Nothing to report that hasn’t already been said about the new Look 695 Aerolight frameset, other than to say, it will be my new "steed" for this season. 🙂 That’s of course if spring ever arrives here in New England. 🙁
Since its release, the 695 has become a veritable reference in the world of cycling. This extraordinary bike provided unparallelled performances thanks to levels of integration nevers seen before.
Because innovation is in LOOK’s DNA, we have sought to further improve the performance of the bike by working on its aerodynamics.
To do this, on its new 695, LOOK has integrated brake calipers and a new aero stem, and has worked on the design of the tubes so that they provide better aerodynamic performance.
Finally, the 695 Aerolight has been made even lighter through the use of a new, thinner 1.5K carbon fabric for a weight saving of 90 g compared to the 695.
The 695 Aerolight has become the new benchmark for discerning cyclists looking for the perfect bike at the forefront of technology.
• COMPLETE INTEGRATION PACK
For optimal effort transmission, the 695 Aerolight is equipped with the best crankset presently available on the market: the ZED 2 crankset.
To integrate it, the 695 Aerolight has an oversized bottom bracket (Rolling bearings of 65 mm). The diagonal tube, saddle tube and stays wrap around the casing and extend without a
break in shape thanks to the CFD concept (Continuous Fibre Design) optimising resistance to effort.
To improve the aerodynamic performance of the frame, LOOK integrates the brakes callipers, and has developed a brand new carbon adjustable Aerostem.
The new HSC 7 Aero fork, the Head Fit 3 headset, and the E-Post are the other components integrated with the 695 Aerolight frame. They were specifically developed for that frame, to make the 695 Aerolight homogenous, rigid, lightweight, stable and easy to handle.
• ZED 2 SINGLE-PIECE CARBON CRANKSET
The ZED 2 carbon crankset that comes with the 695 Aerolight is a brand new highly innovative model: It is moulded in a single piece of carbon (2 pedal cranks + axle + star = FULL SINGLE-PIECE).
It reaches a rigidity / weight ratio that was not possible before. The crankset alone (with no roller bearing or chain wheel) but including the two pedal cranks and the axis only weigh 320 g!
Its particular Z shape allows it to be mounted in the frame that has a specific and oversized casing (rolling bearings diameter 65 mm). The technology of the three-lobe insert at the end of pedal cranks allows adjusting the length of the cranks from 170, 172.5 to 175 mm without changing the crankset and while being compatible with all the pedals on the market.
• INTEGRATION OF THE BRAKES
The 695 Aerolight has an unmatched level of brake integration. The mechanical V-Brake front brake is located in the middle of the fork arms, in a housing that forms a window.
This means that the calliper disappears completely into the fork to ensure the best possible aerodynamics. The front brake sheath and cable follow a unique route: they go in, under, and through the stem before «diving» into the fork steerer and on to the calliper. The rear brake is under the bases in order to keep it clear of the seat stays and eliminate the turbulence created by the calliper. The cable routing is also 100% integrated, going through the downtube and bottom bracket.
The integrated brakes are 20% more powerful than conventional brakes. They make it possible to brake with just one finger while maintaining the power and progressiveness necessary for security and performance.
• HSC 7 AERO FORK
The HSC 7 aero fork provides the same performance in terms of rigidity and comfort as the HSC 7. It is 100% one-piece carbon and weighs only 320 grams, conforming to standard EN 14781 (Frontal shock of 144 joules). The tapered pivot uses the CFD (Continuous Fibre Design) concept and makes it possible to position the bearings directly on the fork crown (oversized for bearings of 1½ inch). The fork steerer has two flat spots and is reinforced to take the Head fit 3 headset.
• NEW AEROSTEM INTEGRATED STEM
A great deal of work has been done on the new Aerostem stem: this new carbon stem is 20 g lighter than the C-Stem and also more aerodynamic, because the traditional cap has been replaced by a clamp. The advantages are that the screw disappears behind the handlebar and the clamp is very thin.
This feature, combined with a more fluid design, means that this new stem has a better drag coefficient.
Just like the C-Stem, the Aerostem is adjustable to enable precise adjustment of the handlebar height. However, the adjustment ranges are greater: from – 13° to + 17°, which makes it possible to adopt lower positions.
• NEW HEAD FIT 3 HEADSET
New LOOK patented headset dissociating headset adjustment, from stem tightening.
The headset’s adjustment is done by tightening the carbon ring on an offset thread placed on the fork’s pivot. It is now possible to change the stem’s height without upsetting the headset’s adjustment. This solution suppresses the compression kit, replaced by a simple cap. Weight savings: 40 grs. 3rd generation of the Headfit is completely integrated in the head tube optimising even more the direction accuracy.
• COMPRESSED FRAME TABS
Directly compressed at the moulding of the base and stays. We thus obtain a single-piece rear unit: bases-stays-tabs: the best weight / reliability ratio.
• E-POST SEAT POST (E = ELASTOMER)
1/ Anti-rotation: not being round, the E-post is thus always aligned in the frame’s axis.
2/ The seatpost is in abutment on the frame.
3/ Absorption of vibrations: owing to elastomers (2 internal and 1 external).
4/ Tightening adapted to carbon: a torque of 5 Newton metres is enough.
5/ Three elastomers of different hardness are included.
6/ New: The E-Post is compatible with Shimano DI2 internal batteries thanks to a small bracket which holds the battery under the seat post for a perfect fit.
• MECHANICAL AND DI2 & EPS COMPATIBLE
The 695 Aerolight is compatible with both mechanical and electrical group sets (DI2 and EPS, using Shimano or Campagnolo external or internal batteries). This is achieved through removable mechanical sheath stops (LOOK Patent). Once the mechanical stops have been removed, an adaptor kit for electrical units is available separately (see dedicated page) for 100% integrated routing of the bundles (which pass through the bottom)
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