I bought the all black version in 2006. At that time it was the top frame of the brand. It is a heavy frame when compared with other carbon frames, about 1500 grams, plus another 380 grams for the fork, but it is beautiful. After about three and half years it developed a crack on the top of the head tube, even though I never let it drop or had any accident with it. I went to the local store where I bought it and was told the warranty was 3 years and that they could not do anything for me. I am really very upset with both the local store, Veloprof, and with the brand LOOK.
Strengths: Very smooth, stable, and an efficient energy conversion machine... I won't see myself coming and going, like so many Trek owners do, and there are not many bikes that can hold a candle to it's pretty face...
Weaknesses: The frame is something of a sail and is subject to strong cross-winds... As Jan once said, I was skating like Katarina Witt!! Holy Smoke -- too much excitement when descending very large hills...
I had been lusting after a Look KG486 for quite some time, when I had an opportunity to pick up a new frame for not a lot of cash... It took me another twelve months to buy all the requisite components to turn it into the bike I have today...
The reviews all comment on the weight of the frame, but as I am 187-lbs I figured a few hundred grams were not going to influence my cycling fun a whole lot. Besides, I believed (and correctly so) that the lateral stiffness of the frame might more than overcome the added weight 'penalty'.
I've ridden three > 50 mile rides, over some significant hills/mountains, and I am more than pleased with the efficiency of the frameset... It does seem as if all cranking energy is converted to forward speed. My other bike is a Salsa Campeon, and the Look seems to climb better. Interestingly enough, when equipped with virtually the same group, the Look is almost 1-1/2 lb lighter than the SC/AL Salsa... Where the 486 really shines is smoothness, and is this baby ever smooth!! it almost feels slower because it is so silky, but I know it isn't...
Similar Products Used: Salsa Campeon, Lemond Zurich
Bike Setup: 2004 KG486
Dura Ace all around (I converted back from a compact R700 crankset)
Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL
Specialized Seat Post
Crank Bros Quattro Pedals
Terry Zero Y seat
12-27 cassette... (for hills, hills and more hills)
ITM Wing Bars (AL)
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: January 26, 2007
Strengths: Looks, shaping, stiffness, responsivness, speed, wow-factor and absolutely amazing power transfer
Weaknesses: Tight geometry, so not a super comfortable century bike burt not bad. Heavier than the 585, but also a lot more aerodynamic. The responsivness requires a lot more attention than on other bikes, turn even slightly and the bike will follow. But for snappy response and sharp artistic good looks...it can't be beat!
Looks, stiffness, aerodynamics and lightweight. Snapy, tight, and fast as anything. Super (if not slightly to...)responsive in turns. Great for racing, TT, Crits, Tri. I bought this becuase I wanted soemthing light but with a bit more aerodynamics. I sacrificed a bit of weight for the shaped tubing and aero profile, but less than on other manufactureers aero fram styles. Built up with a super lightweight combo of FSA, Dura Ace and Mavic, ut looks amazing and soars uphills and in the flats.
Quick question, I recently acquired a Look KG486 frame and I’m having a little issue with the build. The rear brake housing is suppose to run internal through the top tube, but I cant seem to get the standard 5mm brake housing to fit, is there a 4mm brake housing or I’m missing something?Read More »
Hey Guys, Just acquired a KG486 frameset and in the process of building it up I noticed a standard 5mm Jagwire brake house will not run through the frame for the rear brake… Question is what size housing and cable is recommended for the internal cable runRead More »
Well, it took 2 years, but I finally got this thing built the way I want. It started out as a road bike that I modified for time trials as needed. When it became clear that I was going to be able to build [URL="http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=54447"]another[/URL] road bike, I ded ... Read More »
I posted some time ago asking for opinions on the Look KG486 and Cosmic Carbones. Anyway, I went ahead and bought the bike a week ago. Had to wait until today for the weather to clear up so I could take it for a spin. Went out for 2 hours, a good bit faster than I had intended. The bike feels so wil ... Read More »
I posted the below on the main components board, but have just remembered that there is a dedicated Look board too, so what better place to ask...
I'd be very interested to hear further opinions from anyone who has ridden a Look KG486 - I have read all references on this board so ... Read More »