All-New Look 795 Aerolight Road Bike Cuts Drags & Grams, Ups the Integration

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Look’s past efforts at integration have yielded some sleek looking road bikes while eliciting polarizing opinions. If you’ve lauded the design, you’re in luck. If you fall into the “don’t like it” camp, look away now ’cause boy oh boy does the new Look 795 Aerolight road bike push things farther than ever.

Combining the lightweight design and integrated e-Post and front brake of the 695 Aerolight with the sleeker 675′s front end, plus new NACA tube profiles and a healthy dose of weight savings, the new 795 Aerolight raises the model nomenclature by 100 to introduce “the best aero road bike ever made.”

It even gets their 320g ZED 2 one-piece crankset, whose weight includes the bottom bracket, plus a new fork and updated version of the e-Post. Video and much more below…

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There’s a lot going on with the frame to optimized aerodynamics. At the top level, Look used proven NACA foil shapes to guide the air smoothly around the fork’s blades and every tube but the chainstays.

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From there, they brought all the wires and cables inside the frame as much as possible. They enter through the head tube and hide all the way until their end component. The front brake cable runs straight through the steerer tube and actuates the break from within the fork’s crown.

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The e-Post 2 uses the same vibration damping elastomer inserts between it and the frame as the original, with three different durometers offered and spacers to get the height correct. The difference is, a single side bolt (drive side, not visible here) looses the internal cable, which decompresses the elastomers to allow the post to be removed. The design change drops weight down to just 139g for the post. Once you’ve measured and cut the seatmast, slide the post in and tighten the bolt to pull the cable tighter, which compresses the elastomers against the mast to hold the post in place. The post and mast aren’t ever actually touching, helping to diffuse road vibrations by putting only three elastomer rings and the upper sleeve in contact with the frame.

The shaped headtube uses the extra room from the aero shaping behind the steerer to funnel the cables and wires through the frame while keeping the center section very thin:

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All that integration doesn’t mean a lack of adjustability. The stem can be angled within a 30º range, giving you a lot of room to fine tune position. Presumably different stem lengths are available, we’re awaiting final specs and info. A rubbery cover smooths the lines between the stem and the frame regardless of stem angle.

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Once you’ve got stem angle dialed, the handlebar angle can be adjusted via bolts hidden behind a shiny black cover. The handlebar is new, too. It’s full carbon and completely NACA profiled across the top with front facing cable ports that’ll end up under the tape and exit ports on the bottom of the bar to feed everything neatly into the headtube.

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Behind that is an integrated Di2 junction box clip.

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Shimano Direct-Mount rear brake calipers fit behind the bottom bracket. The Look ZED 2 crankset is a marvel of lightweight integration, building the entire crank -arms and spindle- into a single carbon fiber part. It requires a massive BB hole, but saves a ton of weight. Pedal thread inserts can be rotated to create different effective arm lengths.

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Two frame models will be available, the 795 Aerolight, above, with all of the integration, and the 795 Light, below, which uses traditional brakes.

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We’re awaiting pricing and availability info along with weights and other spec details. Updates as we get it.

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Comments

Ailar - 07/28/14 - 3:37pm

I would not be the guy, who will service this bike :D Real pain in the a** to service…

skip - 07/28/14 - 3:47pm

I would gladly be the guy who will service this bike. Bring me your first born. And then tip me in beer.

Rico - 07/28/14 - 3:50pm

Just personal aesthetic opinion – the extreme sloping and the way the top tube merges with the stem and creates a giant head tube area, is not sexy. I like Look the bike company, just not this direction following the 675. It looks like a French panther on the prowl. I miss the traditional look of the older models 586, etc.

Ventruck - 07/28/14 - 3:52pm

love how they’re keeping up the integrated look, but that sloping TT – even if it may serve a functional purpose – is so…ugh.

Collin S - 07/28/14 - 3:58pm

Agreed with Ventruck, I know dimension wise its like any other bike, but with the top tube intersecting the stem, it makes the head tube look like its a foot long. However, in MTB, this would be a nice addition as it makes sure you don’t stem your….stem.

Ripnshread - 07/28/14 - 4:07pm

The only “purpose” for that sloping TT looks to be the “aerodynamic advantage” of enclosing the rear of the stem, or just aesthetics. My guess is the latter. And that means probably 50% of us are not going to like it.

Equine Master - 07/28/14 - 4:09pm

Integration sucks. If I want to put a 1″ threaded quill stem on this thing, I should be allowed to.

Ditto - 07/28/14 - 4:20pm

I object to is the carpet in the background of the photos, they clearly put it there just to make the bike look aero…

What progressive aspects of the Look Integrated Aero bike line will be adopted elsewhere? Who knows at this point. I personally like the ZED crank, rock solid for great power transfer no worse than ROTOR for chainring creak, lighter than DA, Campy SR, etc..

That said, the cabling and service may be tricky due to the integration when compared to the Light version – but if someone is riding this machine, then an extra PITA service fee won’t even make them blink and will earn you more money.

Chris - 07/28/14 - 4:41pm

This bike is a work of art. Innovation and new stuff is why I enjoy Bike Rumor everyday!

Equine Master : I’m guessing you haven’t bought a new bike in a while…good luck finding a home for your 1″ stem.

But I agree on the carpet, Fugly!

Roy - 07/28/14 - 4:45pm

Brilliant engineering, love or hate the Look of it, but it is a massive amount of forethought and execution to produce this bike.

IJWS - 07/28/14 - 5:01pm

“good luck finding a home for your 1″ stem.”

…hahaha

H.E. Pennypacker - 07/28/14 - 5:48pm

It looks different from what I’m used to! Kill it! Kill it with fire!

