The 695 Complete bike from Look offers an amazing specification for the money when you consider the individual costs of the componentry and frame - coupled with the ride characteristics this is a difficult build to ignore if you are considering a premium road bike. The build has the 695 SR (Super Rigid) frame at it's heart and is 15% stiffer than the standard version. This is a race bike with exceptional heritage, technology and ride feel.
The LOOK 695 SR or Super Rigid has been created with pure performance in mind. Developed in conjunction with the Cofidis pro cycling team the SR variant of the 695 is 15% stiffer than the standard version. Using a different composition of carbon fibre and by using different quantities and in modified orientations, LOOK have created a seriously stiff race machine that they claim is still comfortable over long rides.
LOOK believe in pushing the envelope - not just in terms of cutting edge technologies and materials but at a fundamental design level. With strict rules governing frame design for use in World cycling, LOOK have decided to focus on integration to best optimise the precision of their flagship frame - the 695 iPack. They believe strongly that to be innovative in design you have to be close to production - how else can you fine tune design if the processes are separated by thousands of miles and several time zones? To this end, LOOK have taken the unusual step of shifting the majority of their production from the Far East and 85% of Look's manufacture now takes place on French soil.
The 695 iPack is an exercise in optimising the key components of the complete bike. Rather than creating a frame as a stand-alone piece of the whole machine, LOOK have decided to make the machine more homogenous.
A perfect example of this is the integration of the ZED 2 Crank into the frame. The crank itself is a one-piece design and by this we mean axle body, crank arms and spider are formed entirely from in a single piece of carbon which has to be threaded through the bottom bracket housing. It weighs just 320g and LOOK claim this is a World Record and the 'best crank on the market'. The bottom bracket houses huge 65mm diameter bearings for the oversized crank and combined with the crank design, purvey incredible stiffness to a key area of the frame. However, the main difference is in they way that the frame has been designed around the crank: using CFD (Continuous Fibre Design) a process that uses the fibres in orientations that maximise their mechanical performance, LOOK have laid fibres from the seat-stays, down tube and seat tube around the bottom bracket housing in a continuous and un-broken configuration that means there are no joins. No joins means fewer weak spots and an increase in stiffness in this key area of the frame.
The other important area on the frame is the front end. Stiffness here creates not only the tracking and steering characteristics but also braking efficiency which translates into stability. LOOK have integrated their headset and stem in much the same way as might be seen on modern Time Trial bikes. The HSC 7 Fork is a single piece design with reinforcement at the crown for the oversize 1.5" lower bearing and Head Fit 3 headset. The headset itself has been designed to disassociate the clamping of the fork into the frame from the adjustment of the stem and uses a lock-ring to tighten the bearing independently of the stem. This removes the need for the expander bung from inside the steerer, saving 40g and reducing stress on the fork. The 160g C-Stem sits on top of the assembly and is designed to be used sans spacers. The patented clamping system allows the stem to be pivoted between -9 and +13 degrees for fine tuning position without compromising the lateral rigidity of the steering column.
All these features come together in conjunction with the use of 100% High Modulus carbon fibre frame construction to remove weight from the bike whilst increasing stiffness - and as we all know, high stiffness to weight ratios mean more power down and less to move!
The final piece of the puzzle is the integrated seat post. Although widely used by many manufacturers LOOK have gone a little further in order to allow the rider to modify the feel of the bike to suit them. Historically, ISPs have been a bone of contention with pros - for example, early Giant TCRs featuring these posts were so stiff that the Pro riders were not impressed after 6 hours in the saddle! Things have come a long way and LOOK's inclusion of 3 elastomer inserts with the frame offers the rider options for tuning the feel of the ride.
Integration is a bold move as there are obvious questions raised - not least that of cost. Forming multiple cranksets of different lengths would be expensive and LOOK have overcome this issue with wonderful simplicity. They have created a triple-lobed insert that allows adjustment of the crank length from 170 to 175mm and that does not require any special pedals. The C-Stem as mentioned earlier, is pivotable and is available in lengths from 80 - 120mm.
LOOK have created a precise handling, stiff and responsive race bike that functions beautifully as a whole and which can be tuned to the rider. It offers superb race performance but the ability to alter crank length, stem position and modify the feel also means that it is the ideal 1-bike solution for those of us who ride high mileage in Sportives and distance events as well.
When you factor in the quality of the frame, the inclusion of the crank, stem, fork, headset and seat post you have a frame that offers remarkable value for money when held up against it's friends in the pro peloton. Yes, the Premium paint adds a bit to the price but the finish is exquisite and you can't knock the exclusivity. This is a bike frame for those of you who want something that is a little different yet still at the top of the game.
The LOOK 695 Complete bike is built on the PRO TEAM FLUO frame as ridden by Cofidis in 2013 and comes with Ultegra Di2 Electronic shifting components for super smooth and reliable shifting. Wheels are Mavic's benchmark do-it-all Ksyrium Elites (not as pictured) and are more than at home on this build.
The 695 complete is available in 6 sizes.
Product Name: Look 695 iPACK SR Ultegra Di2 Road Bike 2013 - Pro Team
Item Code: LOO143178
Material: Continuous Fibre Design Carbon | 110 g /m2 ultra light HM
Weight: approx. 7.06 Kilogram
Frame: 695 iPack SR
Frame sizes: Please use the pdf download
Frame Color: Pro Team 2013
Headset: LOOK HEAD FIT 3
Fork: LOOK HSC 7
Stem: LOOK C-STEM
Bar: 3T ERGONOVA TEAM CARBON COMPACT
Bar tape: LOOK Grip
Saddle: SELLE ITALIA SLR KIT CARBONIO | Rail Vanox
Seatpost: LOOK E-POST TI
Wheels: MAVIC KSYRIUM ELITE SWTS
Brakes: SHIMANO ULTEGRA 6700
Crankset: ZED 2 BB 65 PLATEAUX LOOK
Crank Arm Length: 170/172.5/175
Sprocket Nuance: 50/34
Bottom Bracket: LOOK ZED 2 BB65
Front Derailleur: SHIMANO ULTEGRA DI2
Rear Derailleur: SHIMANO ULTEGRA DI2
Shifter: SHIMANO ULTEGRA DI2
Sprocket: SHIMANO 105 10 V
Sprocket Ratio: 12-25
Chain: KMC X10-93 SILVER/GRAY
Tires: Mavic YKSION PRO 700x23C
Pedals: LOOK KEO 2 MAX
Purpose: Wettkampf, Training