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The Syzr cleat uses customary 2-bolt mounting, but...

Interbike tech: Speedplay’s new offroad pedal

More details on Speedplay's mysterious new offroad pedal

2011 Interbike Outdoor Demo
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.

No word yet
We’re not sure what the black plastic covering on the Syzr accomplishes, other than possible holding in mud. Some level of bash protection may the reason, but time will tell. Speedplay was still a little tight lipped about the new pedal. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
A few months away
The new Syzr pedal is still a couple months away from full production. The stainless steel spindle version pictured here will come first and a titanium will follow. Pricing is still to be determined. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
Speedplay uses the hardest, most durable materials they could find for its new offroad pedal. Hardened steel in the cleats and pedal body should ensure a long usable lifetime. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
Syzr (scissor) cleat
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