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In this instalment of Bikes of the Bunch, CyclingTips regular contributor Veeral Patel shoots and shares the story of his mate’s Look 695.
After returning to Melbourne post-Tour de France I popped into my local bike shop to say hi, and noticed that a beautiful, black Look 695 was the centre of attention. I soon found out it belonged to my mate Eddie.
On a ride earlier this year a few mates and I had hassled Eddie about the fact he wasn’t riding a Euro-themed bike. Little did we know Eddie would soon get his hands on a Look 695.
He was drawn to this frame due to it’s aesthetics and its all-round integration, and the fact it’s a frame that’s not too commonly seen on the roads of Melbourne.
Look Cycles has been pushing the boundaries of bike innovation since its inception and this frame is no exception. The frame is touted as “fully integrated” and is compatible with either mechanical or electronic groupsets.
Eddie opted for the Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset with a Look ZED 2 crankset and chainrings. When you hold the the ZED 2 crankset in your hands it’s hard not to admire the engineering that’s gone into producing this single-piece integrated crank arm and spindle.
The frame also features an integrated seatpost with a user interchangeable elastomer. This elastomer is supposed to dampen frame vibrations from the road and provide a more comfortable ride. There are three different elastomer options to choose from — hard, average and flexible — depending on the style of ride you are after.