard pedals. But, they claim the cost of extra maintenance enables them to get a better performance. Because the bearings are more prone to have problems you need to do two things.

  • Grease at regular intervals. This means using a grease gun and squeezing in grease into the centre of the pedal.
  • Lube the pedal in between greasing. When it’s wet, it’s advisable to put lube into pedal and also squirt a bit on cleat.

3. Too much lateral movement. With the X Series, the lateral movement of your feet mean that you keep brushing against the cranks – On my cranks I always end up polishing off the outside

Speedplay X – Stainless Steel

  • Zero to 15 degrees of micro adjustable float
  • Easy cleat set up and adjustment no need to adjust any springs
  • Dual sided entry is good. Easy to get in and dismount. Never had any real problems either getting in or out. Though if you get mud on your shoes, it can become difficult until you get rid of the surplus mud. I once bought the coffee cleats, but found it required too much effort to remember to bring them and use them. They remained largely unused.
  • Very good clearance. Also, they have a low stack height, this means the shoes is closer to the pedal that many other pedal types.
  • 206g total weight. (The titanium pair are 150grams) I use the Titanium pair for racing and the stainless steel for ordinary riding.
  • Speed play at Wiggle

Speedplay – Chrome-moly

  • After losing a few speedplay pedals to ceasing up, I bought the cheapest Cromoly pedals, they are only a few grams heavier, but nearly £40 cheaper.
  • You can pick up a pair of X5 for £75 at Wiggle
  • The main advantage of the Stainless steel over the Chromoly is that they look better over time.
  • After a winter’s use, they do look a little battered, the Stainless steel look better. But, for winter training bike, you don’t worry about the shiny polish on your pedals.

Speedplay maintenance

Speedplay pedals need careful attention. These are the essential maintenance tips for Speedplays, I wish I had followed these from the first time I bought them. It has been expensive not following maintenance procedures.

Greasing Speedplay Pedals

The most important job is to add grease into the pedal every  500 -1,000 miles or after serious rain. I probably do it every month. After losing a few pedals, I’d rather err on the side of caution

For this job, you need

  • A small screwdriver to remove screw on outside of pedal
  • A grease gun, and grease. Speedplay have an expensive specific grease gun at Wiggle (£39) surprise Speedplay is expensive! I bought a speedplay specific grease gun and Speedplay grease lube, but you might be able to do the job with just a normal grease gun.
  • Alternatively use a 5ml syringe, which is perfect for fitting into the pedal and use a small tube of grease for refilling the syringe.

This is where you squirt the grease in.

  • Now comes the fun part. With a grease gun, force the grease through the pedal.
  • This was hard work, you need to keep the grease gun held against the pedal. I found a lot came out the wrong side.
  • Eventually, you should see some dark dirty grease coming out the other side. This is somehow very satisfying and makes you to start enjoying the job. When the thick dirt grease stops coming out, that means you have filled pedal with nice new fresh grease.
  • Now the pedal should spin without friction. They should be some resistance from the grease like liquid.

It’s quite nice to have a pedal which is now spinning properly.

I find it easiest to fill up a syringe with a small tube of grease

Lubing Pedals

After wet or muddy rides, Speedplay advise adding lube to the pedals. They don’t advise using wet lube like GT-40 because they attract dirt.

They have a specific SP lube – which they say dries quickly. Unlike most speedplay products, it’s not too expensive $6. But, you should get the same results from a similar dry lube.

Lubing Cleats

I find it is less important to lube the cleats, but, if they get stiff or after a very wet series of rides, it’s good to use some lube one the metal clip.

Overall

  • It’s easy to have a bit of a love hate relationship with Speedplay. When they are good, they are very good. When they’re bad, they are very bad.
  • If you want low cost, low maintenance bike equipment, I strongly advise against Speedplay.
  • If you want the best pedals and don’t mind paying the cost and undertaking the necessary maintenance – Speedplay may be the best choice.
  • Pedal choice has always been a personal issue, and it’s worth trying to test out pedals and see which work for you.

Would I buy again?

Yes, I’ve committed to the Speedplay option because in many ways it works for me, and I’m reluctant to start switching over to a new system.  I complain about the price of buying new pedals, but it just makes me more determined to apply the necessary maintenance schedule.

