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Wahoo Acquires Speedplay: Hints At Power Meter Pedal Future

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Coming out of nowhere this morning, Wahoo Fitness has announced the acquisition of Speedplay – the makers of cycling pedals. The acquisition marks the second company that Wahoo has acquired this year, following The Sufferfest a bit earlier in the year. The move will see Wahoo take ownership of the entire Speedplay business, which is based in San Diego, CA. The purchase also includes 24 patents related to the pedals, including numerous non-road pedal based patents including cross and mountain pedals.

I had a chance to talk with Wahoo Fitness CEO Chip Hawkins this morning about the acquisition, including both their near term and long term plans. It’s clear from the discussion that Wahoo has big plans for Speedplay. Chip noted that there were two initial catalysts for the acquisition, mainly centered on the appeal of the product itself, but also the lack of clarity around which pedals a consumer should choose.

For example, he highlighted that if you did a comparison chart between the Speedplay pedal and most other competitors, a consumer would find that the Speedplay was lighter, more aero, better cornering clearance, as well as being dual-sided. But it was actually when he as a triathlete, went to pick out a pair on Speedplay’s website that everything went a bit fuzzy – with so many options to choose from and so little clarity about which was the best option.

Going Forward:

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He said that going forward their plan will be to simplify and clarify a bit of the product lineup, and “reduce the confusion when people go to buy the products”, which is an area that Wahoo has largely excelled at over the past few years.  If you look at where the trainer market was when Wahoo first joined the scene, companies like Tacx and Elite had dozens of models to choose from. These days, those companies are down to just a handful of core models each – mirror Wahoo’s simplified Apple-like lineup.

Still, he sees room for product expansion as well. Saying that based on the patents in place “We can do cross pedals, and mountain pedals… and there’s lots of opportunity. I’m just excited, I love the mechanical gadgetry stuff!”

He says that the approximately 25 employees and the company’s operations will continue to be largely San Diego based for now. Though, he concedes they’ll be looking to dramatically increase production and capacity (all products are currently made in San Diego today). As such, roles and locales might shift over time. One of the two husband and wife founders, Richard Bryne, will remain onboard in a consulting position. However, the other founder, his wife Sharon Worman (previously serving as President of Speedplay) will depart the business.

Speedplay as a brand will continue, and simply be another product line in the Wahoo basket – just like KICKR or ELEMNT is today. It doesn’t sound like Speedplay will need to lose any vowels in order to stay within the Wahoo branding playbook.

He did note though that with the acquisition they’ll be looking to simplify and streamline interactions with the local bike shop/retailer base, in particular making it easier for them to obtain products and making it easier to sell Speedplay products. Further, they plan to “dramatically expand” the retail base for Speedplay products, which has dwindled a bit in recent years.

A Speedplay Power Meter:

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So, the big question is: Is a Speedplay power meter in Wahoo’s future?

When asked, Chip laughed a bit. As for an answer, he was clearly trying to be a bit coy on that, but his ultimate answer doesn’t really leave much ambiguity. He says that “It is definitely an intriguing space”, followed a few seconds later by “I’m definitely interested in pedals for power.”

As readers may know, there have been attempts in the past for Speedplay based power meter pedals. Notably first by Metrigear (who was ultimately acquired by Garmin, and became Vector), and then as well as by Brim Brothers. Neither ever came to market with a pedal based power meter. And while it’s unlikely anyone from those or other companies would agree to be quoted on the topic – Speedplay is well known within the cycling industry for their ‘lawyers first’ approach, being aggressively litigious.

But Chip says, he plans to change that, in particular around licensing. He even noted that “We have a ton of patents that cover every aspect of that pedal and that fashion. But I think we’ll be more open with others, and we won’t be considered litigious…we won’t be hard to work with.”

He went onto say that he wouldn’t be opposed to working with other companies, in the same way Wahoo today works with numerous other partners on a variety of projects.

Ultimately, Chip’s official response aside – there’s considerable demand for a Speedplay based power meter, and I suspect that demand is a large part of Wahoo’s strategy here.

Still, don’t expect anything near-term tech-wise. Unlike some acquisitions, the two companies (Wahoo & Speedplay) haven’t been quietly working on new products for years behind closed doors. Instead, Wahoo’s going to initially focus on the simplification and expansion of Speedplay’s existing business, likely well before they start focusing on anything in an ‘intriguing space”.

