If you’re supplying a World Tour team like Cofidis, your bikes better be up to the latest standards of aerodynamics, stiffness, and weight. And now Look’s top road and TT/Tri bikes are up to spec, with new cockpits, stiffer and lighter frames, and for the Monoblade RS TT bike, disc brakes finally make an appearance!
New Look 795 Blade RS road bike
The 795 Blade RS is their stage racing bike, and the new model uses 25% Ultra High Modulus carbon at key areas to make it stiffer, claiming a 7% improvement over the prior model.
They reshaped key areas of the frame to improve aerodynamics, particularly the seatstays, seat tube, post, and fork legs. They also tweaked the bottle cage positions to reduce drag, too.
Their modular integrated cockpit has been reworked to run everything fully internal, but remains a two-piece system that allows stems and handlebars to be swapped out for better fit options. Unlike traditional parts, their handlebar bolts directly to the stem, with a cover plate hiding the hardware.
Even the seatpost binder was hidden from the wind, combining with all of the other changes to offer a 10% improvement in aerodynamics.
Claimed frame weight is 890g and fork is 435g (size small), and a complete bike is 7.0kg (size M) with Dura Ace, power meter pedals, bottle cages and CORIMA MCC EVO 32 tubular wheels.
Complete bikes from €8490 / £8490 / $9,000 to €12,990 / £12,990 / $14,600, frameset is €5390 / £5390 / $5,900.
Look 796 Monoblade RS TT bike
Also getting the UHM carbon upgrade is the new 796 Monoblade RS TT (and triathlon) bike, also claiming improved stiffness and a reduced frame weight of 1,320g wit h425g fork (size S).
It also gets the disc brake upgrade, losing the integrated rim brake calipers that were nested into the fork’s legs and chainstays.
An all-new cockpit hides the brake hoses inside the base bar and funnels them though the stem and into the frame.
The shape is more aero, and allows for plenty of position adjustments to fit any rider. The handles on the front can adjust from 0º to 20º.
Updated seatstay shaping gives the air room to flow around them more easily without getting caught up in rear wheel turbulence, and the downtube is shaped to send air around the waterbottle more smoothly.
Note the wider shape and flatter back where the bottle goes, with three bolts offering a lower position when not using a seatpost bottle, too.
A new aero seatpost has a reversible sliding head to allow for a very forward saddle position when desired.
It’s designed specifically for disc brakes and electronic groups, and sold only as a frameset for €6990 / 6990£ / $7,800.