At first, the Look X-Track En-Rage pedal may look a little basic but it packs quite the punch, especially for the cash. Its mechanism is solid and great for fans of float, the platform is solid and weighty, but could benefit from a couple of pins. Read on to see how they compare among the best MTB pedals.
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Look X-Track En-Rage – Specification
The Look X-Track En-Rage pedal is built upon a forged aluminium body with a 545mm squared surface area, a stack of 16.8mm and offers a Q factor of 53mm. Within that body is a Chromoly spindle.
The X-Track En-Rage employs a standard SPD mechanism meaning that, although the pedal is supplied with Look’s X-Track cleats, standard SPD cleats from other brands will work, too. Speaking of cleats and the mechanism, there’s six-degrees of float with a 13-degree angle of release. At 212g per pedal (two grams more than claimed) they're not the lightest in the segment.
Look X-Track En-Rage – Riding
Without beating around the bush, the En-Rage impressed from the word go. Clipping in and out is easy and the mechanism is excellently secure, even when set at its loosest setting - no surprise clip outs here.
Rushed moments hunting for the mechanism after a hasty mid-corner dab were few and far between but, when they did occur, the pedal body is large enough to provide just enough support until you can clip back in. There are no pins on the body meaning there’s very little grip in these tricky clip-in situations. However, if this is something you find yourself coming across often, Look offers the X-Track En-Rage Plus which comes with two pins at the front that's priced just under £100.
To enhance what little grip there is, Look has cut serrations into the platform. Whether or not these did anything is entirely up for debate, however. The float always felt totally unimpeded but I would prefer a bit of resistance or grip which is lacking here.
In terms of durability, the En-Rage has been flawless. The spindle is still spinning as nicely as it did when I pulled the pedal out of the box and, while there are some clear signs of wear and tear, the mechanism is working perfectly. That’s after a good few months of consistent riding through all kinds of conditions.
Look X-Track En-Rage – Verdict
The X-Track En-Rage pedal offers a platform around an SPD mechanism for relatively little money with only genuine rival being Shimano’s PD-ME700 at £55. It follows a very similar design to the En-Rage but is a weightier pedal at 270g a piece.
At the very same price is HT's GT1. Though we've not tested this pedal yet, it looks to offer great mud shedding and multiple cleat entry directions on a CNC chromoly build.
The Look X-Track En-Rage pedal is a durable and reliable pedal that offers the bonus support of a platform. While there’s a lot to like for the cash, it’s a touch on the weighty side and I’d prefer a little more grip on the pedal. Though for fans of free float, it ticks a lot of boxes.