Look Keo Blade Ti Carbon Pedals
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...is, it's fragile. I purchased these pedals because I broke my RH Keo Blade TI pedal. Had a prang where my shoe didn't unlock until I hit the bitumen. In doing so, I snapped the heel clip. I love these pedals so I had no hesitation in replacing them. But my accident did highlight (to me at least) is the fragility of carbon pedals. Wouldn't have happened with my old alloy pedals. If the Carbon TI's were more robust I would have given 5 stars.Report this review
Having used these pedals for three months now i can say they are a very good product. Being a bit lighter in weight than my previous Look pedals was a small plus, but for those into style I think these qualify. I also like the positive tension (12 Nm) getting in and out of the pedals, A good positive grip.Report this review
The Look Keo Blade Ti Carbon Pedals provide an awesome platform and they are lightweight. I love them!Report this review
I have now used these Look Keo Blade Ti Carbon Pedals on four rides. I bought the 16Nm version. They are easy to engage. Occasionally I still accidentally knock the pedal over when I paw at it with my foot, but I am confident that this is just me taking a little while to get used to the new pedals. They are certainly easier than the non-Keo Look-style pedals that I have previously had to locate and clip into. The 16Nm tension is not at all tight to engage or disengage from (I weigh 73kgs). However, I don't feel like I am at any risk of ever accidentally pulling my foot out and they feel completely secure once engaged. These pedals have a distinctly larger pedal platform than my previous non-Keo Look-style pedals (which in fact only had a tiny contact area), but I honestly can't tell the difference when I'm riding. There was a bit of squeaking from the pedals on my second ride, but it was an extremely misty/foggy day that day, so it is possible that the squeak was somehow contributed to by some moisture somewhere - but I haven't noticed any squeaks before or since then.Report this review
I came from the Delta pedal which I used for about 15 years
The first thing I noticed is how smooth the bearings are; really smooth.
The second thing I noticed is how connected I feel to the pedal
Mabey its the low stack height compared to the Delta pedal but I feel smoother and more power through the whole pedal revolution.
I bought these pedals for the light weight factor and was sceptical as to whether there is really any significant improvement in the clip in/out performance. However after having actually used them, I must say I do notice I can get in and out of the pedals much easier. I find I am able to hook into the pedal faster than the Keo 2 Max Carbon which I was using previously. The elimination of the heavy spring in the back makes the pedal more balanced with its pivoting thus allowing the back of the pedal to move up and meet the back of your cleats quickly and smoothly. There is no more fighting to get the back of the pedal up to clip in. Also the carbon spring does give a very positive feel in engaging and disengaging; the effort required feels smooth and light, yet very secured. I am using the 16nm carbon spring and the tension feels just right for me. I also think that this carbon spring design will totally eliminate the typical annoying squeaky pedal you get with traditional clipless pedals. I am very happy with these pedals and have even ordered another pair for my other bike.Report this review
At 70x54mm the wide, square-bodied platform Keo is a good size, and the cleat design is super stable, with no rocking of the foot when engaged; in fact the cleat fit makes the Keo one of the best riding pedals you can buy.
Being the flagship of the Blade range, this titanium axle version weighs in at a very light 186g per pair. Even the more affordable chromoly axle version (Â£174.99) only pushes the scales up to 227g a pair, still a very light setup. Rather than using a heavy metal spring the Blade has a carbon leaf spring, set at 12Nm. In use it feels about the same as a standard Keoâ€™s engagement, but thereâ€™s a 16Nm option for those who prefer a stiffer sprung pedal for a snappier feel.
The Keo Blade system feels remarkably similar to a standard Keo pedal to ride in, with all the benefits of its excellent oversized engagement, slick entry and some of the best wearing cleats weâ€™ve ever used. We wouldnâ€™t necessarily upgrade to these from a standard set of Keos â€“ the main reason to buy the Blades would be for their lighter weight â€“ but when the time comes to replace our pedals they would be a serious consideration. Included in the price is a pair of grey 4.5 degree float cleats, with covers for walking in.
These really are the business when it comes to race pedals. I've used mine for a year now and they are still perfect.
I of course went for the 16nm version as I like my feet well locked in; even at this tension it is so easy to clip in and out of them with the added bonus of that snap when your foot is in. I compared these to a pair of brand new Keo Classics that got put on my old race bike when my new one arrived. The Classics have a huge resistance on the pedal motion unlike these; they won't spin over by hand more than two revolutions; compared to the Blade's 10 or so.
For a price no object race bike; these are a must!
Picked these up recently from PBK - Have owned several Look pedal models in the past from the early delta to the Keo Carbons. These are the ultimate evolution, with a super light weight, snappier engagement due to the blade mechanism and a wide, metal cleat contact plate. The bearings are super smooth and they feel very stable. The blade mechanism is also very 'defined' in whether you are clicked in or not and I am yet to pull a foot. Overall these are brilliant pedals. The only question remains as the whether they are worth the premium over the cro-mo blade version which is only a little heavier and considerably cheaper.Report this review
Engagement is very positive, but the weaker 12Nm springs released too easily for my liking, so a swap to the 16Nm was required. This is the only alternative if you want a stronger retention spring, but I still felt I could still have done with a smidge more - was it so hard to include a tiny tension adjust screw? I miss the ability to fine tune.
The pedals are incredibly light. Our test set weighed under the stated 95g per pedal, at 180g for the pair. The wider body provides a huge contact patch, with a 60mm wide stainless steel platform, which will resist wear and gives you a really reassuring feeling under cleat. They've got that bit spot on. The oversized titanium axles are another welcome addition, strengthening the pedals against flex, which helps both power transfer and improves bearing life.