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Old 06-24-05, 09:39 AM   #1
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Speedplay Zero Track Special

I know the topic of clippless pedals has been beaten to death but I couldn’t seem to find much comparing the Speedplay Zero and the Zero Track Special. Is the extra-stiff tension really necessary compared to the standard Zero? Thanks.
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I was using a set of X Speedplays for practice sessions at the velo until I noticed how much play there was and how difficult is was to transfer powerful confidently in flying 200s. this was re-affirmed by another well-experienced rider and he mentioned getting a pedal with better float control, etc - something better suited for the track. I picked up a set of Zero Tracks and dig the adjustment screws for angle settings and the extra retension. I can tell a big difference. And feel safer standing up for a good sprint.
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I know the topic of clippless pedals has been beaten to death but I couldn’t seem to find much comparing the Speedplay Zero and the Zero Track Special. Is the extra-stiff tension really necessary compared to the standard Zero? Thanks.
If you want the bare bones opinion, no. The way speedplays are designed, you cannot pull out of your pedals through a direct upward pull. They can only be realeased by turning your heel out to the end of it's float range. The X series does have more play in it, up and down (tolerances) as well as float, lending to a not very stable feeling. The Zero's both share the same tolerances, so up and down play is quashed with those pedals.

To elaborate on what Don mentioned. More float makes it easier to pull out only if your heels move around a lot when you are sprinting. If you're fairly steady and never hit your float limits, then more float makes it harder to pull out as you have more room to move before unclipping. If you're all over the place, then it makes it easier, as your foot movement will build momentum, and shoot past the unclipping point. If you're a rider that flails a lot with your feet, the extra stiff tension would be very beneficial. Or do what I did. I like to feel locked in, so I run my Zero Tracks with a strap.
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taras0000 - do you have a picture of this? anyway we can see this set-up? I am curious as to where the strap is. thahks!
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taras0000 - do you have a picture of this? anyway we can see this set-up? I am curious as to where the strap is. thahks!
Here it is. I think I'm gonna make another modification tho. Cut the two front straps off of my shoes, machine a new "bowtie" plate that's got an extended tab on the back, and attach double straps.
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