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77 Comments

  1. John B

    A friend gave me a set of Speedplay pedals years ago and I was converted on the first ride. I found them much easier to use than my previous, one-sided pedals. I hope this acquisition will bring benefits to the consumer. I am interested to watch how this develops.

  2. keith

    I’ve used Speedplay’s for years. Love them!

  3. Jeff

    Didn’t see that one coming. Hopefully Wahoo can take these great pedals to the next level.

  4. James Clarke

    As someone who is committed hard to the aesthetic beauty of both Speedplay pedals and Cannondale hollowgram cranks, even a glimmer of a possibility of a powermeter option is welcome.

  5. Roberto Quinones

    I’m a Speedplay fan and if they ever come out with their own pedal based power meter, I would definitely jump in. Come on Wahoo make it happen!

  6. Nick

    Happy to see Speedplay getting some support. Garmin would have bought Speedplay if they didn’t use ‘Kona Count’ to predict market demand.

  7. StephenB

    Eurobike 2021 – Wahoo SpdPly power-meter pedals.

    You heard it here first folks! 🙂

  8. Dolan Halbrook

    Anything that makes it easier to keep using Speedplays is good news IMO.

  9. Bikeman

    If Speedplay can add accurate power reading to their pedals, it could really shake up the industry. I’m not a fan of Look style pedals or crank based power meters so having Speedplay as an option would be hard to pass up.

  10. Ihsan

    “Easy to work with”??

    I’ll believe it when I see a collaboration with others. Right now their record speaks against them. IMHO of course.

    • I’m not sure I follow, are you another company trying to do business with them?

      I think if we look at the history of Wahoo as a product company, they’re pretty easy for other companies to work with. After all, they were the first company to have an SDK to control their trainers – which ultimately set the direction for this entire industry.

      That doesn’t mean we (the Royal We) always agree with what Wahoo is doing, nor does that mean they’ll always say Yes. For example, them backtracking on 3rd party CLIMB integration is a good example. Or, ultimately not implementing the Running Dynamics standards in their TICKR straps. I think a case could be made that when it comes to standards, Wahoo’s maybe not quite as strong as they used to be (another example would be lack of FTMS).

      But on the flip side, they did integrate recently Varia Radar, and they’re doing some stuff around the indoor bike and technical broadcasting bits that nobody else is doing (and doing it in an open way).

      Still, I don’t think that the line means Wahoo is always going to say yes in every situation, especially if it hurts their business. I think that’s true of just about any company.

    • PFA

      This was a subtle troll about someone at Speedplay who was rumored to be behind litigiousness, not a comment on Wahoo.

    • Frank-enstein

      Great history here was not aware of SDK.

      Hesitant to jump in b-c I always seem to be piling on Wahoo. But the Climb backtrack always stands out to me as petty. I also view Varia support as indicating GARMIN is easy to work with, not Wahoo. Tho takes 2 to tango.

      Speedplay a MUCH better experience than Keo. Nice development. Assuming the DCR Shimano thesis doesn’t outrun em all !

    • Ihsan

      Yes, my comment was mostly about the standards, and their backtracking.

      The thing that boggles my (emphasis on “my”) mind is how it took them almost two years of consumer pressure to incorporate radar and how it would have hurt their business to allow others (tacx and elite come to mind) incorporate Climb*. That could have only resulted in increased sales, no?

      But you are correct, we are outsiders, and Wahoo does not have to answer to anyone but the shareholders in their business decisions.

      *(or even Zwift for that matter, so that they didn’t have to share anything with other trainer companies)

    • Martin

      Great answer Ray

    • Eli

      “first company to have an SDK to control their trainers” They also didn’t have any good software to control their trainers so let others do that work for them allowing them to sell more trainers. There was no downside.

      “integrate recently Varia Radar” An open Ant+ standard from Garmin they decided to support after a pretty long time of the Ant+ standard being out. Garmin is the one who helped others, they could have kept the broadcast protocol from their radar unit proprietary.

    • Kit Chung

      Looks like Wahoo is a privately held company, meaning there are no shareholders to answer to.

    • Tommy

      To me it’s surprising that they have backtracked on the CLIMB. I would have thought that they would get more sales/revenue from non KICKR owners buying CLIMB. They obviously have run the numbers and worked out they will get more revenue by encouraging people to switch to a full Wahoo ecosystem

  11. Nick H

    one of teh first things they could do it tidy up the instructions/documentation that comes with a set of speedplays – the number of times things are repeated is ludicrous and forces everything to be printed to small, so that they can repeat everything 3 times.
    getting spares is a PITA as well so quite a lot of room for improvement there.
    speedplay PM would be a game-changer

  12. David E.

    “It doesn’t sound like Speedplay will need to lose any vowels in order to stay within the Wahoo branding playbook.”

