Look has taken their incredibly popular Keo Sprint pedal and made it even better with the Keo 2 Max. The most striking design change is the wider platform providing greater stability less likelihood of a hot spot and better power transfer. The cleat con
Weaknesses: Resistance, very weak and breaks product with little use.
I'm an amateur cyclist, got 1.89 m in height, 81kg weight and pedal was installed on a bike used only on weekends. The pedal was in perfect condition, no shock or fall, but the shaft bearing just broke. I have saved the invoice and denied me an exchange. I'm in Brazil and I was very disappointed when it comes from a top of the line product.
Strengths: Light. Good performance until they go bad. See below.
Weaknesses: Like almost all Look pedals I have had, the bearings/axles don't last - after 1-2 seasons, the they loosen and start clicking. You can tighten this, but they quickly revert to click again. Look is a pain to deal with for warranty repairs. Look cleats wear out too fast. Time to move to another brand of pedal.
Weaknesses: Look dont supply sandpaper with cleats.......(only kidding)
I see some cyclists have problems with the cleats creaking and have tried everything from cooking oil to talcing powder but have not solved the problem.Here is my solution.NO1.When cleats are new they usually dont creak but even after only one or two spins they are liable to creak .First thing to check is cleat position on your shoes.Go for a cycle and ask yourself the question-Am I straining on the left or right side of the cleat? When you are pedalling the cleat should not be under sideways pressure.If it is ,reposition the cleats.Whats right for someone else may not be right for you .we all angle our feet differently on the pedals.NO2. examine the cleat and you will notice burrs/marks around the three sockets(where the bolts are fitted).these are caused by stone damage while walking on them.To stop creaking all you have to do is get some medium grade tough sandpaper and smooth all around the three holes and right across from the left to right hole.Also sand the metal plate on the pedals slightly .THIS WORKS no oil, no grease, no whatever.Happy creak free cycling.
Strengths: Reliability, ease of use, durability. Easy memory feature on the cleat: the old cleat can be removed and a new one quickly and easily installed in exactly the same position with a referencing button that is attached separately to the shoe bottom. Not particularly expensive.
Weaknesses: Rubber walking grips eventually peel off the cleats, but can be Krazy Glued back on if caught in time.
Wow - I must be using different Keo Maxes than other reviewers here: over the last 10 months I've put approx 6000kms on mine, in races, 150km training rides, charity rides involving walks at nutrition breaks, rain, dust, snow, on rollers and trainers, climbing sprints, unpaved back roads, and anything else that comes up on the bike. So far I've not had a single squeak, bad release, sticky axle or anything else that's been mentioned by other reviewers here. I guess I must be lucky.
I bought these because I left my old Sprints on my last bike when I sold it at the end of last year, and I had zero problems with the Sprints after 12,000kms and figured new Look Maxes would be a 'no-brainer' for my new bike.
The only maintenance I've done is to remove them from the crank arms on occasion (after riding in dirty conditions) to clean and lube the axle threads. The metal plates have been very effective at reducing the wear on the pedal body from the cleat rub. (I can understand where the squeaking would come from if grit got between this plate and the cleat, but so far it hasn't happened to me. Hope I haven't jinxed it!)
I have no experience with other road pedals since those old Sprints were the first pedals I bought, based on a recommendation from a roadie friend of mine. I haven't had any inclination to try other pedals yet and I have to admit that I plan to stick with Looks until I do have an issue like others here have described.
Based on my experience I have no problem recommending these to anyone, regardless of use or ability: not only are they very easy to engage, they're also easy to disengage, yet have never prematurely released on me, regardless of how hard or fast I'm pedalling. That's the reason I got some for my wife who was having a tough time getting her Speedplays to engage/disengage.
I've read a lot of reviews both on this site and elsewhere on the web on these two pedals and it appears they are pretty similar. Common problems complained about included Look cleats wearing faster than Shimanos and both pedals not rotating to a clip-in friendly position when unclipped.
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I swapped my KEO plus classic with Keo 2 Max pedals. I figured it was all marketing BS and I just got hosed but I could tell the difference as soon as I pushed off. The Max pedals are stable and planted, whereas the classics had a "sweet spot" and slight lateral play if you sprinted out of the saddl ... Read More »
So I just installed some new (NOS) Keo 2 Max pedals on my gf's bike. It's her entrée into road pedals from SPD's (yay!). They are positioned just right for her, and I checked symmetry and they're good, but when clipped in, there is no float left from neutral on the left pedal, and totally norm ... Read More »
I recently switched from Speedplay Zeros to Look Keo 2 Max pedals. The wider base has resolved some some wobble issues, but the pedals spin a lot when pushing off. Its a challenge to get clipped in during crits. Is this normal? Do I need to use heavier lube?Read More »
I'm looking to buy one of these two pedals and just wanted to see if I could get some input on them (durability, ease of use, power transfer, etc...). The Exustars look interesting, especially considering their weight and price.
btw- I've been riding Speedplays for 6 years now, and although they ... Read More »