Look Kéo 2 Max Pro Review
- Brand new design, 12% wider
- CroMo axles
- Supplied with Keo Grip cleats (grey).
- Weight: 130g
- MSRP: $179
Originally launched at last years Tour de France under sponsored rider Alberto Contador, the latest generation of Keo pedals are the Kéo 2 Max. Available in lightweight composite in either black or white, the new model boasts three key advantages over it’s successful predecessor.
“Larger width and pedal surface area, lightweight, and extreme reliability.”
The most striking difference between the Keo 2 Max and the original Keo it replaces is the oversized surface area. Said to be 12% larger than the previous Keo, it increases efficiency, stability, and comfort thanks to the INOX contact surface area. The stainless steel co-molded insert at the top of the pedal platform is not replaceable like some competitors, but we’ve found through our long term testing that it doesn’t need to be. It’s still as smooth clipping in today as it was on day 1. The wider contact area, especially in stainless steel, not only felt more stable but also helped with smoother float.
The second, but maybe not as noticeable at first glance is the new 12mm oversized axle. The new Keo 2 MAX pedals maintain a low cleat contact height even with the use of this steel oversized axle. The pedal is built with dual seals, two miniature ball bearings (12mm inner x 18mm outer diameters), and a needle roller bearing. Not only are the axles beefier on the Keo 2 Max’s, but they’ve also built in a little bit of adjustability in regards to q factor. The axle threads are now 14mm in length and with the help of specific washer spacers, the user can increase the Q factor by 2mm from 53 to 55mm.
Early batches of shipped pedals encountered a problem with the seals where the pedal didn’t spin freely and return to it’s intuitive starting position because of the overspec’d seals. Some users have been able to rectify this by servicing the pedals themselves, but it might be best to give Look customer service a call if you have one of these early pedals.
Even though this is a whole new design for Look, the Keo 2 Max still retains the use of the same original Keo cleats. (A definite bonus for current Keo riders moving up to the new pedal.) The Keo 2 Max comes with the newer Grip Cleat in grey with 4.5 degrees of float, which adds soft rubber to the bottom of the cleat. Black and Red cleats are still available for those that need more float or zero float. We found the grip cleat does help when you need to get off the bike and walk around, though the downside is that the rubber wears out very quickly. We’ve found that it might be a good idea to keep the cleat covers around, if you have them. As with previous Keo’s the tension is adjustable, on the Keo 2 Max, it’s 8 Nm at it’s easiest tension and 16 Nm at it’s firmest.
Overall, we believe the new Keo 2 Max platform is a winner for Look. It improves upon everything that made their original Keo’s so successfully popular. With the addition of the wider platform inlayed with stainless steel, we predict this new model will probably outlast any of the previous Keo’s in term of durability and wear. As far as weight, the set weighs in at just 260 grams for the pair, not the lightest set, but given the improvements and pricepoint, it’s perfectly acceptable.
Check out Adam from Look give us the rundown on the new pedals @ Interbike 2009…
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