Mavic’s Zxellium SLR pedals tested, rated and reviewed

Mavic Zxellium SLR pedals reviewMavic Zxellium SLR

Mavic’s Zxellium pedal range is remarkably similar to Time’s latest Xpresso models, but don’t let that put you off as they’re as good a design as you’ll find.

The SLRs feature a carbon body and hollow steel axle, keeping the weight down to just 196g per pair. The best thing about them is the innovative iClick engagement system, a carbon leaf spring that holds the mechanism in an open position, rather than closed as with Shimano and Look pedals. This makes clipping in exceptionally easy – it’s a cinch to get your foot in place while stationary, or both feet if being held up for a time-trial start.

Once clipped in, the pedals’ large surface area means a really stable base that feels totally secure under power. The liberal float allows the knees and ankles to turn naturally, making for a fluent pedalling motion in or out the saddle without a disconnected feeling.

You can also customise your Q-factor – the distance from the cranks – depending on which shoe you mount each rugged plastic cleat on. The base plate can be replaced if it wears too. The only downside is that the pedal body is rather sharp, as cuts to our legs from manic transitions will attest.