Speedplay are back… well, they never really went away, they just now carry the Wahoo brand name, who have simplified the range. Improvements include triple-sealed bearings, a steel outer and adjustable float on all models. The USPs that made Speedplay so popular with triathletes such as Jan Frodeno remain, including a super low stack, 0-15° of adjustable float, low weight (224g a pair) and claimed watt savings on the Aero versions, with a dimpled underside.
Set-up takes some work, with four bolts, a protector plate and rubber cleat cover. You can adjust limits screws to alter you float (how much your feet can move while clipped in), and the rubber cover makes walking less comical than other road cleats. It took a more definitive stomp to engage Speedplays compared to Look and Shimano road pedal systems, with the smaller surface area taking some getting used to. If you want less resistance when clipping out, an easy tension cleat can be bought separately.
The ride experience is excellent, with the float feeling super smooth and natural. The low stack makes you feel more connected, and able to transfer as much power as possible through the pedals. So, are they worth it? If you value marginal aero gains and low weight, and are fussy about pedal float, then the Aeros represent better value than something like Shimano’s DuraAce pedals, which are similarly priced. If you don’t, they won’t justify the spend and extra set-up faff.
Verdict: pricey, but worth it for those who value a more customised fit 79%