Look Quartz Pedal Pro Review

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Review Update: June 17.

img_6342.jpgI’ve been using the pedals for two months now. The news is good. The pedals have performed very, very well. Click-in is easy and positive. It is accompanied by a distinct snap that echoes throughout the pedal body. The feel is a little bit different from the Eggbeater pedals I was used to so it took a couple of weeks until it became second nature.

Click-out is easy and consistent. The stock cleats offer 15 degrees of float and a 20 degree version will be available soon. Although there is 15 degrees of float, the cleat has a ‘centered’ location and there is bit of resistance along the the 15 degrees until the cleat is centered. Beyond the float, the pedal releases cleanly after a slight resistance. It seems easier to release than the Crank Brothers pedals. These pedals seem less likely to lock you in when an abrupt clickout is needed.

If you find the click-out resistance of the Crank Brothers Eggbeater just perfect, I think you will find that these Look Quartz pedals require less effort to click out. The only downside is you might inadvertently click out of the pedals in technical sections or during aerial maneuvers.

We did not have the opportunity to test these pedals in the mud but it is fairly clear that these will shed mud well. The open design provides very little surface for any mud to interfere with.

314113287_at8ej-o.jpgThe pedals spun very smooth and displayed no noticeable play. After a month of use, the pedals spun more freely than new but they were not free spinning like some Shimano pedals that we’ve seen.

Verdict:

We are very satisfied so far. The pedals are light and spin nicely. They let us click in and click out consistently. They offer a large platform for less foot hotspots, although we haven’t felt a difference yet during riding. These look like they are going to work great in mud. And finally, they offer tremendous value at the $99 model weighing in at 260 grams.

The downside is the spring tension seems a bit light and is not adjustable. Thus accidental click-outs are a possibility for some riders. Also, the $399 Carbon Ti model is just a poor value. Another downside is initial setup can be tricky getting the pedal and sole interface to mate up perfectly. And as the sole of the shoe wears down, the shim stack on the cleat has to be adjusted to keep the shoe properly adjusted. Time will tell on the robustness and reliability of this pedal.

2582088107_baa43cc173_o.jpgBut this effort is a fantastic offering from Look. It’s great to have a new choice that is well-designed, light and offers good value.

Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.50 out of 5 Stars

Mtbr User Reviews:

http://www.mtbr.com/cat/drivetrain/Pedal/look/quartz-pedal/PRD_416749_135crx.aspx

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Introduction:

This is one of the most anticipated products this year. I’ve got my hands on a production model so it should be hitting the store shelves pretty soon.Why the fuss?

  • it is a pedal from Look, which has a good track record of making excellent pedals
  • it is a very simple, open design.
  • the base model, the Look Quartz is very light and priced aggressively at $99/pair
  • each pedal has 1 set of sealed bearing and a needle bearing. The more expensive Ti axle pedals have 2 sealed bearings and a needle bearing.

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Claimed weight is 125 grams per pedal. Our test set (production model) came in at 130 and 129.5 grams each. In comparison, the Crank comparable Crank Brothers pedals are:

Candy SL at 303 grams/pair and $120 msrpimg_4222.jpg

Candy 2Ti at 267 grams and $220 msrp.

The Look Quartz has a fairly light cleat as well at 32 grams a pair. The whole system with cleats and bolts weighs in at 298.5 grams. Our Candy SL system weight came in at 348 grams.

Packaging and construction seem first rate. The box it comes with seems quite a bit bigger than it needs to be. The parts are neatly separated and there is a good collection of cleat spacers that come with the system. There’s good instructions that come with it as well.

img_4226.jpgThe instructions say it is important to use the right spacer for your shoe type. Basically, when the shoe is clipped in, they want the pedal body to be touching the shoe sole. This ensures proper shoe interface and the contact area between the shoe and the pedal is maximized. This should lead to better stability, better power transfer and good feet comfort.

The pedal body is very open. It looks like dirt and mud should be able to flow through the pedal pretty well. Also, the cage seems to be milled out in a couple of places to minimize weight.

The cleat is fairly small and is made out of a hard metal, similar to Shimano cleats.

Pedal weight and system weight:

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Installation seems straightforward with these small cleats. However, on our Sidi Dragons, it seemed like the float of the shoe seemed a bit restricted. Also, clicking out required more effort than the typical pedal. So we looked at bottom of the shoe when clicked in the pedal and discovered that the sole was interfering with the pedal body when twisting the shoe to click out. We trimmed the shoe and it seemed much better after that.

Another thing we discovered is the sole on our shoe was worn down such that it wasn’t touching the pedal body at all. It looks like we will have to get some replacement soles to get optimum performance with this pedal.

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Manufacturer Video

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Ride report: Stay tuned….

 

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  • adam locklear says:

    i like your bike but i donot have good sok suspension

  • Batas says:

    Great first review! Those are the base model, right?

    How do you find the axle lenght compared to the Egg Beaters 4Ti?

  • Francois says:

    >>Great first review! Those are the base model, right?

    How do you find the axle lenght compared to the Egg Beaters 4Ti?

    Base model, yes!

    Axcle length is exactly the same as the Candy SL. The cleat position looks identical.

    The Candy SL sticks out farther by about 3 mm because of the bump for it’s retention nut.

  • Shawn says:

    The rear cleat rail looks like it’s exposed to rocks,much like the candy’s

  • Jack says:

    Time ATAC rip-off

  • dirtburp says:

    no…. now time atacs are a rip off $$$$$$

  • Anonymous says:

    rear rail exposed to rocks,
    1. the system is independent, therefore unlike the crank bros, when/if you hit your pedal on one side the other DOESN’T pop out
    2. if you’re hitting you’re pedal that much its time for a new bike with better BB clearance, get rid of your specialized

  • Paul says:

    What degree of float do these pedals have?

