Readers’ Rigs: LOOK 795
Today’s Readers’ Rig is a look at one of the most innovative bike designs at the time, the LOOK 795. One man who has fallen completely for its unique style is PEZ fan, Peter from California and he shows us his 795 decked out with Dura Ace Di2, ENVE wheels and more.
Name/Location: Peter Schindler, California.
Bike: Look 795 Team
Groupset: Shimano Dura Ace Di2, Look ZED cranks
Wheels: ENVE 3.4 with DT Swiss 180 hubs
Pedals: Look Keo Blade
Saddle: Specialized Romin 143
Other: Arundel cages, ENVE compact bars
Weight: 15.3lbs (6.9kg)
When did you buy it?
I ordered the bike in November 2014 and received it June 2015
What made you choose this bike?
This is actually my fourth Look bike. I have had the 586, 595 and 695 previously. I like the fit and I respect the way these frames are manufactured. The reason I got the team model over the 795 Aerolight was for improved braking and ease of changing wheels. Also, I am not a fan of having a rear brake that close to the dirt and debris on the road.
What components are you running?
Shimano Dura Ace Di2 all around.
What modifications/additions have you done?
I reprogrammed the left shifter so that the big paddle moves the chain to the big ring and the small paddle moves the chain to the small ring. I also reprogrammed the climbing buttons on the handlebar so that the big button moves the chain left and the small button moves the chain right. This is more intuitive for me.
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
I typically ride about 7,000 miles a year. (11,200km)
Favorite riding area?
I have a couple of favorite routes in Santa Rosa, California. One is to take Old Redwood Highway to Faught Road and then connect to Chalk Hill. Then on to highway 128 to either Franz Valley Road or maybe continue all the way to Calistoga. The other is ride up to Healdsburg and out West Dry Creek Road to the Rockville climb which is a nice grade with some level parts and a screaming descent. Both rides offer astounding views of vineyards, redwoods and all of the beauty that makes Sonoma County one of the best cycling locations on earth.
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
The first time I did my 40 mile TT loop and went 1 mph faster at pretty much the same effort. This is a very fast bike.
If Peter looks familiar – it might be because we’ve seen him before – when he showed off his Firefly TiCarbon beauty.
Not sure what else there is to do this bike!
This is a pure racing bike. It has very fast handling, descends like Porsche and yet it is comfortable for long rides. It is great to buy the latest and greatest and actually have it exceed expectations.
Thanks to Peter for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you walk into the room just to stare at? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.