BBB’s Comp Dynamic M are Look Keo pattern pedals combining low weight, nice detailing and easy spares availability in a competent package but the painted finish wears quickly and urban fixers or anyone else prone to grounding pedals when cornering hard might be better served with minimalist Eggbeaters or even clipless mountain bike pedals.
Nicely cast bodies turn on strong Cro-moly axles with reassuringly smooth sealed cartridge bearings keeping the elements out and maintenance to a minimum. Light, periodic drizzling of oil on the spring mechanisms and cleat inspection is about as demanding as routine maintenance gets so they’re a good choice for audax and winter duties.
Spring tension proved stronger than I anticipated but easily adjusted to avoid “You’ve Been Framed” moments and despite a joint friendly nine degrees of float, snappy first time entry/release means swift getaways at the start line or traffic light grand-prix. Low profiles lend themselves equally to criteium and some track work. Try as I might, competitive cornering and roundabout negotiation failed to spring any surprises but those riding conversions with lower bottom brackets/longer crank arms might be better served with dual sided SPDs.
Float can only be a good thing, allowing knees in particular to find their most comfortable and natural position. However, my right femur is fractionally longer, resulting in my left heel’s tendency to move inboard- a rider quirk easily remedied with orthopaedic insoles. Given I hadn’t been plodding about on them, cleat wear was unexpectedly rapid. However, plentiful supply of Keo pattern cleats mean they’re relatively inexpensive to replace and the “Pensioning off” indicator provides an easy health check.
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Make and model: BBB Comp Dynamic M pedals
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Comp Dynamics are Look Keo pattern pedals with the M denoting magnesium bodies. Aimed at a racing audience solid construction and sealed bearings ensures smooth running and long life.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Painted magnesium bodies, cro-moly axles, sealed cartridge bearings, complete with 9 degrees of float using supplied Keo pattern cleats.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
These are testiment to the Keo pattern's proven design with low weight, silky smooth bearings and very snappy entry/exit. Ample float keeps knee joints happy and build quality is generally very good. However,our plastic cleats quickly made an impression on the painted surfaces.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Low weight, nice design and relatively keen price.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)