  • cocheese says:

    Would you say they are more difficult to release than Crank Bros?

  • Ron says:

    Very good review, Do you know how they compare to the Time ATAC XS? They do look very simaler.

  • Andrew says:

    I was very excited about these pedals, but within only a couple or rides my IT band began to hurt and I have been forced to return to my old Shimano. Not sure what the probelm was, perhaps there was too much float for me.

  • Mike P says:

    I was super excited to finally get on these after waitng so long….since Interbike, got the $200 middle of the line model, shimmed these damn thiings til I was blue in the face….could not stop inadvertent unclipping, trying three different shoes, every possible shim combination…still popped out under heavy dh load…after nearly wadding it up a dozen or so times…I’m going back to my trusty Candys! The french still can’t make a decent pedal!

  • dbswede says:

    just got done trying new quartz pedals. I am more of a agro type rider. they were easy to set up and light (my nomad is under 31 lbs with a lyric). They were every thing that I expected, but will go back to my times as I popped out at bad times (I expected they were designed for race types but still wanted to try)…nice design but not for hard-core abuse.

  • jim says:

    I love these pedals.. I am not a super heavy duty down hiller.. mostly fire trails and single track , Alot of climbing.. I have used Time which were way to stiff .. candy which I could never quite clip into easily. So for the past year I have been using heavy shimano SPDs. The Look pedals are light competetively priced, easy to set up.. I dont come out to easily.. Great pedal!

  • pastajet says:

    These are some of the poorest pedals I have ever used, they are much to dependent on the shoe pedal interface, they unclip inadvertently, light and cheap doesn’t make a good pedal, back to the dependable SPD’s, even had an issue where the pedal liked to roll into one of my spaces between the she lugs, the float is also a bit stiff and my knee suffered and I had lots of pain, going back to the SPD’s it went away in a week

  • Todd says:

    I have to agree with Pastajet. Although I didn’t have any issues with the float, I did have numerous issues with inadvertently uncliping. I pre-released on these pedals when climing and had a very scary moment when I near fell durring a rocky descent because they pre-released. A tension adjustment is a must. Why do you think they put adjustments on snow ski bindings? I am back on SPDs once again.

  • Chris says:

    I agree with others, the inadvertent release is a deal killer. I rode these for a few months, and finally just had had it with the unexpected releases, and have gone back to my old pedals (Cranks Bros). Too bad, as the mud shedding on these is awesome, and they are super light. My writeup on it: http://mountain-monkeys.com/2009/04/13/look-quartz-pedals-experiment-over.html

  • sbtcat says:

    Just gota pair of 2009 Quartz Carbon’s and the 1mm shim and sidi shoes works great. I like the stiff float feel and the huge contact points for power transfer. I have never been released from the pedal inadvertently. Just the opposite I think there harder to get out then I expected from all these reviews. Anyways my only complaint is that they make a squeaky sound sometimes. I think it’s the cleats or the shoes on the pedals. Not SPD amazing in terms of feel, but better egg beaters. WAY LIghter!

  • Anonymous says:

    have had a pair of the base model on my bike for over 6 thousand miles, from racing conditions, to all mt riding and have had no issues. i took the time to properly set up the shim stack, tested the interface, measured the depth of the tread on my shoe, everything works perfect. never had a pre release, have hit many rocks and roots directly on the bottom of the pedal due to my bike’s low bb and my foot stayed in. I now have a pair of these pedals on my cyclocross rig and again they are awesome, great mud shedding, easy to locate and engage from running and jumping on and off, have specialized s-works mtb shoe with replaceable tread, so that when they wear down past the point of engaging the pedal..{ and we are talking lots and lots of miles before that happens } i can get them replaced.
    i suggest these pedals to anyone who does cross country, road or cross. if you are catching a bunch of air..these are not for you, but then again they never claimed to be for that kind of riding.

  • Kuan says:

    With these cleats it’s the shim which provides the spring tension. If you are unclipping too easily you can reduce the shim thickness. If it’s difficult to clip in then increase the shim thickness.

  • dt says:

    I can’t find much out there about the long term durability and ride report – what’s the story? Where’s the 2nd part of the review?

  • Dusan says:

    My experience with these LOOK Quartz pedals is good. Robust, lightweight and dependable for MTB fireroads, singletracks and some technical rocky/rooty downhills I do (but no extreme DH experience:). Coming from Shimano SPD I didnt have any problem with the unexpected releases until recently. That is after 2 years and some 6000km. The thread on my Spec. Sport MTB shoes is worn out a bit and I had to use the 2mm cleat shims and change the cleats as they got damaged by too often hike the bike rocky sections in Slovak Tatra Mountains, the Alps and CO, UT in the US…overall the unexpected release havent been any issue for me. Contrary if I use the thicker cleat shims it can be tough unclipping until some wear to thread of the shoe and cleat itself…so the way to deal with unexpected release is frequent maintenance and the right shims for adjustment at least in my case. The spring resistance I was afraid will get smaller over time, but so far so good of I just got used to it? Definitely the feel is different and you will need some time to get used to it but than it is at least as good as Shimano.

  • Doug says:

    Terrible pedals! Probably the most important thing a pedal must do is keep you secure, and not release until you choose to release, and these pedals fail. Several times I pulled out while sprinting and the final time it resulted in a nasty cyclocross crash at the start of a race. The first few times I pulled out I expected that it was my fault, but after talking with others who’ve used these pedals and then got rid of them, I learned that it was a design error. The specs are very tempting on this pedal– great price, mud clearance, weight savings, but apparently its too good to be true. My local rep even told me that Look went to market too early on this product, so I would avoid this product until Look releases as updated model that fixes this issue and then after its been proven safe.

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