With the traditional metal spring replaced for a thin sheet of carbon, Look has created an altogether different approach to the standard pedal
Using the same wide upper portion as the regular Keo 2 Max pedal, Look has replaced the typical, adjustable metal spring with a sheet of carbon to provide the spring medium for the Blade pedals.
The Look Keo Blade pedals have no user adjustment to entry or exit tension but it is available in either a lighter action 8Nm, or the 12Nm version we have here. Upon engagement the first thing you notice is a really audible, positive click so you certainly know when you are clipped in.
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Even though the carbon blade is lighter than a metal spring the pedal still manages to sit nose, allowing easier location of the cleat. For the initial few uses clipping in was relatively difficult coupled with a notchy feel to the typical ‘heel out’ release movement. As the pedal and cleat began to wear in this stiffness did begin to smooth out.
The Look Keo Blade pedals provided a really stable platform when sprinting or climbing out of the saddle. The limited float (4.5°) grey cleats helped with this solid feel. It’s good to see that Look has positioned a stainless steel surface on the pedal as one of the issues of their older pedals was the rapid wear of pedal body. These should last a lot longer.
Look cleats have always been prone to excess wear and the new design is no different so be careful when walking. The company has, however improved the cleat engagement points, using a harder material to ensure a more reliable connection.
For more details visit the Look website.
Now available in several versions, the Look Keo 2 Max Blade pedals are an improvement on the already well received Keo pedals. The simple design and reduced weight is perfect for experienced riders but the lack of adjustment might put off newer riders wanting to play with spring tensions. Cleat wear rates are still an issue but better than Look cleats of the past.