    Bwahahaha. Maybe the next Wahoo acquisition will be a set of vowels.

  13. DLinLV

    Having Vector 2 (now sold) and currently Vector 3 (with no door/battery/electronics/missing right pedal/etc issues, knock wood) I have considered SP pedals but have too much invested in the Look compatible pedals. And dont want crank/hub power.

    BUT-if Wahoo/SP develops a PM pedal and its as stable as Vector 2, I will be interested in it replacing my V3 as the next step, so to speak. While my customer service issues with Wahoo a few years back drove me to Tacx (actually a great move for me) I am willing to give Wahoo a chance on the pedals.

    Having used SPD on mountain shoes since early 90’s, I would like the SP for road/tri.

  14. James Lowdon

    Speedplay power meter pedals, that’s not something i thought i would hear today. but truly awesome!

    and, hopefully they can re-design the ‘walkable’ cleat covers to not fall off after about ( sorry, ‘exactly’ ) 1,000km.

    would seem an odd purchase for Wahoo unless there was some tech principle to apply, so i’ll start saving up now.

    • Dolan Halbrook

      I’ve been using these things for several years: link to keeponcovers.com and the only time one ever came off was during a slow-speed crash in a circuit race. They work very well, and are pretty inexpensive to boot.

    • B. Silva

      I’ve been using the Keep On Covers too. I use the X-2 pedals. Speedplay doesn’t make walkable cleats for the X nor do I think they ever will; the X is a legacy pedal and I’m just happy I can still buy them. I’ll stockpile a few extra soon as I have a sense Wahoo will eliminate. I would imagine that Zeros or LA work fine for 99% of Speedplay users.

    • Jack Hunter

      Fall off? – never had this happen but have a seen a few people who haven’t attached them properly in the first place

      Just saying

  15. Larry

    “But it was actually when he as a triathlete, went to pick out a pair on Speedplay’s website that everything went a bit fuzzy – with so many options to choose from and so little clarity about which was the best option.”

    I’ve been using Speedplay pedals for years and this statement is 100% correct. I think they mostly succeeded in business in spite of themselves. Certainly acquisition shouldn’t have been needed to clean-up their marketing and product line, but maybe it was. The other comment about their instructions is also accurate, however I’ve purchased several Wahoo products over the years and always thought their directions were pretty bad as well. Always noticed an aversion to using helpful diagrams rather than just words. Maybe that has gotten better.

  16. Aar

    I’ve loved Speedplay’s products since their first “X-series” pedal. For me the jury is still out on Wahoo – love some products while others just seem “meh” which does not mean bad to me.

    Bottom line is that I’ll continue to ride Speedplay Zero pedals as long as they remain as purely and simply functional as they are today. Any power meter they add will need to display vector mapping, like Pioneer, on a Garmin bikecomputer

  17. Anirudh

    Maybe Wahoo can help Speedplay improve their gravel pedals (Syzr). That would be ironic but very welcome.

    • Larry

      I think you’re onto something. SYZR already is a Wahoo like name. It’s probably what caught their attention.

    • davie

      Syzr are innovative, however challenge is price I think.

      In Australia:
      Shimano SPD cleats are $10-$15, cheap M520 pedals for $40
      Speeplay Syzr cleats are $90. cheap Chromo pedals are $250

      Sure, some people (like me) need lots of float.

      But 5 or 6 times the price of its competitor?

  18. Arig

    I’m a Speedplay user for life most likely, unless someone can come to market with a pedal with more float and more ease of entry. That said, it has become more and more aggravating to find replacement cleats and parts. Hopefully this will improve that side of the experience and not just mean their rpad pedal line is reduced to indoor cycling accessories. I did notice that every glamour shot of the Wahoo Bike showed Speedplay pedals…

  19. Pete

    I’ve been using speedplay for years and was on the original Brim bros. waiting list. I would love to see Wahoo finish the work that Barry and co started. Brim were near before they folded but given the size of Wahoo you would expect the the R&D spend to be available to do a good job and package more effectively. I have no clue where the Brim brothers Zone DPMX IP resides but it would be good if Wahoo somehow took profit of that R&D and covered some of the Brimbrother’s investment. It needed to be worked on and I never liked the pod that sat on the shoe with the Zone DPMX. Times have moved on and I see no reason why that could not now be built into the wearable rubber cleat.

