2012 Look 920 marathon full suspension mountain bike with 120mm travel and fully integrated stem design

Once again, VeloVert has grabbed a sneak peak of the 2012 Look 920 full suspension mountain bike. We saw what must have been a prototype earlier with a Fox fork and American Classic wheels. We asked Look’s U.S. guys for the scoop and they said nothing’s getting released until Eurobike. Obviously, there’s some Frenchy collusion going on…

We’ll grab some up close detail photos from the show at the end of the month. In the meantime, here’s the details from our rough translation: Travel is 120mm front and rear, aiming it at the marathon crowd, based on a single pivot/rocker arm design. The front triangle, swingarm and rocker link are carbon fiber on most models, with a base model reportedly getting some parts from aluminum. Various stainless steel and alloy parts protect vulnerable areas of the downtube and cable channels…something we’ll need to get more specifics on at the show.

Looks like they’re using thru-axles front (15mm) and rear (12mm). The shock ratio is a standard 2.36, which VV says should allow just about any 190×50 shock to be subbed in for the stock DT Swiss unit.

More pics, weights and details after the break, along with the very, very sexy new 986 hardtail…

2012 Look 920 integrated A-stem machined from aluminum with elastomer steering stops to prevent frame damage

The most striking feature of the new Look mountain bikes is the machined aluminum A-stem. Full integrated into the bike’s swooping lines, it has elastomer steering stops placed out of view to prevent frame damage during a wreck. Several stem length options will be available with reversible brackets that +/- 10mm length and 5mm or 15mm height depending on size.

Visually, the 920’s suspension design is quite similar to old Trek Fuels, even more so because they’ve designed it without a pivot near the rear axle. The carbon fiber seat stays have several degrees of flex built into it. On the surface, it sounds identical to Trek’s pre-ABP designs.

2012 Look 920 marathon full suspension mountain bike with 120mm travel and fully integrated stem design

Looks like two models will be offered. This red/black one is the lower end spec with Mavic Crossride, Shimano SLX and alloy cockpit with lo-rise handlebars (€3990). The higher end version at the top of the post has a full carbon cockpit with flat bars, SRAM XX, Mavic Crossmax SLR and Look’s Quartz pedals. Claimed weight is 10kg for €7,369. (22.05lbs)

The frames and complete bikes will have two options: Full carbon (2,350g for carbon shock, seatpost and linkage) or alloy frame kit (2,500g standard shock, alloy bar and linkage). Both should be available in September. Frame only prices are €2,999 to 3,499.

2012 Look 920 racing hardtail mountain bike with 100mm travel and fully integrated stem design

The 2012 Look 920 hardtail bike gets the same beautiful stem integration and new geometry that lets it work with 100mm forks. It gets the same thin steel film on the downtube to protect it from flying rocks and, actually, the same exact front triangle construction. It’ll be available with both the ISP E-Post shown and a regular seatpost. Frame weight is claimed at 1200g for the ISP and 1,300g without. More details on Look’s ISP design here. It also gets BB30 and post-mount rear brakes, like the 920. This one’s not available until January.

Check VeloVert’s post for more photos of the frame.


  1. The hardtail does indeed look sex sexy sexy. The dualies…not so much.

    But in reality that integration look is just that, for looks. There is no structural reason for it that makes sense.

  2. What’s going on with this recent integrated stem trend?
    First Mondraker with their beautiful new hardtail, and now LOOK with a similar design.
    I wonder what the advantages are.

  3. You are stuck using the look stem, like it or not. Also, that stem does not look machined at all.. more like shot peened cast Al. Aside from the ugly hunched back “integration”, it’s a very old, standard design… making the fact that you are stuck with that stem even more of a bummer.

    These bikes were definitely made for Look road bike owners or fans of, because this is a face only a mother could love.

  4. @ Archie…
    The advantages are more aerodynamics on a straight line run…
    and… more money for the bike manufacture because you are now forced to buy their stem if you need a replacement or want to change the geo.

    I almost forget the limitations on Headsets.

    I am all for innovation but not making things needlessly proprietary.

  5. @Big Mike:
    -Aerodynamics are negligible on a mtb.
    -The proprietary stem issue is nothing new. Cannondale did that for years with their Headshok and it’s 1.5″ stem. Klein too I think. Although there were better reasons for buying into C-dales system than with this. I would also add that the guys buying this frame are more likely racer types who are going to be more settled on their position and will know exactly what they need when setting up a bike like this.
    -With integrated headsets you generally have few or no options anyhow.
    -Unfortunately, at the high-end spectrum, proprietary bits are the norm. But I can’t afford them anyhow so its no big deal to me.

  6. The Hardtail looks Euro Sexy…Kinda like a Concept race car.

    The Duallies….YUCK! What were they thinking! It looks like a cross breed between a trek fuel and a Killer Whale! XD

  7. Why are you assuming that you can’t use another stem? The 695 with a similar integrated stem still has a rather normal steerer that will fit 1-1/8. it seems a shame to not have any angle adjustment however.

  8. I actually like the design very much.
    The only reason I’m not even considering it is the awful reputation LOOK has when it comes to warranty issues – some forum posts I’ve seen would deter anyone from buying anything LOOK.
    I would love to see a review though 😉

  9. The bikes are sick…the integrated stem is to keep jokers from staking spacers, and puts them where they are supposed to be down, and kicking @ss…and how would you ever get racked?…Im guessing the haters are old and need to be moving on to hybrids on crushed gravel, and getting off the trails…Good work LOOK

  10. In my opinion this is the future of bicycle frame design.
    All the companies will follow this concept.
    I like these bikes a lot.

What do you think?