The bebop pedals were lighter than advertised: 207g (210g MFG claimed)
Old Look Keo Plus Pedals (actually very light):
A great thing is that there are affordable eBay Ti spindles for the bebops. Of course I bought them before the bebops even arrived;) ($65 w/ shipping eBay)
I'm happy that they are even lighter than the official Bebops with Ti Spindles which retail for $335. Luckily total for mine are a little over $150. Total weight savings 109g from previous pedals.
The stack height is described as very low, but with 3bolt cleat adaptors they are around the same height as my previous Look Keo cleats.
The pedal system has 20º of float which I understand is a lot. I previously was using Look Keo's and started to get right knee pain. My bike fit was OK'ed by my LBS and after numerous adjustments with the looks I decided to try out pedals with more float.
I've done 4 rides so far, and two on rollers.
Here's my description of the feeling of bebops. I can concur with others descriptions that it really does have a lot of float that "feels like pedaling on ice".
Clipping in is a tiny click and you're REALLY connected to the pedal. Its kind of scary when you're coming from Look pedals because with Looks when you start to pivot your foot there is a feeling of tension like a joint being forced out of a socket. But with Bebops there is only icy float and complete connection until you pivot 15+º outward or 5+º inward then there is a tiny bit of tension and a small audible click.
There is a method where you lift your heel while pivoting to smoothly get the pedal out.
So far so good is my experience with the Bebops. I love the dual sided entry - no looking down to clip in, and even if you're in a hurry (like starting to pedal when a traffic light turns green) you can pedal directly even when not fully clipped. I remember how looks are very slippery on the underside especially when in contact with a flat carbon road bike shoe sole.
The large amount of float really did help - there was no knee pain from the first ride in. I did end up getting slight foot and hip cramps on my first longer 20mile ride because there probably was more intrinsic muscles being utilized with new increased float.
So I did a couple 45min sessions on rollers the next days to acclimatize my body to the new increased float, and its affect on my cadence/form. Fortunately there were no more cramps. But rollers with the bebops was very scary at first (icy feeling pedaling coupled with icy feeling on wheels with the rollers).
- impressive amount of float 20º
- super smooth "icy" float
- easy installation with both options: 8mm allen wrench socket or with a normal pedal crank wrench
- price was good
- weight was good even for lowest end heaviest model
- very easily/cheaply upgraded to titanium axle with aftermarket parts
- metal pedal and cleat seem very durable and easy to walk on
- all cleat adaptors, hardware, ect are included with the basic kit.
- dual sided entry for easy urban riding
- "icy" excessive float may not be positive for some
- needs an adapter for normal (which is probably 85%) 3 bolt road shoes.
- metal cleat may damage wood/delicate flooring
- cleat connects to pedal VERY SECURELY. when you're in YOU'RE IN.
- small pedal platform requires rigid shoes for optimal power transfer
- probably hard to ride with regular shoes on when you need to make a quick ride to the gorcery store/post office/ect
- not widely carred by LBSs so if you need an extra cleat/parts you have to order online
- cleats are relatively expensive (around $50) although made of metal and are reported as very durable.