I've owned both. The ride difference is not very noticable. The biggest differences are the 381 tubes are more tapered than the 281 and the 381 has an intergrated headset. Do you know what fork is on the 281 your looking at? Some of the older forks are pretty noodley(sp?). There is a beautiful 281 on Ebay right now.my327vette said:Hi, Can anyone tell me what the differences are between the Look 281 and 381 framesets? Will the ride/handling of a 281 be noticably different than a 381?
The reynolds fork would be a great match. The geometry is the same on both frames. FYI, used 381 frame/forks go from $900-$1300 with 281's going for a lot lessmy327vette said:The frame I am looking at has a Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork on it. Do you think that will match well with the 281 frame??? Also can I assume that the geometry and handling characteristics will be the same as a 381?
That's a hard question. The used market for LOOK frame in funny. I've seen lesser models(Kg241, Kg231 or KG221) go for $400 on Ebay but there is a 55cm KG281 right now on Ebay that has an opening bid of $400 and on bidders after a few days.my327vette said:Thanks for the info. What would you consider a good price for a 281 with the Ouzo Pro fork? I was hoping to find a 381, but so far haven't had any luck finding a size 52 on this site or ebay.