was the pioneer pedal maker that ushered in the mechanical binding pedal interface - which would later be called the “clipless” pedal, because the innovation essentially ended a century of the cumbersome toe-clip-and-strap method of securing a cycling shoe onto a pedal. The famous French cycling brand has been a leader with its popular road pedals, but has struggled to make a similar impression among mountain bikers. Their new X-Track range, however, may reverse that trend.
Look showed its latest X-Track mountain bike pedal range at Interbike in Las Vegas, and it was a break from their longstanding twin-spring design, shared by Time and Crankbrothers. The Quartz pedal has been replaced by a new platform design and mechanism that appears very similar to the Shimano SPD engagement and, in fact, Shimano and Look X-Track cleats are interchangeable.
Look says that the Shimano cleat and shoe interface has proven by far to be the most stable and reliable system, so it made sense to begin there and then to engineer improvements in key areas such as weight reduction, mud clearing, and lateral stability. All of which, Look claims to have addressed successfully. Four versions of the X-Track Race cross-country pedals will be available immediately, with the wider-platform X-Track Rage and X-Track Rage Plus slated to arrive in early 2018.
The following is an excerpt from Look’s presentation: New X-Track MTB Pedals
Look has engineered MTB pedals with the best weight/contact surface ratio on the market. The leader in clipless pedals launches the X-Track range of pedals. X-Track is dedicated to off-road riders who want to be able to jump on their bike and enjoy the ride no matter the conditions knowing they can rely on their pedals for functionality and performance.
In designing the new X-Track, Look engineers concentrated on the interaction of three major factors: contact surface, weight, and the entry/release mechanism, thereby creating a “ready-to-ride” pedal that is easier to use.
• Tested by the best riders in the worst conditions
• Developed to maximize pedaling efficiency
• Best power to weight ratio in the XC pedal category
• Optimal contact surface: 515 mm²
• Intuitive positioning / easy to engage
• SPD Compatible
X-Track Race Carbon Ti Specs
Look’s X-Track series includes a full lineup for recreational riders to professional athletes competing at the highest level, from aluminum weighing at 195g at the lowest price point, to carbon and titanium and the lightest weight option at 150g at the high end:
• X-Track Race
• X-Track Race Carbon
• X-Track Race Carbon Ti
Look continues with model variations for each off-road category with corresponding contact widths:
• Cross Country // X-Track Race // 60MM
• Trail // X-Track Rage // 63MM
• Enduro // X-Track Rage Plus // 67MM
And, the pedals have already produced winning athletes in U23 World Champion Samuel Gaze, Simon Andreassen, Christoph Sauser and Maxime Mariotte.
Pricing info by model:
• X-Track // $49.99 // 195 grams
• X-Track Race // $89.99 // 182 grams
• X-Track Race Carbon // $129.99 // 174 grams
• X-Track Race Carbon Ti // $249.99 // 150 grams
• X-Track Rage // $74.99 // 227 grams
• X-Track Rage Plus // $129.99 // 218 gram
About Look Cycle:
A French company located in Nevers (Burgundy), Look Cycle is the inventor, and leader, of clipless pedal technology. Its know-how and technical expertise have been awarded multiple times for its products as well as its constant desire to innovate and excel.