A Little C&V Sacrilege -- Look KG196
So, I have finished the last of my recent acquistions (following a load of divestitures) -- the Look KG 196, early to mid 90's, one of the first of the wind tunnel tested "rocket bikes" and ridden in the TdF.
The setup is a combination of 9-speed DA, Ultegra, Mavic, Scott, and 105 (levers). I have used this type of control system configuration before and like it. It is a sort of compromise that works well for rides which require me to be on the horns 50% of the time. And, when on the aerobars, it is no big deal at all to move my hand four inches to shift.
I'm still tweaking fit. Yes, the saddle is forward. This is necessary to get a better forward aero position. Also, there is a couple of cm's of offset in the seatpost because of the curve. I may go with it as is or get a Thompson 25.0mm no setback. And, because of the aero front end and fork placement, the bike is deceptively long. The ergo stem is very versatile and I'm still playing with it. And, I will probably wrap the Scott Bars in white.
This bike was never intended as a lightweight and probably comes in about about 22 lbs.
The ride is very interesting. Quick and very stable, particularly on descents. No twitchiness or harshness in the ride. And, there is no road buzz at all.
The following pics were a quick experiment in contrasts and I'm not thrilled with them. Maybe too much subjectmatter contrast. A better location for a steel Japanese bike. I need a dark, smooth and hard background, maybe even aeronautic, and will try again.