Look has redesigned the pedal with a sleeker profile and improved power transfer
Look says that its new Kéo 2 Max and Kéo 2 Max Carbon pedals are more streamlined, with a slimmed down profile. At the same time it says that it has increased the pedal’s cleat contact area by 25% from 400mm2 to 500mm2.
The shape of the stainless steel contact surface has been redesigned and its width increased from 57mm to 60mm, better matching the shape of the cleat, while retaining its predecessor’s signature angular shape.
Look says that this improves foot stability and comfort when pedalling. It also means that the contact area remains consistent regardless of the position of your foot, as it moves using the in-built angular float in the cleat.
Look further claims that the new design improves power transfer by 25% over the pedal’s predecessor, without any weight gain. It quotes a weight of 250g for a pair of Kéo 2 Max Carbon pedals and 312g for a pair of pedals plus cleats. Going for the composite bodied Kéo 2 Max adds just 10g to the weight of a pair.
Look has also redesigned the pedal’s steel axle. This is conical and turns on an inner ball bearing race and outer needle roller bearings. Look says that it’s added a new conical spacer between these, which reduces friction and the potential for play between the pedal and the axle.
The original Kéo 2 Max was introduced in 2009. The same year, Alberto Contador won the Tour de France using the pedal. Since then, Look has introduced the Kéo Blade pedal. With closure via a carbon fibre leaf spring, Look promotes the Kéo Blade as the pedal for racers.
The Kéo 2 Max has a conventional release spring and Look says that it is more designed for endurance riders.