Triathletes are all-too-familiar with the iconic Speedplay pedals – launched in 1989 they were a hit in the multisport world because of the light weight and dual-sided entry. A few years ago Wahoo purchased the company and today announced a refresh to the brand that includes four new pedals, including “the world’s first dual-sided, pedal-based power meter. Canadian pricing on the new pedals isn’t available as of yet, but we should be getting that soon.
The new pedals offer adjustable float from 0 to 15 degrees, lower stack height and better aerodynamics, along with sealed bearings that don’t require regular maintenance and are said to be more durable. Installation is easy with just a hex wrench.
“I’ve trusted Speedplay for much of my career for their reliability and ample opportunity to custom fit the position of my foot,” says three-time Ironman World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Jan Frodeno. “I ride 20,000km in a year and the improvements Wahoo has made to the pedals gives me the confidence to know that my pedals will work perfectly still ensuring that my biomechanics work on the most important contact point with my bike.”
Five new pedals
The new Wahoo Speedplay line includes the Comp (US$149.99), Speedplay Zero (US$229.99), Speedplay Nano (US$449.99), Speedplay Aero (US$279.99), and the Wahoo Powrlink Zero (price to be announced). The new line includes two cleat options – standard and easy tension. The new cleat options are also backward compatible with earlier Speedplay Zero models. The new line up should be available here in Canada soon, with the Powrlink Zero expected to hit this summer.
Powrlink Zero power meter
The Powerlink Zero power meter won’t be available until summer 2021, but the company has released a few details on what consumers can expect from the pedal-based power meter. Both pedals together will only weigh 276g, but the total system including the 142g standard cleats will weigh 418g—very slightly lighter than the total Garmin Vector system (426g).
The Powerlink Zero will be the first dual-sided, pedal-based power meter. The left side will collect data from both pedals and transmit data to Wahoo or any other brands’ bike computers.
The pedals have a claimed battery life of 80 hours, and, though as of launch they won’t be offering pedal dynamics, the company is looking to introduce them in a later update.
We’ll have a more detailed review of the new pedals once they’re available. Canadians will have to wait a few extra weeks for Canadian pricing, but the new Speedplay pedals will soon be available from local Wahoo dealers and online at WahooFitness.com.
With files from Lily Hansen-Gillis.