The Look 795 Aerolight Proteam has the tag-line "successful integration" and was clearly designed with all out speed in mind

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Look 795 Aerolight Proteam

Pros:

  • High-quality frameset
  • High level of integration
  • Consistent braking
  • Very fast on the flat

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • There are lighter aero road bikes on the market
  • Mastering the adjustable features takes a while

Product:

Look 795 Aerolight Proteam

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£4,299.99 (frame, fork and crankset)

The iconic French brand is most famous for being the creator of clipless pedals, however, it also knows a thing or two about carbon bikes.

Together with the immediate success of its first carbon-fibre frame that was ridden to victory at the 1986 Tour de France by Greg LeMond, groundbreaking technology is very much at the forefront of this iconic French company’s proud and successful history.

Greg LeMond in 1986. Photo: Graham Watson.

Greg LeMond in 1986. Photo: Graham Watson.

The company’s latest flagship steed is the result of 10 years of R&D and comes in two versions — the 795 Aerolight is equipped with integrated brakes and the 795 Light uses standard calipers.

At its launch in January 2015 the Aerolight was claimed to be “the most aerodynamic bike ever”.

This is up for debate, but one thing that can’t be disputed is that it is clearly designed with speed as its number one priority.

Frameset

Look 795

The 795 Aerolight has a very slim head-on profile

Any aero road bike worth its salt will use component integration and aerodynamic tube profiles to help the bike slip through the air.

Whilst ticking these boxes in spades, the Aerolight stands out from the crowd with its high level of adjustability.

Look 795 bike crankset

With Ultegra Di2 and the Look ZED 3 crankset the 705 Aerolight has some impressive components

The crank length can be altered between 170mm, 172.5mm and 175mm, the saddle height can be changed by adding spacers to the integrated seatpost and even the stem angle can be adjusted from -13° to +17° to achieve the perfect riding position.

Head-on, the Aerolight is very narrow but it is side-on that you fully appreciate the eye-catching fully integrated stem.

Look 795 bike Aerobars

The carbon bars are shaped to cut through the air

It sits flush to both the head tube and top tube with the Shimano Di2 junction box recessed in the top tube — the primary objective is aerodynamics but at the same time it enhances the aggressive look created by the steep sloping top tube.

Look 795 bike-2

With aerodynamics in mind the integrated stem sits smoothly against the top tube

The tubes are teardrop shaped to reduce turbulence and, as you’d expect from a bike promising “successful integration”, the cables are internally routed and the front brake is hidden in the fork.

Look 795 bike Aero brakes

The front brake is concealed in the fork for improved aerodynamics

Often there is a slight weight penalty associated with aero road frames, but the Aerolight’s carbon frame feels light and stiff, in part due to the use of very high modulus and 1.5k ultra-light carbon sheets.


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Specification

Included in the Look 795 Aerolight Proteam’s frameset price you get the aero one-piece carbon ZED 3 crankset; other than that you are free to create a bespoke machine.

This test bike came equipped with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and, somewhat surprisingly for a top-end road bike, an 11-28t cassette and a compact 50/34t chainset.

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The 52mm-deep Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon wheels sit towards the higher end of the French company’s clincher wheelsets and look and feel fast.

Look 795 bike rear brake

The direct rear mount brake sits beneath the bottom bracket

Look’s proprietary integrated aero mechanical front V-brake and the direct-mount Shimano Dura-Ace brake, positioned behind the bottom bracket worked well but did take a while to bed into Mavic’s Exalith braking surface.

Ride

Look 795 aero seat post

The seat post is integrated and also has the tear drop profile

On the flat the bike is noticeably fast and holds its speed well — yet when accelerating out of corners it didn’t quite have the zip of comparable ‘superbikes’.

Braking is impressive and along with a sharp and responsive handling gave me confidence to corner and descend at speed.

Look 795 bike aero frame

All of the tube profiles are designed to reduce turbulence and with the rear brake behind the bottom bracket there is no need for a brake bridge

The rear end of the bike was also pretty comfortable for an aero road bike — the seatpost’s elastomer inserts do a good job of absorbing road vibrations.

Value

Look 795 internally routed cables

The cables are internally routed through the head tube just beneath the stem

The Aerolight is unquestionably a top quality bike and when it was first released it led the way in terms of aerodynamics and integration.

However, since then the aero road market has become even more competitive — in terms of both quality and price.

Look 795 bike saddle

The test bike comes equipped with a mono-link saddle

There’s no escaping that you are paying a premium for the Aerolight. The set-up on test would set you back north of £7,000 and for that kind of money you could expect slightly higher spec wheels and Dura-Ace Di2 or equivalent Campag or SRAM.

Verdict

Buying an aero road bike makes sense for many — aerodynamics are an important factor whenever you are travelling at anything above 10mph; the weight penalty compared to a standard road bike is negligible and they are becoming more affordable. From a performance perspective the 795 is close to the very best aero road bikes on the market and with Look bikes being a rarity in the UK you can be confident your ride will stand out from the crowd at the cafe stop — even more so with the Proteam’s classic red, blue and yellow Mondrian colours made famous by the successful Look-supported La Vie Claire team of the 1980s. In theory the flexibility offered by the 795’s high level of adjustability is advantageous. However, in reality it is quite fiddly and takes time to master. Look provides a bike-fit upon purchasing the 795 from a UK dealer, which should reduce such difficulties. Lastly, the 795’s high price tag cannot be ignored. You are paying more for the exclusive Look brand

Details

Price:£4299.99 (frame, fork and crankset only)
Size tested:Large 55cm
Weight (without pedals):7.48kg/16.49lbs
Frameset:Look 795 Aerolight and HSC 8 Aero carbon fork
Gears:Shimano Ultegra Di2 11- speed, Ultegra 6800 cassette 11- 28t
Chainset:ZED 3 Look crankset; 50/34t chainset and Shimano Ultegra 6800 11- speed
Brakes:Front: Integrated Look Aero Brakes; Rear: Shimano Dura Ace direct mount 9010
Wheels:Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Exalith 23
Tyres:Mavic Yksion Pro Griplnk/Powerlink 700 x 23
Bar:Look ADH Carbon
Stem:Look Aerostem
Saddle:Selle Italia SLR Flow Monolink
Seatpost:Look E-Post 2
Size range:XS- XL
Colours:Pro Team (as pictured); Fluro Reflect; Black Reflect; and White & Red
Contact:www.fisheroutdoor.co.uk
  • Samuel Clemens

    What a travesty.

  • Hermann Titov

    I own the 795 with standard brakes and can confirm simple maintenance tasks like saddle adjustment/replacement or even moving the DI2 junction box for charging definitely require patience.

  • Stian Pollestad

    Looks great 😉

  • Andre

    I heard their integrated brakes work better than others.

  • Ragtag

    Look will not be happy that “TIME” will tell how well their bikes do 🙂