With the traditional metal spring replaced for a thin sheet of carbon, Look has created an altogether different approach to the standard pedal

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Look Keo 2 Max Blade pedals

Pros:

  • Positive engagement
  • Improved durability over older version
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Poor cleat durability

Product:

Look Keo 2 Max Blade pedals

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£139.99

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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 Max Blades.

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The Look Keo 2 Max 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.

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The Look Keo 2 Max 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.

Verdict

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.

Details

Cleat options:Black (0º flat/fixed), Grey (4.5º float) provided, Red (9º gloat)
Replacement cleat price:£20.99

Stack height:14mm
Pedal body size:84mm x 64mm

Spring tension options:8Nm, 12Nm
Pedal materials:Fibreglass composite (body), Chromoly steel (axle)

Weight (without cleats):258g
Weight (with cleats):342g

Colours Available:Black, White
Contact:www.fisheroutdoor.co.uk

  • Ragtag

    Agree.

  • Sile

    I would give these a miss. I bought them about 2 months ago – and compared to the other LOOK pedals (I also have the Keo Classic and Keo Carbon) – these are super tight. Yes, it is changeable, but (unlike their other pedals) it is a complicated process and needs to be done thru a dealer. Because they are so tight, the pedals do not hang correctly, and the flat side is often faced up when I go to clip in. They do have a wider platform, but its not enough to make up for the spring tightness – in my opinion.

  • yenrod

    I’ve learnt more about this from a ‘friends’ on the local chainy…

    Even a short recap on the fact you can select 3 types of cleat that offer a varying amount of movement between fixed, 3 & 6″ of travel to alleviate your knees. Or if you shop around you can get cleats that offer 7″ or even 4.5″ of movement, would be helpful.

    Or that a carbon ‘spring’ blade is changeable for offering different options for release than the quoted 16Nm – 12 & 20 additionally available.

    Or the fact they differ compared to the other models in the range that vary with weights etc…

    And i dont even ride these, Time is my choice even though i like speedplay but am boycotting them due to the cost of the cleats and may consider these as in the long-run they work out better for cleat cost: no more than £10.. AND you can buy cleats covers too !!!

    Please note ALL i didnt get paid for doing the ‘test’ like the actual tester did but offered it FREE.

    This is typical of Cycling Weekly a review like so.