Look 796 Monoblade
***Available Jun 22nd, 2016
Aerodynamism Reaches New Height
Look invented the offset fork in 1990. The 196 launched in 1991 has been adapted and improved over the years to become the fantastic L96, the velodrome formula 1.
This system, which permits a very fine steering and fork assembly has often been copied by attentive fellow makers with variable success.
The objective of company research over the last few years was to create a new standard retaining the advantages of the offset fork whilst improving some negative points of this system.
An objective that is perfectly obtained by the 796, which represents all the Look values: vision, daring, perseverance and technological mastery.
The front view of the 796 is arresting: How did they arrive at this extreme finesse?
The fork and bicycle assembly fuses into a blade that appears to cut effortlessly through the air.
This has not been very simple to achieve but the 796 Monoblade is there and definitely merits its name.
The 796 Monoblade brings together numerous innovations pushing integration to its highest. The frame (in very high modulus carbon and ultra light 1.5K carbon layers) and its components have been developed together to optimise their compatibility and their penetration coefficient. LOOK has involved aerodynamicists in all stages of development of the frame and its accessories and validated all its innovations in a digital and physical wind tunnel to bring you the last word in aerodynamic terms.
The 796 is the ultimate weapon for all competitions where aerodynamics preponderate, such as triathlon or time trials.
Through the development of adjustable components, the 796 Monoblade succeeds in adapting to both these disciplines, which nevertheless require different positions for the cyclist:
The reversible handlebar permits 2 starter heights; the arm rests and extensions can be adjusted in height, depth, separation and geometry.
2 reversible seat clamps are available (long head or short head) permitting a wide range of saddle angle adjustment (see table below)
The ZED 3 crankset allows 9 crank lengths, from 155 mm to 175 mm. This special feature will delight triathletes or time trial cyclists wishing to reduce crank length for certain competitions.
For a dozen years, LOOK has chosen to develop its own components in conjunction with its frames. The result is a consistent, optimized, aerodynamic assembly giving the best response to your needs. The 796 Monoblade includes a record number of adjustable components: ZED3 crankset, AEROPOST seatpost, AERO FLAT STEM stem, AEROFLAT BAR reversible handlebar and MONOBLADE fork with integrated brakes… LOOK is currently the only one possessing the experience and know-how necessary to offer you such an accomplished set.
The new version of the ZED crankset retains all the advantages of its predecessor (unequalled weight/stiffness ratio, the monobloc design giving it its Z shape, trilobe technology to vary the crank length) whilst being more aerodynamic.
This new model is available in three sizes to adapt to all body shapes and all uses. For greater easy of use it is no longer necessary to remove the bearings during removal.
THE AERO FLAT STEM has been designed to be in perfect alignment with the horizontal tube.
It comprises 2 parts: a bottom part, which surrounds half the steerer tube and a top part that can sandwich the bar. The cross section of the link between the stem and the bar is flat so as to offer the finest possible aero attack edge. This very special design also increases the lateral stiffness of the cockpit whilst retaining a certain vertical flexibility that improves comfort. Cable housing and electrical harness routing is completely integrated: they pass into the bar, then into the stem and, for the front brake, into the steerer tube.
With its AERO FLAT STEM the 796 Monoblade accepts a carbon LOOK AERO FLAT BAR handlebar specifically developed to offer a wide range of adjustment to permit you to achieve the most comfortable position.
Beyond the aesthetics provided by its perfect integration, it guarantees rigidity and stable steering for optimum riding accuracy.
The ‘’starter’’ part of the bar is reversible and allows 2 heights variable by 50 mm to be offered. The elbow rests and extensions are also height adjustable, from 0 to 80 mm every 5 mm, using a carbon extension called the ‘’bridge’’, available for triathlon oriented positions. The Bridge also includes a support for fixing a bottle between the triathlete’s arms. 2 types of extensions are available: straight or curved.
The new MONOBLADE fork has a revolutionary design that flows from two major patented LOOK innovations. The first is its ultra-fine through steerer tube, a technical feat, which has been reduced to 19 mm diameter for a head tube only 25 mm wide (the min. authorised by the UCI)! This solution allows the aerodynamics to be retained in all conditions in contrast to the traditional offset fork. In the event of extreme shock, in an accident for example, a safety stop is provided between the fork and the frame. During major deformation of the fork this «supports itself» on an area provided for this on the frame.
Second innovation, the AEROBRAKE 2 integrated brake. Located in the centre of the fork arm, in a window shaped housing, the stirrup disappears completely into the fork to provide the best possible aerodynamics.
The rear brake is to the SHIMANO DIRECT MOUNT standard, it is located under the chainstays and so presents integrated cable routing passing into the down tube and under the bottom bracket.
So that nothing should compromise the bike’s aerodynamics, all the cables and cable housings are routed internally, passing within the handlebar, stem and frame. No cable housing is visible from outside.
Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Groupset Specifications
|FRAME / FORK||796 Monoblade/Monoblade fork|
|SEAT POST||Look Aeropost|
|CRANKSET||Zed 3 BB 65- Look chain rings 53x39t|
|CASSETTE||Shimano Dura Ace 9000 11s 11-28|
|BRAKES / SHIFT LEVERS||Shimano Dura Ace Di2 TT 9071 2x11|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9070 11s|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||Shimano Dura Ace 9070 Braze-On Di2|
|CHAIN||Shimano Dura Ace HG900|
|BRAKE CALIPER||Look Integrated Aerobrake 2
Shimano Dura Ace Direct Mount BR9010
|HANDLEBAR||Look Carbon Aerobar|
|STEM||Look AeroFlat stem carbon|
|BAR TAPE||Look Grip tape|
|PEDALS||Look Keo Blade 2|
|WHEELS||Mavic Cosmic Elite 23|
|TIRES||Mavic Yksion Elite 23c|
|ACCESSORIES||Bike cover, Di2 charger|