Look's New X-Track Pedals

Oct 10, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  
X-Track Race Carbon Ti
Look's new X-Track Race Carbon Ti pedals weigh only 300 grams a pair.


Look 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 The Quartz pedal has been replaced by a new platform design and mechanism that appears very similar to the Shimano SPD engagement and, in fact, Shimano and Look X-Track cleats are interchangeable.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.

X-Track image


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
Look's top-range X-Track Race Carbon Ti has a carbon-reinforced resin body, a titanium axle and shares the same dual-action adjustable mechanism as its three siblings.

X-Track Race Carbon Ti Specs
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
• 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.
X-Track
Look's most affordable X-Track weighs 390 grams a pair and retails for $49.99 USD.


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.
X-Track Rage Plus enduro pedal
Coming soon, two platform versions: the X-Trail Rage Plus enduro pedal (shown here) and the X-Trail Rage trail, which features a slightly smaller platform, without traction pins.

86 Comments

  • + 8
 I quote "Look says that the Shimano cleat and shoe interface has proven by far to be the most stable and reliable system"

I'm sorry for you Look, but the Time ATAC system is by far the most reliable. Look are just coming back to their roots. The SPD system is nothing less than a licensed smaller version of the Look road clipless system.

And the engineers behind the look/spd system left Look to create Time. The twin spring design when not made by Crank Brothers works well.
  • + 21
 I think you're confusing the Shimano road pedal system with the SPD mountain pedal system, which is NOT a licensed look design. In any case, Look's patents expired more than a decade ago.
  • + 7
 As nice and refined as they LOOK, for now, Shimano owns my heart.
  • + 1
 TIME ATAC's are indeed awesome pedals overall for their day but but designs using SPD cleats have come on a long way in terms of weight and mud clearing since then. Xpedo are a big favourite of mine and I never thought I would say that in days gone by where Time's were the standout pedal
  • + 4
 Not exactly. On the road Shimano use SPD-SL, where SL stands for "Système Look". This was licensed from Look, but as others have pointed, those patents have now expired.

SPD is not (I believe) based on SPD-SL in anyway.

Source: equal parts roadie and MTBer
  • + 14
 @BeardlessMarinRider: Sorry I couldn't ride a pedal called X-Pedo, my mates wouldn't let live it down ever!
  • + 6
 More reliable than Shimano? Not too sure about that. I have seen more than one broken Time pedal in my lifetime. I have yet to see a failed Shimano pedal mechanism, even on the low end models. I have seen quite a few 20+ year old Shimano pedals still functioning as new. If anything, Shimano spd's are too reliable. Most often on a Shimano pedal, its the bearings, cage, or cleats that wear out before the actual mechanism does.
  • + 2
 @chriscowleyunix: originally, Shimano licensed the Look design for their pedals- the original Delta design... then Shimano tried to sell SPD based road pedals for almost ten years until they developed the SPD-SL... SPD-SL was never licensed from look and has its own patents... but @Euskafreez is correct in saying that the SPD is a design similar to Look... it is essentially a miniaturized version of the original Look design... the toe section of the cleat slots underneath an arch rigidly coupled to the pedal, and the rear section of the cleat is trapped underneath a biasing member moveably coupled to the pedal...
  • + 0
 @eriksaun: I was about to write the exact same thing Smile .

SPD is based on a road clipless system while the ATAC system was designed solely for mountain biking. It makes the ATAC far superior in almost every conditions.

How many 20 years old SPD have you seen on bikes guys? Almost none! Yet we can spot 20 years old Time ATAC pedals from ... time to time. You only have to replace the cleats but unlike the old SPDs, the old ATAC do not give up easily on bearings and cage.
  • + 6
 @Euskafreez: No 20 year old SPD? I think everyone I know still has a set of these either on their bike or kicking around their toolbox. bmxmuseum.com/forsale/dscn0632_copy0_blowup.jpg

I can count the number of 20 year old ATACs I've seen on one hand.
  • + 1
 @ScandiumRider: The good old 636 or 646 were not that durable. I ride all year long and 2 years was the maximum I or my friends were able to get out of them. Not to mention they were total junk in muddy conditions.

