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As dedicated cyclists, we're prone to occasional bouts of irrational defensiveness over minutiae like our choice of handlebar tape, saddles, and—of course—the make of our drivetrains. But few categories of kit preference excite group-ride partisanship like pedals. From the low-weight, tiny-platform models to the big security of the three-bolters, we've all got our favorites. And we're all ready to tell you about them at length. Look Cycle's Keo 2 Max Blade Pedals bridge the rancorous divide, though, hitting an impressive weight spec while also providing one of the largest, most secure-feeling pedaling platforms on the market.
Compared to the smaller Keo 2 Max pedals, Look's Keo 2 Max Blade Pedals have a larger pedal platform—up from an already sizeable 340mm² to a kingly 400mm². Despite these gains in size, Look manages to save a claimed 10g per pedal with the Blade design. Instead of a coiled spring, Blade pedals engage with a leaf spring, which involves far less material for a hold that feels firmer and more secure than the non-Blade Keo 2 Max models. Whether clipping in or clipping out, the pedals' engagement tension, adjustable from 8-12Nm by changing the leaf spring, is confidence-inspiring. For comparison, consider the positive, unmistakable feel and feedback of Campagnolo shifting versus the subtle delicacy of Shimano shifting, with Campy equating to the Blade's leaf spring.
The reduced clearance allowed by a redesigned spindle means the Max Blades' stack height is also lower, shaving 1.7mm off of the Max pedals' stack and accommodating the expanded pedal platform without a corresponding reduction to cornering clearance. The Keo 2 Max Blade pedals have the same durable stainless face plate and bearing loadout as the heavier, non-Bladed model, and they're compatible with the same range of low- to high-float to dial the play to the most exacting specification.
The Max Blade pedal body itself is composite laced with carbon reinforcement, which incurs a weight penalty compared to the lighter carbon body of the more expensive Keo Blade 2 CR pedals. The difference in materials brings the claimed weight for either pair of pedals (without hardware or cleats) to 240 and 220g, respectively. This sounds like a downgrade—until the pedals are reconsidered in terms of dollars per gram. When considerations of weight, secure platforms, and cost are stacked against each other, few pedals on the market can challenge the Keo 2 Max Blades.
- The pedal against which all other pedals are measure and weighed
- Reliable chromoly spindle is the standby for a reason
- Carbon-reinforced composite body keeps weight and cost down
- Leaf spring engagement provides positive feedback
- Low pedal height reduces the risk of strikes while cornering
- Look revolutionized clipless pedals by introducing ski binding technology in the mid '80s
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