French bike and accessories brand, LOOK, has announced the arrival of two new gravel bikes to its range – the 765 Gravel RS and e-765 Gravel.
765 Gravel RS
Based on the 765 family of endurance road bikes, the 765 Gravel RS is constructed using a high-modulus carbon frame and fork.
LOOK points out that the UCI-approved frame boasts a geometry that is equally at home on the road as it is on bridleways, fire roads and even on the cyclocross course, with the inclusion of specially-designed 3D Wave seatstays to improve compliance through the rear of the bike. It holds the ‘RS’ name – Racing Sport – thanks to its high performance carbon frame composition, featuring 29% high modulus, 46% intermediate modulus, 10% high resistance and 15% specific fibres.
This design has the form of a wave shape that broadens and then narrows at both the top section of the seatstays, near the seatpost, and above the rear dropouts. LOOK adds that this allows for 15% more vertical flexion without sacrificing lateral stiffness compared to a traditional seatstay, thereby preserving the responsiveness of the bike while at the same time improving comfort. The increased vertical flexion also delivers claimed greater traction and control in varying gravel conditions.
The chainstays – which are 420mm long in all frame sizes – are asymmetrical with a dropped drive side stay to provide the opportunity to run either a single or double chainset, as well as wider capacity for both 700c and 650b standard wheels. The 765 Gravel RS can accommodate up to 700c x 40mm and 650b x 55mm tyres.
At the core of the frame is an oversized bottom bracket zone. LOOK has ensured that this provides efficient power transfer for racing, along with a deep headtube with integrated Direct Drive stem and headset for sharp, direct and accurate handling. This is via a specific-to-gravel handlebar featuring a wide angle drop. The frameset is lightweight: the frame tips the scales at just 1.2kg, and the fork only 350g.
The 765 Gravel RS has fittings for four bottle cages – ‘ideal for all-day races like Dirty Kanza’, as well as brackets for a toptube ‘Bento’ style storage system. Speedy wheel changes in the heat of a race are also made easier thanks to compatibility with Mavic’s SpeedRelease axles.
The LOOK 765 Gravel RS is available in three builds featuring SRAM Force 1x, Shimano Ultegra and 105 groupsets.
765 Gravel RS Force 1x – €4,299
765 Gravel RS Ultegra – €3,999
765 Gravel RS 105 – €3,599
Alongside the 765 Gravel RS, LOOK is also launching the e-765 Gravel, integrating a sleek Fazua motor and battery system into the downtube.
The e-765 Gravel features a full carbon construction using 23% high modulus, 25% intermediate modulus, 37% high resistance and 15% specific fibres. It retains many of the performance features of the 765 Gravel RS, including 3D Wave seatstays for off-road comfort and integrated Direct Drive stem and headset for performance-bred handling.
Fazua’s battery and motor system is known for its integrated and lightweight design – the motor and battery adds just 4.6kg to the overall weight of the bike, with the entire machine weighing an average of 13.6kg. The motor will assist riders up to 25km/h, with four modes possible including a 400W ‘rocket mode’ selectable through the handlebar-mounted remote.
The system offers minimal resistance through the bottom bracket when rolling at faster speeds and on zero assistance mode. LOOK adds that the pedalling sensation feels just like a non electrically-assisted bike thanks to the optimised weight distribution the Fazua system enables.
A close partnership between Fazua and LOOK has enabled the French brand to research its own power mapping profile for the electronic control unit, developed for optimum performance in a gravel riding situation following a year-long study into rider habits by LOOK.
The Fazua system has an integrated app, which allows the rider to turn a smartphone into a fully-functional bike computer, including GPS navigation, speed recording, as well as providing metrics on how the rider is using battery power and motor, and temperature readings. Plus, the electric system is completely detachable, converting the e-765 Gravel into an ordinary pedal-powered gravel bike.
The e-765 Gravel will be available in two builds, featuring SRAM Force and Rival 1x groupsets with immediate availability in Europe before a rollout to other territories in the near future.
e-765 Gravel Force 1X – €6,499
e-765 Gravel Rival 1X – €5,799
Frederic Caron, LOOK Bike Product Manager, said “The new LOOK 765 Gravel RS and e-765 Gravel bikes are a significant step forward for LOOK as we explore the gravel scene for the first time.
“With the 765 Gravel RS, our intention is to provide athletes and adventurers with a performance-bred gravel bike that is capable of thrilling and exciting riders, while staying true to LOOK’s performance heritage. With a specially-designed high-modulus carbon frame and new 3D Wave seatstay innovation leading the way, the 765 Gravel RS is truly a high-performance gravel bike.
“Its e-765 Gravel cousin takes this principle and integrates Fazua’s motor and battery expertise, giving a robust and sleek system that opens up gravel riding to more people in a neatly integrated package.”