Although it’s tempting to just test the new expensive products which arrive here at PBK, I have to admit to you all that I love a bargain and hate spending my money on more expensive items, when there are products that fit the bill perfectly at a lower price point.
A quick look around the cycling websites makes you soon realise that pedals are an area where you can spend £40 – £400, choose from multiple brands, cleat types and pedal materials for a marginal difference in weight.
This week we have in some Look Keo PLUS pedals which are a limited edition run similar to the very popular Keo Classics.
The blurb says: “A limited edition pedal from Look which boasts the same features and performance as the Keo Classic such as smooth entry and exit, lightweight composite body and durable construction. This model retains the adjustable tensions setting allowing you to tune release and entry tension with a simple allen key.”
First impressions: a very similar pedal to the Classic with a nice simple body, adjustable release tension and a set of grey (4.5°) cleats to complete the package.
Most people who’ve been cycling for a few years will have ridden or owned a set of Look pedals at some point. I started on the old Look Delta’s and then moved onto the Keo Classics and now have a bike with Classics, one with Keo Sprints and one with Keo 2 MAX’s.
Admittedly they do all squeak when the cleat and pedal gets dirty but this is curable and this model does specifically say it’s been designed NOT to squeak – no more cursing at your pedals on that climb!
You could say I’m biased, but in terms of value for money and cost – gram ratio, they can’t be beaten.
On the scales these PLUS’s weigh 127g per pedal and given that a Shimano Dura-Ace pedal is claimed to weight approx 140g and cost much more, this seems like a very good buy. Of course some will say that you aren’t getting the stainless steel body of the Shimano which is very tough and will not wear like the Look body,but given that a pedal spends most of its time flying through the air and shouldn’t ever really touch the ground (if it does you’re doing something wrong) and has only a plastic cleat rubbing against it, I don’t see this as a problem.
The pedals can be ‘re-built’ if you have one of the red tools for unscrewing the end-cap although it is very well sealed so shouldn’t need doing for a few years yet.
The pedals also have adjustable release tension which allows you to tune the release tension to you’re liking. It can be set low for beginners to easily clip in and out or wound right up for even the strongest of riders.
The grey cleats have 4.5° of float which is enough for most people and if you have had knee problems in the past, you can buy the red cleats which give 9°.
For £45 (at present) you can get a pedal which is light and has enough performance to suit all levels of cyclist. If you’ve been thinking of buying a new set of pedals or having a go at this clipless malarkey, then these would be the first place to look. (If you pardon the pun).