Look 566 review

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£3500

Look 566

BikeRadar verdict

60.0 out of 5 stars

"Super comfortable, distance-friendly aristocrat albeit at a flex and cost premium"

Friday, July 22, 2011 4.00pm By

The clipless pedal pioneer is equally innovative with its aspirational composite bike frames. This distinctive looking mile-eater is more affordable than most in the range, but you’re still paying a premium for taking a Look.

While it’s sold as a complete bike on the Continent, the 566 is only available as a frameset in the UK. The full Force groupset courtesy of SRAM and Look distributor Fisher is a great value, lightweight setup with hoods that both Campagnolo and Shimano fans found comfortable. The S30 wheels are a decent long distance-friendly set too.

The kinked up top-tube is a current Look signature touch, but on the 566 it sits behind a taller than typical head-tube for a more upright riding position. In fact, the whole frameset is tuned for maximum comfort. The top-tube thins out to wafer depth behind the kink before curving into the seatstay wishbone the far side of the skinny seatpost. The stays have flattened centre sections and the thick upper fork leg tapers to alloy tips. The net result of all this narrowness is smoothness and serene comfort as though you’re riding on big soft tyres.

The short reach and tall head-tube give a very comfortable riding position that lets you take in the views while pedalling. unlike some of the race-orientated Looks we’ve ridden, the handling is relatively easy and relaxed. This all makes it perfectly suitable for social mileage or surviving rather than scorching around sportives.

Despite the big box section down-tube and wishbone box behind the bottom bracket promising decent power delivery, there’s a definite dullness and lag when you stamp on the pedals, though. Even when we swapped lighter wheels into the equation it’s definitely more malleable than muscular. While the overall bike weight is relatively light, the frame itself is still heavier than you’d expect for the skinny tubes and fat price tag, which reduces featherweight upgrade potential.

There’s also a fair amount of twist through the skinny top end if you start wrestling with the USE bar, and overall tracking accuracy becomes vague when you start taking the tyres towards their limit. But if you’re more into a ride akin to putting your feet up than trying to get your knee down, the Look is definitely one of the more comfortable cruisers we’ve ridden.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.

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Specification

Name:
566 (11)
Brand:
Look
Price:
£3500

Description:
Sizes: 49, 51, 53, 55, 57cm
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM GXP external cartridge
Brakes:
SRAM Force
Cassette:
SRAM Force 11-25, 10-speed
Chain:
SRAM Force
Cranks:
SRAM Force 50/34 rings, 172.5mm crank arms
Fork:
Look 566 full carbon, 1 1/8in steerer
Fork Weight:
360
Frame Material:
Look 566 full carbon, replaceable gear hanger.
Frame Weight:
1230
Front Derailleur:
SRAM Force
Front Wheel Weight:
1120
Handlebar:
USE alloy 400mm
Head Angle:
72.5
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM Force
Rear Wheel Weight:
1510
Rims:
SRAM S30 AL, 18 radial front, 20 2-cross rear spokes
Saddle:
Fizik Arione CX
Seat Angle:
73.5
Seatpost:
uSE Sumo alloy
Shifters:
SRAM Force
Stem:
uSE Atom 110mm, oversize bar clamp
Weight (kg):
7.35
Weight (lb):
16.2
Bottom Bracket Height (cm):
27
Chainstays (cm):
41
Seat Tube (cm):
45
Standover Height (cm):
76.7
Top Tube (cm):
54.2
Wheelbase (cm):
99.8

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