However, the difference between the 785 Huez and 785 Huez RS is that the RS is moulded with a mixture of 5 different types of carbon fibre instead of 4 in the normal Huez. The extra type is an ultra-high modulus carbon, developed into a special and super thin sheet for multiple-direction layup. The result is that both framesets are superlight – 785 Huez inc fork is weighed at 1340g while 785 Huez RS inc fork is weighed 1340g. Yet, as LOOK describes, it is pure, essential and effective. The LOOK 785 Huez RS, combined with SRAM eTap & Corima wheelset, comes in at only 5.9kg.
Next in LOOK’s new product launch was a revolutionary approach to allow amateur or gran fondo level cyclists to obtain professional kit at a lower cost. The new LOOK KEO 2 MAX pedals, developed alongside World Tour professional riders such as Andre Greipel, introduced an advance in technology and improvement to mid-level products.
LOOK has included 5 updates to the new KEO 2 MAX pedals, which include a whole new design with a sexier look, a wider platform from 57mm to 60mm that gives more comfort and provides more feeling, more cleat contact surface from 400mm² to 500mm² allowing better power transfer, while maintaining the same weight at 125g that now improves the power to weight ratio. Lastly, a whole new spindle design that positions the bearings similar to top end pedals allowing more power transfer smoothness.
I had the opportunity to test both new products to the limits on the legendary climb – Alpe D’Huez alongside some legendary and professional riders such as Laurent Jalabert and u23 UCI World Champion from 2015, Kévin Ledanois who is currently riding for Fortuneo–Oscaro, a French professional continental team. Having been entered to the 40km time trial, also known as Prix des Rousses, I looked forward to putting the bike and pedals to good use for two days.
The first impression of the bike was that, the LOOK 785 Huez definitely fit into the lightweight bike category, yet retaining a stiff criterium-like bottom bracket to allow power transfer. If I were to describe the LOOK 785 Huez in three words, they would be nervous, responsive and explosive. I understood why LOOK Cycle named the bike after such a beautiful and elegant climb that averages just over 8%, as the bike was great and comfortable to spin up the mountain, yet was able to cope with the extra power I was pushing through the steepest bits that were around 13%. It is definitely a bike worthy for the highest of competition, as well as for those who really want to ride their dreams, to push the limits on climbs that test you mentally and physically, as the bike really compliments to any climbs a cyclist would ride, and will get you to the top of the climb faster and fresher.
Besides that, the new LOOK KEO 2 MAX pedals also did some justice, as it felt like other top end pedals that I have used in the past. As an amateur time trialist, I always look forward to products that perform just as well as top of the range but at a lower price with minimal penalty. Therefore, this new pedals by LOOK undeniably fit the picture well. I could really feel the smoothness of the bearings while having a good, consistent contact, shoes via cleats to the pedals.
In conclusion, LOOK Cycles has really outdone itself this year. The good news out of this is that, it is also offering lifetime warranty on its 785 Huez and 785 Huez RS framsesets. A bicycle manufacturer that has so much confidence in its products, it is heading in the right direction, and will hopefully remain as an iconic brand in the bicycle industry.