The Look 695 Aerolight…
“While it was hard for me to get lost in the nostalgia of the Mondrian throwback colours, it’s easy to appreciate the incredible quality of finish on this bike. For me the Aerolight leaves little to be desired aesthetically: the brake calipers are hidden, as are the electronic cables, the crank is an obvious extension of this bike’s focus on integration, and the Mavic wheels are a perfect match. Even though it’s Greg Chalberg who gets to assess the details of all the test bikes both inside and out, I felt safe to assume that the standard of detail applied to all aspects of the bike was in keeping with the price tag.”
– Read all of Dan Bonello’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #62.
RIDE Image Gallery…
Click the image below to view more images of the Look 695 Aerolight.
Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…
• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.
• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.
• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.
• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.
• Full specification listing…
The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.
Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Look 695 Aerolight:
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There are now 17 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 101 bikes.
RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.