At 70x54mm the wide, square-bodied platform Keo is a good size, and the cleat design is super stable, with no rocking of the foot when engaged; in fact the cleat fit makes the Keo one of the best riding pedals you can buy.
Being the flagship of the Blade range, this titanium axle version weighs in at a very light 186g per pair. Even the more affordable chromoly axle version (£174.99) only pushes the scales up to 227g a pair, still a very light setup. Rather than using a heavy metal spring the Blade has a carbon leaf spring, set at 12Nm. In use it feels about the same as a standard Keo’s engagement, but there’s a 16Nm option for those who prefer a stiffer sprung pedal for a snappier feel.
The Keo Blade system feels remarkably similar to a standard Keo pedal to ride in, with all the benefits of its excellent oversized engagement, slick entry and some of the best wearing cleats we’ve ever used. We wouldn’t necessarily upgrade to these from a standard set of Keos – the main reason to buy the Blades would be for their lighter weight – but when the time comes to replace our pedals they would be a serious consideration. Included in the price is a pair of grey 4.5 degree float cleats, with covers for walking in.