Which is better X or Zero?

Again, because I started with the X (full float) it never made financial sense to switch to zeroes. However, if I started again, I might prefer the Zeros because I would limit the amount of float inwards to stop shoes hitting chainstay.

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Speedplay Zero Pedals (Switching from Shimano)

Wahoo Speedplay Zero pedals

The Wahoo Speedplay Zero pedals have picked up where the old Speedplay Zeros left off and improved the few elements that could be, with a huge amount of adjustability, a low stack height, and ease of use. They are an expensive outlay, but given their increased cleat durability and walkability, the high price is justifiable.

After selling to Wahoo in 2019, the cycling world has been waiting patiently to see what the new Speedplay pedal line-up would look like. As it turns out: pretty similar to before.

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This is not a bad thing because, rather than reinventing the wheel, Wahoo has just taken what was good about the original Speedplay Zeros and built on them. In fact, the only noticeable differences are that the cleats are black instead of yellow and the pedals are more of a complete circle rather than having gullies and lines on them. Plus the Wahoo logo, obviously.

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The basics of the pedal system have remained the same, with most of the mechanics sitting within the cleat rather than the pedal, just as they did in the original Speedplay system. This means the pedals themselves are little more than notched discs. With Shimano and Look systems, the cleats themselves are essentially just shaped plastic and all of the mechanicals sit in the pedals.

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One thing Wahoo has added is some kind of standardisation, so rather than needing spanners, star keys and screwdrivers, you can do everything with a set of hex keys – a welcome simplification.

Setting up the cleats does take a little longer than others, but I had things set up and comfortable within 10 minutes. 

You first have a three-bolt plate with changeable inserts so it sits flat against the bottom of the shoe. You then you have a four-bolt system on top of this for the cleat itself – this allows you to position your cleat with even more precision. You can then change the float using a hex key to adjust how far you want to be able to rotate your foot before unclipping. Then all you have to do is add the walking cover.

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Another big improvement is in the bearings – a major bugbear of the previous generation. Gone are the days of the awkward grease ports to grease the non-replaceable needle bearings. Wahoo has updated the bearings, sealed both ends and even removed the grease ports, because greasing of these pedals is a thing of the past.

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Clipping in and out is done in broadly the same way as Look and SPD: find the pedal in the right position under the cleat, push down with enough pressure to clip in, then rotate the heel to unclip. The pedal holds the cleats very well once clipped in, and there were no situations where I unclipped unexpectedly.

The Zeros come with standard tension cleats, but you can also pick up easy tension cleats (which also come with the Comp version of the pedal).

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One thing that is slightly more challenging than the Keos I have been using more in the past few years is that these take more practice to get the hole in the cleat in the right place, to clip in. For the first few rides it took me two or three attempts to clip in properly, but it gets easier.

I have always used Crank Brothers Eggbeaters over winter, so it's always a little jarring coming back to road pedals where I can only clip in on one side, but the Zeros are double sided. This not only makes it easier to clip in, it also means additional weight hasn't had to be added to make them hang a certain way for easier clipping in.

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Adjustability

One element of Speedplay pedals that has made them so sought after is their level of adjustability, something that Wahoo has maintained with these. With a hex key you can adjust the float up to 15 degrees. As somebody who is currently overcoming a knee injury this is very noticeable and very much appreciated.

Adjusting is just a case of loosening or tightening two bolts once you remove the walking cover from the cleats. Similarly, you have more adjustability from left/right and fore/aft movements as you secure a plate to the sole, then the cleat itself onto the plate, so you can micro-adjust more easily as you can essentially adjust positions twice.

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From an anecdotal level, I have had pain in one of my knees for over six months that I have been riding through and I found these pedals a huge help in reducing that pain while in the saddle. I can't give specific medical advice, but these have made a big difference to me.

Stack height and easier walking

Another benefit of having the mechanism in the cleats and the way the cleats attach to the sole is that the stack height is noticeably lower than equivalent rivals. Look Keo Blades, for example, have 14.8mm, and Time XPro 10s 13.5mm, while Speedplay is just 11.5mm; millimetres may seem like tiny increments, but when you have less material to contract, you can put more direct power through the pedal. I'm very used to using SPDs and Keos, and the difference seems huge – you can really feel it.

