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Keo pedals... how long do they last?

Old 08-29-06, 04:44 AM
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Keo pedals... how long do they last?

I've been riding on Ultegra pedals for a little over a year (13k miles), and the top surface has worn quite a lot from rubbing by the cleat... in fact I wouldn't be surprised if I wore through to the axle pretty soon. They have plastic piece that wears down first, but it wasn't long before I was down to the metal (aluminum) body. It looks like the Dura Ace pedals will have a steel plate next year instead of the plastic... which makes a lot of sense to me.

How can a Keo pedal possibly last? It looks like they are *plastic* on the top (the whole body is plastic), with no wear surface. Doesn't this wear out quickly? I figure they've been out long enough that a lot of people should know...

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Hmm... Mine are carbon, not sure if the cheaper ones are plastic or not.

No visible wear on the tops of mine yet... I did take a healthy gouge out of the bottom of my left pedal when I struck it in a corner at 25-30mph warming up for a crit... Looks like about 150,000 miles of wear in that spot.

I think Look is pretty smart in that their cleat is cheap and wears somewhat quickly, which probably minimizes wear on the pedals. Just a guess.
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It looks like they are *plastic* on the top (the whole body is plastic)
It's composite.
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I just bought a pair of Keos carbon because my look Cx6 pedal broke in the back where the spring connects to the axle.
the only thing I have heard about the Keos that is negative, is the cleats have a tendency to wear faster than the older style Delts cleat.

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Originally Posted by rruff
I've been riding on Ultegra pedals for a little over a year (13k miles)......

Wow.....
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Originally Posted by rruff
They have plastic piece that wears down first, but it wasn't long before I was down to the metal (aluminum) body. It looks like the Dura Ace pedals will have a steel plate next year instead of the plastic... which makes a lot of sense to me.

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I think the plastic piece can be replaced.
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Old 08-29-06, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by DrPete
Hmm... Mine are carbon, not sure if the cheaper ones are plastic or not.
They are either carbon or polyamide (nylon) reinforced molded plastic. I just didn't think this would make a very good wear surface. I'm surprised that they are strong enough, too... but I guess they are getting better with this stuff.

The Keo cleats might be cheap and wear first, but dirt still gets in between. Maybe part of my problem is that I've ridden quite a lot in the rain... with sand and grit getting everywhere.

How many miles do you have on your pedals? How long do the cleats last? I'm still running the original pair of Ultegra cleats (13k miles), but they are about due...
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Originally Posted by EURO
It's composite.
Euro is back???
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Mine are carbon , they have ten thousand miles on them , no visble signs of wear. I am on my third set of cleats however.
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe
Euro is back???
Short, civil, and to the point. That must be the way of the new Euro...
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Originally Posted by curiouskid55
Mine are carbon , they have ten thousand miles on them , no visble signs of wear. I am on my third set of cleats however.
What part of the cleat wears out, and how do you decide they need to be replaced?
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The bottom of the cleats wear out from you putting your foot down at the lights or walking around. There are wear indicators on the bottom to tell you when to replace them They are very good - I have the sprints (red ones). Only minus is that the decals wear off the axle fairly quickly but it is a dumb place to put them.
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They last at least 2 years.
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My wife and I both have a set of Keo Classics with about 5000km's on them...All pedals show very slight wear on the pedal interface to cleat, nothing major...We are both on our first set of cleats....They are showing wearing and hopefully make it through the rest of this season, maybe another 2000 km's max...

Overall we've both been real happy with the pedals and would purchase them again....
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The fronts break off. Really this is a racing weight system and a little too light for everyday use. But I have them now so will live with them. If I was buying again I would get the regular Looks.
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Old 08-30-06, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by curiouskid55
The fronts break off.
The cleat or the pedal... and if the pedal then which model? And how many instances of this do you know about?
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The cleat. Has happened to me about three times this year. There are wear indicators on the cleat but I am too much of a goofball to check before it is too late.
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Originally Posted by curiouskid55
The cleat. Has happened to me about three times this year. There are wear indicators on the cleat but I am too much of a goofball to check before it is too late.
If you're not bothering to check for wear, and presumably not bothering to replace the cleats when they are worn out, then it's not surprising that they break. That is hardly a product defect.
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