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EB16: Look Keo Power pedals see double, plus new 765 HM and 765 Disc road bikes

2017 Look Keo Power meter pedals with ANT-plus and Bluetooth data transmission
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2017 Look 765 HM hi-mod lightweight carbon fiber road bike

For 2017, Look has revamped their 765 endurance road bike line, adding the 765 HM (hi-mod) lightweight racer and 765 Disc, which gets disc brakes and thru axles.

The 765 HM pops out of the same molds as the standard version, borrowing the design from the 695, but upgrades the carbon fibers throughout to higher modulus ones. That maintains the stiffness needed but drops weight, but it’s also blended with their flax linen fibers to improve ride quality by reducing vibrations. The combo is called CarboFlax, and it’s used on all three versions of the 765.

Check out the bikes and their new Keo Power Dual, which adds ANT+ capability and more nifty updates to their first gen power meter pedals…

2017 Look 765 HM hi-mod lightweight carbon fiber road bike

Compared to their race bikes, the 765 uses 20mm taller head tubes and 10mm shorter top tube. That, plus slightly longer stays, gives it a more comfortable fit over the long haul. It’s mech/elec drivetrain ready. Claimed weight is 990g for a size medium frame, which they say is 300-400g lighter than the standard 765. Fork is 330g. Three complete bike builds will be offered – SRAM Red eTap (7kg), Shimano Ultegra Di2 (7.21kg), and Shimano Ultegra (7.28kg). Pricing TBD.

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The 795 Disc takes the standard mod and flax linen construction and updates it for disc brakes. That means flat mount and thru axles, an 1150g frame weight and clearance for 30mm tires. They’re calling that “gravel light”, which indicates its intended use is more for unkempt pavement than full-on dirt roads.

2017 Look 765 Disc brake carbon fiber road bike

It keeps the 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ tapered steerer, but the left fork leg is oversized and reinforced for the brake. Fork weight is claimed at 370g.

2017 Look 765 Disc brake carbon fiber road bike

The 30mm tires should have plenty of breathing room.

2017 Look 765 Disc brake carbon fiber road bike

2017 Look 765 Disc brake carbon fiber road bike

Both the HM and Disc bikes use a PF30 bottom bracket and internally routed cables.

2017 Look 765 Disc brake carbon fiber road bike

Thin 27.2 seatposts should further the efforts at being comfortable.

2017 Look 765 Disc brake carbon fiber road bike

Thru axles complete the picture. Like the HM, it’s mech/elec ready and comes in three models. Shown above is the Pro Team version with Ultegra Di2 (8.65kg).

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There’s also a Shimano 105-equipped version (8.9kg)…

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…and this  nifty flat bar urban edition with SRAM Apex 1 (8.8kg).

2017 Look Keo Classic 3 entry level clipless pedals

For pedals, the big news is the updated power-measuring version, but we’ll start with this: The new Keo Classic 3 brings their clipless pedal design down a price peg and replaces the Keo Classic 2. They get a wider, slightly shorter footprint with a large 50mm wide, 400mm² platform and full composite body. Weight is claimed at 140g per pedal, or 348g for the pair with cleats. Retail is €44.90.

2017 Look Keo Power meter pedals with ANT-plus and Bluetooth data transmission

2017 Look Keo Power meter pedals with ANT-plus and Bluetooth data transmission

We spotted these as rough prototypes at Paris-Nice this year, and now they’re official. The original model was a collaboration with Polar and was Bluetooth only. The new Keo Power pedals transmit in both Bluetooth and ANT+, making them compatible with a much, much wider range of head units. They kept Bluetooth on board because it lets them pair with Polar devices and their own app, which kicks back more detailed pedaling dynamics:

2017 Look Keo Power meter pedals with ANT-plus and Bluetooth data transmission

The Bluetooth connection actually transmits more types of data, including Force, Dead Points, and Min/Max Force. Pairing it with a compatible cycling computer lets you see individual power output for each leg, cadence, power balance and the other usual power numbers.

2017 Look Keo Power meter pedals with ANT-plus and Bluetooth data transmission

2017 Look Keo Power meter pedals with ANT-plus and Bluetooth data transmission

The update also improved the design, making installation much quicker and easier…as well as making them rechargeable. The original needed to be zip-tied onto the crank arms. The new ones use a sliding collar to clamp them into place. The grooves visible on the back ratchet the retaining arm into place so it won’t slide up or off while riding, but are easy enough to remove for charging…

2017 Look Keo Power meter pedals with ANT-plus and Bluetooth data transmission

…on their own USB charging cradle.

2017 Look Keo Power meter pedals with ANT-plus and Bluetooth data transmission

The power hardware adds just 150g, and you can get it as the full Dual system with both sides (€1,490), or order it as a kit with left-side power only (€890) and get a standard right side pedal, then add right side power (€790) as you’re ready. Presumably, if you already have Look Keo pedals, you could just add the right side and save €100. And if you already own the first generation Keo Power pedals, you can have your authorized Look dealer upgrade the system to capture new metrics and be closer in performance to V2.

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dan
dan
6 years ago

Isn’t LOOK pricing themselves out of the pedal power meter market (not to mention the likes of C1 chainrings)?

Rixter
Rixter
6 years ago

I had hoped LOOK would have come out with a PM that was a little more elegant and less expensive than what they did release

Astiz
Astiz
6 years ago

1490€??? give me a power2max or similar……

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

So ‘gravel lite’ is meant for ‘unkempt pavement’? In the parts of the world I ride, ‘unkept pavement’ is rutted, cracked, seamed and broken asphault that’s also full of potholes – far more jarring, abusive, and destructive than any unpaved roads might be. ‘Gravel’ roads meanwhile tend to be rather predictable hardpack dirt – and while yes, sandy/gravel strewn or muddy – certainly not as potentially damaging to a carbon bike as the unkempt route. Perhaps the adjective and hyperbole over-sell of niche-ing bike markets to death is at play here, but it’s unsold me on anything you want to call ‘gravel lite’.

E
E
6 years ago

We don’t need another high priced power meter option…we need more lower priced options.

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