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Wahoo Speedplay Zero - Spring Quality Issue

Old 05-29-21, 11:06 AM
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Wahoo Speedplay Zero - Spring Quality Issue

I wanted to share an issue I discovered with my new set of Wahoo Speedplay Zero pedals. This is my first set of Speedplays so I was excited to try them out, but it looks like that will have to wait. I installed the cleats and pedals by the book (proper shims to ensure a flat base plate, all bolts torqued per spec) but when it came time to clip in I had a heck of a time. My right foot was the worst - I could only get it a successful clip-in every 10 or so tries. Figured it was my lack of technique, but I was able to get much better results with my left foot by clipping in nearly every try.

I did some quick research and it seems improper shims and overtightening were the main reasons for people struggling to clip in. I suspect either of these situations would bind the spring. However, I checked mine and the spring was free to move within the housing just fine. A little more troubleshooting and I noticed the spring on my right foot (problem foot) did not seem to open as far as the spring on the left. I disassembled the housing and discovered the right-side spring had an extra feature on the outside that was not removed during manufacturing (see image below). This was hitting the housing and preventing the spring from fully opening.

Anyway, this would be worth checking if you run across this thread and are having similar issues. I could probably get away carefully grinding (slowly, keeping it cool) away the extra bit, but I'll just wait for a replacement.

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So nothing wrong with the pedals? It's the cleats? Did you query Wahoo directly, or just wherever you bought them?
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Old 05-30-21, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
So nothing wrong with the pedals? It's the cleats? Did you query Wahoo directly, or just wherever you bought them?
Nothing wrong with the pedals. The defect is on one of the cleat springs. I did send a message off to Wahoo just for their awareness, but I'll likely just exchange them with the local retailer I purchased them from for a quicker turnaround.
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Old 05-30-21, 08:11 AM
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Good catch. I hope they will exchange/replace the spring without any issues for you.
I just switched from Shimano SPD-SL pedals to the Wahoo Speedplay. Very happy with them!
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Thank you for posting. I am a long time Speedplay Zero user. This could save me a lot of time figuring out a problem.
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Originally Posted by Bald Paul View Post
I just switched from Shimano SPD-SL pedals to the Wahoo Speedplay. Very happy with them!
Don't laugh, but I'm coming from eggbeaters with not so stiff mtb shoes, so I'm definitely looking forward to the improved performance!

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Thank you for posting. I am a long time Speedplay Zero user. This could save me a lot of time figuring out a problem.
Here's a picture of the left and right cleat with the spring depressed with a screwdriver. You can see the defective right cleat spring doesn't move into the housing as far as the left (i.e. doesn't open as far to accept the pedal). I added the red lines to show the difference. Depressing the spring on any Speedplay cleat install is probably a good idea, mainly to make sure the spring isn't binding in the housing from improper shims or bolt torques. But it would also expose an issue like mine.

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Chuck it in a vise and hit it with a file, piece of piss.
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