The LOOK 785 Huez RS Disc wants it all. It wants to get to the top as fast as it can but also smash the Strava rankings on the downhill. The French gifted their Bergsprinter with a set of disc brakes and a number of clever details. Here are all the info you need to have.
Disc brakes usually allow us to descend with more control and generally just faster. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. Narrow corners and steep sections don’t feel as daunting and you have more fun riding. That’s exactly why the LOOK team developed the 785 Huez RS Disc: the disc version of LOOKS climbing specialist promises to give you the best of both worlds.
It’s a bit the same as when you’re cooking — only the right ingredients will make a great meal. That’s why Look relies on the same five carbon types for their disc version as they do with the 785 Huez. High modulus carbon fibre delivers stiffness in the right places and more flexibility in others — a more flexible carbon fibre makes this possible. According to Look’s engineers they use the optimal material for each section of the frame and can therefore guarantee top mountain- performance.
To optimize stiffness and braking force-absorption LOOK uses 12mm removable axles with MAVIC Speed-Release System for their 785 Huez RS Disc. This should help you to minimize the removal and installation of the wheels. The system allows you to remove the wheel completely from the frame or fork without removing the axle. All you have to do is loosen the axle with a 5 mm Allen key — but only until you reach the end of the one-sided thread. Since the opposite side of the frame or fork is open at the bottom the wheel can now easily be removed.
The flat mount disc-brake standard is a popular choice on road bikes: no wonder LOOK has used it on their 785 Huez RS Disc.
|Model||785 Disc RS Huez SRAM RED ETAP Wireless HRD||785 Disc RS Huez SHIMANO Ultegra Di2||785 Disc RS Huez SHIMANO Ultegra|
|Frame||785 Disc RS Huez||785 Disc RS Huez||785 Disc RS Huez|
|Wheels||Vittoria Elusion Carbon 30 mm WS||Mavic Ksyrium Disc||Mavic Ksyrium Disc|
|Shifting||SRAM RED eTap, 52/36, 11–28T||Shimano Ultegra Di2, 50/34, 11–32T||Shimano Ultegra mechanisch, 50/34, 11–32T|
|Brakes||SRAM RED HRD, 160/140 mm||Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic Disc, 160/160 mm||Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic Disc, 160/160 mm|
|Saddle||Prologo Dimension Tirox||Fizik Antares R7||Fizik Antares R7|
|Tires||Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance, 700X28c||Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance, 700X28c||Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance, 700X28c|
With the new 785 Huez RS Disc Look presents a really interesting bike. If the frame weight is the same as the non-disc version it should be able to climb like a world champion – and ride even faster on descents thanks to its disc brakes. We are looking forward to a first test!
More information can be found on the Look-Website.
Words: Noah Haxel Photos: Benjamin Topf