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Ultimate upgrades: Speedplay Zero Nanogram pedals

Stu Bowers
16 Aug 2016

Speedplay’s ‘lollipop’ shaped pedal is a common sight. But these Nanograms are a rare treat for the serious racer.

Easily the most recognisable pedals out there, Speedplay’s lollipop-shaped Zeros are a popular choice among the pros thanks to their low weight and adjustable float range. As if its 164g titanium-axled version wasn’t already light enough, in 2011 Speedplay launched the Zero Nanogram – an unfathomably feathery 65g pedal. 

At 130g for the pair, they’re almost half the weight of a pair of Shimano Dura Ace SPD-SL pedals, and even Look’s top-end Keo Blades, with a carbon body and titanium axles, are around 60g heavier. The Zeros also have the added weight-saving attribute of making the purchaser’s wallet significantly lighter – to the tune of £600.

‘You can be sure every pair we sell is for the weight saving,’ says Adam Glew of Speedplay’s UK distributor, i-ride. But how many people will really hand over such a big wad of cash for such a small handful of grams saved? 

‘More than you’d think,’ says Glew. ‘Admittedly we sell roughly 20 pairs of the Zero titanium to every one pair of Nanograms, so it’s not a volume piece, but we do sell quite a lot to GB team riders looking for that extra edge for a big event or championship.’

Speedplay’s designer and company co-founder, Richard Bryne, reinforces Glew’s point, saying, ‘The Nanogram was designed as a price-no-object performance pedal for racing only. It was not designed or made for everyday riding. It’s made specifically for racers who want every advantage possible for the most important events, and as such they’ve been ridden to victory in everything from the Classics to Grand Tours and World Championships.’ 

To the untrained eye, the Nanograms don’t look significantly different to a standard pair of Speedplays, and once they’re secured beneath your feet they are barely visible at all. It’s safe to say that this is not a product designed to add extra bling-factor to your bike. The satisfaction comes from knowing that, as far as pedals are concerned, these are about as pimp as it’s possible to get.

The main body of the Nanogram is, of course, carbon fibre, save for the usual stainless steel ‘bow-ties’ that the cleat engages with, with everything rotating around a titanium axle that has been hollowed out as much as Speedplay dares in order to save every possible microgram. 

This does mean Speedplay has had to set a maximum recommended rider weight on the Nanograms of 84kg to safeguard durability, but it’s sufficient to mean you don’t need to be the size of Nairo Quintana to use them.

£600, i-ride.co.uk

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