Though they’ve been making bikes for 30 years, you still don’t see too many LOOK bikes out and about in the UK. This is partly because they’re still a relatively small company in cycling terms, partly because their top bikes aren’t always the most everyday-riding friendly and also because they have, historically, not been that cheap. The new LOOK 765 should change all that. Well, the latter two points, at least.
LOOK, of course, have been making carbon bikes since before carbon bikes were cool. In fact, LOOK made the very first carbon frame in 1986 called the KG86 and it must have been pretty good because Greg Lemond rode it to Tour de France victory that year. While, to be fair, most of that was down to the fact Lemond himself was a fairly decent bike rider, seeing as the frame managed to cope with the demands of the Tour, LOOK had clearly figured out the demands of carbon early on.
The tubing on the bike was made by a French company called TVT, who combined layers of carbon fibre with Kevlar for strength, and those tubes were held together by aluminium lugs giving the bike a pretty classic overall look.
Fast forward to the present, though, and LOOK’s bikes are a million miles away from those early efforts. In fact, they make some of the most impressive – or outrageous, depending on your point of view – bikes in the peloton
Fast forward to the present, though, and LOOK’s bikes are a million miles away from those early efforts. In fact, they make some of the most impressive – or outrageous, depending on your point of view – bikes in the peloton.
You’re either going to love or hate a bike like the 795 Aerolight and whether or not you do probably depends on whether you think the advent of carbon bikes marked the death of real cycling. If your heart yearns for Reynolds steel tubing it’s fair to say the extreme frame shape and oversized tubes of the 795, which graced the cover of last year’s RCUK100, might bring tears to your eyes, and not the good kind.
On to the 765, though, and it’s far more of an everyman’s ride than the aero super bikes at the top of the range. In fact, it’s their latest and greatest endurance bike, a bike that not only aims to be more accessible for ‘normal’ riders, but also keeps the price down in a far more sensible range than the £7,999 Aerolight.