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When people think of Speedplays, the large cleat is the thing that stands out; this shouldn't come as a surprise given that the mechanism exists here rather than in the pedal. However, what this also means is that because the pedal sits within the cleat, rather than the cleat within the pedal, the cleats don't need the kind of overhangs and abrupt edges like Keo and SPDs require in order to connect securely to the pedal.

This allows for a much more curved and gradual shape, making walking in these significantly easier. As the pedals also come with a walking cover to reduce slipping, I can safely say that these are, by some margin, the best dedicated road pedal system for walking that's widely available. John took a look at these walkable cleats when there were released in 2016 and it's great to see they have become standard with the new Zeros.

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In addition to allowing you to walk more easily, the walkable covers also have a significant additional benefit – they protect the cleats. Where I would normally expect to change my plastic Keos or SPDs every six months or so, these will last considerably longer. That's good because they are not cheap – replacement of the entire cleat is £49.99, with the cleat cover coming in at £25. However, I would expect the covers alone to last a good year or so, and the entire cleats to last for as long as you continue to replace the covers... so they are likely to be an investment that pays off.

> Buyer’s Guide: 10 of the best clipless pedals

The Speedplay Zeros sit in the middle of the current three-model range, coming in at £199.99 (a fourth, Aero, is 'coming soon'). If you wanted to, you could go all-out and spend another £180 on the Nano versions and save 54g, an extra £3 per gram. Or you could save yourself £65 over the Zeros with the Speedplay Comps, which weigh just 10g more. They all come with the walkable cleat, which is a nice touch that helps to justify the prices.

The differences in the line-up come down to material – the Comps body is Grivory (a trademarked thermoplastic, 'the proven material for metal replacement' according to its maker) with a chromoly spindle, the Zeros also have a Grivory body but a stainless steel spindle, while the Nanos have a carbon composite body and titanium spindle. The Nanos also have an 82kg rider limit, while the Zero and Comp have no limit.

Value

At first glance the Speedplay Zeros look expensive, but when you take into account their durability the price becomes easier to swallow.

The Look Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic pedals are £20 cheaper, though 10g heavier and with cleats that wear considerably faster and so will need to be replaced sooner (at a cost of around £20). After six months that initial £20 saving is negligible.

The Time XPro 10 pedals come in £50 cheaper and 7g heavier, with cleats that might be slightly more durable than Look Keos, but still no match in terms of durability for the Speedplays.

Conclusion

Overall, I was very impressed with these pedals. They offer a really impressive level of adjustability, they don't weight much at all, and the stack height means you can genuinely feel the increased power being put through the pedals. There is no getting away from the fact that these are expensive pedals, even if they aren't the most expensive within the range, but when you take into account their weight, adjustability and durability, the price on paper is perhaps not reflective of value in real life.

Looking back at the bugbears Dave Arthur had with these pedals when he tested them back in 2015, when he gave them 8/10:

- The bearings need regular greasing

- The cleats are difficult to walk in

- The cleats need to replaced often

Wahoo has directly addressed each of these points and has taken what were weaknesses and made them their strengths.

Verdict

A genuinely excellent upgrade on already top quality pedals, worth the initial outlay

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Make and model: Wahoo Speedplay Zero Pedals

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The Speedplay Zeros are the mid-range model for the new Speedplay lineup, offering racing level performance and weight.

Wahoo says: Built to take on anything, the SPEEDPLAY ZERO road pedal is uniquely qualified to withstand the demands of everything from all-out racing to the epic grind of a double-century. The stainless steel pedal and integrated cleat system offer peak power transfer and exceptional durability. The customized fit and dual-sided entry will allow you to crank on the pedals in confidence and comfort.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Physical Dimensions: 3.9" x 2" x 2"

Shipping Weight: 1.22lb

Box Dimensions: 5.9" x 2" x 3.9"

Country of Origin: Vietnam

Weight: 222g per pair

Stack Height: 11.5mm (3 hole) 8.5 (4 hole)

Q Factor: 53mm

Body Material: Grivory

Spindle Material: Stainless Steel

Bearing Type: Triple Sealed Cartridge & Needle Bearings

Cornering Clearance: 39°

Max Rider Weight: No restriction

Cleats: Standard Tension Included

Release Angle: Micro Adjustable from 0° to 7.5°

Pedal Float: Adjustable from 0° to 15°

Cleat Fore - Aft Adjustability: Up to 13mm

Cleat Left - Right Adjustability: Up to 8mm

Walkable Cleat: Yes (adaptor included)

Rate the product for quality of construction:

9/10

Very well made pedals and cleats, with a lot of thought that has gone into the durability of every part.

