Thursday, September 18, 2014

Look 795 Aerolight

   Look bicycles isn't shy when it comes to cool technologies. You may remember the super cool stem I wrote about a while back. 
   The Look AeroLight is no exception. It's packed with fun bits of tech to make you faster on the road. Here are a couple pieces of technology I found particularly awesome: 

1. Integrated fork and brake - The brake on this bike has been fully integrated into the fork leg. Here's a few pictures:

Side shot

Cut away

   This is a pretty cool technology as it harkens back to the vee brakes of BMX and mountain bike days past. 

   The proper name for this is the linear pull brake, and they had a brief popularity on cross bikes between the center pull brake and disc brake. Lots of power for a cable operated rim brake, good power modulation and feel. And when integrated into the fork leg, very low drag. 

2. Full carbon one piece crank - Look claims that this crank has a combination of weight and strength above 2 piece cranks. This crank gets installed by some wiggling anyone with experience with a 1 piece BMX crank is familiar with. 

Spindle close up

Shot from Look's site

   This crank uses the same technology that carbon frames take advantage of: carbon layup and construction that builds strength into areas where you really need it. This crank has added strength to resist pedaling forces and efficiently transfer power form the pedals to the chain. 

   There are some other cool things, such as adjustable stem, DI2 compatibility and vibration absorbing seat post. All this adds up to a pretty cutting edge bike. It's too new to get a good reaction from testers but we can assume that this Look rocks! 

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