LOOK are excited to announce the official pedal of the Tour de France with a new limited edition version of the Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic, which features a titanium axle and special design paying tribute to the race.
It breaks cover ahead of the Criterium du Dauphine, the traditional week-long warm-up race for the French Grand Tour, with key riders set to receive their pedals in the week leading up to the Grand Boucle.
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The limited edition pedal is designed around the Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic which launched at Paris-Nice this year, but by incorporating a titanium axle shaves 15g off the standard chromoly axle pedal to weigh just 95g.
Meanwhile, the new pedal celebrates the union of two of French cycling’s iconic marques in LOOK and the Tour de France, and the undeniable historical link between the two.
Since LOOK’s beginnings, they have supported champions in the most famous race in pro cycling, and helped to shape some of the most famous moments in the Tour’s history. LOOK pedals have always been acclaimed by the professional peloton, and in 2019 nine teams will compete in the Tour de France with LOOK pedals.
Complete with a special yellow Tour de France-inspired design, the Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic Ti TDF is limited to 1,700 units worldwide, and will cost RRP €290.90. A standard Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic Ti model will be available later in the year.
The benefits of ceramic bearings in cycling are well documented, with reduced friction and product reliability both key benefits.
In the Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic Ti TDF, rigorous testing demonstrates an 18% reduction in friction on the bearing itself compared to standard steel bearings, while the harder, non-corrosive properties of ceramic, along with the minute tolerances of production, improves bearing life by up to 4-6 times.
The hand-made bearings are protected by LOOK’s reliable double-sealed spindle construction, which ensures IPX7 full submersion and IPX6 water jet waterproofness while also keeping out grit and dirt from the ceramic internals.
Meanwhile, LOOK’s unique Blade technology ensures a secure retention between the Keo cleat and pedal, plus smooth airflow under the pedal body, with two TDF-edition carbon blades providing 12 and 16Nm tension included.
Additionally, the Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic Ti TDF also boasts the best power transfer-to-weight ratio in the market thanks to the 15g reduction in weight while retaining a surface area of 700mm2. The moulded plate design maximises the key power transfer zones in the pedal stroke. At the same time, a low 14.8mm stack height (pedal and cleat) results in a direct connection between the pedal body and the rider.