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Okay i bought theses Look Keo Sprint pedals because i thought they would last a while. I've got 2g on them and i've got play in the bearings, yes i pound but i'm only 155 mid season. Of course theres no tool to take them apart available. They've got an even amount of play on both pedals. My question isn what do you think is going on with them? Are they just loose? Or are the crappy Needle bearing going to hell? Hell my Nashbar Look style pedals have 5 times the mileage and still are stiff as a board....I'm more than a little PO'd at Look.



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Not sure what "2g" is, but some play may have been there from day one. If you only feel it with your hands, I wouldn't worry about it. Pedals lead a hard life, and they're just wear items—the insane prices of some of them notwithstanding. Ride em until you feel the play through your shoes, then shitcan em unless you have the patience and the tools to rebuild em.

As an aside: if the manufacturer opts for zero play at the assembly line, he'll get 10,000 complaints about "stiff bearings" and the pedal "not hanging right" for easy clip-ins.

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Kerry Irons said:
Yeah, like my Campy ProFits. After only 107,000 miles, they're starting to show some serious wear at the cleat contact points. The bearings, however, are still flawless. Sometimes, you get what you pay for :)
Well, you have to admit that the Campy ProFits are the exception that proves the rule. Some designer at Campy was told in the late 1990s to come up with the best pedal ever—weight and cost be damned. The designer did—a rare (in the cycling universe) triumph of sound engineering over marketing.

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Out of the eight "Look type" pedals I've had, only one developed bad bearings.
Any pedal can go bad. Most people just get a new pair, when they do.
 

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wim said:
Well, you have to admit that the Campy ProFits are the exception that proves the rule. Some designer at Campy was told in the late 1990s to come up with the best pedal ever—weight and cost be damned. The designer did—a rare (in the cycling universe) triumph of sound engineering over marketing.

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Totally agree with that. My Campy Record PF+ have raced with me for the last 3 years. No problems at all, only cleats replacement. The only problem is compatibility, when you race almost everybody at every team use Keos, but they do fail frequently.
 

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Weight and cost

wim said:
Well, you have to admit that the Campy ProFits are the exception that proves the rule. Some designer at Campy was told in the late 1990s to come up with the best pedal ever—weight and cost be damned. The designer did—a rare (in the cycling universe) triumph of sound engineering over marketing.
Actually, they weigh 260 gm, which is competitive today, and when you factor in longevity, they are probably the cheapest pedals on the market.
 

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Kerry Irons said:
Actually, they weigh 260 gm, which is competitive today, and when you factor in longevity, they are probably the cheapest pedals on the market.
Yes, I was confused and got to eat crow here—the curent ProFits are indeed light. I dug out some old snapshots and realized that the Campy pedals I used for a while were those pre-1997 things. Those were completely different, very expensive if I remember this correctly, and, well, hefty.

While I'm here, another point: my comment about "pedals being wear items" did not mean to imply that the OP's pedals are worn out. Having a small amount of bearing play is no reason to trash a pedal.

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