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    Speedplay Zero -- cromoly or stainless?

    Big price difference between the two. I can't tell from the Speedplay site if there are any differences between spindle materials and a miniscule weight difference. Any practical differences between the two in performance or longevity from those familiar with both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teleguy57
    Big price difference between the two. I can't tell from the Speedplay site if there are any differences between spindle materials and a miniscule weight difference. Any practical differences between the two in performance or longevity from those familiar with both?

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    Spindle material is the only real difference, AFAIK. Practically, it's not a difference, unless you use your bike in the wet a lot, and don't keep things maintained.
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    I have a pair of each and can't tell the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teleguy57
    Big price difference between the two. I can't tell from the Speedplay site if there are any differences between spindle materials and a miniscule weight difference. Any practical differences between the two in performance or longevity from those familiar with both?

    Thanks!
    I have one of each and have been using them since 2004 and have had no problems. Just re-grease them every once in a while and flush the old grease out. I can't tell which is which, except for a small difference in color of the grease port cap.

    So save your money and get Cro-mo.

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    I have both also. The black paint on the spindle of mine is worn just next to the body. Beyond that I'd say save the $$ and buy the cromo version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuma601
    I have both also. The black paint on the spindle of mine is worn just next to the body. Beyond that I'd say save the $$ and buy the cromo version.


    Chromoly: Single bearing cartridge. Made in Taiwan. In the Light Action model, can't be upgrade to Zero body assembly. The spindle can rust if you wear through the finish.

    Stainless: Two bearing cartridges, made in USA. In the Light Action model, can interchange with zero body assembly if you wish to upgrade.

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    Thanks for the insights, roadbike_moron. The speedplay site's specs agree with the mfg location (Taiwan for CrMoly, USA for stainless) but list 2 cartridge, one needle bearing for both models.

    I've not see info on body interchangability on the spindles; could you share the source of the info?

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    Functionally, they are close. But, I just prefer looking down and not seeing the paint scratched up (with the chromoly). It's a small aesthetic difference. But then again, I spend a lot to make my bike look nice. Why not this also?

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    The bearings in all 3 Zero Models are the same: 2 Cartridge and 1 Needle Bearing.
    The only difference is the Spindle.
    I have the Black Chromoly Spindle Zeros and like them a lot.
    The Black Spindle Coating is very durable.
    I suggest you save your money and get Chromololy Zeros.
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    I do not believe the bearing difference is correct.

    Speedplay's site lists identical bearings for all Zero versions.

    The X series pedals had different bearings as one progressed through the range, IIRC.

    The rest of that is correct, although the spindle rusting would be a whole lot of battering, and neglecting to put more paint on it.

    I have a pair of each, the chromo are 5 years old, and they work fine.


    Quote Originally Posted by roadbike_moron
    Chromoly: Single bearing cartridge. Made in Taiwan. In the Light Action model, can't be upgrade to Zero body assembly. The spindle can rust if you wear through the finish.

    Stainless: Two bearing cartridges, made in USA. In the Light Action model, can interchange with zero body assembly if you wish to upgrade.

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    +1 on Zero chromoly being as good as any.

    I have one of each - Zero chromoly on one bike and Zero stainless steel on another. I can not tell any difference between them. Buy what you can afford to buy and dont worry. One exception is if you ride a lot in wet weather then stainless steel would be preferable to chromoly but still NOT mandatory.

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    thanks for all the advice -- you saved me some $$ I can spend on something else

    Ordered the cromoly's from my LBS -- good folks and comparable prices to online. Glad to give them the business (no pun intended).

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