LOOK X-Track MTB Pedals
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Look's new X-Track mountain-bike pedal is constructed around a heavy-duty mechanism, is resistant to the negative effects of coming into contact with various external factors (rocks, roots, mud...), and provides consistent and reliable performance over time.
The spindle, equipped with a double weather-resistant seal, is designed to withstand the very worst conditions you may encounter during your rides. Look are dedicated to the principle that fewer hassles mean more time to ride, and therefore, more fun.
All the energy you produce is transferred to your MTB through your pedals. Their role, is therefore, crucial.
Look's objective in designing the X-Track was to enable the most efficient transfer of rider power possible. Thus the weight/contact surface ratio was chosen as the most important factor.
Generally speaking, the greater the contact surface, the more efficiently energy is transferred. On the other hand, the greater the contact surface, the more the pedal will weigh.
The challenge faced by the engineers was therefore, to identify the zones that are useful for energy transmission and then optimise the pedal design in order to limit any that are unused. The result is the X-Track has the best weight to contact surface ratio on the market.
Lateral Contact Support:
Lateral contact support guides your foot in finding your pedal and provides you a point of contact even if you have not yet engaged the cleat. This wide contact area prevents your foot from sliding on the pedal body and offers consistent and reassuring support.
The mechanism works regardless of external conditions (in the mud, forces are significantly different from those encountered when dry) as there's greater space to allow the removal of mud, grit and sand. These zones give the user a constant and stable feeling of being securely clipped in, in all conditions.
- Usage: XC Competition and Leisure
- Body: Aluminium
- Axle: Chromoly +
Look axles are only approved after a rotational test of 2 million cycles at 100 rpm with a load of 90 kg on the centre of the pedal and an eccentric rotation (which creates stress on each revolution).
This is equivalent to a sprint of 1700 watts at 100 rpm for 333 hours! This test is 20 times much more demanding than the current standard, the ISO 4210.
- Intuitive positioning, easy to engage
- Adjustable tension (6-14Nm)
- Contact surface area: 350mm2
- Platform width: 57mm
- Adjustable spring tension
- Pedal and cleats stack height: 16.8mm
- Cleats (included): X-Track Cleats with 6 degree float (Shimano SPD compatible)
- Pedal Weight: 195g (494g per pair with cleats and screws)
- Colours: Red or Anthracite (Dark Grey)
- 2 year warranty
Look X-Track pedals review, Cycling Weekly magazine, March 2018:
"Anyone who rides cyclocross or who wants a more walkable pedal will choose a 2-bolt design rather than a 3-bolt road pedal. The new Look X-Track provides a high quality option.
When Shimano wanted a better road pedal, it copied Look's Keo. Now Look has returned the compliment by making a two-bolt pedal compatible with Shimano's SPD system.
The Look X-Track pedal replaces the older S-Track. Whereas the S-Track had the advantage of a very simple design and the option to add cages for more foot stability, it lacked adjustable release tension and engagement felt a bit wooly.
The Look X-Track is a more conventional design with a front fixed cleat retainer and a rear sprung engagement mechanism with adjustable release tension. The cleat design has also been changed to be compatible with Shimano models, although Look supplies its own cleats with the X-Track and recommends its use.
The Look X-Track pedal is designed to be robust, so that it can handle rock bashes. There is a double seal to the axle to keep wet and muck out too. There's a quality look to its finish, with shiny cleat retainers and cross-hatched black metal side plates, although the anodising soon wears off the latter.
It's also designed to provide plenty of contact area with the shoe to increase power transfer. There are ridged side surfaces to help maintain grip. The supplied cleats provide 6 degrees of float, so that you can keep your foot position comfortable.
I did find that lateral foot stability was better than on more skeletal pedal designs like Ritchey's. As usually with off-road pedal systems, this does result in a bit more tendency to clog than more open designs though.
I had to kick debris out of my cleats to get a positive click-in sometimes, after wading through particularly sticky mud or leaves. Once you do cut through the mud, engagement is positive, precise and confidence-inspiring.
Weight and price for the Look X-Track are competitive. The Shimano Deore XT M8000 design weighs 338g and costs £90. You can shave some weight off the Look X-Track by opting for one of the three models further up the range, with the X-Track Race Carbon coming in at a claimed 340g a pair and £95, while the Race Carbon Ti, with a titanium spindle, weighs 300g a pair."
- Quality build
- Adjustable cleat tension
- SPD cleat compatible
- A bit more prone to clogging than more open designs, but no more so than Shimano pedals
- Black anodising wears off quickly
The Look X-Track pedal is a good alternative to Shimano SPDs. It has a quality look and feel, adjustable release tension and a positive engagement and hold on the cleat. It feels as if it's built to last, with quality hardware and robust-feeling bearings, although the black anodising on the side plates wears off quickly.
As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.