Look 785 Huez RS Disc review

Look has launched a disc-brake version of the super-light 785 Huez climbing bike with the promise of better performance on both sides of the hill

Look 785 Huez RS Disc
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Look 785 Huez RS Disc is a wonderful, elegant bike that supplies a high-quality ride experience and the top model is equipped with arguably the best disc groupset there is. However, it is at its awesome best as a pure climbing bike in the original, lighter rim-brake version.

Reasons to buy
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    Very light for a disc bike

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    Great looks

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    Perfect handling

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Reasons to avoid
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    Heavy for a climbing bike

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The original Look 785 Huez RS was the French brand's first dedicated climbing bike and it was launched on top of its namesake mountain, Alpe d’Huez, just before the 2017 Tour de France. There was so much interest in it that Look ran out of demo bikes for foreign journalists to test and I instead grovelled up the 21 famous hairpins – twice – on a spare 765, Look’s entry-level sportive bike, which weighed at least 2kg more than the 5.9kg 785 Huez RS.

However, I did get to test the Look 785 Huez RS in the UK later that year, and to make up for it I did multiple ascents of Box Hill (which fortunately has only a seventh the number of hairpins) and relished every single one.

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