For those who ride Pavement – Or Road Pedals on Gravel: The Iconic Speedplay Pedal Returns with a Wahoo Upgrade

wahoo speedplay pedal review

“The New Wahoo Speedplay Line Offers Five Options for Road Cyclists and Triathletes Looking for High Performance, Dual-Sided Entry, and Pedal-Based Power Measurement.”

Wahoo is proud to announce the first major refresh of the iconic Speedplay brand since the pedals were invented in a California garage 31 years ago.

wahoo speedplay pedal review

The new Wahoo Speedplay line grows from technology first designed in 1989. Speedplay pedals are the world’s only high-performance pedal designed specifically for road cycling and triathlon without relying on concepts and technology from other sports — and the only one to offer approachable dual-sided entry. Wahoo is also excited to announce the world’s first dual-sided, pedal-based power meter, the highly anticipated POWRLINK ZERO.

wahoo speedplay pedal review

Refinements across the whole line will improve the performance and durability of Speedplay pedals. Revamped models have lower stack height and better aerodynamics than other systems, as well as adjustable float, spindle-length options, and the premium-level user experience that all Wahoo products are known for.

wahoo speedplay pedal review

The new Wahoo Speedplay line includes the COMP ($149.99), Speedplay ZERO ($229.99), Speedplay NANO ($449.99), Speedplay AERO ($279.99), and the Wahoo POWRLINK ZERO power meter (price to be announced). The Speeplay line includes two cleat options: Standard Tension (included with ZERO, NANO, AERO, and POWRLINK ZERO), and Easy Tension (included with COMP). Both cleat options are compatible with all pedals in the new Speedplay lineup and are backwards compatible with all earlier Speedplay Zero models. The COMP, ZERO, NANO, and AERO are available for purchase today from Wahoo dealers and POWRLINK ZERO will be available in summer 2021.

wahoo speedplay pedal review

Performance upgrades include adjustable float on all cleats from 0-15 degrees, sealed bearings with no need for regular maintenance, and increased durability through a revised pedal body. Wrench flats have been eliminated in favor of installation via a hex wrench. The ZERO is also available in four spindle lengths from Speedplay dealers and fit specialists to ensure that all rider fit needs are covered.

wahoo speedplay pedal review

“I’ve trusted Speedplay for much of my career for their reliability and ample opportunity to custom fit the position of my foot. 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,” said Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno.

wahoo speedplay pedal review

Speedplay has been the road pedal of choice for JOM of Gravel Cyclist since 1995. Additionally, he used them before most of us knew any better, to Top Five in the Master’s category at the 2011 Rouge Roubaix, St Francisville, Louisiana.

wahoo speedplay pedal review

“Speedplay pedals give us an advantage over other pedal systems in weight, aerodynamics, and the adjustability of their cleat system. This combination gives our riders full confidence in their equipment on race day and lets them focus on the race ahead,” said EF – Education First Nippo Team Performance Manager Nate Wilson.

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In 2020, the Education First — EF Pro Cycling Team rode Speedplay pedals to top finishes in World Tour races, including a podium finish at the Vuelta a Espana, picking up the World Tour legacy of a pedal that has won multiple monuments, including the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastone-Liege, and Paris-Nice. In 2021, EF — Education First Nippo and Canyon//SRAM will continue to ride with Speedplay. Joining them in the pro peloton are Alex Dowsett and Owain Doull. Speedplay has also seen unparalleled success in triathlon, as the winningest pedal at the Kona Ironman World Championships and the choice of World Record holder Jan Frodeno.

The new pedals are being supported by Wahoo’s existing sales organization, ensuring that cyclists can easily access Speedplay pedals via Wahoo dealers and


  1. Avatar Mark Bates

    They’ll sell a lot of those power meters.

  2. Avatar stephen

    So, it appears the Zero and Light Action pedals have now been combined into one, the light action is now available in a cleat, and that the ability to regrease the bearings is probably now gone. More details on the power metering option might be interesting, i.e., whether it’s single and/or double sided, and price(s).

    Still no word on the future of Syzr or Frog cleats or pedals, so I assume these are gone for ever; not everyone wants to hobble around when off the bike, or struggle to engage or disengage the cleats. 🙁

  3. Avatar Deanna

    Thank you to all of you who have read and offered comments. I am relatively new to gravel and mountain bike “eventing” (I am +50). I loved my Qarq power meter back in the day but it eventually went “kaput”. I am using the Wahoo indoor power trainer and am looking for the best power meter for my mountain bike and gravel bike. I appreciate all that this site offers. You are very generous in time, spirit and encouragement.

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