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Interbike tech: Speedplay's mysterious new pedal

The Syzr cleat uses customary 2-bolt mounting, but that's about the only traditional thing about them. Pedal float is built into the cleat and instead of relying on shoe lugs for stability, the cleat is the only part that interfaces with the pedal. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (VN) — Rumors of Speedplay’s new offroad pedal have circulated for months, if not for years. Full production is still a few months away and pricing has yet to be set, but the new pedal, called the Syzr (scissor), was finally ready for public view at Interbike.

In a move away from Speedplay’s normal cleat-located retention, the new pedal has a more traditional “pedal grabbing cleat” construction. The float for the system though, much like a Speedplay Zero, still remains in the cleat.

Unlike most offroad pedals, the Syzr doesn’t rely on shoe lugs touching the pedal body for stability. The cleat is the only thing that interfaces with the pedal and Speedplay claims that the Syzr is the most stable offroad pedal they’ve tested.

Weight for the stainless steel version will hover around 300 grams for the pair, without cleats. Availability is still awhile away, 2012 perhaps.