An in-depth look with video at Look’s latest super bike, the Look 596 i-pack.
The visually dramatic 596 is packed with clever engineering to help you go faster for longer. It was tested in the Formula One-standard wind tunnel at the Magny-Cours circuit in Burgundy, France. All the testing was carried out with a rider aboard and pedalling to create the most realistic conditions possible. The result of all this work was an improvement over the 496 of more than 10 per cent.
The Monoblade fork is the real highlight. Its dual connection to the cockpit strengthens the front end, improves steering response and supports the uniquely adjustable stem, but its main function is to increase the effective head tube depth while also remaining UCI-legal for Look’s sponsored road team.
The semi-monocoque construction incorporates a huge 65mm diameter bottom bracket shell into which slots the incredible full monocoque Zed crankset. The two crank arms and the axle are made as a single carbon fibre piece so it’s a very light and stiff unit.
The integrated seatmast is topped with Look’s E-post R32 cap which uses an elastomer block to absorb vibration very effectively and extend your comfort on long rides. The saddle can be slid 32mm forward or back from the post’s centre line. This build with SRAM Red and Zipps would cost £8,499.
Frame 596, VHM carbon
Fork Offset Aero
Gears SRAM Red
Brakes SRAM Red
Wheels Zipp 808/Sub 9 disc
Finishing kit Easton aerobar, Fizik Ares saddle
Price £4,999.99 (i-pack: frame, fork, seatpost, and stem)
For more information, please visit www.lookcycle.com