Tr?s magnifique! Simply put the Look 695 is exquisite, beautiful lines brilliant technology and years upon years of sports innovation. - The ZED 2 crankset , The LOOK 695's nerve centre, this is the culmination of 5 years of research, and was tested by athletes. Validated at the Beijing Olympics it brings world records to the weight/rigidity and performance of the LOOK 695.The ZED 2 carbon crankset that comes with the LOOK 695 is a brand new highly innovative model from one of the most innovative manufacturer's in our sport. The crank is moulded in a single piece of carbon (2 pedal cranks + axis + star = FULL SINGLE-PIECE). It reaches a rigidity / weight ratio that was not possible before. The crankset alone (with no roller bearing or chain wheel) but including the two crankarms and bottom bracket only weigh 320 grams! Its particular Z shape allows it to be mounted in the frame that has a specific and oversized casing (rolling bearings diameter 65 mm). The technology of the three-lobe insert at the end of pedal cranks allows adjusting the length of the cranks from 170, 172.5 to 175 mm without changing the crankset and while being compatible with all the pedals on the market. - C-STEM CARBON The C-STEM carbon stem is designed specifically for the 695. Utilizing a new patented tightening system this stem is adustable in angle (from -9? to +13?). The adjustability in angle relinquishes the need for adding spacers that lessen the bike?s lateral rigidity and the cycling precision. Finally its ultra-light carbon body and its titanium bolts give the C-STEM great rigidity for a weight of only 160 grs. - NEW HEAD FIT 3 HEADSET The headset?s adjustment is done by tightening the carbon ring on an offset thread placed on the fork?s crown. It is now possible to remove the stem without the need to re-adjust your headset. 3rd Generation of the Headfit is completely integrated into the head tube. - E-POST SEAT POST The E-post is quite possibly the most innovative ISP system on the market. Due to its internal expansion system it relinquishes any chance of carbon crushing due to over torque. The E in E-post stands for elastomer . LOOK provides 3 different densiities of this elastomer core to further customize the ride characteristics of the LOOK 695. -Available in XS, SM, M, L, XL, XXL -Colors: Black, Black Silver -Flag Colors (Special order)Flag Colors,Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada,China, France, Germany,Italy,Japan, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal,Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK,USA
Strengths: Super stiff. Super light. Incredibly innovative. Clever, functional and aesthetic design. Awesome looks. Very stable yet fast handling bike.
Weaknesses: Expensive, but I got mine at a discount.
Look products have always had a certain 'je ne sais quoi' . I'm a Brit, but have always had a strong admiration of French engineering. The Renault F1, the TGV, the Mirage, Concorde etc.. Add Look cycle products to that list.
Before I talk about the 695 SR I'll give you a bit of history.. I have never owned a modern carbon monocoque road frame until I bought the 695. Until now, my road bikes were 653 steel frame machines with Record 10 spd set ups and Cosmic Carbone wheels. I haven't road raced in years, but never felt like my steel steeds were at much of a disadvantage to modern carbon framed machines. On club rides I never had any problems matching the pace of riders on such machines. My time trial bike is a Dolan lo pro Carbon monocoque, but there the carbon tubes help with aerodynamics, as does all the other aero paraphernalia. I have previously rented a Giant NRS with a 105 groupset, and that felt sluggish. I owned a TVT carbon frame in ~1992 (carbon tubes glued into lugs), and that was light, but nowhere near as quick as my steelies...
Anyway, I just had a bad crash on my favourite steelie, and cracked the frame. I'm having it repaired (out of sentimentality), but in the interim took the plunge and bought a 695 SR which caught my eye when it was launched a few years ago. It cost me $4000 (I'm in the US for a year on business), which is way more than I've ever paid for a frame.
I have transferred pretty much all the components from my steelie to the 695 with the exception (of course) of the crank, stem and seatpost. The components are 10 spd record groupset and Mavic cosmic carbone wheels (alu rims).
So I have a direct comparison of the Look 695 SR frame to a 20 year old 653 steel frame, both running the same components. The improvement in performance is noticeable, but nowhere near as big as I was expecting. Basically the Look is a little bit better in all departments, which add up to a fairly big improvement overall, but not massive! It's stiffer (although the Zed crank really helps here) and responsiveness and acceleration is better. This is aided by the most noticeable difference, the ~1kg lower frame weight. It handles a little bit quicker than my steelie, although my steelie was custom made and handles like it's on rails (with a carbon fork).
