Speedplay teased something last year at Interbike that for most cyclists, probably went unnoticed. It’s one of those things where if you don’t need it, you probably wouldn’t pay much attention to it. But for cyclists that do need it, Speedplay’s new SYZR Lift pedals may be the answer they’ve been looking for…
That of course, is a new way of tackling leg length discrepancies or hip-alignment issues. For years, fitters have relied on shims under the cleats which works OK when you’re on the bike, but it can make walking around a challenge. In the case of recessed cleat style pedals for off road use, it also means the tread blocks of the shoe are pushed farther away from the body of the pedal, eliminating the firm connection of a good clipless shoe and pedal combination.
What makes the SYZR Lift different is that the shims are contained within the body of the pedal rather than under the cleat. That means you get all the benefits of the shimmed system, while keeping a normal shoe-to-pedal interface, and a normal cleat on your shoe for less precarious walking.
After first showing the SYZR Lifts at Interbike, they are now available through the Speedplay custom program. Available in 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15mm shims, the pedals are also available with custom spindle widths from 50-65mm. Custom options are apparently only available on the SYZR Stainless model which starts at $199 for the pair and custom options like the Lifts or different spindles can be added for a “nominal custom build upcharge.”