If you want bombproof pedals that work in any conditions don't look further than the good old Z line from Time.
  • + 2
 @Milko3D: Can't believe no-one else saw it? Big Grin
  • + 1
 @lee-vps-savage: Even said it correctly as speedo doesn't sound much better Smile Fortunately a pedal isn't a component with prominent logos Wink
  • + 2
 @Euskafreez: my 737's are still running. The spring tension has decreased but still spinning
  • + 0
 The problem of SPDs is mud shedding, this sht clogs with mud in no time (no pun intended) but the problem of Times is durability. I hit my MX4 on a few rocks this year and the mechanism is fkd. Rocks bend back the front part of spring (being bacwards while down) and bend it permanently making the mechanism loose. I love how intuitive and easy is clipping in into SPD, but I hate the lack of float. I choose times over SPD anytime (no pun intended)
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: you can buy a new spring arch and put it in yourself- they sell the parts...
  • + 1
 @ScandiumRider: I have the same set of 636s in that picture that I've had for nearly 20 years now. Still work great. (actually, I have 3 sets. One on my son's bike and a spare set for whatever).
  • + 1
 I actually hate how much float other pedals have. Even the little float Shimanos have is the max I'd want to go. I'd rather if it were close to fixed.
  • + 0
 @WayneParsons: how about you use road pedals or Specialized Boomslangs with old style 5.10 Impacts - the latter has no float what so ever, if your foot gets bounced off a bit in the middle of a rock garden you have to stop, then make at least 3 attempts to put your foot back until it feels right. Those pedals make crappiest shoes stick as tight as 5.10s to Vaults.
  • + 1
 Important point here: "The twin spring design when not made by Crank Brothers works well.". Times system just works.
  • + 2
 HERE.... handy old reference souce... www.bikepro.com/products/pedals/pedals.html

Shimano Pedaling Dynamics debuted in 1990 (as far as making it onto team rider bikes) with the M737s. I still have several pairs, my originals I bought in 1992 still work the same as they did then. SPD Road, for Dura Ace came out in 1993. The 737s use a double-spring / pivoting mechanism. Both the front and back pivots. You can stand straight down to engage the cleats on them, not merely a toe-first entry like virtually every other SPD after and SPD clone. VPr was one of the few other pedal makers to also offer such a double-spring setup on selected models in the mid 90s.
  • + 2
 Look did offer a system called Bio Cleat that had front/rear moving bindings... the linked article does not mention the two types of MTB pedal systems offered by Look before even the Moab pedal... first was a system based on the Delta road cleat (but with 2 bolts)... and then the Bio Cleat... then the Moab pedal... then nothing for a while... then Quartz, then s track, then this new pedal (which looks awesome i think)... so Look has been at it for a while trying to do their own thing... i think this new one should be on the money...

in those early days there were A LOT of clipless type pedals... Onza, Girvin, and Bebop all made a go if it for a while in addition to all the ones mentioned commonly... they were all junk (including M737) compared to what we have now... even the 1st Gen Time ATAC pedals were different from the pedal everyone remembers.. and they were junk too... they were all so bad that they didnt completely replace toe-clips and straps until much later... can you imagine?... not as good as clips and straps!
  • + 0
 cycle bindings... I would love that name to catch on
  • + 1
 Best kind of Internet pile-on.
  • + 10
 Why is it showing weight per pedal? And it that $49 per pedal?

