if you wait a little bit you might get a better response than this one, but i own the 281 and test rode a 381 first; the main differences, imo, are that the 381 has 1 1/8 steerer tube vs 1" and has an internal/integrated headset vs standard external headset on the 281; some folks say the larger steerer in carbon = less flex; my 281 is my first really nice bike, and I am just a recreational rider so i don't really stress the steerer enough or had enough experience to say if there's a difference; mine is rock solid for what i do, and there are still plenty of nice bikes still being made with 1" steerers, although becoming rare. I also spec'd a Reynolds fork over the Look.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?
Yeah, I was asking questions about 381s last year to help me pick the right size. I bought a KG381 about a year ago and have loved it. But I recently was looking to build up a second Look to keep at my summer house this year because I will be spending a lot of time there. And I have the opportunity to purchase a 281 and was just curious how it will compare to my 381 because I want both bikes to handle and feel the same.Kram59 said:Dude, are you still obsessing over this? Weren't you the one who kept asking about Look frames last year? FWIW-here it is in a nutshell; if you can get a good deal on either of them, go for it. They are both very similar and will ride very much the same. The 381 MAY be slightly stiffer, but they will both be stable, comfortable, and you will wonder why you didn't get one sooner. Take the plunge. Bite the bullet and get one. Pronto.