Even seasoned cyclists can occasionally suffer an ill-timed user error while clipping in or out, and while toppling into the crosswalk at a stop light rarely causes any physical damage to machine or rider, it does carry a pride penalty that we like to avoid whenever possible. Speedplay understands our apprehensions, and the all-new Ultra Light Action Stainless Pedals with Walkable Cleats incorporate a low-force, self-locating engagement mechanism that guides the cleats to the pedals and doesn't require the pressure of your full body weight to clip in or out.
As with all of Speedplay's pedals, the Ultra Light Actions feature virtually unlimited options of float, fore/aft, lateral, and rotational customization. They've also got the same low stack height and minimalist profile, so there's less material between your watts and the pedals and more space between your pedals and the road. While we don't necessarily advocate pedaling through corners, we recognize that sometimes the race situation means you have no choice, and the Ultra Light Action Pedals minimize the risk of pedal strikes. This model's stainless steel spindles are lighter than chrome-moly and more durable than titanium, recommending them for racing, training, and recreation as a middle-road option that hits the right notes of longevity, stiffness, and price.
The included Walkable Cleats are one final benefit that every cyclist can appreciate because they address the all-too-common issue of hard flooring that turns cycling shoes into ice skates. Speedplay's Walkable Cleats replace the standard, slick cleats with the reliable grip of its rubberized housing. The high-grip housing doesn't interfere with clipping in and out, and it has the added benefit of protecting the cleats themselves during those inevitable times when you've forgotten to replenish your saddle bag supplies and a flat forces a hike on tarmac to the nearest LBS for tubes or CO2.