LOOK KEO BLADE CARBONCROMO
The Keo Carbon Cromo features a carbon pedal body and oversized chromoly steel axle, turning on weather-proofed roller and needle bearings, which Look says increases power. They are supplied with a 12Nm release tension carbon blade spring, plus a 16Nm alternative, with a 20Nm one available for burly sprinters.Our pair weighed 230g, plus 69g for the cleats and fixings.
The slim-looking standard grey cleats are 70mm long and 62mm wide, and offer 4.5 degrees of angular float [amount your heel can move when clipped in]. Optional red cleats allow 9 degrees, and Look’s black ones have no float at all. Wear indicating recesses on the cleats show when they need replacing.
The Keos hang perfectly for fast engagement, the cleats’ rounded nose ensuring they locate immediately and snap in to position. They feel instantly secure, their 700mm surface area, topped with its 67mm wide stainless steel plate provides plenty to push against, and the release feel is positive.
As a performance choice, the Keo is excellent, and as supplied has sufficient release tension and neutral-feeling, selfcentring float to satisfy most riders. Power transfer feels superb, with the stability of that wide platform giving great confidence when out of the saddle. The only downsides are the cleats, which can squeak if dirty, have a propensity to skid when walking, and do show wear quickly.
WE SAY The XPro is functionally, biomechanically and practically the best