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