A lightweight and competition-ready bike, accessible to all’. So says the marketing spiel of the Look 785 Huez. Which is all well and good, until you try to define competition. For some, it might mean chasing a personal best on Strava, while for others it could be pinning a number to your back. For this review, though, which is all about ultimate sportive machines, we’ll be looking at how well this bike allows you to take on a tricky day-long ride in a potentially competitive environment.
Getting the right set up on a new bike is always crucial and it’s worth noting that the 785 has a slightly longer top tube than many others. To those with long backs, this is great news, and it also meant for this test that we were able to run a Large rather than XL frame size. This size difference combined with Look’s competition-ready aspirations for the bike means that it is best described as a direct ride. Something which becomes obvious as soon as you tilt it into the first corner.
The steering is accurate and has an immediate feel to it that surpasses most other bikes. Some might find the ride stiffness and vibrations a bit too much for long events on rough British roads, but in our experience it’s something you’d get used to quickly.
Direct and responsive, the Huez lets you know just what’s happening under the Mavic Aksium Elite Disc wheels and Hutchinson Fusion 5 tires.
As you’ll surmise from the wheel choice and Look branded components, this isn’t a deluxe build, so all credit to Look’s designers who have used their budget incredibly wisely without cutting corners. Good tires, and full Ultegra Di2, including the bar-end plug charging point, are all a welcome sight.
The bike’s more competitive nature, meanwhile, is apparent from the inclusion of a semicompact chainset and 52/36 chainrings. Aesthetically speaking the Look is a real, erm, looker, too. The ‘Red Glossy’ paint job more than lives up to its name. It really pops, to combine beautifully with the simple flowing lines of the bike’s carbon tubes.
Positive ride – Offers a direct feel along with great road holding.
Wise spending – This spec offers a good balance and is easily upgradable.
Paint – Its beautiful finish gives it a high-end look.
Not so good
Comfort – On poor-quality back roads we’d want a little more comfort.
Wheels – Great hoops, but this frame deserves better.
Gearing – For sportive rides, we’d prefer to see a compact chainset included.
A fast, fun and firm ride with a paint job to die for. The 785 Huez is a brilliant bike on the right day and on the right roads, but you’ll need to be fit to make the most of it and prepared for a little pain to extract its best. That said it’ll be a steadfast companion if you’re up for it.
Size/weight: L/8.2 kg
Frame: Ultra High Modulus carbon fiber, Press Fit 86.5 BB with Monobloc Extra Light carbon fork
Groupset: Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8070
Brakes: Shimano Ultegra R8070 HRD
Chainset: Shimano Ultegra R8000, 52/36 tooth
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra R8000, 11-28
Bars/stem: L00K LS2 alloy
Saddle: Fizik Antares
Seatpost: LOOK LS2 carbon
Wheels/tires: Mavic Aksium Elite Disc/ Hutchinson Fusion 5,28c