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INTERBIKE 2009 – Look Cycles was showing off several new track bikes, some that won’t ever see the florescent light of day at your local shop, some that are meant for elite racers and the new aluminum ALP 496 that should be showing up under hipsters with real jobs soon.
The bike above falls into the first category, but shows off how sweet the new bikes look, and it’s not that far off from the full carbon 596 Track bicycle that you buy…assuming you’re pretty serious about racing the planks, it’s $10,999.99. Fortunately, the frame on the 596 is the same shape and weight and has many of the same features as the 596 Track, but comes in at less than half the price, and comparatively, the aluminum ALP 496 frameset is a bargain.
Hit more to see them all with specs, pricing and details…
Unfortunately the 596 Track is a bit out of blurry, but the frame looks identical to the 596 aero bike further down in this post. Ã‚Â If you squint real hard, the pictures looks sharper.
The 596 Track gets VHM (Very High Modulus) carbon, whereas the 596 aero bike “only” gets HM carbon with some High Resistance carbon thrown into the mix. Ã‚Â The Track model comes standard with Look’s ZED integrated, one-piece crankset/bottom bracket combo, the Keo ZED Carbon Ti pedals and integrated seatpost.
The 596 Track includes Look’s integrated steerer tube / stem, too. Ã‚Â It’s an option on the 596 aero bike.
For 2010, the 596 is available with a normal steerer tube or Look’s integrated steerer tube/stem combo.
For $4,800 you get the frame, fork, headset and seatpost. Ã‚Â It also includes the bottom bracket adapter cup so you can upgrade to their lightweight ZED crankset if you want:
The extra space around the BB axle is where the ZED goes. Ã‚Â Notice how the massive downtube carries its shape directly through the bottom bracket then swoops into the chainstays.
The 596 frame has internal cable routing. Ã‚Â While not as smart as the cable guides on the Look 566 Origin we reviewed, they did place some small logo’d bumpers on the head tube to keep the cable guides from rubbing the frame.
The bike has a very narrow frontal profile, with aerodynamics aided by the external steerer tube assembly.
Look’s signature bent top tube probably comes close to irritating the UCI on the 596, but Look claims all of their bikes are in compliance.
The 596 is available as a frameset only.
2010 LOOK ALP 464 TRACK BIKE
The new ALP 464 combines an aluminum frame with a carbon fork and is sold as a frameset only for $799.
The ALP 464 is Look’s answer to those looking for a recreational or “entry level” track racing frame and, they admit, for the fixie crowd.
The tear drop shaped downtube gives the bike a bit of aerodynamics while creating a larger weld area to connect the seat tube/bottom bracket and headtube.
Very classy looking replaceable sliding dropouts give you quite a range of adjustment for wheelbase length.
This was a prototype. Ã‚Â The production versions will have brake mount holes. Ã‚Â They should be available by the end of the year.
While not new from Interbike, Look’s new carbon nano-blade pedals are pretty cool, so here’s a few more photos. Ã‚Â You can check out all the specs in our prior post.
The pedals have a full carbon body with very minimal material. Ã‚Â There are two blade options for different levels of engagement effort and retention force.
There’s a metal contact plate to keep your cleats from wearing into the pedal, but other than that and the axles and bearings (and that little pivot bole), they’re pretty much all composites.