In spite of offering mountain bike pedals for some time, Look is probably still better known for their Keo road pedals. But the X-Track aims to change that. Peeling away from the Time-like twin horizontal spring approach of the S-Track, the new X-Track takes a more SPD-like approach – which is why they’re also now claimed as SPD compatibleLook at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedal

Starting with the smaller body X-Track Race, Look’s goal was to offer what they call the best power to weight of any pedal in the XC category. What does power to weight mean in terms of a pedal? Look sees it as a function of how much contact area there is compared to the weight of the pedal. The more contact area, the better the ‘power’ transfer. Look sees this number as perhaps the most important part of pedal design since all of your energy is transferred through the pedal.

Look at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedal

To maximize the pedal power, the X-Track Race has 515mm² of contact surface on either side of the spring mechanism for a 12% increase compared to the S-Track. The design also leaves large voids in center of the spring mechanism for better mud shedding. Much like SPD pedals, the spring tension is adjustable with an allen bolt on the back of each side of the pedal. Water resistance is improved with better axle seals which should make these a great option for power washer happy cross bikes and the like.

Look at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedalLook at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedal

Starting at the top, the X-Track Race Carbon Ti is the lightest, most expensive version at 150g per pedal and $249.99

Look at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedal

Look at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedal

Next is the X-Track Race Carbon which adds 24g per pedal, but drops the price way down to just $129.99.
Look at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedal

THe X-Track moves to a composite rather than carbon body and therefor only grows to 182g per pedal and sees another substantial reduction in price to $89.99.

Look at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedal

Finally, the X-Track is available in an aluminum body (in red or grey) and clocks in at 195g per pedal at $49.99.

 Look at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedalLook at it again with new SPD compatible X-Track MTB clipless pedal

Look also gave a glimpse at the future of even bigger platform versions of the X-Track with the trail focused X-Track Rage, and Enduro X-Track Rage Plus. Essentially the same design with a wider platform, the trail pedal measures 63mm wide while the enduro pedal measures 67mm compared to the X-Track Race XC pedal at 60mm. The Rage will run 218g per pedal with a price of $74.99, while the Rage Plus bumps up to 227g and $129.99.

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15 comments

    • TheKaiser on

      Yeah, that is odd to switch back to SPD like they had in the 90s. Not that there is anything wrong with SPD. It’s just an odd choice as there are already a plethora of SPD style options out there, and they had already moved on to a Time style, which has a much more unique set of potential features and benefits. Maybe they are working on a regression model that ends up back at their original 3 bolt style single sided MTB pedal.

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  1. Speshy on

    Look: Check out these new pedals, they’re called x-track!
    Me: So these are Track Pedals?
    Look: No they’re Mountain Bike Pedals.
    Me: Weird. They look like Shimano’s XT SPD pedal
    Look: Well they’re not.
    Me: Weird. What kind of cleat do they use.
    Look: Shimano SPD
    Me: Weird. How much?
    Look: $249.00
    Me: So like, 4 pairs of SPD XT’s then?
    Look: I guess so.
    Me: Weird.

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  2. FFM on

    So they came out with six products… The $90 XC and $75 trail hit spots that Shimano missed but the other four correspond directly to Shimano’s price points and it’s not obvious what makes them better?

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    • bruto on

      Let me explain it then:
      Plastic body (axle housing has to be made bigger than if it were made of metal) leaves less room for mud to evacuate = more fun trying to clip in in wet conditions
      Crap sealing (I had a hard time even seeing that seal the first couple times I opened my S-tracks) and non-serviceable bearings = opportunity to try out your next pedals sooner

      Good enough?

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  3. Antoine on

    Their Time copy was never as good as time for whatever reasons that is obscure to me. Still very weird to go SPD route which has problem in deep mud Time solution does not have.

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  4. Nils on

    Shimano announces a clippless version of their Saint pedal for 2018 with that pedal they finally offer trail pedals with a wider platform.

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  5. i on

    So Look managed to make a pedal that uses SPD cleats, but weighs 90g more than XTR, costs almost 3 times as much, and if Look’s track record is any indication, will not be as reliable.

    Sign me up! I see no downside to buying a new product from a company that’s had something like 6 completely different cleats/designs in 25 years of trying to figure out how to make a MTB pedal.

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    • ronshev on

      The XTR pedals weigh ~310g. The top of the line Look here weighs ~150g. Sure the Look is more expensive but it is about 40% less weight.

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      • TheKaiser on

        Shimano (and most other companies) weighs a pair of pedals with no cleats, but Look weighs a single pedal with no cleat, so you need to double that 150g figure. If you look just below it, you’ll see Look provides a figure for a pair, with cleats, which is 404g.

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  6. TimE on

    Never. One hit and they’re back at the factory being recalibrated. BB spindle and crank based power meters are the best option for MTB.
    Rear hub gives really noisy readings and pedals are too vulnerable

    Reply

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