Look have overhauled their 795 Blade RS, claiming the new bike is not only faster but also more integrated and versatile than the previous version.
Gone is the slightly awkward-looking flush stem on the 795 Aerolight (read our review here), and in its place is a more traditional-looking yet fully integrated and fast front end, with internal cable routing through the stem and top tube. Look refined the aerodynamics with CFD and using the new Flanders Bike Valley independent wind tunnel, built specifically for cycling; finding that the 795 Blade RS outperformed the 785 and previous 795 models (with the Blade RS Disc just coming out on top, as you can see in the graph below).
Look also claim the fork, rear triangle and head tube have been made stiffer, and the new bridge-less 'Smooth Sword' seatstays are designed to bend slightly under compression, which allows the rear wheel to maintain constant contact with the road. Look say the optimising of traction and comfort in the rear triangle means you don't need a flexible seatpost to improve comfort, which further improves pedalling efficiency. Tyre clearance is on point with the modern trend for wider rubber, with the rim brake version taking 28mm and the disc bike allowing for up to 30mm tyres.
The bike is also versatile enough to be ran as a full time trial rig, with a clamp for a bottle cage on the seat post, easy routing to fit TT bars and a super aggressive seat tube angle. One of the models available will be a full disc brake TT bike with Ultegra Di2 shifting, and of the drop bar versions the rim brake bike is available with Dura-Ace Di2 and Corima 47 clinchers wheels, or Ultegra Di2 with Mavic Kysrium Black UST's. The disc brake version comes with Ultegra Di2 and either the Vittoria Elusion or Shimano RS 370 tubeless-ready wheelsets with 28mm tyres.
We're just waiting to hear back from Look on UK pricing and availability and will update shortly...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.