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Look Keo Blade Ceramic Ti pedals



Expensive, but impressive performance and a very low overall weight
Ceramic bearings are smooth rolling
Reassuring foot retention
Cleat plate scuffs quickly

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The latest Look Keo Blade Ceramic Ti pedals are incredibly light and smooth running, but that does come at a price. For the racer, though, their performance and cost are probably justifiable.

Weighing just 190g per pair on our scales, not only do the Keos match Look's claims but they also feel incredibly light. A lot of that is down to the fact that there isn't much going on in terms of mechanics.

Instead of springs and clips, like you find on some manufacturers' pedals, these Keos use a carbon fibre blade (hence the name) and its 'spring' or flex to clamp the cleat into position on the pedal body.

The blades come in a range of four tension options, 8Nm, 12Nm, 16Nm and 20Nm, so you can choose how aggressive you want the retention to be. The Blade Ceramics reviewed by Laurence, for example, came fitted with the 12Nm option. These come with the 16Nm blades fitted, which are perfect if you put out a lot of power and don't want to risk pulling a foot out in a sprint or on a climb.

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For general day-to-day use you'll need to remember that you have to put in quite a bit of effort to remove your foot before you get to a junction or red light, and things can get a little tricky if you find yourself in stop-start traffic if you can't track stand.

From a performance point of view, though, they can't really be faulted; they're ideal for racing and other types of riding where you aren't going to need to keep clipping in and out.

The blades can be changed to lighter or heavier offerings, but you'll need to factor in the cost of the kit, which is £41 on Look's UK website.

The Keo cleats supplied offer 4.5 degrees of float to give a bit of knee-friendly movement, and the clip in and out action is smooth and reliable. Fixed cleats are also available (black) or the red alternatives offer 9 degrees.

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The cleats and pedal body offer plenty of surface area, which spreads the weight and pressure well; I didn't suffer from any hot spots on the soles of my feet. It's also great for power transfer.

Stack height for pedal and cleat is 14.8mm.

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As the name suggests, the pedals use ceramic bearings and a titanium axle, with the former making them run very smoothly indeed; it's not night and day compared with cheaper steel bearings, though Look does make some big claims with regards to their durability: that they're over four to six times longer lasting than steel bearings.

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As anyone in the UK knows, it has been wet, very wet, over the last few months, but to date I have had no issues whatsoever with any creaking or rough running from the bearings. Regardless, that Look offers a three-year guarantee is still reassuring, and spare parts are readily available.

The carbon pedal body is tough and relatively resilient to scuffs, and even if some scuffing does happen, the black colour means it's barely noticeable. I can't say the same for the stainless steel cleat plate, though, which is already looking scruffy from wear and tear.


It's no surprise that all of these high-end materials mean the Keos command an impressive price of £310. That's a lot more than Shimano's Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals at £234.99, but they don't have ceramic bearings or titanium axles.

There are more expensive options, though: Wahoo's Speedplay Nanos are a mixture of titanium and carbon fibre, and their price dwarfs that of the Looks at £379.99.

The Nanos work differently to the Looks by having all of their retention workings within the cleat, which does give a very low stack height of 11.5mm, and you also get a lot of float.


The Keo Blades are an impressive set of pedals in terms of weight, smoothness and performance, although as with many range-topping models, you are paying more for diminishing returns.


Expensive, but impressive performance and a very low overall weight test report

Make and model: Look Keo Blade Ceramic Ti

Size tested: One Size

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Look says, "The Keo Blade Ceramic Ti embodies the pinnacle of cycling performance, combining supreme lightness and cutting-edge technology to reach new heights. Proudly "Made in France" by LOOK for the most competitive cyclists."

They are very light, stiff, and can't be criticised in terms of performance.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Look lists these details:

Spindle material: Titanium

Technology: Blade

Body material: Carbon

Platform area: 705 mm2

Platform width: 64 mm

Total stack height (pedal + cleat): 14,8 mm ( 8,5 + 6,3 )

Q Factor: 53 mm

Retention: Serial installed in 16

Cleats: Keo Grip

Blade: Carbon

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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Stunning in terms of stiffness and cleat retention.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Incredibly light.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

They scuff easily.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

They're more expensive than Shimano's Dura-Ace pedals – but those don't have ceramic bearings or titanium axles – and less than Speedplay's Nanos, which are a mixture of titanium and carbon fibre and cost £379.99.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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An incredibly light pair of pedals which look and feel to be very well made. A high price, but impressive foot retention will make them invaluable for powerful riders and racers.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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