In the legendary setting of Alpe d’Huez, and just days before the start of the Tour de France and the LOOK Marmotte Alps sportive/gran fondo, the French brand, LOOK Cycle, unviled a world debut of its new HUEZ collection.
The LOOK 785 Huez RS is positioned as an ‘ultralight bike that proves its comfort and efficiency as soon as the road starts to rise’, and its little brother, the 785 Huez, also has a comfort focus, with efficiency on all terrains. In tandem with the new bikes, LOOK also introduced the new Keo 2 Max Carbon pedals in the presence of Laurent Jalabert and Kevin Ledanois, former U23 World Champion and member of Team Fortuneo-Vital Concept.
785 Huez RS
The 785 Huez RS will be the bike ridden by Team FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT during the mountain stages of the 2017 Tour de France. Designed, engineered and developed to climb and conquer the summits, the 785 Huez RS integrates the best of the latest in LOOK carbon innovations in its class.
With a very high-modulus carbon frame that weights only 730g, and a 100% carbon fork that weighs 280g, it is ‘an ultralight and efficient bike with a sophisticated design engineered to optimize high- intensity, professional-level performances in the mountains and provide unique sensations to its rider.’
The new bike’s design, and the shape of its tubes have been optimized to ‘obtain the best inertia possible, for every inch of the frame, making the construction of a 5.9 kg bike for the general public possible.’
The 785 Huez is a variation of the 785 Huez RS from which it directly takes it shape. Made from the same mould, this model is constructed from a different blend of carbon fibres. The result is a bike with ‘an exceptional price-to-weight-to-performance ratio’. It is the most affordable competition-ready bike in the LOOK line-up that ‘will delight young competitors and passionate cyclists alike, who are looking for an efficient, comfortable and versatile bike.’
This variant is a direct derivative of the high-end ‘RS’ version and its origins. The two models share the same geometry and fabrication quality thanks to their identical optimized tubing. According to LOOK, the result is a bike ‘whose characteristics are virtually indistinguishable for a difference of 240g for the frame and 70g for the fork’. Thanks to its design focused on the essential, the 785 Huez frame just remains under the one-kilo threshold, weighing in at 990g and with a fork that does not exceed 350g.
Light, rigid, stable, and comfortable, the 785 Huez is a versatile bike. LOOK adds that it not only ‘climbs well in mountains, but is also highly effective on the flats, during long distance rides in rolling hills, such as gran fondos or great for anything short and fast, like criteriums.’
Keo 2 Max Carbon pedals
According to LOOK, the new Keo 2 Max Carbon pedals have had ‘a complete redesign for even more efficiency and performance.’ LOOK’s designers have remodelled the shape of the Keo 2 Max Carbon pedal, giving it a new, slimmed down line and a slightly wider shape, increasing its style and efficiency with an optimized surface area (a claimed +25% increase, with improved power-surface area ratio).
At only 125g, LOOK adds that the Keo 2 Max Carbon is one of the lightest pedals in its category.
A French company located in Nevers (Burgundy), LOOK is a major player in the design and manufacturing of carbon bikes. LOOK Cycle was the pioneer of clipless pedal technology. The company adds that ‘its know-how and technical expertise have been awarded multiple times for its products as well as its constant desire to innovate and excel.’