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A little carbon rectangle makes all the difference.
Look rightfully lays claim to being the company that invented the "clipless" bicycle pedal, after harnessing their experience making ski bindings and applying that to cycling back in 1984. The basic function of these pedals has changed very little in the last 30 years, but the pedals themselves have seen huge advancements in materials and function, and the Look Cycle Keo Blade Carbon Pedal is a fantastic example of what we mean.
Look's original Keo pedal was revised into the Keo 2 platform in recent years, and the Keo Blade continues that arc. The Keo 2 and Blade models are 17% wider than the old Keo, resulting in 31% greater surface area, and so far better power transfer. The increase in platform width comes at the top of the pedal, however, so cornering clearance hasn't been diminished - in fact, while revising it, engineers actually further tapered the pedal's vertical profile to increase cornering clearance, so go ahead and keep cranking as you lean into those crit corners.
Carbon and steel are the big names used to craft the Keo Blade Carbon pedal. The "blade" that gives the pedal its name is an amazingly strong but light rectangle of woven carbon fiber that places tension on the retention mechanism, rather than a coiled spring doing that job. The result is extremely consistent, adjustment-free, and essentially life-long consistency of the clipping mechanism. The main pedal body itself is also carbon fiber, too, while the wear plate is stainless steel. The 12mm chromoly spindle (the only difference between the Titanium version of the same pedal, which utilizes a ti spindle) is double-sealed and rolls on two roller bearings and one needle bearing - arguably overkill, but the fact that thousands of decades-old Look pedals on the road proves that the company knows a thing or two about bestowing their products with longevity.
The Keo Blade Carbon Pedals come with a set of Grey Look Keo Grip anti-slip cleats. They have 4.5 degrees of float. You can also use the Keo Grip cleats in Red, with nine-degrees of float, or Black, with no float. The anti-slip designation is due to both the forward and rearward parts of the cleat being topped by non-skid pads. The cleat also has Look's Memory Clip built in to the center pad, which, depending on your shoe, can simplify changing cleats without having to futz with re-positioning. The pedal body and retention bar on the back are black. The claimed weight of a single pedal is 115g, while stack height is 15.7mm. Look currently makes the carbon blades with two different spring rates: a 12Nm option (the lowest setting on Look's Keo 2 Max pedals, which is relatively loose and great for new riders or those with knee or ankle issues) and the stiffer 16Nm option (just below the stiffest setting on the Keo 2 Max, great for racing or more intense riders).
- Lightweight carbon fiber body provides a large, stable platform (31% larger than the standard Keo Pedal) for maximum power transfer
- Dual seals provide long life under extreme conditions
- In-mold steel contact surface for seamless engagement
- Oversized chromoly axle rotates smoothly on two roller bearings and one needle bearing for buttery-smooth spinning for the life of the pedal
- Low stack height for maximum power efficiency
- Includes low profile, 4.5-degree anti-slip Keo Grip Cleats
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Much higher quality than standard KEOs
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I noticed with the first clip-in, this pedal was different. The pedal is much thinner than a standard KEO pedal and the feel is that of more contact and a stiffer pedaling transaction. I put these on my new Ridley Fenix -- sooooo excessively awesome!
Upgraded to Look Keo Carbon
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have a road bike and a Tri bike. For years I've been just repurposing my mountain biking shoes for road shoes, which means all my bikes (road included) had SPD pedals. I was starting to feel like the SPD was too small of a platform for long road rides. Someone recommended the Look Keo Carbon pedals and I bought a single pair first. I really liked them. Honestly, it's been a shift trying to adjust to clipping into these pedals, but once you get it down it's second nature. Definitely a better platform for a road bike setup.
Are all Look Keo cleats compatible to this...
Are all Look Keo cleats compatible to this pedal?
Yes. This pedal is compatible with all the Keo cleats.
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i just purchase a pair of this pedals and...
i just purchase a pair of this pedals and the left one it makes a noise from the blade everytime. what can i do?
I would give competitive cyclist a call. They have always worked with me and back their product. A lot of the time the companies have warranties that they will check on and help you with. I wouldn't ask a question on the review section It will take to long for someone to see it. You can also talk to them online under contact us and speak to a customer service person now tabs. Hope that helps
Does the cleat in the Keo Blade differ...
Does the cleat in the Keo Blade differ from the keo Classic?
The Keo cleats are unchanged, but newer Keo pedals have been redesigned with a larger, stiffer, and more stable body and platform. If your old cleats still have some life in them, they will work with the new pedals without issue.
very positive engagement
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
picked up a set to replace my classics which have searved me well for 1000's of miles. First clip in was great, very positive engagement. Ridden a few times since picking them up and havent pulled out of them once in a hard effort climbing or sprinting. The increased contact pad is nice, time will tell if it really makes a difference.
When they work they are great!
I got these and instantly loved them...
but one of the springs cracked and it was such a pain to get look to replace them... you have to send the pedals to the retailer then they send them to look, then back to the retailer, then back to you....
You get the point, very long turn around for such a simple fix.
But that was a while ago. I've been using them for 6 months now and no problems at all... Like I said when they work they are great.
...dewolfs favorite pedal
a good improvement over the original look Keo pedals. The alloy plate protects/prevents premature wear in this area. I use the 16Nm spring tension along with the Look red cleats (9 degree movement) No adjustment to tension on these like the regular Keo 2 max but the tension seems correct and feels really secure. The one star loss in rating is for the the carbon spring blade being exposed on the side and susceptible to damage in a crash which I initially saw as a possible design issue and then later actually experienced. Otherwise I have used these for two seasons and like them a lot.