Product Test: Look X-Track Carbon Race Pedals

There are a lot of things that the French do well, and in cycling, one of them is pedals. Look is one of the oldest cycling brands around and has been doing pedals for a few generations. Over the years Look has seen success on the pavement and dirt, and has earned a reputation for quality and durability. Look recently revamped its lineup of mountain bike pedals with a new platform and engagement. We put the X-Track pedals to the test.

Tech info:

Compared to the previous Quartz pedal, the X-Track has a completely new look and several technology changes—the most notable being the move to using an SPD-compatible engagement. Along with a new clamping mechanism, there is a new carbon fiber body with a wider platform for extra support when clipped in. The platform on the X-Track isn’t super wide like a trail pedal’s, but it does have a larger surface area than an HT Leopard pedal or Shimano XT. Along with the new platform and clip mechanism are spring-tension adjustment screws on both sides of the pedal. Look designed them to be adjusted with a 3mm Allen and offer a range of 6–14 N/m of tension. While there are several versions of the X-Track, our set of pedals used a steel axle with two sealed bearings. The higher-end version uses a titanium spindle to save weight, but it comes with a steeper price tag. The X-Track Race Carbon pedals weigh 346 grams per pair, which is on par with a set of Shimano XT pedals, and cost $130. The higher-end Race Carbon Ti is lighter and more expensive.

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