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Look releases first road e-bike, the E-765 Optimum

4 Apr 2019
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The latest major bike brand to release an road e-bike, Look hopes to retain heritage in new project

Look has become the latest heritage bike brand to release a road specific e-bike with the launch of the Look E-765 Optimum E-Road. Launched by the innovative French brand today, the new E-765 sees Look enter the fastly-growing e-bike market attempting to pair its 'unrivalled carbon expertise' with the Fazua motor and battery system to produce 'Look's potent performance DNA alongside the convenience of electrical assistance.'

On this latest launch Look's Frederic Caron commented: 'When we decided to enter the e-road market, we wanted to blend the convenience and practicality of electronic assistance with our unrivalled carbon expertise, and the result is the E-765.

'We have sought to preserve the performance DNA that comes at the core of every Look road bike while building in comfort and Fazua’s excellent battery and motor system.'

Look has built the integrated Fazua motor and battery system within the downtube and rear hub managing to keep the overall weight of the bike down to a respectable 13.4kg thanks to the system weighing only 4.6kg.

As is standard, the motor will assist up to 25kmh with four modes to choose from, including a 'rocket mode' which is able to provide an extra 400w boost through a handlebar-mounted remote.

The electrical system will also be fully detachable while an accompanying app will be able to relay data regarding battery usage.

The E-765 frame and fork will be fully carbon using 'specifically optimised fibres laid up into an endurance-bred geometry' which Look says will balance stiffness and durability in the ride.

Look has also paid attention to an integrated direct drive headset system and oversized bottom bracket area to improve handling and power transfer despite the bike's weight.

To make the bike a more comfortable ride, usually pivotal for those on e-bikes, Look has also incorporated two deflections into the frame seat stay tubes to increase vertical compliance in the rear triangle by 15%.

The Look E-765 Optimum will come in two builds, Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Ultegra mechanical with the prices being €7,699 and €6,499 respectively.

This latest release comes hot off the heels of Colnago, which last week released its E64 road bike, the Italian brand's first attempt at an e-road. 

Both brands join the likes of Giant, Focus, Cube, Orbea, Trek and Bianchi who all have drop handlebar e-bikes in their ranges, proving it to be one of cycling's fastest growing markets.

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