Honestly, on a flat road road race or old school rules time trial I wouldn't feel at a disadvantage on my steelie. But on any kind of rolling terrain, the 695 SR offers an overall advantage of ~10% I'd say. Of course if you're climbing mountains in the Tour, you'd take the 695!! Of course with a sub 1.4 kg tubular carbon wheelset (like I have on my TT bike) you'd be buzzing.
So I do love it, because of the wonderful engineering as much as anything else. It's nice to own something state of the art, but I love still my steelies!!
In my rating, I'd have to give 695 SR absolute top marks though. It's hard to imagine a better performing road frame on the planet! Cofidis had better grab some stage wins!
Bike Setup: Campag Record 10 spd. Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels
Date Reviewed: April 22, 2013
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a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2012
Strengths: Ride quality, handling, descending, acceleration, front end stiffness, tracking, stability, fit options, E-Post dampening
Weaknesses: Expensive but well worth it. No ride weakness found yet.
I'm not sure if it's the fact that I haven't purchased a new bike in 7 years or what but after throwing my leg over my new 2012 695, I was shocked at the way this bike rode. I started racing in 1983 and to say the least, I've had a few bikes in my time. My last ride was a BMC Race Machine SLC01 which I loved and have been riding since it came out over 7 years ago. Changing rides was a hard thing for me but after my 5th ride on the new 695, I can't believe what I've been missing. I can't seem to find a flaw in the 695 as of yet. Since I'm not a young guy anymore and don't race much anymore, I still spend a ton of time on riding and trying to stay fit. Because of my limited racing but lot's of seat time, ride quality is the most important aspect of a bike for me. I like to test a few things; sprinting and acceleration, climbing in the saddle for 10+ minutes and standing for at least 2 to 3 minutes, descending, and just going in a straight line on all types of road surfaces. The first thing that struck me when riding the 695 was the front end. It's really stiff and stable which leads to a whole bunch of great things. Descending is a blast. Sprinting and climbing out of the saddle is crazy because all of your effort is propelling you forward. Here in Colorado, the roads go from smooth to rough to chip seal. The E-Post takes the vibration out of the seat but you definitely feel the front end stiffness. I put a double wrap of bartape on since I don't ride with gloves which helped tremendously. The last aspect of this bike which I think is really important is the fit. Look has created some of the coolest integration to make the fit easy and precise. The seat post and stems adjustability are great. I was able to make small tweaks after each of the first few rides to create a perfect fit without adding tons of spacers and different stem lengths or seat post setbacks.
I've tested a few bikes prior to pulling the trigger on this one and couldn't be happier.
Strengths: This is the bike where you get the most innovation (Crank, stem and seatpost) as compare to other big names such as Pina / colnago.
Weaknesses: - Price is consider expensive. However at this price tag, it comes inclusive with a hi end carbon crank, stem and seatpost., which makes it cheaper than a C59 or Dogma.
I am always a believer that a bike is just a bike. It is the rider which makes the difference in performance. I was wrong until I ride the L@@K 695. This bike just want to go fast and holding on at high speed has never been so easy and stable. The bike is damm stiff and comfortable, all thanks to the elastomer which can never be found in other brands.
The crank is wonderfully made, a complete one piece carbon crank with the highest stiffness to weight ratio. Every ounce of effort is not wasted, when you crank on it.
You can never go wrong with this frame as every parts are optimized for stiffness and light weight.
(Don't know if this is the proper place for this, sorry if not)
In case anyone's looking for a Look frame, I'm selling mine. It's never been ridden outside (only inside on a trainer and only once). I got it as a gift but decided I wanted a Cervelo instead.
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is there any solution /experience adding a power meter to the 695 while preserving the Zed 2 cranks....excluding using a powertap or keo power pedels and their dreadfulPolar head unit?
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I am considering replacing my old faithful bike and I have shortlisted two:
They are both outrageously good bikes.
Anyway, I would like your advice on frame sizing.
I am 177cm tall with a 84cm inseam.
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