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Bike we like: Look 765 ProTeam Ultegra

13 Mar 2017
Verdict:

French panache and innovative tech make the Look 765 a bike you’ll want to ride all day

Price: 
£2,499

What is it?

Back in the ’80s, French firm Look made a name for itself with pioneering carbon-fibre bicycles.

They proved to be genuine world beaters, too, when in the 1986 Tour de France Greg Lemond became the first rider to win the world’s biggest race on a carbon bike – the legendary KG86.

Since then, Look bikes have been synonymous with high quality and innovative technology.

Such qualities don’t come cheap and it’s probably why you don’t see too many Look bikes on British roads as they tend to be too pricey for all but the most minted.

Well, that all looks set to change because Look has now launched this beauty –the 765, a fast endurance bike aimed at the more accessible end of the market.

While the company still produces ground-breaking, top- end bikes like the 795 Aerolight for hardcore racers, the 765 is designed more for the sportive-type ride, where speed is important but all-day comfort is just as high a priority.

As such it has a shorter top tube and taller head tube ensuring a less stretched-out riding position.

What's so good about it?

Look bikes always stand out from the crowd and although the 765 is more conventional in appearance than some of their top-end models, it’s still guaranteed to catch the eye.

That Mondrian-inspired colour scheme harks back to the brand’s association with Greg Lemond and Bernard Hinault’s iconic La Vie Claire team, while the yellow cables are one of those little touches that set Look bikes apart.

Looking more closely at the frame, further distinctive features include a chunky down tube for stiffness, and a gently curved square-profile top tube that tapers towards the junction with the seat tube, flowing into the slender square-profile seatstays.

Chainstays are notably deep and chunky, and asymmetric to balance the higher forces on the drivetrain side, while the full carbon fork has a blade profile for aerodynamic efficiency and implements Look’s Carboflax Technology for enhanced comfort.

Carboflax Technology? What's that all about?

Essentially, it’s the combination of two types of fibre – high-modulus (stiff) carbon and flax linen.

A thin layer of flax fibres is sandwiched between two outer layers of carbon, the idea being to filter out the vibrations that are transmitted through the frame when riding over rough road surfaces.

The tech’s primarily used in the fork and chainstays, which Look has determined as the two areas of the bike most affected by less than perfect tarmac.

For the rider this means energy wasted on overcoming the effects of bumpy roads is instead conserved for the important business of handling and pedalling – something which ought to bring real benefits on longer rides.

How is it fitted out?

A full Shimano Ultegra groupset adorns this top-of-the range model, promising flawlessly smooth, crisp performance.

Frankly, we reckon Ultegra is as good a set of components as you’ll ever need on a road bike, unless you’re the kind of weight weenie who values the few grams saving that Dura-Ace offers, or want to splash out on electronics.

For non-racers like us, the combination of a 50/34 chainset and wide-ranging 11-32 cassette is ideal for tackling even the hilliest sportive.

Alongside that, fairly workmanlike finishing kit from FSA helps keep the bike affordable, although there is another concession to luxury and comfort in the carbon seatpost, while the Selle Italia saddle offers varying thickness of padding for optimum support.

How much will it set me back?

The 765 is available in two models, with the Shimano Ultegra version you see here coming in at £2,499, while the 105 alternative is a more affordable option at £1,999. Looks good to us!

Spec

Look 765
Frame 765 Carboflax carbon and linen fibre frame and fork
Groupset Shimano Ultegra
Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Chainset Shimano Ultegra, 50/34
Cassette Shimano Ultegra, 11-32
Bars FSA Vero Compact alloy
Stem FSA alloy
Seatpost FSA SL-K carbon
Wheels Mavic Aksium
Saddle Selle Italia Q-Bik Flow
Weight 8.24kg
Contact zyrofisher.co.uk

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