We got an early tease behind glass of Looks’s new gravel bike last summer, based on their carbon 765 endurance road bikes. Carrying over that hi-mod frameset construction in a new more integrated design, the Look 765 Gravel RS becomes a high-performance machine set to take on any road surface, and a lot of off-road too…
Look 765 Gravel RS carbon gravel race bike
The RS “Racing Sport” moniker for Look’s new gravel bike is no mistake. Designed to have lightweight efficiency & responsive handling, the new 765 Gravel RS is designed to keep up with traditional road race bikes on smooth tarmac, but still off a predictable ride when you take off onto loose surfaces.
Look wanted their new gravel bike to bleed versatility, able to race when needed, capable for ultra-endurance mixed-surface riding, and ready to strap on some bikepacking bags yo head out on an adventure. Riding gravel is a lot about blurring the edges of where to ride a drop bar bike, and the 765 Gravel RS “ultimately wants to replace every other bike” in your stable, so you can just hop on and ride, no matter the route or destination.
The new 765 Gravel RS is this a UCI-approved frame that can be raced from road to gravel, even for some cyclocross. It gets quick handling all-around geometry and comes in five stock frame sizes (XS-XL).
765 Gravel RS tech details
The construction of the 765 Gravel RS is really a mix of carbon fibers with a layup of 29% high modulus, 46% intermediate modulus, 10% high resistance, and the last 15% specific fibers that offer targets reinforcement, flex & extra strength at key locations. All that comes to a reasonably lightweight, but durable setup, a claimed 1200g for the frame plus 390g for the fork.
It features 3D Wave seatstays designed to flex for comfort, with varying profiles throughout, narrowed at either end to control movement.
Look claims the design permits 15% extra vertical movement without sacrificing lateral stability over a conventional design, not even counting the standard 27.2mm seatpost. Of course seatstay flex adds comfort, but for gravel racing it also improves rear wheel grip & control.
The new gravel bike also gets 420mm asymmetric, dropped driveside chainstays. That makes room for a 1x or road double chainring setups, and 700c or 650b wheel options. With 700c wheels you get room for up to 40mm tires, or up to 650x55mm (27.5 x 2.15″).
The bike’s core gets a big, stiff junction around the PF 386 EVO BB, connected to the short chainstays & oversized downtube for predictable handling and efficient power transfer.
Up front the tapered headtube opens at the sides into direct opening s to internal routing ports, and is topped off with a dropped, integrated headset-to-stem design that offers low stack or a decent look with matching spacers. Look specs the bikes with wide gravel-specific handlebars with a tiny bit of flare in the drops.
The bikes is of course disc brake specific, with flat mount brakes compatible with 140 or 160mm rotors, and uses Mavic SpeedRelease 12mm thru-axles, sharing a single hollow-design lever. The bike is outfitted to haul plenty of water for ultra distance racing, with bosses for four bottle cages (and two position mounts on both the seat & downtubes), plus an additional toptube set of bag/bento bosses.
Pricing & availability
The new Look 765 Gravel RS is available from today through regular Look Cycling dealers, and is offered in three complete bike builds builds and three colors: green, gray, or black. The most affordable is the 3600€ Look 765 Gravel RS 105 with a Shimano 105 road compact double at 9.3kg,…
…then a similar but up-spec’ed 9kg 765 Gravel RS Ultegra for 4000€.
Or the top-spec 8.7kg bike is the 4300€ Look 765 Gravel RS Force 1x single ring mechanical 11-speed build. All of the bikes share the same hi-mod carbon frame & fork, and stock 700c wheels with 37mm WTB Riddler gravel tires.
Interestingly, Look also has a Fazua-powered e-bike version of the 765 Gravel RS as well.