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Speedplay Zero platform adapters

Old 04-17-06, 12:44 PM
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Speedplay Zero platform adapters

Cycling friends showed me some adapters that go on their Speedplay X-series pedals that turn them to platform pedals. Basically a plastic piece that goes over the pedal and you slide a metal pin in to hold it all together. I called the LBS to see if they make such a thing for the Zeros. They weren't too sure what I was talking about and even less sure about if they could get them.

Anyone know what I'm talking about? If not available for the Zeros, I was thinking when my cleats get close to wearing out, I can make one by screwing them into a set of platform pedals. Seems like it would be too bulky though.
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Old 04-17-06, 01:40 PM
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Description from the speedplay website:
STREET SHOE PLATFORMS
Now you can use street shoes with your X Series pedals. These tough composite platforms convert X pedals into reflectorized flat pedals
Not compatible with Zero pedals.

The problem is that for the x-series pedals, their pedal retention mechanism is just a piece of metal that flexes whereas the zero has a much more complicated system.
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Old 04-17-06, 01:45 PM
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I'm interested about this to.
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I got a set of these three weeks ago and I'm very disappointed on the quality of material they used. It was made out of cheap hard plastic, not like the composite material like the X-Series – Street Shoe Platforms which is made of a high impact composite. On my first ride with them, I cracked all four halves of these the first time I used them. The first time I applied pressure to the pedals I heard a crack, then again as I stood up on them I heard another crack. These all crack right across the middle. Again these are made of hard brittle plastic, nothing like the material like the X-Series. I sent them back and had them warranty it. I doubt these are going to be durable at all as I'm sure they're going to crack again. Hopeful they will start making them out of the black composite as they used on the X-Series. So far Speedplay has been making great products, and I hope this isn't a start of a new trend for them as these were also twice the price of the X-Series Street Shoe Platforms. Has anyone else got these yet? Let heard your experience and results.

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Old 01-15-10, 01:51 PM
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I found your post after doing a bit of searching to see if anyone else had a similar problem. I got a set of Speedplay Platformers back in August for my Zero pedals and after 5 – 6 miles of use spread over three days, the right one completely exploded as I was pulling away from a stop light and I hit the deck pretty hard. The Platformer broke exactly how you described. The left one looked OK but when I took it off the bike it was cracked on both sides and looked like it was just a few pedal strokes from breaking too. Five months later I’m still enjoying the delightful pain of a broken coccyx on a daily basis.

Like you I contacted Speedplay about these dangerous Platformers and they’ve been surprisingly unhelpful which is a huge disappointment to say the least. Their customer service is nothing short of horrible.
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Old 01-15-10, 03:29 PM
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Wow, good thing I was too lazy to pick some of these up...
I commute about a mile, so I don't bother putting my road shoes on. These platforms would be great for that little commute, but I thought you had to use a screwdriver to get them on and off. I was much too lazy to do that twice a day, so I never picked any up.
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I hear about them back in september or so, and called speedplay to order them They told me they were on hold unitl Nov. When I called back in Nov they said Dec. When I called in Dec they said I had to order them from a bike store. Not very happy with that, but I would be a lot more unhappy with what you have described. If they can't make them right, I don't want them.
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http://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...330.336.0.html

Is this what you ordered? I am disappointed to hear your report. I was getting ready to buy a set.
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Yep. Those are the ones. During their 3-day lifetime, I must say they were surprisingly easy to set up. Took just a few seconds per pedal and the spring would pop out with a key or a quarter so no tools were required. Even if they hadn't broken, one thing that was a concern was that the material they are made from is very slippery and the little nubs really don't provide much grip. With that being the case, the upside was that you were forced to ride carefully which made them breaking that much more of an unfortunate surprise.

I bought them with the idea that I'd be able to ride them the mile between home and the Metro and then pop them off so I could take the long way home from work. Great little plan while it lasted. Now I'm back to regular platform pedals on the commuter unless I'm taking the long way both ways.
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That's too bad. I was also thinking of buying a pair of these platforms. Oh well. Hopefully they'll come out with something better.
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Old 01-19-10, 09:57 PM
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That's 24 bucks I'll get to spend on something that works on my bike I guess!!!
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