LOOK 796 Monoblade

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Tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to aero­dy­nam­ics in the de­sign of its new TT bike than most, Look fo­cused on a lower range of wind an­gles, 0-10º, and de­cided that man­ag­ing air­flow is sec­ondary to avoid­ing its ini­tial dis­rup­tion. There­fore the 796 is as skinny as UCI rules al­low – an in­cred­i­ble 25mm at the head­tube, down­tube and seat-tube. The fork is equally scalpel­like and houses an in­te­grated V-brake. The frame is de­signed us­ing air­foil shapes con­ceived by NACA, the Na­tional Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Aero­nau­tics, pre­dessor to NASA and the boffins who pi­o­neered supersonic flight. In the UK, and most other mar­kets, the 796 is only sold as a frame kit, which in­cludes the fork, head­set, crankset, cock­pit, ped­als and seat­post. Com­plete bikes are avail­able in France, such as this build with Shi­mano Ul­te­gra Di2 and Mavic CXR 80 wheels which weighs 8.56kg with its ped­als. www.look­cy­cle.com

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