Integration of chassis and components at heart of French brand's latest offering
LOOK has revealed its new aero road bike, the 795.
RoadCyclingUK was among the guests invited to the unveiling of this striking machine at the London Olympic Velodrome.
The French manufacturer, inventors of the clipless pedal, and the first brand to place a carbon frame in the peloton, set itself the not inconsiderable challenge of designing “the best aero road bike ever made”. We hope soon to test the machine and assess the extent to which they have achieved such a lofty ambition.
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What we can confirm at this stage is that integration of chassis and components lies at the heart of this latest offering from LOOK – a design philosophy that has become its calling card, and one we applaud heartily. Factor’s stunning Vis Vires remains the most complete example we’ve seen to date, but there is much to admire here.
The 795 includes a second iteration of the integrated E-Post seatpost and mast combination, which won our approval when previously tested on the 695 SR, the integrated Aerobrake and Aerostem we first glimpsed at last year’s launch of the 695 Aerolight, and a new and patented internal cable routing. The integrated Zed2 crank is featured, too.
Two versions of the bike will be sold through LOOK-approved independent bike dealers in the UK. The 795 Aerolight, which we’ll focus on here, will come with Shimano Dura-Ace components and Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels, and will cost £7000. The 795 Light, which shares much of the Aerolight’s specification, but has conventional Dura-Ace brakes rather than the Aerobrake at the front and direct mount caliper at the rear, and Mavic Aksium wheels rather than Cosmic Carbones, will cost £6000.
The bike displayed by LOOK in Lee Valley wore Ultegra Di2 and rolled on Cosmic Carbone Ultimates. Let’s take a closer look.
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