Look Cycle Keo Blade Carbon Pedal $290.00
Contador's favorite pedal.
The Look Keo Blade Carbon Pedals runs the material gamut -- carbon fiber body, cromoly spindle, stainless steel wear plate, and a blade of carbon fiber that flexes against the retention plate to hold the cleat in place. The blade helps make the pedal lighter than it could be with a steel spring without costing it any durability. That all reads good, but, you might be thinking the blade is fragile. It isn't. It would take some serious work to accidentally disengage the blade or break it.
While the carbon fiber blade is what creates the buzz, the rest is extremely tech-forward as well. Start with the redesigned composite pedal body. It's quite different than the Keo, utilizing the new Keo 2 design. It's 17% wider than the old Keo, about on par with the Shimano Dura-Ace pedal. This 62mm platform increases the surface area that contacts the cleat to 402mm², yet the cornering clearance is actually better because the extra width is on the top of the new pedal rather than the bottom. The result of the design change is 31% greater surface area than the old Keos, which should leave you with the feeling that your foot is on a more stable platform where foot pressure is spread over a wider area.
The axle is new as well and this is the only aspect where these Keo Blade Carbon Pedals differ from the top of the line titanium version. The cromoly spindle is 12mm in diameter on the inboard side near the mounting threads and remains so through the support for two sets of roller bearings, and then starts to taper towards the end, where a needle bearing sits. The greater diameter not only insures stiffness, but also allows Look to offer this pedal without the caveat of a rider weight limit. The larger spindle diameter might set off alarms with some people. These people fear that with the larger spindle, stack height must have increased. It hasn't, still at a slim 15.7mm, thanks in part to the stainless steel wear plate atop the pedal. Your cleat will not wear down the pedal body over time, so they could afford to make the pedal body fairly thin under the plate.
The Keo Blade Carbon Pedals come with a set of Grey Look Keo Grip anti-slip cleats. They have 4.5 degrees of float. You can also use the Keo Grip cleats in Red, with nine-degrees of float, or Black, with no float. The anti-slip designation is due to both the forward and rearward parts of the cleat being topped by non-skid pads. The cleat also has Look's Memory Clip built in to the center pad, which, depending on your shoe, can simplify changing cleats without having to futz with re-positioning. The pedal body and retention bar on the back are black. The claimed weight of a single pedal is 115g. Look currently makes the carbon blades with two different spring rates. Please choose between the 12Nm option (the lowest setting on Look's Keo 2 Max pedals, which is pretty good for most riders and racers) and the stiffer 16Nm option (just below the stiffest setting on the Keo 2 Max).
- Lightweight carbon fiber body provides a large, stable platform (31% larger than the standard Keo Pedal) for maximum power transfer
- Dual seals provide long life under extreme conditions
- In-mold steel contact surface for seamless engagement
- Oversized chromoly axle rotates smoothly on two roller bearings and one needle bearing for buttery-smooth spinning for the life of the pedal
- Low stack height for maximum power efficiency
- Includes low profile, 4.5-degree anti-slip Keo Grip Cleats
What community has to say
very positive engagement
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
picked up a set to replace my classics which have searved me well for 1000's of miles. First clip in was great, very positive engagement. Ridden a few times since picking them up and havent pulled out of them once in a hard effort climbing or sprinting. The increased contact pad is nice, time will tell if it really makes a difference.
When they work they are great!
I got these and instantly loved them...
but one of the springs cracked and it was such a pain to get look to replace them... you have to send the pedals to the retailer then they send them to look, then back to the retailer, then back to you....
You get the point, very long turn around for such a simple fix.
But that was a while ago. I've been using them for 6 months now and no problems at all... Like I said when they work they are great.
...dewolfs favorite pedal
a good improvement over the original look Keo pedals. The alloy plate protects/prevents premature wear in this area. I use the 16Nm spring tension along with the Look red cleats (9 degree movement) No adjustment to tension on these like the regular Keo 2 max but the tension seems correct and feels really secure. The one star loss in rating is for the the carbon spring blade being exposed on the side and susceptible to damage in a crash which I initially saw as a possible design issue and then later actually experienced. Otherwise I have used these for two seasons and like them a lot.