New Look 796 Monoblade TT bike has ultra-skinny front profile

The standout feature of the 796 Monoblade is its very narrow head tube. At only 25mm wide, it is on the UCI’s minimum limit for head tube width. The steerer tube itself is some 19mm in diameter.

Ultra-narrow head tube uses Look proprietary steerer

The stem and bars too are designed to present a very low cross-section, while still providing a broad range of adjustment both to the bar height and the elbow rests and extensions. Look claims that the flat stem ensures side-to-side rigidity while providing some vertical flex to improve rider comfort. There’s a built-in support for attaching a bottle centrally between the rider’s arms.

All cables are routed through the bars and stem

All cables are routed through the bars and stem

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.