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Review: Speedplay Pedals – Do They Live Up To The Hype?

Written by Lydia Hunter

Speedplay pedals have been around for a while now. Double sided, discreet, and comfortable, they are many riders first choice when it comes to pedals. I’ve had a pair for a year now, and a recent issue has lead me to finally write a review about them.

Ease of use

These pedals are unbelievably easy to use. There is absolutely no stumbling around at lights, as the double sided pedals allow you to clip in no matter what way the pedal is facing. You don’t have to dip your toes in first either, simply push down with your foot.

First off lights, or first off the starting line, it really does help no matter what you use them for.

Aesthetics

These pedals are slick looking. First off, they’re absolutely tiny, so no attention is taken away from the rest of your bike. Second of all, they are so simple and discreet, no excessive logos or designs, just a small round pedal, that comes in a selection of colours.

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Comfort

One of the reasons so many people choose to ride Speedplay pedals is because of the comfort. The cleats that come with the pedals are well known for having a large amount of float, that is, you are able to move your heel slightly side to side.

This may not sound like a lot, however it makes riding a lot easier on the knees, whether you have a previous injury or not. I’ve never had knee pain using them, and can’t imagine that I ever would.

Price

This is where things start going downhill a little for me. The cheapest set of pedals available is about £99, which isn’t too bad compared to many other brands, however it’s the replacement cost that is an issue.

You see, cleats don’t last forever, so when it’s time to shell out for a new pair, they’re gonna cost you around £40. To put it into perspective, a Shimano pair of cleats cost about £15. However, this still isn’t ridiculous pricing, and I reckon the price is worth it.

Durability

This is the only reason I have decided to give another pair of pedals a go. I’m sad to say it, but this is the number one thing that lets Speedplay down.

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I bought my first pair of Speedplay pedals a year ago, and have already gone through 2 pairs of cleats. If I were to buy another pair and carry on with them, that would work out at £120 a year on replacement cleats. Not ideal.

My first pair completely wore down, so when I got new shoes, I simply couldn’t get the screws out, as the metal was so eroded. This could easily be solved through a variety of ways. Either embed the screws a few mm into the cleat so they don’t contact the floor, or use a sturdier material. These are not cheap cleats!

My second pair simply broke. One of the pieces of metal that clip around the pedal on my cleat broke away, and obviously need to be replaced. Bad luck right?

Well, it would be, except the exact same thing happened to my boyfriends Speedplay cleat too a few months back. Surely that constitutes poor durability, and not simply bad luck.

However, many others I have spoke to have used the same cleats for years on end. Sadly, I am not one of them.

It’s a real shame, as I do genuinely love my Speedplay pedals. However, as a measly student, I can’t keep forking out £40 every few months on replacement parts. Until I am rich or simply not quite as broke, it’s back to good old Shimano for me.

About the author

Lydia Hunter

Vegan cyclist, student, and lover of life. No, you can't eat animals yet love them at the same time.

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