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New build: Look 555

Old 04-14-08, 07:23 PM
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New build: Look 555

New addition to the stable:
Look 555 Med
Chorus Mix
FSA Caron Pro w/ AC Hollow BB
FSA Wing Pro Shallow
Syntace F119
FSA SLK Carbon Post
CB Quattro Sls
Shown here w/ my reference set OP CD Ceramics/WI H1s. After I get a good idea of the difference b/w my Lynskey and the Look it will either get my Topolino C19s or Ksyriums SL SSCs (all black version). As she sits I'd estimate low 16s.

The 555 is replacing my back up Kuips Abyss, It's too soon to get into a praise fest but my initial impression is very favorable. Let's just say it rides very well.



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Old 04-14-08, 08:05 PM
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nice and slick. for some reason, maybe its just the pic angles, those drops look really ovalish. sexy stuff man.
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Ooooh, pretty.
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I will own a look before I die. FACT
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Man, look at how beefy the head tube looks!
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*cough* cross chaining *cough*

Beauuuuutiful bike you have there ...
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It looks like the bars and hoods are actually tilting up? That seems uncomfortable.
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Sweet bike, what is the length of the seat post? I am trying to get my bike in the 16lb range but I still have a lot of stock stuff on the bike that might be contributing to the added weight. 16 is great though!!
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Nice job on the Look. Hot Hot Hot!
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those bars are nice. everything looks fine however the shifters do look to be a little high on the bar curvature. However it may work for your fit. nice bike.
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They have to be a little high, otherwise the curve of the hoods where the hands rest wouldn't go right with the top of the bar.
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whats the divorce rate after one of these things?
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Sweet ride!

No road pedals for you?
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wow. nice frame!
which year model is this 555?
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Originally Posted by brianallan View Post
It looks like the bars and hoods are actually tilting up? That seems uncomfortable.


Nope level, its your imagination.
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Old 04-15-08, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by DasProfezzional View Post
They have to be a little high, otherwise the curve of the hoods where the hands rest wouldn't go right with the top of the bar.


Correct.
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Old 04-15-08, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Sweet ride!



No road pedals for you?


Quattros are road pedals.
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Originally Posted by phallenthoul View Post
wow. nice frame!

which year model is this 555?


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Old 04-15-08, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by s4one View Post
Sweet bike, what is the length of the seat post? I am trying to get my bike in the 16lb range but I still have a lot of stock stuff on the bike that might be contributing to the added weight. 16 is great though!!


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My view is Look makes the best frames in the world. The 555 has such a sweet ride relative to its stiffness. You did a nice job of sizing the bike.
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Old 05-06-08, 07:53 PM
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Update

I thought I'd give an update now that I've put some significant mileage on the 555 and settled on a full time wheel set. First let me say that I think the 555 is by far the best deal in the LOOK line up. Aesthetically, only the 586 rivals it IMO (at least in the black origin color scheme). From a strictly ride stand point I can see why they discontinued the lugged 555 and the 565 and replaced it with the non-lugged 555, the ride may be the best LOOK I've ever ridden (I really considred the 585 when I baught my L3 and even prefer it over my best friends 595). Using my reference White/OPs and Open Corsa CXs, I compared it to both my Lynskey and my lugged Columbus SLX steel Titan-Swiss. The best way I can describe it is "neutral". Compared to my Lynskey and Titan, the 555 definately muted the road buzz phenomenally well, not a dead feeling just a damped effect. Handling wise, the more relaxed geo of the 555 and the outstanding HSC fork made me realize how quick handling my Lynskey is (I'm now considering a fork with a bit more rake). In regards to stiffness, the 555 is close to perfect in both the BB and HT. To me if I don't notice a lack of flex than it's not an issue and not once did I find it lacking. Was there anything I didn't like? Outside of preferring a tiny bit more slope (I'd be hard pressed to call it a compact frame) in the TT I'd say no, it's an outstanding bike. So which is my favorite? The lugged classic steel, the hand crafted USA ti, or the Euro-Asian carbon rig? Well that's hard to say, the Lynskey is not only lighter but it just plain feels faster. It's definitely a more racy feel than either the Titan or the LOOK. Additionally, the Lynskey is almost telepathic in its handling the flip side to this is in a pace line I have to pay attention 100% of the time. Also prior to installing the topolinos, I'd give the Lynskey the nod on all day comfort but now it's a toss up. I'd also give the nod to the Lynskey on fit, it not really fair as its a custom (I mention it b/c it's VERY close to stock geo) but It did take me a while to dial in the 555. So what is the 555 better at? I'd say its the better "all around" bike. It climbs well, its probably a tad bit stiffer in the HT/BB and it has a great "neutral" ride. It's going to be a great training bike. As for the lugged steel, it's a good 3 lbs. heavier there either, rides stiffer than both but can't be beat when you feel nostalgic. Well that's my 2 cents worth, I'm just darn impressed with the frame especially considering the price of the 07 overstocks.
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Old 05-06-08, 08:26 PM
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I was gonna say those wheels had a friggin lot of spokes
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