What is it
Released ahead of the Tour de France, the André Greipel Signature Look Kéo Blade Carbon pedals aim to deliver efficient power transfer thanks to a large surface area, and stiffness that comes from its composite construction and a stainless steel plate that’s molded into the body of the pedal. Underneath that plate, a unique wave spring system reduces axle play and two bearings distribute load for improved rigidity and smoother, faster rotation than bushing-dependent pedals.
The basic concept is that instead of a traditional wound wire cleat retention spring, the pedals use the carbon leaf spring (aka blade) to deliver a more efficient and quicker clip-in-clip-out sensation with more secure cleat retention. Our test pair weighed 116 grams per pedal, plus an addition 32 grams for cleat and hardware. Price is $250 and the underside of the pedal is emblazoned with Greipel’s signature gorilla graphic.
- Low weight
- Fun gorilla graphic
- Positive engagement
- Adequate 4.5 degrees of float
- Ample surface area
- Efficient power transfer
- Low stack height
- Highly secure hold
- Two-year warranty
- No user tension adjustment
- Cleats don’t play well with dirt
- Cleats wear quickly
- Release is initially tight
- Don’t rotate into clip-in position when disengaged
- No Tour de France stage wins for Greipel
The sensation of clipping into a set of Look Kéo Blade Carbon pedals is unmistakable, an audible click providing assurance that body and bike are attached in secure and efficient harmony. And while disengagement is initially a little tight, the pedals broke in after a few rides. From there on, my only real gripe was when riding off road, when even a small amount dirt build-up could hinder the click-in process. But a couple shoe taps on the side of the pedal was usually enough to dislodge the gunk and get you going again.
Another small niggle is the fact that these pedals have no entry or exit tension adjustment. Instead you must choose between 12Nm and 16Nm at time of purchase. They also don’t rotate into the optimal clip-in position when disengaged so sometimes you have to look down to get back in. And has been the case with Look pedals in the past, the cleats are prone to wear. So if you’re going to be walking around a lot you might want to consider another option.
Otherwise, I’ve been thoroughly impressed. Stack height is low and there’s ample surface area thanks to the large stainless steel plate that’s embedded into the pedal body. And of course, because they’re predominantly constructed from carbon, weight is low. Our test pair came in at 116 grams each, plus another 32 grams for cleat and hardware. That was 13 grams less per side than a set of Shimano Dura Ace pedals with blue cleats (125g + 36g). For additional comparison, the Look Kéo Classic weighs 137 grams per pedal plus cleat and hardware, while the Look Kéo 2 Max Blade is 124 grams.
We also dig the gorilla graphic on the bottom of the pedal, though the eyes wore away pretty quickly — and the pedals didn’t help Greipel much at the Tour de France, as the burly German didn’t win a single stage. No matter, though. For the rider seeking marginal gains, the shaved grams, large platform, and stiffness of carbon could be well worth the cost.
Rating: 4 out of 5
More Info: www.lookcycle.com