Ripnshread - 07/28/14 - 6:00pm

Pbly gonna be a hit with the “slam that stem” crowd…lol

Derek - 07/28/14 - 6:15pm

The full length housing in the frame looks like it’s going to rattle like no other. Plus check out the super sweet 90 degree bend in your FD housing at 1:40 in the video.

Hotep - 07/28/14 - 6:46pm

Love it.

George Fox - 07/28/14 - 6:51pm

No disc brakes, no thru axle; that thing is a pos. At least it has Di2 capability. How come the industry keeps coming out with garbage like this?

badbikemechanicx - 07/28/14 - 6:54pm

I agree with Ailar. I certainly wouldn’t like to be the guy who had to do the housing. Shops that carry look should charge a little extra for assembly.

However, I think this bike is sweet. It looks like a Roman nose horse ready for battle.

Antipodean_G - 07/28/14 - 7:33pm

Like +1

F Almeida - 07/28/14 - 7:57pm

This is a technical tour-de-force and appears to bring many clever and useful innovations. However, I too think that integration was taken too far in the stem/top tube area. The marked slope makes this racing bike appear goofy. A less sloped top tube and a shorter head tube would likely produce the same or less aerodynamic drag, while the stem and steerer could be streamlined with a short ‘naca-tail’ as already seen in some TT bikes. Aero integration is however missing where most needed: the gap between the fork crown and the start of the down tube could have be filled up to reduce turbulent eddies in this area.

Sammo - 07/28/14 - 8:59pm

I own 5 Looks of various ages, I own a 695 and the thing I don’t like is the integrated stem. I can’t get the front end low enough and to replace it with a different length is bloody expensive. But the ride of the bike is great, I just hope that Look don’t make the head tube height too high!!

Eric - 07/28/14 - 9:45pm

Love It. I think this is the sort of design changes the road bike industry needs. Every other bike is the same with different logos. LOOK have been pushing design along with BMC. and that’s good.

shafty - 07/28/14 - 11:47pm

If you want your bars so low, just buy one size smaller, don’t cut the mast(much), get a longer stem, and point it down. Nobody than can truly afford these frames would whine about the cost of modifications. It’s cool, you’re broke, deal with it, or drool over it.

I really wish they would have made the frame for electronic shifting systems only. I’d gladly recable it, for a fee($$$), but it won’t shift well for long.

pabs - 07/29/14 - 12:05am

Love it.
As a mechanic, it definitely looks like a b*tch to route and fine tune the cables (assuming the bike runs a mechanical drivetrain) but lets be realistic, this is the carbon, electronic, hydraulic, wireless, integrated era whether we like it or not, and our skills should evolve with the industry, so if you can’t properly tune a plastic bike with internal cables then that’s your fault.
This is bike is a piece of highly engineered art, Look truly takes advantage of working with carbon, it seems like this company understands how ridiculous other companies look by slightly modifiing their carbon molds and repricing them every year.
And I dislike all this new standards as much as everyone, but they are here to stay and someone has to work on them, so let’s just embrace them and stop crying about it.

Chance - 07/29/14 - 12:52am

Totally impressed with this design. If I ever hit the lottery, my priorities just changed.

muf - 07/29/14 - 1:30am

@george because next year they can say they did smth new. will take a couple of years for getting it all. else whats the advantage of getting a new bike? yeah..

Eric01 - 07/29/14 - 4:45am

This may look good in smaller sizes. 51cm or so. They generally looked a little cramped up front.

Mario - 07/29/14 - 8:14am

Horrible carpet!

Sale - 07/29/14 - 6:22pm

Sorry about this beautiful frame! But with such a ugly hump (steering tube) a no go.

Cassio - 07/29/14 - 7:07pm

Where does the battery go? I would hate to see it external after all the thought put into integration, internal cable routing and all….

matt64 - 07/29/14 - 10:03pm

While the bike looks sleek, how come all the Cofidis riders at the TDF were riding the 695 from 2 years ago with the outboard brakes. The watts they were saving obviously weren’t enough to warrant the aggravation of the super stealth hidden brakes. Can anyone say snake oil?

Mortimer - 07/30/14 - 7:40am

This is my cup-o-tea. ‘n I normally don’t like this sort of thing. I really like that Look did not go for the fashion of disc brakes. I guess you can’t go disc on a truly aero bike anyway.

ant1 - 07/30/14 - 8:32am

love the carpet. my only question is regarding the campy compatibility. i don’t want to redo the entire house and find i’m stuck with shimano.

Gregg Kuljian - 07/30/14 - 3:06pm

I’d like to see the mechanic who could hang out the car window low enough to adjust that brake down there.

Dave - 10/29/14 - 9:02pm

Don’t like the look of top tube on the 2015. I bought the 2014 695 Aero this summer. Love the bike except for the front brake. Toeing the pads are difficult and the brake arms work independently but not in unison as they should, which results in a squealing jerky brake. My shop is having a difficult time getting it right. One review of the 795 stated that the front brake has been improved to ease adjustability. Had I known this would be a difficult issue to resolve I would have gone for the standard non-integrated brakes. Look may send the new integrated version to the shop. I do like the stealthy look though.

RGRHON - 11/29/14 - 6:07pm

Come on, guys. Look is giving you the future early, at least appreciate it as a technical tour de force. How many bikes look different these days, and how many are truly aero and could be called a road bike. I love this even though I can’t afford it, because the best stuff, like the crank, will hopefully be on my bike someday. Youll see pros on this stuff in 2 years when somebody kicks their derrière with it!

I just wish it was Trek in Wisconsin and not some French company, but trek is the new GM of bikes, buying frail Tune parts at astronomical prices just to market lowest weight. This is a “real” new bike that a custom house can’t duplicate due to advanced technology!

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