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New Speedplay Syzr off-road pedals launched

Long-awaited new Speedplay Syzr clipless pedals now available and costing from £200

They’ve been a long time coming, but this week Speedplay finally launched its new Syzr off-road clipless pedals. They’re available in two versions, £200 with a stainless steel axle, and £350 with a lighter titanium axle.

Speedplay is a company best known for its small lollipop shaped road clipless pedals. The coming has been developing its new off-road pedals for a good few years  The new Syzr pedal features a slew of features that the company claims makes it the ultimate “made to-go-anywhere clipless pedal system.”

“I made a wish list of performance features I wanted in this new pedal system. I quickly realized that to include them all was going to take considerable effort,” said Speedplay’s pedal designer, Richard Bryne ot Bicycle Retailer. “I was intent on delivering each of the features, so I kept working until the design included every one. In the end, it took a combination of seven proprietary technologies distilled into one product to achieve this goal.”

The Syzr pedals claim to be able to transfer power more efficiently due to small tabs on the cleat that rest against the pedal body. These tabs effectively stabilise the cleat in the pedal and prevent any excess movement. The cleats use the common two-bolt design so they’re compatible with all mountain bike shoes.

The cleats offer a 10 degree range of float adjustment, that’s the free side-to-side movement in the system. Adjustable float is a feature of Speedplay’s road pedals, but we’ve not seen a similar adjustable cleat offered in the mountain bike world before. To make clipping in easier, something called ‘Target Acquisition Technology’ uses a funnel-shaped guide in the pedal that steers the cleat into the engagement mechanism.

Clipping in and out of pedals in muddy conditions can often be challenging. The Syzr pedals aim to offer increased mud clearance with ‘Roller-Cam Release Technology’, ceramic contacts that apparently do not seize when wet. The pedals also have a very open design that means any mud stuck to the sole of the shoe shouldn’t interfere with pedal engagement.

The pedals are constructed with a choice of stainless steel or titanium axles with precision needle and cartridge bearings, and maintenance is easy with grease ports. The stainless pedals weigh a claimed 312g a pair, the titanium pedals are 275g a pair. Prices are a  whopping £350 for the titanium pedals, the stainless steel version is £200. The cleats cost £55 a set. The titanium pedals come with a 185lb (83kg),  unusual for a pedal system.

More at www.speedplay.com and www.i-ride.co.uk

Key features:

DIRECT-DRIVE POWER TRANSFER: Syzr pedals deliver power more efficiently than any MTB pedal. Other MTB pedal systems waste energy with every pedal stroke by transferring rider power through the spongy rubber tread of the shoe sole. Direct, through-the-cleat power transfer eliminates any energy loss from sole compression or wear.

ACTIVE CLEAT STABILIZATION: Self-tightening, cinch-down cleat connection ensures unsurpassed lateral foot stability. Syzr pedals are the only off-road pedal design to provide the superior platform stability of a road pedal.

TRUE MICRO-ADJUSTABLE FLOAT: Micro-adjustable, 10-degree float range makes cleat set-up easy. Unique, pivoting cleat provides smooth, non-recentering, knee-friendly float.

CERAMIC ROLLER-CAM RELEASE TECHNOLOGY: Proprietary Ceramic Roller-Cam Release Technology ensures consistent disengagement in all conditions by rolling instead of binding.

TARGET ACQUISITION TECHNOLOGY: Funnel-shaped guides on the front of each cleat effectively increase the size of the target area and steer the cleat into the pedal. This technology makes Syzr pedals much easier to engage without looking.

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