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Check out some shots from today's launch, full writeup coming soon! :thumbsup:

  • Compact Geometry
  • Taller Head Tube
  • Slightly Shorter Sloping Top Tube
  • "X Design" Stays
  • 1100 grams (medium)
  • 5 Sizes - XS, S, M, L, XL







 

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BTW, I really like those graphics better than the old ones. Having the company name on the down tube is much better than the model name. I presume the other bikes in the photo are other models and overall, the graphics are more subtle and classic than recent years. Much improved.
 

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The "kink" in the top tube is something the designers at LOOK are using in all new framesets to differentiate their brand from others. It's purely aesthetic...

566 will be available in late fall I believe...
 

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Preview write up is here... Clicky.

We also have a video with Ming Tan of LOOK Cycles USA talking about the 566 on videos.roadbikereview.com.

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We'll be getting one for review in a couple of days. Let me know if there's anything anyone's curious about and we'll take closer photos when it arrives.
 

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thien, thanks for all the info. Looking forward to the full review.

I am curious about how the 566 compares to the outgoing 555 or it's biger brother the 585. Looks like it is designed to be a "fast comfort" bike with the taller head tube. Curious to see how it compares to the other long-ish top tube models on the market.

Thanks again for the write up and keeping us informed
 

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Beautiful!! Any info on geometry specs? The video mentioned a shorter TT and taller HT, is that relative to the 555? Also, I'm assuming the Rival version will be 2009 Rival? If so, @ $2499, this could be one of the best bang-4-the-buck carbon bikes available.
 

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I do not have a month, only heard "late fall" for availability...

I updated the preview post with the geometry chart in the slideshow. I also included a shot of the other color option for the 566.

The Rival offering will be the '09 version and will come on the black and white frame.

Clicky.
 

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thien said:
The "kink" in the top tube is something the designers at LOOK are using in all new framesets to differentiate their brand from others. It's purely aesthetic...
While it might be a nice bike, it's kind of sad that Look has resorted to such a stupid gimmick. Maybe the kink will appeal to some folks - I'd rather the effort go into real engineering - I'm sure the answer is the engineering is as good as they can make it anyway - but still ... It's not as though no one can tell it's a Look by looking at the logos (although still not as obnoxious as the Time logos). Doesn't the kink require a little (however little) more material and weight than would be required without it for the same functional effect?
 

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I think I'm the only one here that doesn't like it. Don't care for the extreme sloping top tube and definitely not the "kink" or indentation on the top tube. The novelty of that design will wear off pretty soon, and in 5 years, we may be asking what was Look thinking. I wish Look would go back to traditional frame geometry, straight top tube.
 

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Thanks Thien,

I like the emphasis on comfort in geometry, but especially in complience. I've been wanting a 585 Optimum because of the more upright geometry. I like that the 566 is intentioally designed to have a more cushioned ride. Look really attempts to include many varying types of riders.

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