Rate the product for performance:

9/10

They offer a genuine difference in the feel of power transfer thanks to the low stack height and adjustability throughout the cleat.

Rate the product for durability:

9/10

The cleats will hardly wear at all thanks to the walkable covers.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)

7/10

Comparable to some of the lightest pedals on the market today despite being made from Grivory and stainless steel.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)

10/10

The amount of float available means they are very comfortable, causing no knee pain.

Rate the product for value:

6/10

The initial outlay is high, but the added durability means these are likely to offer high-end performance for a long time...

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very very well, these are a very impressive pair of pedals – Wahoo took already good pedals (Dave A gave them an 8 last time out) and improved the few issues they had. It's genuinely difficult to find fault in them now.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The float; long rides went from riding through gritted teeth and swearing at NHS physio waiting times to as comfortable as the day I first clipped in.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The initial outlay is high.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

The Look Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic pedals are £20 cheaper, though 10g heavier and with cleats that wear considerably faster and so will need to be replaced sooner (at a cost of around £20). After six months that initial £20 saving is negligible.

The Time XPro 10 pedals come in £50 cheaper and 7g heavier, with cleats that might be slightly more durable than Look Keos, but still no match in terms of durability for the Speedplays.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? I already have.

Use this box to explain your overall score

There was not much to improve on from the previous models as Dave A mentioned when we last looked at them, but Wahoo has managed it. They're excellent.

Age: 32  

I usually ride: CAAD13  My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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Review speedplay zero

The Takeaway: New Speedplay owners, same Speedplay pedals

  • Revised line with four pedal options
  • No dirt pedal options at this time
  • Increased distribution should make Speedplay pedals and parts easier to buy
  • Power meter pedal coming this summer

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Wahoo Speedplay—What’s New

Before Wahoo’s acquisition of the brand, Speedplay was known for its somewhat confounding product line and a huge number of SKUs. If you didn’t speak Speedplay, it was all a bit opaque. The biggest change Wahoo made was to simplify the lineup.

There are now four pedals: the Aero, the Nano, the Zero, and the Comp. All use the same signature Speedplay reversed engagement system—the spring and jaws are in the cleat, not the pedal—with adjustable float, so the differences are mostly in the materials. All pedals spin on one cartridge and one needle bearing and install with an 8mm hex wrench (previously, Speedplay used 15mm wrench flats).

I’ll start with the Zero ($230), as it is the “average” Speedplay. It is a dual-sided pedal and uses a stainless-steel axle. Claimed weight is 222 grams per pair. This pedal comes with a standard-release tension cleat.

The Zero is the only pedal that comes in more than one axle length. The standard option is 53mm—the same as the other three pedals—but it’s also available with 56-, 59-, and 65mm axles. The catch here is you can’t swap axles; you have to buy a complete pedal with the axle length you need. “The pedals aren’t built in a way that allows for easy disassembly. A trade-off for durability,” explained a Wahoo representative. The other catch is you can only purchase the Zero with the 56-, 59-, or 65mm axles at a bike fitter or local bike shop.

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The Comp ($150) has a chromoly axle and comes with light-release tension cleats but is otherwise the same as the Zero. This pedal has a claimed weight of 232 grams a pair.

The Nano ($450) is simply a lighter Zero. It has a carbon composite pedal body and a titanium axle. Claimed weight for these is 168 grams a pair. This model comes with standard tension cleats. Note: These pedals have a 180-pound (81.6kg) weight limit.

The Aero ($279) eliminates the dual-sided design of the other pedals for a single-sided pedal with a dimpled aerodynamic cover on the bottom. It comes with standard-tension cleats and weighs a claimed 224 grams a pair.

