No doubt there are plenty of brands that have been around longer than Look Cycle and yet as they close in on four decades of bike production, Look is not just recognized as a legacy French brand, but legacy brand outright. Since the brand’s mid-80s arrival under Bernard Hinault (below) and Greg LeMond, Look has never shied away from forward thinking designs and manufacturing.
With a celebrated history of road and track pursuits – and an impressive stab at gravel – Look continues developing bikes for every category of rider. And now comes five models of their endurance/all-road intended 765 Optimum.
LOOK CYCLE 765 OPTIMUM
Look Cycle has announced the latest addition to its range of top-quality, high-performance road bikes – the new 765 OPTIMUM. A true evolution of Look’s popular 765 series, this latest lightweight endurance bike has been fully redesigned from the ground up to offer a less aggressive rider fit than previous pro tour models, maximizing rider comfort and efficiency for long days, rougher roads, and all seasons.
Utilizing Look’s unmatched carbon manufacturing expertise, the French brand has applied cutting-edge design, materials and manufacturing innovation to deliver responsiveness and compliance. The redesigned 765 OPTIMUM frame utilizes an ultra-high strength carbon compound and an endurance-specific carbon layup to dampen vibrations more efficiently than previous materials.
The new endurance-optimized geometry of the 765 OPTIMUM frame deploys Look’s 3D wave carbon tubes for 20% more compliance than the previous model, while the T47 bottom bracket ensures a light, reliable, and ultraefficient power transfer system. With tire clearance up to 700x34mm, the 765 OPTIMUM enables riders to choose a wide tire for increased comfort. Cable routing has been designed for integrated but simple and intuitive maintenance; the cables enter the frame below the handlebar allowing for the stem and bars to be removed without disconnecting the hydraulic hoses. The new 765 OPTIMUM frame includes recessed fender mounts, giving riders the opportunity to add protection from the elements without compromising on aesthetics.
Frederic Caron, Product Manager, Look Cycle, said: “The new 765 OPTIMUM is the ideal bike for daily rides as well as the next sporting challenge. Designed in France by our teams of passionate engineers, it offers a compromise between rigidity and flexibility that will allow endurance cyclists to fully enjoy the long distance rides that lie ahead. Look’s unique know-how and innovative materials means our brand excels in mastering the complex alchemy between comfort and performance. Utilizing an all-new design which combines several carbon fibers and weaves plus our 3D Wave technology, the new 765 OPTIMUM is an endurance bike that will accompany passionate cyclists on all types of routes.”
- Endurance geometry
- Endurance-specific carbon fiber layup
- 3D Wave carbon tube technology
- Frame and fork weight from 1400g
- Tire clearance up to 700×34
- T47 bottom bracket
- Integrated cable routing via LS3 stem
- Fender compatible
LOOK OPTIMUM PRICING
The 765 OPTIMUM is available in 5 different sizes (XS, S, M, L and XL), with five options for complete bikes and two framesets:
765 OPTIMUM, SHIMANO ULTEGRA 2×11, BLACK SATIN – $4,300 (USD)
765 OPTIMUM, CAMPAGNOLO CHORUS 2×12, CHAMELEON GREEN BLUE $4,600 (USD)
765 OPTIMUM, SRAM RIVAL ETAP 2×12, CHAMELEON GREEN BLUE, $5,500 (USD)
765 OPTIMUM, SHIMANO 105 DI2 2×12, CHARCOAL METALLIC SATIN, $6,400 (USD)
765 OPTIMUM, SHIMANO ULTEGRA DI2 2×12, CHARCOAL METALLIC SATIN, $7,300 (USD)
765 OPTIMUM FRAMESET, $2,400 (USD)
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