There are few names in the world of high-end race bikes more storied than that of Look. Originally a ski equipment manufacturer, the French brand was the first to market a clipless pedal and was an early pioneer of carbon frames.
Its association with the La Vie Claire pro team in the 80s – wearers of that stunning Mondrian-inspired jersey – helped cement its iconic status. As a brand it retains a certain mystic quality the like of which no amount of marketing can buy, so the keen entry-level price for the new 765 will have roadies pricking up their ears.
Technologically Look has a habit of doing things its own way: think wacky adjustable stems and one-piece carbon cranks. Its more expensive offerings are symphonies of ingenious innovation and French weirdness – an intimidating nightmare for the home mechanic, but fascinating if you’re interested in bicycle engineering.
By such standards, the 765 looks relatively conventional, on the outside at least. The seatpost, cockpit and bottom bracket are all standard parts, and the frame itself doesn’t make use of any outlandish gimmicks or quirky tube profiles.
Our test ride had a nonstandard Ultegra Di2 drivetrain
Silky steel-like ride
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