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Which of the Look pedals don't squeak?(7 posts)

Which of the Look pedals don't squeak?mlbd
Sep 19, 2003 5:26 AM
Thinking about a new pair of Look pedals and there are some great deals on Ebay right now. I'm looking at either A.3.1s, A.5.1s, or PP396s. The deciding factor might be the famous Look squeak. Do all these pedals have a track record of squeaking? From the reviews here it looks like they might. Is this an occasional thing or do most of the Look pedals have this problem? I've had Looks but have never had a problem with squeaking so I don't know what to think.

Sep 19, 2003 5:39 AM
They recently upgraded all the pedals in their line to include the now famous "Look Squeek". Now, even those on a budget can get the real authentic squeek to help them stand out in a croud (of bikers).

Biknben "former Look pedal user"
Hey biknben, what pedals do you ride now?mlbd
Sep 19, 2003 6:14 AM
You're a former Look user, so what do you use now and why?

Pedals are like shoes and saddles...biknben
Sep 19, 2003 6:56 AM
Every pedal design has it's own set of pros and cons. Most people make a choice based on how they prioritize those pros and cons.

FWIW, I got my first pair of Looks (Carbons) in '90. I later upgraded to Carbo Pros and rode them throughout the '90s. The only problems I had were occasional squeeking and annoying problems getting clipped in. Clipping in wasn't difficult but very inconsistant. Sometimes I got in effortlessly. Other times I'd be fumbling through stoplights hoping not to get run over while looking down at my pedals. I found them to be extremely durable. I gave them to a friend who still uses them after nearly 13 years with no servicing.

In '01 I built up a new bike and went with Speedplay X-1s. I wanted to try something new and weight was high on my list of priorities. The float issue didn't bother me because I use Time ATACs on my MTBs which have lots of sloppy float. I also hoped that the double sided entry would be easier than the Looks.

After three years on SPs I have mixed feeling but don't regret switching. Clipping in is much more consistant, they are far lighter, and have better cornering clearance. I toasted my X-1s when my cleat wore a groove in the spindle. It is possible that it was my fault (bad cleat adjustment/cleat wear). I replaced them with X-2s this year. The cleat has to remain clean and lubed and be replaced more often.

In the end, ease of entry and weight are highest on my list of priorities so I'll stay with the SPs. If durability and low maintenance were driving factors I may look to some other brand.

Hope you didn't take my laughter about the squeek the wrong way. The Look squeek is so common. Lube usually does the trick but is only temporary. I hate sqeeks!!! I do my own maint. and find a quiet bike to be pure bliss.
..The carbon bodied models offer less.Spunout
Sep 19, 2003 5:49 AM
BTW, my 396s don't squeak. Turn the float to zero, crank up the tension, no problems.
The 206, with the plastic cleat interface (nm)Ray Sachs
Sep 19, 2003 9:47 AM
Quitest ones I've had as well. nmdzrider
Sep 19, 2003 11:00 AM