Look 765 Optimum+ Metallic Blue Glossy endurance bike review

Expensive for the ride and spec - buy if you like Look as a brand and you want an endurance bike that leans towards gravel

Look 765 Optimum+ on a pink background
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The 765 Optimum+ is very expensive for the components it comes with – even in the context of other, well-established brands. There are some geometry quirks which make it quite distinct from most other endurance bikes. But that said, if you are after an endurance bike which is incredibly stable in a straight line and can fit unusually large tyres, then the Optimum+ does tick those boxes, but it comes with compromises on twisty lanes. If this is the one for you, you’ll just need to have deep pockets and a particular fondness for French engineering.

Reasons to buy
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    Masses of tyre clearance

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    Stiff frame for training efforts

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    Made in France

Reasons to avoid
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    Very expensive for the spec

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    Slow handling

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    No mudguard mounts

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Of the pantheon of iconic bike brands, there should be little debate as to whether Look is a member. Yes, it might not produce frames in the jaw-dropping quantities of Giant or Specialized, but from its Piet Mondrian inspired logo to the invention of clipless pedals and early carbon fibre frames, Look’s impact on the cycling industry is hard to understate.

But to take a step away from those aspects directly intertwined with Le Tour, the 765 Optimum+ constitutes Look’s endurance platform, designed to offer both comfort and control over long distances. It’s a package that packs quite a number of surprises, so let’s get stuck in.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg