We got the chance to look at Look’s top flight 595 in much detail last year. With it’s full carbon frame – including bottom bracket and dropouts – and an all-the-rage integrated seatpost, it’s certainly a head-turner. But at £2499 just for the frame (yes that’s not a typo), it’s clearly out of the range of a lot of people.
We were given the chance by Fisher Outdoor Leisure to take a closer look at the whole Look range this week, and we’ve settled on the 585 as the ‘bike for us’ (well it’s the one that I want anyway) at the slightly cheaper price of £1999. It’s the same frame as used by the Credit Agricole squad, and was ridden to Green Jersey victory by Thor Hushovd in the 2005 Tour de France (he’s now aboard a 595).
Anyway, the frame is made using a Carbon Lug approach, as opposed to the increasingly popular monocoque approach. The lugs are moulded using Very High Pressure Carbon (VHPC), with Progressive Sloping Geometry – smaller frames get a steeper slope. The rear wishbone is shaped and curved, the headset is integrated and the price includes a pair of HSC5 SL carbon forks, with carbon dropouts.
Look are imported into the UK by Fisher Outdoor Leisure.