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Both the standard- and light-release cleats come with Speedplay’s walkable cleat cover and have independently adjustable inboard and outboard float (zero to 15 degrees). The cleats mount directly to four-bolt Speedplay-specific soles, or most three-bolt soles using the included adapter plates. Either cleat can be used with any of the new pedals and are backward compatible with older Speedplay Zero pedals.

Wahoo also altered the pedal bodies, adding more metal around the edges, and changed to a bearing system, “with no need for regular maintenance.” These changes improve the durability of the pedal, claims Wahoo.

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As part of this cleanup, Wahoo killed off Speedplay’s existing mountain bike pedals. The clipless Frog and Syzr, as well as the Drillium and Brass Knuckles flat pedals: all gone. However, given the popularity of gravel, it would make sense for Speedplay to eventually offer a dirt-friendly pedal.

Also gone: the Zero Pave and colored pedal bodies.

Another significant change is Speedplay’s distribution. Previously, Speedplay pedals were self-distributed with somewhat steep buy-ins for dealers. That limited their availability and made finding replacement bits, like cleats, more difficult. Wahoo sells Speedplay pedals and cleats direct, but they’re also available through Competitive Cyclist, and [a Wahoo representative clarified that they sell some products through QBP, but not the pedals. They additionally stated that QBP may sell Speedplay cleats in the future.] That should make Speedplay stuff much easier to buy.

The Next Step—Power

Wahoo is primarily an electronics company, and it’s heavily invested in training. And training means power. So, the not-very-surprising reveal in the rollout of the new Speedplay line was a tease of an upcoming power-meter pedal.

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This was part of the plan all along. In a story on Bicycle Retailer and Industry News from September 24, 2019 about the acquisition, Wahoo’s founder Chip Hawkins said, “The power meter should be in the pedals. It gives you the flexibility to do what you want with the bike. There are a lot of limitations that come from putting the power meter anywhere else.”

Details about the upcoming power pedal are scarce. All Wahoo is saying at the moment is the pedal will use stainless-steel spindles, weigh 276 grams, and will ship summer 2021—no price was available. The name was also revealed: POWRLINK (no ‘E,’ because Wahoo) Zero. Personally, I think they got the name wrong: Obviously, it should be Power Play, er I mean POWRPLAY.

Wahoo provided only a shadowy image of the new power pedal, however, a bit of digging turned up more images in Wahoo’s FCC application for the Powrlink Zero. What’s revealed is a system that looks a lot like Favero’s excellent Assioma pedal with sizable inboard pod complete with multiple LEDs around it, and a clip-on charging system.

It looks so much like the Assioma, I emailed Favero to ask if they licensed any power pedal technology to Wahoo. Erika Martinazzo in Favero’s marketing department emailed back, “No, we haven’t licensed our technology to Wahoo. If it is like ours, then it’s a copy. For the moment, this is all I can tell you”

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Regardless of where the tech came from, power pedals aren’t a new product. The newest thing about the Speedplay Powrlink is it offers another pedal-system option to riders who want a power pedal. Almost all other power-pedal options use the Look Keo platform.

As a side note, here’s a bit of fun history related to a Speedplay power pedal. At the 2009 Interbike trade show, a little company called MetriGear showed a set of prototype power meter pedals built into the Speedplay platform. MetriGear was acquired by Garmin in 2010, and the technology eventually became the Garmin Vector.

Wahoo Speedplay—Still Speedplay

Love Speedplay pedals? You’re in luck: Wahoo’s Speedplay pedals are the same as they ever were. Selene Yeager and I both got the new Speedplay pedals to check out—we both run Speedplay on the road and are very familiar with the system—and we both had the same reaction after riding the new pedals.

After her first ride, Selene messaged me on Slack, “Hey. So, I put in 20 some miles on the Speedplays. And they felt just like Speedplays! I literally have no other feedback. If I didn’t know I’d swapped out the pedals, I wouldn’t have known I had swapped out my pedals.” After my first ride on the pedals, I messaged a colleague, “They’re Speedplays.”

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We shouldn’t be surprised. The previous owner, Richard Bryne, spent 30 years refining the reversed retention system that made Speedplay, Speedplay. What was Wahoo going to do—buy a brand known for a signature technology and throw that tech away?

