The 595 is the evolution of the industry benchmark 585. Taking the highest grade VHM carbon fiber and forming brand new tubes and lugs, the 595 will elevate your performance to new levels. Proven at the 2006 Dauphine Libere and Tour de France, this frame took Thor Hushovd to victory on the Chaps Elysses capping off a phenomenal Tour.
Frame material : Carbon fiber : VHM (Very high modulus)
Tube series : PRO LIGHT VHM Carbon (Very high modulus), oversized IN SHAPE section. Oriented stiffness
Fork : HSC 6 monobloc carbon
Frame weight : 1080 grs with full length seat post
Fork weight : 315 grs
Frame and fork weight : 1395 grs
"IN SHAPE TUBES" Different thickness and shaped tubes
E Post seat post (Seat post with integrated elastomer)
Similar Products Used: trek carbons. many different models
Bike Setup: dura ace
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: March 24, 2009
Strengths: Beautiful build quality, flawless paint and assembly, internal cable routing, cable routing design into head tube keeps cable housings off of frame, look headset/fork adjustment design, extremely comfortable, precise and stable handling, solid for sprinting.
Weaknesses: I suppose it could be a little lighter but I don't think it would ride the same.
I was in the market for a new road bike after riding Cervelo's soloist carbon and R3 for the last few years and ended up buying a 595 origin. A close friend of mine with very similar strengths and weight just purchased one and said it was the nicest bike he'd ever ridden so I bought one and built mine up with campy 11 speed. (fyi, I'm 5'11" and 165lb) I cannot say how impressed I am with my new 595. The fitment and cutting of the seat tube was very easy, and the epost was very easy to install. Look's headset adjustment is a breeze and a very nice system. After the first 3 min of my first ride, I was truly amazed. It seemed to dampen the vibrations of the road coming through the saddle and frame and seemed to just glide down the road. It was solid, stiff, precise, and incredibly comfortable at the same time. I average about 16 hrs a week on my bike on the road and have a very good feel for my bikes. I'm sold on the epost design and the elastomers. As I mentioned, I've had and R3 for 3 yrs now and between that and the soloist carbon, I thought the R3 was just too stiff, but very light. I was at first a little hesitant as the 595 frame and fork was supposedly much heavier and in the back of my mind, I did not want to go back up in weight. (actually only 110g heavier comparing frame and fork, 56cm R3 vs lg 595 as the cervelo fork is much heavier and needs a fork topcap and expander) The other more logical side of me was saying that ride quality was more important than weight (up to a certain point). After putting in some serious hours, I can say that the 595 is now my new favorite bike.
Strengths: Smooth but stiff. But i have tested bikes that were smoother and still stiff.
Weaknesses: slightly harsh
the 585 is arguably plenty stiff for the lot of us, and lighter.
I like this frame. I wouldn't say that I LOVE it yet. Maybe just need a little more time to get used to it.
I enjoy riding it everytime i get on it, but i could think of things i would change. Overall, the ride is stiff while taking the edge off of the majority of the road vibrations, but not doing much about the bigger stuff. It is a very fast frameset, and the geometry is aggressive which i like. decending is fast and very accurate as others have mentioned. that is one thing that has been a distinct advantage over my last bike. Out of the saddle sprinting is stiff, but i have had trouble finding the right set up that really makes me feel like i am delivering the power like my last bike did. clearly thor huschovd hasn't had any problems with this.
long rides are not a problem. I've done up to 6 hours and feel good at the end.
I think i would consider getting the 585 if I was to do it over again. I have found the e post to be somewhat of a hassle. I had "slippage" for a while that I finally figured out was due to the bolt lostening over the course of the ride and then my seat would be tilting up towards the sky. a little lock tite took care of that. but overall, i just don't know if the e post adds that much advantage for what you loose in versatility of moving posts easily.
The ride is smooth, but you do still feel the bumps. I think i was expecting a slightly smoother ride. But do not forget this bike is a race bike. it is stiff and that has its distinct advantages. Unfortunately my quads are powerful enough to put that stiffness to too much use.
Hi all, I have a 2007 look 595 frameset. It has a fork with a damaged steerer tube. I am looking to replace the fork, what are my options??
I guess I need to buy the look HSC 6 fork only...Can I use any look HSC 6 fork, or do I need a 2007/2008 model without the headfit headset? thanks!Read More »
So my favorite bike that I've ever ridden has just ended its brief life. Was at the top of a mountain waiting on a teammate, (luckily we only had the decent to go back to our car) once he arrived, went to get back on the bike and the rear derailleur ripped through the spokes on my first pedal strok ... Read More »
Does anyone here ride with the maximum number of spacers on their seatmast? I am looking at getting a good deal .. really good deal on a 595 .. I have a 585 ..
But I think I am going to need 3.5cm of elastomer spacers added...
Is this a really bad idea.. ? I tend to only have a frame ... Read More »
I seem to recall reading some time ago that Look came out with some sort of adapter that you put on top of the integrated seat post which allows you to add more height. (It may be time to pass my 595 along to my son who is taller.)
Assuming my memory is correct, does anyone know where I can find ... Read More »
I know it's been forever, but I just wanted to let you know that my 595 is for sale in the classifieds. It's a medium 2009 in black with SRAM Force, Keo Blade Ti pedals, and EA90 wheels. If you're interested, please check out my listing here: [url=http://classifieds.roadbikereview.com/sh ... Read More »