Shimano and Crankbrothers are the first to come to most people's minds when thinking about clipless pedals, with companies like Time, HT, VP, and likely to a lesser extent, Speedplay; the latter not as prevalent as they once were when their Frog pedals were a more common sight. The SYZR pedal is their new-ish option designed for mountain biking, and while it's been around for awhile now, the company has updated the SYZR to offer an aftermarket stackable body, called the 'Leg Length Discrepancy Kit,' that allows riders to adjust pedal body height, and therefore how high your shoe sits above the spindle when you're clipped in.
SYZR Pedal Details
• Intended use: mountain biking
• Ceramic roller cam mechanism
• 10-degree, micro-adjustable float
• Composite body
• Adjustable pedal body height
• Weight: 275 grams (pair, titanium spindles)
Speedplay's proprietary clip mechanism is screwed down onto the pedal's composite body, but should you want to raise that mechanism up, spacers can be installed in between the two halves of the LLDK pedal body kit. And since the clip mechanism is screwed down onto the body, it thereby raises it up and away from the pedal spindle. You can stack up a load of spacers if you wanted to - Speedplay had one pedal on display that was at least twice as thick as the stock setup - although I suspect that ground clearance would become a real issue at some point.
I bet I know what you're thinking: ''Why the hell would I want taller pedals?'' That's the same question that popped into my head mid-eye roll while I was standing in front of the Speedplay booth, but it could serve a purpose for some people. I'm friends with more than a few riders who, because of some sort of serious injury, have one leg that's significantly shorter than the other. Those who have real issues would usually wear some type of custom shoes in their day to day life that sport different sole heights, but it's not that easy when it comes to cycling kicks.
Or maybe it is if you were using the SYZR pedal.
They employ an odd looking cleat that bolts to a standard two-hole SPD mount, and you adjust float via tiny screws that act as limit screws on the cleats themselves. The SYZR pedal is available in three flavors: with titanium spindles that weigh in at 275 grams for a pair; stainless steel spindles that weigh 312 grams for a pair; or the 338 gram chromoly spindle option.