  20. John G

    Glad to see this, and hopefully Wahoo will broaden the range into PM pedals. I’ve been using Speedplay road pedals since the 90s, and converted from SPD to Syzr pedals about a year and a half ago for mtn/gravel/cross. They are such a stable platform and allow for a great amount of float–I’m not looking back.

  21. Matt

    Favero seems like an easy partnership to produce a speedplay version of the assioma. Change the end of the axel to match speedplay’s design and license the body from wahoo. All the electronics are in the “pod” so probably shouldn’t have to change… should only take as long as it takes the lawyers to argue about the 💰

  22. DJ

    I experienced the “being aggressively litigious” attitude from Speedplay, I was selling some Speedplay cleats on eBay awhile back and Speeplay had my little auction ad thrown out completely. My crime was using a photo of theirs which illustrates all of the individual pieces of the cleats,

  23. Ben

    Hey Wahoo, please don’t retire my beloved Frog pedals or I might have to disown you 😉

    Seriously, I love those things. However old the design is (and this is coming from someone who loves everything new and shiny).

  24. Dave

    First Sufferfest. Then SpeedPlay. Who do you think is next, Ray? Suunto maybe?

  25. davie

    I think Wahoo is playing with fire here. They have purchased the SINGLE MOST DANGEROUS PRODUCT EVER MADE in the history of the universe.

    I justify this 100% factual statement by presenting Speedplays ridiculous and verbose disclaimer paperwork which comes with every product they sell.

    For one set of cleats I purchased, I counted 3 separate paper documents containing over 50 WARNING’s CAUTION’s and DANGER statements. Copious amount of BOLD TEXT and UNDERLINED text everywhere. These things are seemingly designed to kill, maim and destroy people.

    You think I’m joking? Read just one example from speedplays own website –> link to speedplay.com

    Wahoo – here is how you can turn speedplay around:
    1) Fire the lawyers
    2) Fire the hostile customer support
    3) Fire the lawyers
    4) Fire the hostile product reps
    5) Fire the terrible web page designers
    7) Fire the lawyers
    Start from scratch with slimmed down product line, a coherent web site and decent customer service.

    • Matthew

      Had a read. I take it as advice so you don’t make an error fitting them or similar. Over tighten screws, un removable bearings, dirt, oil,maintenance etc. Not sure how it will kill or maim, but ok. Do agree on the website though pretty old looking. I had good experience with them when I needed to replace a damaged dust cap. Just sent out a replacement free of charge. No problem. I thought I was going to nothing but problems trying to get one. I was pleased with that. I do find the replacement cleats quite expensive. And the recommended replacement interval too short. They last longer. I just thought that was a business thing to gouge money from your wallet.

    • davie

      After being recommended speedplays due to knee issues, I was very excited to have a solution to the pain.

      They are great pedals and I love their design and float. But It took me days to work out exactly which product I should buy and why. That is a huge entry barrier to new customers.

      I also find their replacement parts are expensive.

      Attempting to decipher their website…
      Frog vs Syzr. why sell both? So… I guess these are for gravel or MTB or both?
      X series vs Zero vs light action? ok, makes sense I guess, sort of…
      x series not compatible with Zero? Sure, ok then, why? Why still sell x series?
      Zero are incompatible with Light action. Well, turns out in practice that statement is not true at all. Why make such a statement?
      Zero stainless ARE interchangeable with Zero chromo. ok, sure, great.
      Light action stainless NOT interchangeable with Light Action chromo. ok then… why bother with the extra SKU?
      Zero track are not compatible with Zero? its hard to tell… why is this?

      What shoes are are compatible… hmmm their downloadable list is confusing as anything.

      So much opportunity for Wahoo here.

    • PFA

      Read the quoted portions of the press release. The lawyer “will depart the business.” You can probably post pictures of your pedals on eBay now.

    • Matthew

      Frog vs Szyr: Frog has no moving parts in the cleat (and is well loved by commuters/random eyes/tourists), Szyr has stronger retention for racers.

      Why still sell X series? Because people who find a pedal they like tend to want to keep buying it. It’s like why Gillette still sells the Mach 3 even though they’d rather sell you the Fusion (which is newer and has more tech).

      Zero is incompatible with Light Action. Sure, you can shove a Light Action cleat onto a Zero pedal, but it doesn’t release as reliably.

