An updated version of the extremely popular Keo pedal.
The pedals tend to hang down when you're not clipped in, due to the weight of the back of the pedal. Can be tricky for novices and new converts to clip in to this system.
A solid, stable, platform from one of the most respected players in the pedal game. The composite model offers all the performance of the Keo 2 Max Carbon in a non-carbon (but only slightly heavier) package.
If you've been around cycling for any time at all you are probably familiar with some version of Look pedals. They make pedals for almost every budget and riding style under the sun. The Keo 2 Max is basically a complete overhaul of the the popular Keo platform. The Keo 2 Max is available in a carbon model and a composite model. We chose the composite model, you get essentially the same pedal for less dough and a very minimal weight difference.
For starters, the Keo 2 Max has a larger overall contact area. Look claims a 12% increase in surface area over that of the Keo Carbon. The contact area width of the Keo 2 has also been bumped up to be 4mm wider while leaving cornering clearance intact. Which probably isn't much of a concern to triathletes since our courses aren't generally that technical, but hey it's worth mentioning.
Another vast improvement with the Keo 2 is in the overall durability. The addition of a stainless steel wear plate insures that these pedals will be around for the long haul. It also keeps any wear from getting into the pedal body itself. Look has also beefed up the axles by 2mm without jacking up the stack height (distance of your shoe above the axle). The axles also incorporate dual seals to increase bearing life.
The Keo 2 pedals come with the standard grey Keo Grip Cleats just like other Keo models. The Keo Grip Cleats come in three options black, grey, or red. This coordinates to the amount of float they offer: black = 0 float, grey = 4.5 degrees, red = 9 degrees. While we are on the subject of adjustability, the Keo 2 pedals also have extra long axles. This allows a rider to adjust Q-factor (basically the width of your crankset) from 53mm on the original, to 55mm on the new model, using special washers that you can buy from Look. Again, probably not something a typical age grouper even considers when purchasing pedals, but nevertheless we're telling you just in case you have some wide child bearing hips or something.
OK, enough information about these pedals, you really just want to know if they suck or not...right? We have a crapload (or a whole bunch, if you prefer) of miles on these pedals and we have had really good luck with them. We like the wide platform and the large, stable surface area of these pedals. They provide a good solid base for putting power to the pavement. The stainless steel wear plates work great, we have had no issues with excessive wear whatsoever.
The cleats and the pedals engage quite nicely, and when your in...your in, Look pedals hold as good as any on the market. We haven't experienced any unwanted unclipping in our miles and miles of using these pedals. Speaking of which, tension adjustment is easy to do and you can adjust from 12-18Nm. A simple turn of the adjustment screw with the +/- indicator in the picture below.
One bit of nitpicking we can provide is that when you are unclipped the pedal rests with the toe pointing up because the back end of the pedal is heavy (too much junk in the trunk). This can make getting clipped in a chore at times, especially if you ride in a lot of stop and go traffic. Just a minor annoyance most of the time, but it can be difficult especially for people who are new to these pedals.
Ahh...the dreaded, annoying squeak that many have complained about with Look pedals over the years. We're not sure what exactly causes this annoyance, whether it's moisture or dirt or a combination of the two, but many people seem to have the problem. We are an exception I suppose because we have had very little "squeakage" from these pedals and trust me it's not because ours are clean. Maybe it's because we leave our shoes clipped in 90% of the time, but whatever the reason it has been rare that we have had any unwanted sounds emanating, from our pedals at least.
We would say these pedals are priced in the mid-range of pedals out there. However, considering their weight and performance we feel they are worth it.
TriBomb Bottom Line
A very good pedal with (almost) all the performance of it's carbon twin. A lot more bang for your buck with the composite model, and only about a 15g weight penalty.