Look is widely regarded as the brand that introduced clipless pedals to cycling back in the eighties, however, mountain bike flat pedals were new territory. Look caught everyone by surprise a couple of years ago with the release of the Trail ROC pedal, but now it has added two new pedals to its range – the premium Trail ROC+ and entry-level Trail Fusion.
The Trail ROC+ is Look's best MTB flat pedal and was developed in close collaboration with elite freeride and slopestyle MTB rider, Thomas Genon, who went on to ride these pedals at the 2021 RedBull Rampage. The pedal is designed to withstand the hardest impacts, whether that be riding downhill, park, or freeride. The Trail ROC+ features a forged aluminum pedal body and a chromoly axle that spins on a combination of needle and regular bearings. The platform is 107mm by 107mm and 16mm deep. There are 10 pins on each side that unscrew from the back of the pedal. Our sample pedal weighs in at 202g.
Thomas Genon, Elite Freeride and Slopestyle MTB Rider, said: “I spent more than six months testing different prototypes of the Trail ROC+ with the Look R&D team. I shared my feelings, meticulously defining my needs. I tested different prototypes and worked with engineers to find the best pin position and length to achieve the best grip and most stable design. During slopestyle contests or in the fast sections of bike parks, I feel confident. I am very proud to have participated in the development of the Trail ROC+ and a whole new chapter in mountain biking with Look.”
Look's Trail Fusion is a budget option that uses a composite pedal body, rather than aluminum. The pedal body is a touch smaller and a little thicker than the Trail ROC+, measuring 107mm by 105 mm and 18mm thick. There are fewer pins as well, with the Trail Fusion being fitted with eight pins on each side. The composite body does mean it's lighter than the alloy versions, weighing in at 166g (actual).
The Trail ROC+ will come in black, silver, or orange and the Trail Fusion are available in lime green, ice blue, red, purple, or black.
Considering these pedals are manufactured in France, pricing is still very competitive. The composite Trail Fusion retails for $55 / £44.90 / €49.90 and the new premium Trail Roc+ is priced at $170 / £149 / €159.90, these straddle the existing Trail ROC pedal which is priced at $80 / £70 / €69.90.
The Trail Fusions are available from today and the Trail ROC+ pedals will follow in December 2022.
We have a set of the Trail Fusions and will have a set of the Trail ROC+ pedals in for test so stay tuned for a full review.