Is this in case you want to run hybrid pedal setup? One flat pedal and one clip-less pedal?
  • + 2
 Interesting to see the weight vs price difference. Spend an extra $200 to save 90 grams. That's more than $2 per gram !
  • + 4
 @in2falling yeah don't you know?
I bought the X-track for the left side, and the X-Track Race Carbon Ti for the right side. Perfect balance, my bike can stand up on its own now.
  • + 3
 #footoutflatout (but only to the right)
  • + 2
 You'd be surprised how well it works for dual slalom.
  • + 1
 This also confused me. The high-end pedals ($350) are within 40g of XT ($60) and 20g of XTR ($90). Quite a premium for ostensibly (charitably) superior mud-clearing and power transfer.
  • + 4
 Hey,a . clipless pedal thats price-competitive with shimano! Thats the one compliant I have about Shimano SPDs- they don't clear mud the best. Maybe I'll give these a try next spring.
  • + 5
 Ya, the fact that Look is offering a pedal at about $50 makes this a whole lot more credible.
  • + 3
 @pinhead907: Shimano has clipless pedals at $50.
  • + 3
 @seraph: Ya, that's my point. In fact, Shimano has a pedal for less than $50. But since Look is offering a pedal in the same range as Shimano means they're serious about this pedal, and it's not just some boutique $300 eye candy that looks good but sucks compared to a $60 XT pedal. Granted, the Look may still suck compared to XT, who knows, but it's nice to see some real price competitive options.
  • + 6
 Hold on...the titanium/carbon Look model is $250 and Time is pushing a full aluminum pedal for $350???
  • + 2
 Ever seen speedplay magnums ? They were the model before the frogs. 55 degrees of float. Not a pedal to forget to unclip at a traffic light.
  • + 1
 @Jaylynx - time got waaaay to drunk with that pricing. Hopefully they will release a 50g heavier set for the price of Mallets. However as my friend pointed out - if you own Crank Bros and ride a lot, you'll get your Time investment back in a matter of 2 years. It will save you money and time for using CB rebuild kits and cleats every third month
  • + 3
 most people here own multiple amounts of bikes and i suspect all have the same pedal system (spd ) on most of them (me ).
so Look making an spd compatible pedal makes a lot of sense as I and many others can try a pair without having to change cleats. my XT's are 5 years old ( still work perfectly ) so maybe ............ Na
carbon injected resin .come on give the punter a bit of credit
  • + 1
 Flats for life!!!
  • + 7
 I often worry if my shoes will be compatible with my new flat pedals. There's so little information out there...

:-)
  • + 2
 @fartymarty: I like stans. Peaty's unicorn jizz is having important issues. So just stans jizz
  • + 2
 I've got some cousins and a curmudgeon friend who insist on sticking with their Crank Brothers and Speedplay Frogs and then we can't easily swap bikes when riding together. It's annoying. Wish they'd just accept that SPD is more reliable and that's why more people use them
  • + 1
 Yeah, to paraphrase an old IBM ad: No-one ever got fired for buying Shimano.
  • + 1
 Pink bike pedaling new product. Back in the day, way back, when my mountain bike was not much different than a hussied up road bike I rode with the clipless pedals. My BMX friends were like "You can't even bunnyhop that thing and you have to wear funny shoes". I could have made a mint. Then, when the beers were broken out mid-ride of a Saturday night and the riding was fast and free without the burden of goal seeking, I released myself from the bondage of cleated shoes and clipless pedals. I've never been a religious man, but that was as close to a religious conversion as I have come.
  • + 1
 No mention of the Look S-Tracks? THEY replaced the Quartz pedal AFAIK and I've been using them for 2-3 years with great results. Don't know why they never caught on; I've never broken one, they have good ingress/egress, and the carbon/ti ones are lighter than these new X-Tracks.
  • + 2
 were my first spd pedals back in 95 -great pedals -so bummed as they broke and i could not get spareparts. nowadays i like the cb /time system a lot better than the spdish crowd
  • + 2
 That's strange move to be honest. I've been using Time for more than a decade and they're the most reliable, mud proof and long lasting system that you can imagine. I don't see any need to integrate with Shimano.
  • + 1
 Whats old is new again...sorta. Look's first MTB clipless pedals used a similar mechanism to shimano but cleats which were NOT compatible with shimano pedals (though they did use the 2-bolt slot so they fitted all shimano compatible shoes).
  • + 2
 @deeeight, your VRC knowledge is pretty much unrivalled, but it looks like you might be forgetting the original single sided Look ATB pedals that still used their 3-bolt road cleat and had a flat textured underside for pedaling while unclipped. Scroll to the 2nd to last item on this page: blog.performancebike.com/2010/05/13/flashback-friday-1987-pedals-2-0

