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Which Look pedal?...(7 posts)

Which Look pedal?...Bruno S
Dec 29, 2002 10:07 PM
Can someone please explain the differences between Look pedals? It seems that besides the PP396 and the new A5.1 which have an adjutable float feature all others offer the same. The same but at different prices that is. The PP357, PP247, PP206 and the new A3.1 have adjustable tension, a steel axle and 6 degrees of float. It is also strange that the more expensive the heavier they get. On sale I can get the PP247 at $70 or the PP357 at $130. Why pay almost double?
Also, do they all use the exact same cleats?
easy answertarwheel
Dec 30, 2002 6:02 AM
Save yourself some money and weight, and buy the PP-206 ($80 at Excelsports). I have used the 247s and 357s, and could discern no advantage with the higher priced 357s. In fact, I had to return the 357s because the plastic cap on the bottom broke off, and I replaced them with the less expensive 247s. If you are choosing between the 247s and 357s, definitely go for the 247s -- they are more durable.

The big problem with Looks is the occasional squeaking. Supposedly, the 206 models don't squeak -- so they are worth buying for that feature alone. For some reason, my 357s squeaked a lot worse than the 247s. I have mostly resolved the squeaking problem by sanding the cleats at the contact points where they rub the pedals ( grayish-black spot develops where the cleat rubs).

I use the red cleats and have all the float I need. However, I am one of those riders who don't like a lot of float and actually had to return some Speedplay pedals after a week or so because they were causing knee pain.
re: You got the right idea.dzrider
Dec 30, 2002 6:21 AM
I've had a few different models of Looks over the years and see no advantage to the costlier models. Look for last year's pedals and get the 247's or 206's on sale. I think the 206's are a little lighter. All use the same cleats.
The PP206...PsyDoc
Dec 30, 2002 6:34 AM
...is the lightest Look pedal at 320grams (I think). Tarwheel is correct in that the composite body of the 206 keeps the pedals from squeaking. I bought a pair on the recommendation of Doug Sloan and have been squeak-free for over a year now. The PP357's and lower all use the same cleats. I do not know about the others.
The PP206... I have 5 setsDougSloan
Dec 30, 2002 7:46 AM
The 206 is perfectly fine. It is the most aero (looking), broadest platform, and quietest of the Looks. Maybe the others might have some fancier bearings or something, but the 206 works great for me. Hard to beat at around $80. I kick myself sometimes for having spent $350 on the CX7's, as I can't tell the difference in use.

Doug
Thanks all! I'll get the 206 for $70 at Perf. nmBruno S
Dec 30, 2002 4:43 PM
Tension is important to me..Qubeley
Dec 30, 2002 6:41 PM
I have both 206 and 296. Besides all the adjustment(which I rarely use), to me the most important difference is the tension of spring.
The 296 has so much tension than the 206, which gives me a more secure feeling once I click in, I can push as hard as I want without clicking out. The 206 has a very low tension on it, make it very easy to click in and out. It also has a wider ploat. I use 206 on my fixed-gear bike, and 296 on all bikes that I race.
So, if you are using it for performance, get 296. If you are using it for recreation, get 206. I just got another 296 at Glory Cycle for $70, good deal.