As you’re headed for the cafe or pub you can always tell who in your road group uses Speedplay pedals; they’re either lagging behind as they fumble with cleat covers, or they’re lying flat on their back from an epic slip and fall.
As a long time Speedplay user I’ve always put up with the expensive, fast wearing and slippery cleats because I like the adjustability, second-to-none ground clearance and dual-sided pedal entry. While there’s a few options on the market to prolong their life, (like Keep-On Covers), I ultimately decided after my first slip it was worth investing in a set of cleat covers. While I still haven’t worn out or lost the original set of Speedplay cleat covers I purchased in 2009, I had hoped there was a solution on the horizon.
Beyond the traction woes of the Speedplay cleats, the hardware doesn’t last very long. It always amazed me how despite my diligence with the cleat covers how quickly the cleats wore out, specifically the metal bottom plate and four fastening screws. I’ve rounded out and been forced to drill out a fair few cleat screws either because I’d let them wear down to far, or there was mud or a small rock jammed into the screw preventing a solid connection with the screwdriver.
So when the walkable cleats were announced alongside Speedplay’s Aero Pedals, I was intrigued to say the least.
The Zero Aero Walkable cleat is made up of 15 pieces
Performance and durability
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