Lighter and More Aerodynamic, The 2014 Look 695 AeroLight Sees Improvements in Braking Power and Gets a Sweet New Look
The Look 695 Aerolight utilizes a much thinner carbon than last year, dropping from a 3K weave to a 1.5K weave. Even though the frame is lighter, the guys at Look managed to keep the riding characteristics basically unchanged.
The C-Stem has a new name: The AeroStem. It has a rounded aerodynamic design, with a slim frontal profile to minimize exposure to the wind. Look also says they've dropped the weight by 20g compared to the 695's C-Stem.
The front brake cable into the stem, down the head tube and comes out of the fork. "That makes the cleanest integrated solution seen in the triathlon market to date. Though the adjustability is not as easy as other integrated braking systems, LOOK used a dual-lever, linear pull system that to compensate. The outer lever sits flush with the fork to optimize aerodynamics and is used to make cable adjustments, while the inner lever operates the brake and can be adjusted independently according to rim width.
The rear brake cable is run down the frame, keeping with the aerodynamic theme of the bike. The front and rear brake are a combined 20% increase over a standard brake caliper.
Meanwhile, the integrated E-Post, a feature of the existing 695, has an aero flavor and all cables run internally. The frame is compatible with both mechanical and electronic groupsets, plus it is able to accomodate Shimano and Campagnolo's new internal batteries in the seatpost and seattube respectively.
The combination of the Aerolight's integrated brakes, AeroStem and internal cable routing means the frameset is three percent more aerodynamic than the existing 695 - a 'huge percentage' in aerodynamic terms, according to LOOK." - George Scott, RoadCyclingUK.com
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