The titanium spindles on the X-1 pedals bring the weight down to a feathery 150 grams per pair. Great choice for the racer or enthusiast looking for the classic Speedplay design in a super lightweight package. The folks at Speedplay have a 185lbs riders weight limit on the X-1 due to the Ti spindle.
Since the release of the incredibly innovative X series pedal in the early nineties, Speedplay has amassed a huge following of cyclists. Absolute free-floating design with no centering device offers the ability for your foot to float and rotate to your natural bio mechanical position while pedaling. Dual-sided entry makes getting clipped into the pedal a snap. The other innovative design feature is the retention mechanism resides in the cleat, so there are no moving parts on the pedal to worry about.
Bought a very early iteration from a teammate (1994). Had been having knee pain with 10 degrees of float in a competitors pedal. Knee pain disappeared once I started using Speedplay pedals. Embarrassed to admit I keep detailed records and got 3.2 million pedal revolutions on the left and 4.1 million revolutions on the right. If Speedpley were to go out of business I'd buy 10 pairs of pedals for future use!
Pros: Float, Float. Float
Cons: Only outward release (no vertical or inward)
After 15 years on these - and for nearly all of them I have been over the recommended 185 lb rider weight limit - the bearings are finally shot. I performed no maintenance on them other than replacing the cleats every few years. Great product, I will buy another pair.
Ive been using speedplays for 20 years with no problems. Would not ride anything else.
I have had knee problems for many years, no matter what pedal system I used. I have tried them all from Look, Campy Mavic, Shimano etc. nothing worked. Until one day I decided to give the X1 a try. This was the best decision ever, in about a week the knee pain started to get better and after a month no more knee pain. I am one happy pain free cyclist. I would recomend this pedal to anyone. Thanks Speedplay.
Speedplay X-1s are fantastic. The complete free-float is so kind to your body. It takes about two good rides to get used to them. I road them one day before arthroscopy knee surgery without pain. The completely free-float actually improves your stroke. When I switched over to the spd pedal on my mountain bike I realized how much better I was riding. The Speedplay Zero is a compromise for those who are freaked out over the idea of totally free-float. Go for the original. Save grams and be free!
I have to say that this pedal is a huge improvement over my old wellgo pedals. The free float is awesome once you get used to it. It is a little different when you are standing up pedaling but it did not take me long to get used to it.