Look Keo Classic 3 Pedals vs 105 5800 Pedals. Both weighing in around the same, are the Shimano 105 5800 pedals worth the extra money over the Look Classic 3’s? We compare the 2 popular pedals from Shimano and Look.
Keo Classic 3 Pedals
The Kéo Classic 3 spindle is made up of an oversized steel axle with miniature ball bearings (12 mm inside x 18 mm outside) and a needle bearing cartridge for improved wear resistance. A spacer is used to hold the needle bearing cartridge in place. LOOK spindles are only approved after a rotational test of 2 million cycles at 100tr/min with a load of 90kg on the center of the pedal and an eccentric rotation (creating a shock on each rotation). This test is far more grueling to the current industry standard, the EN14781. The new classic two has 400 mm² surface area which is almost 40% more than the competition. The significance of this is the load is spread around the cleat rather than having a small concentrated area, which improves comfort and reduced foot discomfort.
105 5800 SPD-SL Pedals
The 105 PD-5800 SPD-SL road pedal for high performance road racing. These are designed to match the 105 5800 11-speed group. The wide lightweight carbon body provides large shoe contact area to maximise power transfer and support whilst reducing weight.