What’s nice about the Speedplay pedals is they’re dual-sided, so clipping in is super easy. I especially appreciate this in urban environments with a lot of stopping and starting at lights before you get out to open roads.

The super-low stack height is really nice too. It’s a small thing, but I think I feel more connected and that the power transfer is more direct when I’m on a bike with Speedplay than I do when I’m on a bike with a Look/Shimano/Time system. This sounds like a really big deal—Speedplay likes to talk it up—but though I’ve found the difference is there, it’s subtle.

Another great thing about Speedplay is the float. It’s very smooth and you never feel like you’re fighting against friction or preload from a spring as your leg cycles through its stroke. Left and right side float are independently adjustable, as are inboard and outboard float. So if you have some wonky anatomy, or are just really particular, Speedplay offers customization not found anywhere else.

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But if you’re not a fan of Speedplay, nothing Wahoo did will change your mind. And nothing Wahoo did addresses the biggest drawback of the Speedplay system—its performance in anything but ideal conditions. Grit, mud, snow, ice: If you ride in inclement weather, Speedplay pedals foul up quicker and more significantly than the other options. This is why I put my Speedplay pedals away from late fall to late spring.

So, the big news in all this isn’t about the function of the standard Speedplay road pedal. What’s noteworthy is Wahoo simplified the line and refined a few things. And Wahoo’s acquisition should also make buying the pedals and replacement parts easier.

Matt PhillipsSenior Test Editor, BicyclingMatt has been testing bikes and all forms of cycling gear since 1995.

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Switching to SpeedPlay Zero Pedals w/ Bont Helix Shoes

Wahoo Speedplay Zero review: Icy smooth, but not maintenance free

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Smooth, solid, and fussy. That is the Speedplay system in three adjectives.

I last used Speedplay pedals nearly 20 years ago, when I lived in sunny Southern California and the Trek-VW team I was on handed us each of the riders a set. I found the float to be icily smooth — as in, there was virtually no friction, a stark contrast to Shimano and Look plastic cleats — and the pedaling platform and retention to be rock solid. The adjustable float was cool, and, after a short learning curve, I found the pedal system — when clean — to be excellent.

I ultimately abandoned them because the latching mechanism — which unlike other systems is bolted to the shoe — is fussy outside of clean, dry environments and can render clipping in impossible if you step in snow or mud or otherwise manage to get some grit in the system.

Fast forward two decades, and the cycling technology company Wahoo now owns Speedplay. Wahoo drastically reduced the number of models but kept the fundamental design the same.

Clipping in — upside down

Most pedal systems consist of a static cleat that bolts to the shoe, and a securing mechanism with moving pieces on the pedal itself. Speedplay flips the script: aside from rotating on the spindle, the lollipop-shaped pedal is a static object; the moving parts that secure the system are bolted to the shoe.

This does a few things. One, it makes for an exceptionally light pedal — the Zero weighs 111g; the titanium Nano weighs 86g — but the cleat weight more than makes up for it. I weighed a Zero pedal, cleat, and hardware at 185g, compared to 159g for a Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL system.

The primary benefit of the Speedplay design is that just can’t wear down your cleat by walking on it like you do with Shimano and Look systems. The more you wear down your cleat, the more play you introduce into the system. With Speedplay, conversely, the engagement system is buried inside the cleat on your shoe, so the interface remains consistent throughout its life.

Also unlike most road pedals, you can clip into either side of the Speedplay pedal. If you are accustomed to Shimano and Look systems, where you first engage the front of the cleat and then stomp down, clipping into Speedplay may take a few pawing attempts; you just find the pedal under your shoe-mounted cleat and step firmly down.

Clipping out is like any other system: rotate your ankle out with a bit of force, and your foot pops up. Unlike other systems, though, you can adjust how much float you have in both directions.

Super smooth — until it’s not

When the system is clean, the float feels exceptionally smooth and virtually friction-free. Some find it almost disconcerting at first how ‘slippery’ the float feels. But most riders myself included quickly adjust. And returning to Shimano or Look systems feels a little sticky.

The simplicity of the pedal stands in contrast to the complexity of the cleat. Unless your shoe has four bolts, you first start with an adapter plate to convert the standard three holes to Speedplay’s four-bolt system. To that, you bolt on a two-piece engagement mechanism, over which you secure the texturized rubber cover.