      Light Action has several SKUs because of the different spindle materials. Some people want the additional strength of chromoly steel, or need the stronger spindle because of rider weight limits.

      Zero Track is different from Zero because track cyclists tend to have much more power at the cranks, and because they are riding on fixed gear bicycles an accidental cleat release could result in significant injury. So Speedplay makes a pedal that has a much, much higher cleat release setting that is incompatible with the regular pedal, even if they look similar from the pedal body.

    • Ben

      Mach 3? I’m still using Sensor Excel blades with only (gasp) 2 blades.

      Oh yeah – and please don’t take away my Frogs!

    • B. Silva

      Frog has more float than Syzr. Frog float is 20 degrees to release point, 6 degrees to the inside. Syzr has 10 degrees of float.

  26. Scott Walker

    I have known Richard Bryne since 1970…my mentor my friend and one of the people in the industry I have always admired. He knows more about bikes than anyone I know. Wahoo are good folks…I hope this is good for all concerned.

  27. morey

    the next Wahoo bike computer… will look like an oreo and come in different colors.

  28. martin

    I am pumped about this. I’ve been using Speedplay pedals for a long time and have really wanted a power meter version. This will hopefully make it easier to get cleats and parts for rebuilding.

  29. Sébastien Gagné

    I might switch pedals back when they’ll release the Wahoo SPDPLAY power meter pedals 🙂

    It has a nice kind of ring without the EE.

  30. As a long-time, dedicated, Speedplay user this is HUGE NEWS! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Speedplay under Wahoo’s ownership.

  31. Patrick

    i’ve long been interested in speedplay pedals but it seems to me their weight and aero advantages disapear as in order to use them with most shoes you need adapter plates which add weight, frontal area, stack height and complexity (on top of all the model options), all while reducing walkability.

    if they were directly compatible with standard shoe mounting designs (or could persuade my favoured brands to support their interface) i would probably be riding them, but i’m not.

    • davie

      Best solution I’ve found to this are northwave shoes with their proprietary speedway adaptor which converts their 3 hole shoes to 4 hole speedplay style without adding any stack height.

      But, I had to spend time messing about with the adaptor and then do a hack to make them work with the newer aero/walkable cleats. It worked well in the end but was a pain getting there.

    • John

      You’re over egging it a bit and worrying about nothing when it comes to aero and stack height on a Speedplay cleat.
      First up, the adapter plates come with the pedals and are nothing more than very thin pieces of plastic, hardly blocks of Lego, and weigh next to nothing. The energy gels and bars you carry in your pockets weigh more.

      Secondly, the aero perfornance you gain or lose from any cleat is barely worth worrying about. Again, if youre so worried about 0.001 watts of aero loss from a ‘slightly raised’ cleat then tuck your elbows in when you ride and save 2 watts instead.

      You’re missing the point about Speedplays which is they rarely cause knee pain or pull ligaments.

    • Su-Chong Lim

      I also have Northwave Shoes, with the low stack 3hole to 4hole adaptor, but my point would be, to achieve all of Speedplay’s advantages (low weight, low stack, ease of use once you’ve trawled through their unnecessarily confusing documentation) it seems you really have to get through a minefield of obstacles — the overwhelming majority of shoes are 3 hole, requiring a thick kludgy adaptor to fit the Speedplay cleat, which defeats one of the main advantages.

      Also, I’m not sure I’d hold my breath waiting for a successful SP Power meter. Why did Metrigear give up on SP? Were the technical challenges too great? And I really feel sorry for Brim Brothers — I was rooting for them and was really sad when they folded after all that work. But even if they had succeeded, their vision was with a component that added considerable stack height to the pedal-pm-cleat-shoe combination. In this day and age, a PM will have to have unmatched advantages, and with SP it would have to be without adding stack height. I really don’t see how they are going to do it. Strain Gauge in the pedal spindle, maybe? That’s awful tight for space, and I understand the engineering and mathematical problems are huge; but then computing power and knowledge both progress steadily over time, so maybe I should retain an open mind.

  32. B. Silva

    I’ve been using Speedplays since they first came out with the X. I had been using Time pedals as my knee needs float to ride pain free. The free float of the Speedplays was a game changer for me, and I’ve stuck with them since.

    When I read “simplify” I fear that means eliminating the X. I still ride the X’s because they have more float than the Zero or Light Action. My knee can tell the difference unfortunately. I say unfortunately because it’s clear the X is a legacy product that Speedplay isn’t investing in and probably would like to eliminate but there are some oldies like me that stick with them. For example, the walkable cleats — which are really nice — are only for the Zero and Light Action. Of course, if/when the PM pedal comes out, I would imagine it’ll be Zero/LA based.

