Look Cycle has just released the Keo Flex, an entry level clipless pedal that’s aimed at beginners and casual cyclists (aka commuters) that want just a bit more power in their pedaling.
The Keo Flex uses a one-piece composite body and retention lever, which keeps the weight at a pro-level 122g per pedal. This means there’s no retention force adjustment – it’s preset at 8Nm, about 50% to 75% of their top end Keo Blade pedals. Float adjustment is made by swapping cleats, with models for 0º, 4.5º or 9º.
They rotate on a steel spindle with a single ball bearing and a bushing. It sounds simple, but it’s been tested to 1 million cycles under load just like all of their pedals, and it keeps the cost down. UPDATE: Retail is $59.99.
Shown in the top photo, two side “clips” keep the cleat from slipping out the sides and provide the release. Simply rotate the cleat outward like normal and it’ll depress the clips to release your foot. Keep your foot centered and the integrated lever on the body (the piece normally attached to a spring that bends and catches the cleat) holds it in place and allows for pulling through the pedal stroke like with any other clipless pedal.
We’re waiting to hear back on price but suspect they’ll be cheap. Look already has the Keo Easy, a $70-ish pedal, but the Keo Flex gets a shorter, wider platform and does away with the retention spring.