The 695 has been redesigned to give Look its first true aero road bike. Named the ‘Aerolight’, it receives completely new forks with integrated dual-lever brakes – in essence V-brakes built into the fork crown.
New, thinner, squarer seat stays are achieved largely thanks to the relocation of the rear brake, which was designed in partnership with TRP, to underneath the chainstay.
All that remains of the standard 695 is the main triangle – whilst the carbon lay-up has changed too – from a 3k weave to 1.5k – this time it uses multiple layers of different directional weave and a new resin mix. The result, according to Look, is a lighter, stiffer bike.
Designed to be used with Look’s own Zed cranks, the first prototypes which were tested by Thor Hushovd, but were apparently too stiff when paired with the 695 Aerolight. This led to a redesign of the whole bottom bracket area to soften the ride.
As with the 695 that we saw Look launch last year, the integrated stem can be adjusted to either +17 to -13 degrees – removing the need for willowy feeling spacers.
The 695 Aerolight has been designed for electronic shifting. The frameset can take either Shimano Di2 or Campagnolo EPS systems. With the Di2 battery mounted in the integrated seatpin and EPS battery lower down – using the Campagnolo designed bottle cage bolts as mounts.
The bike will be seen under six of the Cofidis team rideras at this year’s Tour de France, starting on Saturday (June 29).