Market news: The French company Look doubtlessly is a pioneer in the field of carbon-frame building and design. Whether the new 795 Aerolight, which was first presented at this year’s Tour de France, is actually the most aerodynamic road bike of all time – as claimed by his proud makers – others will have to decide… Yet one thing is clear; it certainly is one of the most exciting bikes of modern cycling history. The seamless integration of all attachments and fixtures has always been one of Look’s specialities and this skill has been perfected in the 795 Aerolight. Featuring special section tubes, Look’s very own carbon Aerostem, a ZED 2 monobloc carbon crankset and the newly developed E-Post 2 seatpost with integrated battery holder and cabling, the frame kit’s total weight of only 1500gr should come as no surprise.
The 795 can be purchased with or without integrated brakes. The front brakes are an in-house development and are mounted in the middle of the fork blades in a window-shaped cavity. This lets the calliper disappear entirely in the forks, which allows for greater aerodynamics. Brake covers and wires were also moved: they now hide underneath the stem and then run through it before following the path inside the head tube all the way to the calliper. However, it is also possible to install the system on the outside, whereby it can be fixed to either the left or right hand side of the calliper. The back brake is a standard Shimano DirectMount, which can be found underneath the seatstays. The brake wires are integrated into the frame and run underneath the bottom bracket shell through the chainstays.
The ultra-light carbon stem weighs in at a tiny 160gr and has great aerodynamic properties as the usual cover has been replaced with a clamp. Advantage: the clamp screws are hidden behind the handlebar and the clamp itself is very thin. Thanks to those characteristics and a generally smoother design, the entire stem achieves a much better aerodynamic drag coefficient, hence the name Aerostem. Typical for Look is a wide adjustment range, in this case from +17° to -13°, equalling a width of between 57mm and 110mm.
Look’s ZED 2 crankset has been developed with the aim to achieve the best possible rigidity to weight ratio. With a total weight of only 320gr, including both cranks and the axle, it is easily the lightest product in the road bike market. Due to the Trilobe technology, the length of the crank can be changed from 170mm, to 172.5 or 175mm without having to dismantle the entire set.
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