Old Sidi dominators had a 3-bolt pattern overlaid on the 2-bolt SPD pattern so you could use a treaded shoe with road sized cleat...actually it would be a pretty sweet gravel setup even today: i0.wp.com/www.cronoramia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/shoesmtbsidi2JPG.jpg?w=400

Or do you not count ATB as MTB?
  • + 1
 @thekaiser:

Ok I should have said...first successful mountain bike pedal. The "atb" version of the road pedal sucked. Other than SIDI's, no shoes properly recessed the cleats into the tread and any dismount involved the same duck walking as road shoes do.
  • + 1
 I often ride in muddy conditions and found the Shimano pedals would clog, which caused constant problem with engagement and release. Switched to Mavic's Crossmax Pro version of the Time ATAC MTB pedals and these work really well in muddy conditions. I would not recommend Shimano XTR M9020 trail pedals for use in muddy conditions.
  • + 1
 are the bearings as bombproof as 520's? Still need to wait a couple of years, at which they probably have changed their pedal design entirely
  • + 1
 Hey, “weight/contact surface ratio” is something I should be aware of! Just flats.
  • + 1
 Well, would you Look at that...! It's about Time they stepped into the game.
  • + 1
 Look at the Time fly. At least there are some materials used to warrant the price.
  • + 1
 How many degrees of float? If they have more than Shimano SPD's and less than CB I would definitely check these out.
  • + 1
 It will be dictated by the cleat
  • + 2
 Too cheap... get yesterday´s news Times...
  • + 2
 There's gonna be some timeless puns coming out soon....
  • + 1
 Do i keep Track of them all tho...
  • + 2
 It's about Time there were some good puns, Pinkbike is just boring without them.
  • + 0
 I cant wait to Look at all the puns
  • + 2
 Stopped reading at "spd cleat compatible"
  • + 2
 I quite don't like the looks...
  • + 3
 looks promising
  • + 1
 "hey,Look at my cranks!"
  • + 1
 Quite a contrast in price when compared to the new time endur-bro pedal
  • + 1
 Rage, the Enduro specific pedal?


Made you look.
  • + 1
 Looks like pedal.
  • + 1
 No flats :/
  • + 5
 ... I always run tubeless
  • - 3
 Flat pedals do win medals.
  • + 0
 Another pedal. I weep for the future.
  • - 3
 more flats please.
  • + 6
 @fartymarty: shut up, nobody wants your f*cking flat pedals!! Go comment on flat pedals news, and just don't read clipless news if you're that stupid!
  • + 2
 @fartymarty: Nothing new there!? I didn't say it was better to ride clipless for performance...!? You guys are really stupid to think that we all ride clip to have better climbing performance!! lol


'' In fact, they also found that the mid-foot position took stress off of
the calf and Achilles tendon, placing it on the hips.'' That must be why I now have hips problems more often then before... maybe not so good to put those cleats way back on my 5 ten!
  • + 0
 @Timo82: what's the point in riding clipless unless you are racing? Give me flats anyday for fun or tech riding.

Each to their own I guess.
  • + 0
 @Timo82: I could also tell you that riding a hardtail is fun too and good dor your skills but you would probably think i'm a right neanderthal especily with flat pedals on it.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: Sooo you are saying that clipless is better for racing (faster)???

Flat pedals give me knee pains (I have to be careful with my fat bike during winter) so I prefer the float that I have with my clips! Happy now? And I didn't even talk about flipping when pushing too hard on climbs! Google told me that I should buy slimmer pedals. f*ck it, too complicated.

Riding a hardtail is as good as flat pedals for your skills. Want to talk about lycra and shaved legs now? Stop being stupid.
  • + 0
 Heavy and expensive. Pass. Get some Xpedo's or Crack Bros.
  • + 1
 Heavy?? Xtr's are 310g so these at 150g (I'm assuming per pedal) still comes out lighter than xtr
  • + 1
 @rrsport: XTR's, also heavy. Xpedos or Crack Bros are under 200g a set for the XC Weight weenie crowd (me), which is presumably who a Carbon/Titanium SPD pedal is aimed at.
  • - 1
 Looks narrow..

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