Is the latest version of Look's Keo a worthy update? We find out
It was pleasing to use the Keo 2 Max first time out, and immediately be able to notice the extra stability and secure feel offered by the larger platform, and subsequent increase in surface area contact for the cleat. A definite plus over the old Keo. Also, the previous flaw, that the cleat caused wear directly on the pedal body, has been successfully addressed by adding a stainless steel plate.
All good so far, but several hundreds of miles later, I can't help feeling that the bearings are suffering more than the Looks of old, despite the claims of improved seals.
We wouldn't argue that the seals seem to have been upgraded - there's noticeably more drag on the axle - but moisture still seems able to penetrate, causing rough bearings, and frustratingly the pedal body doesn't swing as freely, sometimes making clipping in as you pedal quite tricky. Maybe not so much a problem for racers, but not great if you're commuting and clipping out here, there and everywhere.
We like the price and weight (130g per pedal) plus the simple way of adjusting Q factor, with washers and a longer threaded portion, although we suspect for many the latter won't be in the purchasing criteria.
Fisher Outdoor Leisure, 01727 798345, www.fisheroutdoor.co.uk