I was reading up that the "Speedplay zero" has a unique float and a wide range, but when reading up on the page dedicated to the "Speedplay zero" it mentions thatit is for Rider who prefers a fixed (no float) or limited-float pedal system in the section labeled "why get this pedal." It had also mentioned on the top of the page that it has a varying float, and that it has multiple adjustments to adjust the cleats perfectly for yourself.

I am curious if anyone has any experience with these as I am looking for a pedal that has a good amount of float so that I do not experience knee injury. I heard the Speedplays and "Keywin" companies were good for that.

  • I've actually found less float is better for MY knees, especially over distance. Once I get pedals setup in the right position, I don't see any reason to add slop so that my leg can then "float" out of that position into one that wasn't what I originally set it up for. – Deleted User May 19 '17 at 12:29
  • Thanks for the info. I read that you shouldn't need to float once you are properly set up and can pedal properly, but it seems that certain float is good for the knees so it doesn't hurt itself. The Speedplay Zero was mentioned to have an "icy" feel to it, so it seems that there is free floating movement, which I'm not sure if others are like ticks or something that could micro-damage the knee. IT seems once you're used to the Zeros you dial the float to a fixed or minimal float. – XaolingBao May 19 '17 at 22:59

I read the following, from their website as having the option to either lock them in place and use them as a fixed cleat, or use them with up to 15º of adjustable float, which considering many are only about 7º seems like a lot.

By thinking "outside the box", we created and patented the most technically advanced pedal system ever, featuring your choice of either a fixed position or up to 15 degrees of micro-adjustable float

I personally have no experience with them though, Nor have i heard much about them, that is just how i interpreted it.

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  • Thanks for the information. Just found it odd it said For A Rider who prefers a fixed (no float) or limited-float pedal system on the bottom right where it mentions who it's useful for. – XaolingBao May 18 '17 at 20:36
  • It is definitely a bit confusing, they're website in general is very cluttered. – Nate W May 18 '17 at 22:25
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    You may adjust the float of Speedplay to anything between 0° and 15°. With Look road pedals, depending on the cleat, it's either 0°, 2.25° or 4.5°, Shimano road 0°, 1° or 3° and Shimano MTB has two types with 3° float but different release behaviour (sideways only and sideways+upwards) Shimano and Look road cleats are colour coded. – Carel May 19 '17 at 10:46

Big speedplay fan here, the cleats have two little screws on them. The spring mechanism that clips you into the pedal is housed inside the cleat, and the two little screws form an area that constrain a 'needle' on this spring. The spring is circular so that it clips onto the pedal, and the positioning of the screws dictates how much you can move your heel in/out on the pedal.

If you set them up so that your heels clear the chainstays, you an have a quite wide float angle with very secure engagement.

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