Tiny Allen bolts under the cover adjust the float — one bolt for each direction. And the engagement spring in the mechanism needs to be kept clean and lubricated with a dry lube.

The narrow channel around the circumference of the pedal is how the cleat snaps on. Get any grime in that channel, or inside the cleat on your shoe, and clipping in becomes challenging if not impossible. Under normal riding conditions, including in the rain, this isn’t an issue. The problems usually start when you put your foot down.

While most roadies don’t start most rides planning to stick a foot in mud or snow, these things happen. A nature break by the side of the road, say, and one step in some soggy ground could well mean that you’re going to spend a few minutes on your butt, cleaning out your cleat with a stick or whatever you can find.

Speedplay for a while made cleat covers, to protect the inner mechanism and hardware floors. Now the rubberized cover protects floors, but protecting the tight quarters of the moving parts in the cleats remains up to you.

So, back to Southern California. Out there on the usually clean, usually dry roads, Speedplay pedals are great. When I moved back to New Mexico and later Colorado, I found that I valued being able to put a foot down wherever, whenever, and, if I ended up with grimy cleats for whatever reason, I could just kick my pedals once or twice and be on my way.

With the promise of a power-meter Speedplay model on the way this summer, Wahoo has added a significant pro to the Speedplay column. Until then, I will qualify my endorsement of Speedplay pedals as a great system — if you never put your feet anywhere but on clean surfaces.

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Now discussing:

Originally patented in 1989, SPEEDPLAY pedals represented a clean slate approach to road cycling pedals and offered innovative features. Known as the lollipop pedals, SPEEDPLAY gained popularity with amateur and professional cyclists due to their dual-sided design and low stack height. However, in more recent years Shimano SPD-SL and Look Keo pedals have come to dominate the road cycling pedal market. Wahoo has decided to change that with their purchase of SPEEDPLAY and the newly introduced revamped SPEEDPLAY pedals. The new Wahoo SPEEDPLAY pedals retain the same iconic design but are updated with sealed bearings for easier maintenance, hex hardware, and a revised pedal body. Wahoo currently offers four versions of the SPEEDPLAY pedals: NANO (“ultralight performance”), ZERO (“race-grade performance”), COMP (“all-around performance”) and AERO (“streamlined performance”). 

The differences between the models are the spindle and body material. The NANOs are the top-of-the-line option with titanium spindles and a carbon composite body while the lesser version use Stainless steel or Chromoly and Grivory bodies (a thermoplastic material). In this review, we’ll be looking at the SPEEDPLAY ZERO which represents that best value in the lineup. While the full lineup ranges from $449.99 for the NANO down to $149.99, the ZERO pedals have a retail price of $229.99 and stainless steel spindle. Wahoo has also simplified the available cleats to two options (each retail for $54.99): Standard Tension (included with everything but the COMP pedals) and an easier to use Easy Tension option (included with the COMP). The ZERO pedals also offer four different spindle length options allowing SPEEDPLAY retailers or bike fitters to match the pedals to your anatomy.

The Wahoo SPEEDPLAY pedals retain the innovative dual-sided lollipop design and walkable cleat design of the original pedals while improving usability.

Rating9.0/10
Retail Price$229.99
Measured Weight (in g)220 (pedals) / 148 (standard tension cleats)
Likes+ Low profile
+ Dual sided design makes clipping in easy
+ Highly adjustable position and float
Dislikes– Expensive cleats
– 3-bolt to 4-bolt Adapter required unless used with SPEEDPLAY specific shoes
– Release tension is not adjustable
Where to Buy (US)Wahoo

UNBOXING

If there is one thing Wahoo does right it is sleek packaging and graphics. The pedals come in a sleek box with reflective Wahoo logo and high contrast graphics. Inside the box you’ll find:

  • SPEEDPLAY ZERO pedals
  • Standard Tension Cleats w/ hardware
  • Shims
  • Instruction manual

Note, Wahoo includes the Easy Tension with the COMP pedals instead of the Standard Tension cleats. Both cleats are compatible with all the SPEEDPLAY pedals though.

