Look have brought their innovative carbon fiber leaf spring Blades to their big selling second-tier Kéo 2 Max Blade pedal platform, at the same time dropping weight, reducing stack height, and increasing contact area. The switch to the carbon blade also gives a bit of an aerodynamic improvement, but means you can’t just dial up or back the release tension like you have in the past. Look is however offering two blade options 8/12Nm that should keep some adjustability (less than the 3 now available for the Kéo Blade 2.)
Spin past the break for more tech details on the upgrade, plus some entry level Kéo pedals and some bolt-on S-track mountain bike platforms…
The new Kéo 2 Max Blade pedals have several benefits over the steel-springed version. First is of course weight savings, with a claimed pedal weight of 118g for the new version down from 130g on the standard Kéo 2 Max. Another small benefit is the new spring orientation drops 1.7mm off the platform stack height, down to 14mm with the new thinner system while still using the same spindle setup as the Kéo Blade 2. Lastly the pedal platform bumps up 60mm2 to 400mm2. The new pedals will come in white or black, using a similar composite body and chromoly axle as the previous version, and the no word back yet on pricing.
Two other new Kéo road pedals made their debut at Eurobike. The first the Kéo Easy Plus is a low-cost 142g pedal with an adjustable spring tension anywhere between 8-12Nm. Pricewise, they should slot in between the existing Easy and Plus models. The other pedal is the Kéo Flex 2, at just 122g for the first entry into Look’s road pedal system. It does not allow tension adjustment, but should have an easy release. Expect it to be the least expense pedal in the Kéo line yet.
From the mountain bike side Look did not have any new pedals this year, carrying over the S-Track unchanged. But in response to input from their sponsored riders the add-on pedal cage has been revamped with two new versions. The Sauser Cage, as one would guess was developed with previous world XC champion Christoph Sauser, who wanted to shed some weight and unnecessary bulk from the first 79g bolt-on cage. The Sauser version drops down to just 52g for the pair using a composite material. In the other direction Look’s more aggressive riders wanted more pedal protection. The new Trail Cage from forged and machined aluminum climbs to 120g for the pair with much greater durability, makng the S-track a viable All-Mountain pedal system.