    I used the Frogs for years on my mtb (I ride flats now) and my road bike as a touring pedal. Indeed I used the Frogs as my every day road pedal for some number of years, but went back to the X’s a few years ago. I get the sense that the Frogs are also a legacy pedal, maybe to be eliminated as a simplification move.

    In any case, I applaud the acquisition of Speedplay by Wahoo. Wahoo is more open minded company. Speedplay has been litigious; they don’t have their own PM pedal and blocked others from creating a Speedplay based one. As someone else in this thread said, it seems Speedplay has succeeded in spite of itself. They have a superior product; hopefully now they will have a superior owner and business.

    • Eric A

      I totally agree with B. Silva’s comments below. I have been a Frog person since the previous Magnum pedals and use them for all my bikes. They are probably a legacy product that will have a limited lifespan within Wahoo’s ownership. I tried the SYZR and found it a compromise to a SPD with the front entry and came off my bike quickly.
      The litigious personality of Speedplay, I have experienced with eBay auctions and in fact I make fun of them in my listings. Somehow their company became this way probably through the desires of its previous owners. This has carried out into their customer service, that they are above everyone else. On the other hand Wahoo customer service has been one of the best experiences I have had. Now on my 5th KICKR 18, the only reason I have not dumped the KICKR is the customer service. (I think I have a good one now) I look forward to the Wahoo experience with the Speedplay product. I better stock up on Frogs’s though or switch to their road pedals.

      n any case, I applaud the acquisition of Speedplay by Wahoo. Wahoo is more open minded company. Speedplay has been litigious; they don’t have their own PM pedal and blocked others from creating a Speedplay based one. As someone else in this thread said, it seems Speedplay has succeeded in spite of itself. They have a superior product; hopefully now they will have a superior owner and business.

    • B. Silva

      I think we’ll both need to stock up on X’s and Frogs.

    • Ben

      If Wahoo want to dump their stock of titanium Frogs for $100 a piece, then I’ll take them all!

    • Dave Lusty

      You’re on your 5th Kickr and you THINK you have a good one and that’s a company you want to support?

      No wonder this industry cares so little for quality. I had one Kickr that vibrated like a rabbit due to shitty manufacturing tolerances and poor QC and immediately returned it to buy a Tacx (which has minor issues of its own due to shitty firmware and poor QC).

      These are premium products that cost WAY more than they need to because they are premium products. If number two doesn’t work we need to stop dealing with the company or they’ll never change. An ability to quickly swap out units is a result of practice swapping out units. That’s not good customer service, that’s an investment in the wrong part of the manufacturing process/supply chain. Imagine if they spent that money on quality control instead of swapping out units endlessly until you THINK you get a good unit…

  33. O.Tan

    Speedplay Powr incoming!

  34. Davis F

    It seems to be hard, if not impossible to get a power meter for a product like a Cobb crankset on a TT bike, with a Speedplay pedal. I would be first in line!

  35. Nate Mach

    I hope they take the SYZR MTB pedal back to the drawing board.

    They can keep the name though, it’s very WAHOOish.

  36. russell groves

    no comment

  37. Do you have the bicycle which implemented these pedals? I want to see how it looking on.

  38. Eric

    Unfortunately I’m stuck with speedplay since any other pedal causes my knee to burst into flames after a few hours. I say unfortunately because they are insanely costly to use. Every year the cost of cleats keeps going up and up. To add insult to injury, even if I replace the cleats every few thousand miles, the pedal body wears down and I end up with lateral rocking. Despite this being a very well known problem, speedplay refuses to acknowledge it. I switched to the ridiculously over priced pave, and at least the pedal can survive a season or two now without the pedal body wearing out. I really hope wahoo can make some changes to the design, or at the least make things more affordable for real world users. Even 10years ago almost everyone I knew was on speedplay, now I am pretty much the only one and the reason everyone left was cost of cleats/maintenance. If I had any other option, I would have left as well.

  39. agzand

    I hope this will result in more Speedplay specific shoes. Currently there are no mid level shoes with Speedplay soles.

  40. Jake

    I love my speedplay zeros and lwould love a power meter option

  41. Randell Cox

    Unexpected? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely! I use Speedplay pedals exclusively. While I’ve wanted a pedal-based power solution for years it hasn’t been enough to get me off Speedplay pedals.