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Old 08-31-10, 12:36 PM
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Opinions on LOOK bikes?

My LBS apparently has gotten the "French Connection" because they are now carrying Look and Time bikes. I think I can get a good deal on a Rival equipped Look 566, but I can't seem to find any threads about Look or Time bikes for a rider review.
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Old 08-31-10, 12:37 PM
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Awesome bikes. Get it if you have the budget and of course, make sure it fits. I am looking for a Look frameset myself.
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Old 08-31-10, 12:44 PM
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the 566 is a nice niche bike. its billed as a "relaxed racer" typed bike. i've read a ton of reviews on the 566, as i was considering one for a while, almost all positive. i wouldnt hesitate.
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Old 08-31-10, 12:47 PM
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Get this. 2011 RXR-S. It's lustful.

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Old 08-31-10, 12:51 PM
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Looks are nice bikes. Times are a bit ridiculous. Heavy and expensive.
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Old 08-31-10, 01:11 PM
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I test rode the Look 566 with the Rival group.

It was a beautiful bike; white with red accents. The graphics are very subdued. Some European bikes are just over the top on graphics.

The 566 is a comfortable, compact frame bike and you will know this as soon as you get on it. It has a very upright riding position. Even while in the drops I felt like I was on the tops in my conventional framed road bike. Look also fitted the 566 with a compact handlebar, which made the drop position almost ridiculously high in my opinion. While riding in the drops, I kept on thinking: Why bother with the drops when you won’t get the benefit of an aero position? But for riders who have back issues, this is great. For long distance riders this would be great. I would have preferred something in between the 566’s riding position and a conventional non-sloping top tube position.

The ride is very smooth and compliant like most full carbon framed comfy road bikes. Of course it didn’t accelerate as quickly as the lighter, more racier oriented bike I test rode. The wheels were heavier but in line with the price of the bike, which as a whole probably weighed around 19 lbs. The one I test rode had a conventional crank (53/39) so I was in the 39’s for the whole ride. The Rival group was really nice but I prefer the Ultegra over it. The handling is about the same for most bikes in this class, it’s not going to hold anyone back. Overall, nothing stood out about the bike except for that upright riding position that I wasn’t used to. It wasn’t enough for me to plunk down $2.7k for it because the bike just didn’t light my fire and I think it’s because I want a more racier, faster feeling bike.
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Old 08-31-10, 04:35 PM
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I have the 2009 566 with Ultegra SL. My first real bike so I'm not complaining. It does have the "relaxed race" feel to it. The bike is quite comfortable and not as aggressive as a race bike. Never really had an issue with the Ultegra setup and the only thing that I've swapped out on the bike are the seat. I've probably logged 600-700 miles on it in a bit over 2 months and I've had no issues thus far. I picked mine up for a steal (nearly 50% off MSRP)!
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Old 08-31-10, 04:53 PM
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nice but big $$$$$........Many other cool cheaper bikes.. But they are very nice...I only I had $10K to piss away
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Old 08-31-10, 05:03 PM
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Good stuff but from what i know are the hardest to get an RMA from if something happened to the frame. Can't remember if it was here or in another forum but a guy was complaining about galvanic corrosion in the BB shell, look refused to give him an rma because galvanic corrosion is not a defect in the fabrication (**********) so now the bb shell is all lose, he cant use the bike. Just in case the bike was like 1 year or so, cant remember.

My country team got 6 track looks, all of them broke in the same place and almost at the same time period all of them (year and half), look didn't want to rma a single one arguing that was not fatigue of materials neither a fabrication problem, another guy ended up fixing them after like 5 months waiting for the darn french to say something about it and sending the frames back w/o even repairing them fro free or something.

The funny thing is that with pedals they are awesomely good, with frames looks like u have to have contacts or something.
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Old 08-31-10, 05:45 PM
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What I found unusual for the Look 566 was the frame was made in Tunisia or some North African Country/Ex-French colony and no the usual Taiwan.
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Old 08-31-10, 05:48 PM
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^^ really? I was reading somewhere that the 566 was built in Asia...

Found it: https://reviews.roadbikereview.com/bl...-bike-preview/
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Old 08-31-10, 05:51 PM
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No problems with mine after 3000 miles.
https://reviews.roadbikereview.com/bl...-bike-preview/
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Old 08-31-10, 06:04 PM
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I love mine (though maybe not what you had in mind - )!

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Old 08-31-10, 06:34 PM
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just topped 1500 miles on my 566 w SL and I love it also
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Old 08-31-10, 06:39 PM
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I have a 2010 look 566. As an older and less flexible rider I enjoy the more upright position. I built it up w/ SRAM Force with a XX rear derailleur, an 11-32 cassette and 25mm tires on HED Ardenne wheels. I finished a one week tour of SW Wisconsin on the bike averaging 6000+ feet of climbing and 90 miles/day. It was perfect for this type of riding.
It is not as stiff as a Scott CR-1 Pro that I also ride but more comfortable. A great bike, I would recommend it.
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Old 08-31-10, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
I love mine (though maybe not what you had in mind - )!

Been looking one of this ones for centuries I bet it rides nice Reynolds 531 right?
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Old 08-31-10, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
I love mine (though maybe not what you had in mind - )!

wow. better than anything i had in mind
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Old 08-31-10, 11:30 PM
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I like Look but that "kink" in the 566 top tube puts me off.
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Old 09-01-10, 02:01 AM
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Strange but I have always found LOOK to be good about warranty...maybe thats because mine were carbon and paint issues...Love mine its the 586 as was the one before that and the one before that was a 386i, with the support I have gotten I will probably stay riding LOOK's. The 596 had a engineering fault on the seat post and any in Ireland got replaced straight away if they cracked.
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Old 09-01-10, 04:29 AM
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Look bike and Time are pure awesomeness, I miss my chance to get my hand dirty on one of those LOOK KG196 with campy athena all over it, the bike sold for a unbelievable 300$ on eBay. What a pitty that time, I wish that I had more moneys.
Many of look and Time bikes are actually made in different country than Asian one. The look KG196 is just a lust bike. REGRET. sniff, sniff!
Other newer bikes is also very great, I love to have one some day.
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Old 09-01-10, 04:36 AM
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Oh and yeah, there is another one on eBay:
https://cgi.ebay.com.au/LOOK-Carbon-K...?pt=Road_Bikes

it is really nice, no it is not my list, but it would make a nice racing bike.
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Old 09-01-10, 06:01 AM
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^^ Love the sig. That was a classic thread.
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Old 09-01-10, 06:28 AM
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Funny sig, but my god man, please resize it.
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Old 09-01-10, 09:39 PM
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Look makes great bikes. I ride a 555, the predecessor to the 566. I tried Madones, Roubaix, Tarmac, Super Six, a couple of Giants and an Orbea (can't recall the model). I ended up with the Look. Many in my regular riding group ride Trek Madones, but an increasing number are moving to Look. We have a couple of 566s, and the most recent addition was a 585. When it's time to replace mine, a 585 or whatever their top of the line lugged frame is at the time will get first consideration. An anecdote about Look: a friend's dad, who is a very successful lawyer, got a 566 because of a back problem. He liked the slightly upright geometry. He was so impressed with the frame, he took it back to the LBS and had them install a full Super Record group on the 566. Perhaps a little overkill, but a testament to the quality of even their lowest level model.
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Old 09-01-10, 09:43 PM
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I have first generation Look pedals on my Ciocc. Good stuff!
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