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Speedpaly Zero vs. XSeries

Old 08-18-05, 11:48 AM
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Speedpaly Zero vs. XSeries

I currently have a pair of hand-me-down look pedals (I couldn't tell you the model)
They are old and very noisy so I'l looking to replace them.
Also my shoe keeps keeps rubbing against my crank

I really like the Speedplay systems mostly because they are dual sided
I'm trying to decide between the X Series or the Zero's.

Some people describe the X Series as walking on ice with tons of float
They say it takes getting used to, but all seem to like them.

The Zero's can have 0 to 15 degrees of float.
Am I wrong in thinking this would be plenty of float?
Also is that 15 degrees left and right or total?

I'm afraid if I go with the X Series my shoe will still rub against my crank

Thanks
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Old 08-18-05, 12:29 PM
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I've had both and I prefer the Zeros because I can limit the inward float to stop my heel from hitting the crank arm.
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I have x series pedals and my shoes never hit the crank, chain, or whatever else

I know that the X series has more outward float than inward. if that makes sense
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Old 08-18-05, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by cydewaze
I've had both and I prefer the Zeros because I can limit the inward float to stop my heel from hitting the crank arm.
The same with me. I used both and the X were allowing my heal to rub against the crank.
Now I use the Zero and they work well. I still liked the float of the X type better, but the problem of the heal rubbing..
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Why would your shoes hit the cranks? The Speedplay pedals allow your legs to take their natural mechanical rotation.

I use the X2s and I really like the unlimited float. It takes one ride to become accustomed to the freedom and everyone quickly adapts.

The weakness in the X series is that the design is prone to dirt contamination and will not engage if dirt is lodged in between the springs. The Zeros use a flat spring which prevents this condition. The Zeros will also allow you to limit the amount of float.
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I have 3 pair, all X-1's, lighter, shorter spindle, best bearings, quick on and off, no problems.
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zeros, you can adjust the float independently and the amount--mine are setup so the heel-in won't hit the crank, but heel-out I have float

you definitely want zeros

good luck
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Originally Posted by squeegy200
Why would your shoes hit the cranks?
Size 13 EE. There's not many things they don't hit.
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Same here. My left instep hits the crank. I've decreased heel-in float on my Zeros and so far, so good.
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Originally Posted by cydewaze
I've had both and I prefer the Zeros because I can limit the inward float to stop my heel from hitting the crank arm.
Hum, what about your form then? Either X or Zero will be good. Yes, the first few rides on the X series (when I bought them, that was all that was offered) did feel like standing on ice cubes, but I very quickly adapted. I have less crank arm scuffing with them than I did with my old Look 296 pedals and red arc cleats.
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Originally Posted by squeegy200

...The weakness in the X series is that the design is prone to dirt contamination and will not engage if dirt is lodged in between the springs...
This is the only complaint I have with the X series. It can be a real pain in the backside when they get dirty and wet! But overall I love the float they give. I have never tried the zeros, but a ride mate I know loves his, except his right cleat wears out very quickly...he is one of those guys whose foot rubs against the crank, maybe that has something to do with it... I just thought his cleat wear was really unique.
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Originally Posted by orbojeff
Also is that 15 degrees left and right or total?
15 deg. each. That's more than plenty for *most* people. I love my "Phonak" Zeroes fixed.
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