765HM Ultegra Ui2
£3,799 Endurance bike from a brand with illustrious history
LOOK has revolutionised cycling in many ways, from creating the first clipless pedal system in 1984 to designing some of the most iconic frames over the years, with several that have won the Tour de France. The 765HM is a relatively traditional frame shape, without the distinctive design of some of LOOK’S top-end bikes, where the stem and top tube follow an unbroken line. The 765 is LOOK’S endurance model, and the HM version uses high-modulus carbon to keep the frame as stiff and light as possible, with a claimed weight of 990g for a medium frame. The carbon layup uses strategically placed flax fibres woven into the carbon with the aim of improving comfort and reducing vibrations. However, we didn’t notice a big reduction in vibrations and found the ride to be somewhat harsh, especially on rougher roads and when compared directly against the other bikes on test. What was noticeable was a very comfortable riding position, with a taller head tube to give a more upright position and slacker head tube angle than a full-on racing bike to give more relaxed handling. On the long, tough alpine climbs, the position was great and on the downhills it proved to be accurate and fast, although on slightly rougher surfaces it did begin to lack some confidence. The component selection is good with no major short-cuts. While we loved the Dura-ace on the TIME, Shimano’s second-tier Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting system is to all intents and purposes just as good in use. The Mavic Ksyrium wheels are good all-round performers, being reliable and solid, although this would be one area where an upgrade could unlock extra performance. While looks might not be the most important factor (who are we trying to kid?), in our opinion the visible uni-directional carbon weave in the frame does look fantastic. Given that this is an endurance bike, designed for longer rides, a little more comfort would have been nice, but the tyre clearance should be enough to accept a 28mm tyre, which might make a significant difference.
The 765 uses flax fibres woven into the carbon for added comfort