- GPS and fitness technology specialist launches a cycling pedal range
- Wahoo has used one of the most innovative pedal design companies, Speedplay, for its new product
- These pedals combine Wahoo’s deep tech capabilities
and Speedplay’s unique design
Pedals are a deeply personal preference and Speedplay has a loyal following. The Californian cycling brand was a huge disruptor to established pedal design in the 1990s, but fans have pondered Speedplay’s future, after being acquired by fitness technology and indoor trainer company, Wahoo.
Two years after Wahoo’s Speedplay purchase, the future product portfolio has now been revealed. The unique Speedplay pedal design will henceforth be marketed underthe Wahoo brand, offering five models.
For those road riders who seek excellent float and ease of lateral movement in a pedal interface, Speedplay has always been considered the gold standard. Wahoo’s financial resources will allow the development of Speedplay’s original pedal concept to continue, with the benefit of superior digitisation.
Wahoo data tech meets Speedplay pedal design
Amongst the five new pedal models, by far the most noteworthy is a Wahoo’s Powerlink Zero. For riders who have always desired the data rich training experience of a power meter enabled pedal, with Speedplay’s cadence comfort, this new Wahoo Powrlink Zero is the solution.
These power meter pedals rotate around a stainless steel spindle, which should prove durability in all riding conditions, and weigh only 276g. Wahoo has not detailed much regarding how the Powrlink Zero’s sensors or data harvesting will function, with more detail to follow, closer to its launch.
Beyond the Powrlink Zeros, there is the Aero. This pedal can only be clipped-in on one side, with the other finished in a dimpled surface to reduce aerodynamic drag. The Wahoo Aero has a weight rating of 224g and is targeted at time trial riders and triathletes.
Wahoo’s Speedplay Comp weighs 232g and has a lighter spring action, for ease of engagement. This pedal is the entry-level offering.
On their way to SA
If you want to reduce the rotation mass of your Speedplay legacy pedals, Wahoo’s Nano takes the proven Zero design and reshapes the body in a carbon-composite structure, spinning on a titanium spindle. These pedals weigh only 170g, but come with an ownership caveat: you can’t weigh more than 82kg.
The standard Wahoo Speedplay Zero runs on a stainless steel axle and offers four different spindle lengths, to accommodate riders who want to use as much of the pedal’s ‘float’ as possible.
How do the Wahoo Speedplay pedals differ from what was on offer last year? The colourful pedal bodies are no longer an option, with back and silver being the only colourway. Engineers have also improved the needle bearing specification, increasing durability.
The Wahoo Speedplay pedal range is scheduled for South African introduction, by June.