When Look’s latest pro bike was launched at a lavish event in Corsica days before the Grand Départ, we didn’t expect to see the entire Cofidis squad kitted out with a fleet of gleaming new 695 Aerolights, as it usually takes time to transfer an entire team onto a new bike.
We’d heard that the team had taken delivery of four bikes, although scouring the Cofidis camp at the beginning of stage five we found them still on the team car roof. Handily, we managed to convince a team mechanic to get Jérôme Coppel’s down for a closer look.
Integration is clearly the name of Look’s game with the new 695 Aerolight frameset. Not only is all the cabling internal, but the seatpost, stem and headset each form part of the integrated system. At the launch we were told that the ZED2 crankset was a “major part of this integrated design” and was, ahem, “integral to the feel of the ride”. Despite this, perhaps unsurprisingly, Coppel has decided to stick with what he knows and has opted to run his SRM system with Rotor rings and FSA K-Force Light cranks.
The red line that forms part of Look’s E-Post seatpost is a removable elastomer that changes the amount of vibration being absorbed, with red being bang in the middle of the three choices.
The biggest visual change from the 695 SR of old is the new fork and brake positioning.
The built-in V-brake is located in the middle of the fork leg which contains all the cabling, running it in, under and though the steerer and stem – totally encapsulating everything bar a cable end. The rear brake has also been repositioned from bridging seat stays to being mounted under the chainstays, as is the current trend with aero bikes in order to keep airflow as smooth as possible.
The rest is pretty much standard, if slightly dated with the older 10-speed Dura-Ace 7970 Di2 shifters, mechs and cassette, along with Cosmic Carbones shod with the Mavic Grip and Force tubs.
We’re not sure why we’ve not seen any in action yet. Look says Cofidis received the bikes late in the day and haven’t had enough time to test them properly.