Rough and ready prototype version currently being raced by Fortuneo-Vital Concept
The Garmin Vectors and PowerTap P1s might be the most popular pedal-based power meters on the market, but it was Look that got to the technology first with its Keo Power pedals. And now there could be a new version of these pedals on the way, with prototypes being ridden at Paris-Nice and the Tour of Qatar.
At least two riders from the Fortuneo-Vital Concept team were using the prototype pedals, which look to have a similar design to the original Look Keo Power pedals, meaning that the external pods which are used to house the battery and transmit data remain. However, these are not held in place using zip ties, as was the case with the first generation model.
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We also expect that the new pedals will transmit using ANT+, something which was not a feature of the old Look Keo Power pedals. Originally, the pedals would only transmit via Bluetooth, which meant that they weren’t compatible with the ubiquitous Garmin Edge computers. However Look added ANT+ compatibility to its pedals from this year, so we would expect the next generation of the system to continue in this vein.
Other than that, it’s hard to work out too many details. Perhaps the new pedals will incorporate other metrics, such as Garmin Vector’s ability to measure where on the pedal your power is concetrated. We’ll have to wait and see.