FIT & FINISH

What sets the Speedplay pedals apart from other pedals such as the Shimano SPD-SL or Look Keo pedals is the unique design. Rather than using the traditional design of integrating the spring and attachment mechanisms in the pedal body, the SPEEDPLAY moves them to the cleats. That leaves the pedals with a distinctive low-profile lollipop shape that gives the SPEEDPLAY pedals one of their best advantages – a dual sided entry. That means clipping into SPEEDPLAY pedals is quick and easy as you can confidently clip in without having to worry about flipping the pedals.

If you’re already familiar with SPEEDPLAY pedals, then the revamped Wahoo SPEEDPLAY Zeros will look very familiar. The signature bowtie metal plates can still be found on the pedals but now fully extend around the pedal to provide additional protection against scrapes. With the sealed bearing design there are no longer any grease ports on the pedal although the pedals can still be opened. The spindle also has a more modern tapered design as the pedals can only be installed with an allen wrench through the spindle body. The cleats have also received slight adjustments with the same multi-piece design: adapter plate for 3-bolt to 4-bolt (note SPEEDPLAY specific shoes don’t need this), C-shaped spring, protector plate and the plastic walkable cover.

Wahoo SPEEDPLAY ZERO Clipless Pedals - Spindle

The Standard Tension cleats offers adjustable float as well as release angle via two small set screws. The dual design means that not only can you adjust the float between 0-15°, but you can change the activation point for heel-out or heel-in by upto 7.5° which means you can customize the float to match your personal preference (Easy Tension Cleats do not have this adjustable float option). Other cleats such as Look Keo or Shimano SPD-SL require buying different cleats to achieve different float values. Note, there is no adjustable tension with theses cleats as they use a simple C-shaped spring instead of a traditional coil spring or replaceable components.

Wahoo SPEEDPLAY ZERO Clipless Pedals - Cleat Parts

ON THE ROAD

Although setting up the cleats is a little more involved than other pedal designs, the combination of the adapter plate and spring plate allow for front/back and side adjustment to perfectly position the cleat even if your shoes have non-adjustable cleat mounts. Once the pedals are set up, the advantage of the SPEEDPLAY pedal is clear, the cleats are easy to walk with and have dual-sided entry. That means clipping in the pedals is easy as you don’t have to worry about the pedal orientation. Because the pedals use a simple C-ring spring, the pedals have non-adjustable clip in/release tension. 

Wahoo SPEEDPLAY ZERO Clipless Pedals - Side Profile

We’d recommend lighter (weight) cyclists consider the Easy Tension cleat option as the Standard Tension cleats require a significant amount of force to clip in. Curiously, unclipping the cleats wasn’t an issue and engaged easily. We also encountered some binding issues that made the right pedal particularly difficult to clip in. This was resolved by slightly bending up the protective plate on the cleat to prevent it from rubbing against the spring. Otherwise, the SPEEDPLAY pedals provide a secure and comfortable platform for easy tempo rides or sprinting. Despite the use of the adapter plate, power transfer felt direct while the adjustable float was easy to adjust to customize the feel. The walkable covers also make the cleats easy to walk on without fear of damaging the cleats or falling due to a lack of grip.

THE VERDICT

Overall, we found the Wahoo SPEEDPLAY ZERO pedals to be well designed and easy to operate. Wahoo’s several refinements and updates retain the dual-sided entry and innovative design of the original SPEEDPLAY pedals were known for while improving usability. The lollipop design not only looks sleek but results in a low profile and easy-to-clean design. While we found Standard Tension cleats worked well and provided a secure fit, clipping in requires a far amount of force. The other downsides of the SPEEDPLAY pedals is that the cleats are quite expensive at $54.99 compared to other pedal systems and SPEEDPLAY specific shoes are not common and most shoes require the provided 3 bolt-to-4 bolt adapter. With Wahoo investment into SPEEDPLAY and the upcoming power meter version of the pedals, we suspect that may change. If you’re looking for a dual-sided road cycling pedal and want a walkable cleat design, the SPEEDPLAY is the pedal to choose.

Disclaimer:  The product for this review was provided by Wahoo. The views expressed on this website are solely those of the authors and are here to help people make an informed choice before a purchase. The authors or the blog itself does not get any monetary compensation from the product manufacturer or third-party websites/vendor links that are posted here.

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