Biking is a gear heavy sport, and gear with carbon fiber is often coveted by cyclists because the fiber is lightweight, yet sturdy, shaving ounces off frames, seat posts, and cranks. When you’re climbing long steep hills on a two-wheeled machine, it seems like you can feel every ounce as you pedal against gravity's pull. Carbon fiber holds an idealized spot for cyclists, and any gear made with it often holds a hefty price tag. Sometimes you can feel the difference, and frankly, sometimes you can’t.
Look Cycle, a cycling company associated with pedal innovation, sent me a set of its new carbon fiber pedal: the Keo Blade Cromoly ($319). The axle is made of cromoly, a steel alloy, but Look makes a fancier version with a titanium axle too. Designed to be lightweight and safer, these blades come with a hefty price tag — but are they worth it? Read on to see.