2018 Look Huez RS ultralight race road bike for climbing

Look Cycles has gone big on integration in the past to achieve lightweight or aerodynamics, but the new Look 785 Huez RS eschews tricks for a pared down, ultralight design made for climbing. And there’s a non-RS version made for all types of terrain that’s also easy on the scales.

Any good race bike needs to be efficient, stiff and, nowadays, comfortable, too. Look combined these with the usual optimized layups and fiber orientation, but dropped wall thickness down to just 0.6mm in some sections to get a frame weight of just 730 grams…

2018 Look Huez RS ultralight race road bike for climbing

Comfort is improved by using a 27.2 seatpost. Weight is saved by minimizing metal inserts – both the bottom bracket shell and chainstays are a 100% carbon fiber structure

The key difference between the Huez RS and Huez models is the layup and types of carbon used. The chart above shows the differences by the numbers (click to enlarge). The RS uses their BB65 bottom bracket shell to allow use of their one-piece full carbon fiber ZED crankset…or you can get it with a more traditional PFBB86.5 if you want to run Shimano or other regular cranks.

2018 Look Huez RS ultralight race road bike for climbing

The Huez RS comes in at a claimed ~730g, with a ~280g fork, putting the entire frameset just a hair over 1kg. Built with their ZED crankset, a complete bike can hit 5.91kg (13lb) without getting into crazy boutique parts…and that’s the claimed weight of the bikes Team Fortuneo Oscaro will be racing in the Tour de France this summer.

2018 Look Huez RS ultralight race road bike for climbing

RS frames and bikes run from €3,999 to €9,999. Shimano Dura-Ace equipped bikes go for €5,999 with Mavic wheels, add €1,000 for the Corimas shown here. The BB65 frame (shown at top of post) with ZED cranks and SRAM RED group tops out the price list.

2018 Look Huez ultralight race road bike for climbing

The standard Huez is built in the same mold and adds 260g to the frame weight and 70g to the fork, putting it at 990g for the frame and a 350g fork. It only has the PFBB86.5 bottom bracket option.

The Huez starts at €2,299 for the frameset, with an Ultegra R8050 Di2 group, Mavic Ksyrium wheels and Look alloy cockpit build going for €4,999. Mechanical Ultegra goes for €3,999.

Bikes are available from October 2017, both models with four or more paint scheme/color options.

2018 Look Keo 2 Max Carbon road bike pedals
All photos c. Look Cycle.

To go with the bike (or your bike) are new Keo 2 Max Carbon pedals. They have a 25% larger platform surface than the regular Keo pedals, and this new Max version gets a more streamlined shape and massive 500mm² contact surface area, up from 400mm². That’s the stainless steel plate visible on the top of the pedal, which increased in width from 57mm to 60mm, and got deeper, too.

On the inside, there’s a new chromoly spindle profile with a conical spacer separating roller bearings on the crank side and needle bearings on the outboard side. Protecting it from the elements are new dual lip seals, and the new spacer is a lower friction material and allows for a lower overall profile – stack  height is 17.3mm with cleats. Claimed weight per pedal is 125g, and 312g for the pair with cleats. Retail is $114 (€99).

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Thats one of the best LOOKing LOOKs in a long time.

    That said, isn’t the author wrong when he states: “Built with their ZED crankset, a complete bike can hit 5.91kg (13lb) without getting into crazy boutique parts…and that’s the claimed weight of the bikes Team Fortuneo Oscaro will be racing in the Tour de France this summer.”

    I’m guessing their bikes will weigh exactly 6.81kg or just around 15lbs as per the UCI rulebook, regardless of how silly or not-silly that rule may be.

    • I was going to say the same thing: that’s the best looking bike that Look has produced in quite a while. It gives the 595 a run for its money.

      • Yes indeed they’ll add a more comfortable saddle, extra bar tape, power meter, tacx bottle cages to ensure the bidons stay put

  2. Nice to see that LOOK is back with a “normal” bike. I loved my 595 but then the there wasn’t anything suitable from LOOK when I got a new frame.
    I just wish that they used anything else than pf86 bb. It is a pita not only with 30mm axled cranks.

  3. It’s a great LOOKing bike, but I still prefer my 695. Good to see that they aren’t carrying on with the exiting 795 geometry

    • geometry is exactly the same as the 795. They just dropped the aero integration concept for this bike since its a light weight climbing bike not an Aero bike

    • I have a 795 and i’m plenty satisfied with it. Geo is very good. I went a half size smaller than my previous bike but as the wheelbase is long compare to most road bike it really has a very good feel/handling.
      It’s very smart from look to make this Huez. The 795 is a fantastic bike and i’ve yet to see a bike that appeal more to me. It has everything i want, a lightweight package (thank you Zed), a suspended seatpost attchement, aero features and an original and good look. However many roadies prefer traditional bikes and having this in their catalogue is very smart.

      Hope it sell well and people at look keep their job to entertain us with different high performance bikes in the years to come.

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