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Old 03-14-06, 07:57 PM   #1
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LOOK Keo Pedal Installation on a GT MTB

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quick question- are there differences in the diameter of pedal axles between different types of bikes? I just tried to install my new LOOK Keo Sprints on my old gt mtb and the pedal axle seemed too big for the stock cranks. i don't have callipers but the seem to be about the same diameter as my existing (non-stock) pedals... The instructions say that the cranks should be "bsa (9/16x20) type". both pedals seem about 9/16" according to the tape measure but i realize a small difference would make a difference. the old/current pedals thread on readily.

any suggestions? i dont think i messed up my pedals (perhaps just scraped the paint off of the first thread) but that would be a bummer.

any ideas/suggestions/comments?

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Old 03-14-06, 09:05 PM   #2
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The two choices are 1/2 and 9/16 The difference is big enough that only the really determined could tear stuff up. You will only see 1/2 on cheap and some (very)old bikes.
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The Look Pedals are standard 9/16, and thus should fit on the cranks. Especially if they look about the same as the previous pedals. 1/2 is easily visually distinguishable from 9/16 in my experience. You could measure with a ruler up against the end of the pedal axle; you don't need calipers for this.
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Thanks for all the replies.

A quick trip to the bike shop yielded the answer- the left pedal, which I had been trying to install, was right-threaded, even though it had the correct cage. Here's hoping my ebay seller will be nice enough to give me a refund. =\

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That's pretty bad, a pedal being reverse-threaded. Either the seller knew this and was trying to sell it to get the pedals off his hands, or he didn't and made an accidental error. If he refuses to accept the pedals back, he's probably the former, and you should report him to eBay. If he has more questions, point him toward this thread.
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Are you kidding -

All left pedals are reverse threaded. Just the way it is - check your crank as well before you jump to conclusions.

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That's pretty bad, a pedal being reverse-threaded. Either the seller knew this and was trying to sell it to get the pedals off his hands, or he didn't and made an accidental error. If he refuses to accept the pedals back, he's probably the former, and you should report him to eBay. If he has more questions, point him toward this thread.

Come on. I highly doubt that Look is going to make a major mistake in manufacturing and put the pedals together with threads going in the wrong direction on one of the pedals. These are Keo pedals we're talking about here, not some 1960s relic. The pedals aren't screwed up. There's something else amiss here.

The guy, IMO, should definitely not get his money back on this. He's already stated that he's damaged the pedals on installation. Why would anyone want to refund for product that comes back damaged?
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I am looking forward to mounting the cleats on my Nike Altea II Plus road shoes with the carbon composite soles to match the new Look KEO Carbon Road Pedals I purchased today.
Hope this information is of some assistance to you.

The attached pictures are from the installation manual for the KEO Carbon Road Pedals

Use: Competition
Weight: 230g/pair
Body Material: Injection Molded Carbon
Spindle Material: CrMo steel
Bearings: 2 sealed bearings, needle bearing
Adjustments: Spring tension,
12-18 Nm
Color: black

The installation manual offers the following directions as listed:

Key Installation Notes

Check that the pedal cranks are of the BSA (9/16 X 20) type. Clean and grease the pedal crank internal thread prior to pedal fitting.

Warning: There is a Right Pedal and a Left Pedal. The left pedal, marked by a ring on the spindle, is screwed anti-clockwise, and the right pedal in a clockwise manner.
Screwing of the pedal is carried out using an 8 mm Allen key for pedals fitted with a steel spindle or 6 mm for those fitted with a titanium spindle. In both cases, tightening is carried out from the inside of the pedal crank.

The recommended tightening torque is 40 Nm. KEO pedals can be used with either red or black cleats.

Please verify that your pedals do have the pedal cranks are of the BSA (9/16 X 20) type before you proceed.

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I had one more thought regarding the installation of the Look pedals on the GT mtb. I went to the Look web site. The Look pedals listed are primarily for "Road" bikes.

Go to DirtWorld and look at the pedals they recommend for mountain bikes. Check the listing at:

http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomfr...ategory%253D19

This lists all the mountain bike pedals they recommend.

I ride both mountain and road bikes. The Look KEO Carbon Pedals I purchased are for my Trek road bike. I use the Shimano PD-M520 on my Trek Fuel 80 mountain bike. You can view the complete Shimano MTB offering at:

http://bike.shimano.com/catalog/cycl...=1142861157810

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Here's what probably happened.

The guy tried with all his might to thread on the left pedal clockwise. Tried and tried and tried. Used lots of force. Damages the threading. Now, the pedal threads are hosed, and he says that there's some f-ed up paint marks that he did... Now he wants a refund?! For a pair of Look Keos?! Gimme a break! LOOK did not manufacter a pair of Keos with the threading f-ed up!
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