This is one of the most anticipated products this year, not only for mountain bike riders, but cyclocross as well.. I’ve got my hands on a production model so it should be hitting the store shelves pretty soon. Why the fuss?
- it is a pedal from Look, which has a good track record of making excellent pedals
- it is a very simple, open design.
- the base model, the Look Quartz is very light and priced aggressively at $99/pair
- each pedal has 2 sets of sealed bearings and a needle bearing.
Claimed weight is 125 grams per pedal. Our test set (production model) came in at 130 and 129.5 grams each. In comparison, the Crank comparable Crank Brothers pedals are:
Candy 2Ti at 267 grams and $220 msrp.
The Look Quartz has a fairly light cleat as well at 32 grams a pair. The whole system with cleats and bolts weighs in at 298.5 grams. Our Candy SL system weight came in at 348 grams.
Packaging and construction seem first rate. The box it comes with seems quite a bit bigger than it needs to be. The parts are neatly separated and there is a good collection of cleat spacers that come with the system. There’s good instructions that come with it as well.
The instructions say it is important to use the right spacer for your shoe type. Basically, when the shoe is clipped in, they want the pedal body to be touching the shoe sole. This ensures proper shoe interface and the contact area between the shoe and the pedal is maximized. This should lead to better stability, better power transfer and good feet comfort.
The pedal body is very open. It looks like dirt and mud should be able to flow through the pedal pretty well. Also, the cage seems to be milled out in a couple of places to minimize weight.
The cleat is fairly small and is made out of a hard metal, similar to Shimano cleats.
Pedal weight and system weight:
Installation seems straightforward with these small cleats. However, on our Sidi Dragons, it seemed like the float of the shoe seemed a bit restricted. Also, clicking out required more effort than the typical pedal. So we looked at bottom of the shoe when clicked in the pedal and discovered that the sole was interfering with the pedal body when twisting the shoe to click out. We trimmed the shoe and it seemed much better after that.
Another thing we discovered is the sole on our shoe was worn down such that it wasn’t touching the pedal body at all. It looks like we will have to get some replacement soles to get optimum performance with this pedal.
Ride report: Stay tuned….