Review: Look S-Track Mountain Bike Pedals

Components

Measurements and Weight of different Models:

MSRP:

  • S-Track $109
  • S-Track Race $209
  • S-Track Carbon $369
  • Composite Cage $49
  • Alloy Cage $99

 

Strengths:
Excellent materials and build quality

  • Click in and out action is very consistent and positive
  • Big platform just with the axle body
  • All Mountain versatility with the optional cage
  • Excellent vale for the S-Track at $109
  • Excellent mud-shedding ability

    Weaknesses:

  • Small platform may take some getting used to as there is no pedal to kick flip
  • Carbon version at $369 is a poor value as it only saves 40 grams.

    Bottom Line:
    We think Look has an outright winner here. Unlike the Look Quartz Pedal it replaces, this is a much more refined and engineered pedal even at this first release. The click in and out action is positive and consistent. The contact surface area is big and the feel of the pedal is one of good power transfer and comfort. Construction looks impressive as well.

    As usual from Look, the base model S-Track at $109 looks like an amazing value while the higher end models do not.

    So if you’re in the market for a cyclocross or commuter pedal, go out and demo this one.

    Sponsored rider Christoph Sauser explains what he likes about the S-Track:
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    • glen davidson says:

      That’s right, Tom. They look pretty nice quality, but are just ATAC knock offs

      • myke says:

        Totally. I saw they and thought you got to be kidding me! Seems like Look has been copying Time lately with their road pedals and now mountain.

    • Glenn C says:

      When are we going to see these become available? I have been anxiously awaiting there arrival in the states. Nice review.

    • Chris K says:

      I had a pair of Quartz for about two rides. The cleat stuck out and contacted the ground which translated to skating around on rocks and scratching wood floors. I couldn’t imagine adding shims to poke them out further. The pedal itself was a bit thick as well. To be fair, the action was very nice and they were really light for how little they cost. But, as an owner of several Time pedals, I had to go back. Time cleats wear quickly, but they don’t touch the ground and the pedals have a lower profile. I was really hoping to read that Look reduced the cleat and pedal profiles. I think it is funny that the “related posts” beneath this dialogue box are showing Tioga’s and Launch’s super thin profile platform pedals!

    • zett says:

      Where can I get these Pearl Izumi shoes????

    • Jay Thomas says:

      I hope they improved the premature release that plagued the Quartz pedals. Whenever I jumped or bunnyhopped the Quartz pedals would release, which made them very, very dangerous. I switched to the Time ATAC pedals and have been very pleased with every aspect of Time’s design. The release action is very nice, but I don’t unclip at inopportune times while jumping.

    • Vern says:

      I had the Quartz before, in fact, I’ve had two sets and I love them. My guess about problems others had were related to the cleat shimmed used. If the pedal shim is not the right size, the cleat will not fit right or work right.

    • derby says:

      If the easy release problem of the Quartz is solved, the advantage compared to Time would be weight saving, about 145g vs about 350g for the pedal bodies, cleat weight is not much different. However, the cleat and bar design is reverse the Time design, which may be the root problem causing too easy release, a slightly firmer spring and tighter friction with the shoe using ideal shims is not a fix for rocky trail and bigger hit uses.

    • Chuck D says:

      I had the Look Quartz before and decided to try the S-track. They have a better clip in feel compared to the quartz and great mud shedding. I also think that the price to weight ratio is good too. But in my opinion they are not durable at all. I am 6 ft and 160lbs and ride mainly cross country. After only 8 rides these pedals were falling apart. I admit that I had 2 pedal strikes during a rocky climb but really nothing out of the ordinary or with speed. The compost material was busted and the spring wires were bent. My LBS did sent them back for warranty replacement and it took LOOK 4 months to turn them around. Really not very good customer service. Now, it seems as if the race version might have a more rubust build but I do not know if the higher price tag is worth it. the So, would I buy them again for my MTB… NO. However, I can see how they might be a good cycle cross or commuter pedal.

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