Look KG196 Monoblade Road Bicycle 1996

Look KG196 Monoblade Road Bicycle 1996

Iconic and fast frame. Shimano Dura-Ace. Cosmic wheels. Great condition.

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ID 23109
Marke Look
Size 59 cm i

Description

In road cycling, pretty much everyone knows Look. This French company started its fruitful history long time ago in 1951. Its founder and passionate skier Jean Beyl once broke his leg coming down a steep slope. Naturally, he blamed the rigid foot to ski connection for the torn meniscus and eventually changed sports history. Some years after he developed the first safety ski bindings, a technology which later revolutionized road cycling.

in the late 80s, the company was known not just for its pedals, but also for their top level carbon composite frames. Look was bringing several new high-tech stuff to the pro peloton, but when the Look KG196 Monoblade was introduced in 1990, it was a revelation.

This carbon monocoque frame was not just stunning, it was also brimming with innovative solutions. Creating a frame from a single mould was groundbreaking, but also very challenging. From the beginning, it was difficult to produce the frames in high volumes, different sizes and the whole manufacturing process was very very expensive. But it allowed for more complex shape and riding characteristics changes then ever.

To achieve the best aerodynamics, the shape had to be radical with a massive down tube and bottom bracket area. The seat stays create small "shoulders" to better channel the air around the rear brake. And of course the party piece - the first integrated fork. The straight bladed carbon fork is connected to the frame by a single pivot and an elastomer vibration dampening elements.

The result was incredibly stiff frame with excellent power transfer, great aerodynamics for that time and stunning looks. No wonder that the professional teams Once and Festina were using these frames in early 90s and such riders like Laurent Jalabert or Alex Zülle used them for flat stages.

Our KG196 is equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace parts with Mavic Cosmic wheels or the original Look saddle. The integrated Look Ergostem, which is adjustable beyond belief is part of the equipment too. 

There is not a lot of these iconic machines out there and this one is in exceptionally good condition on top. Great opportunity to enlarge your cycling collection or just to enjoy the utter stiffness on a fast ride.

 

Our bike is size 59 according to Look, please, check the geometry chart.

Condition Used
The bicycle is in very good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. The paintwork and decals are all original with some signs of usage like small scratches. All parts have been checked and are working fine. The bicycle went through a full checkup at Steel Vintage Bikes workshop! Parts were disassembled, cleaned and re-assembled again. The frame was checked for structural integrity and all wearing parts were replaced with new ones. You can expect the bicycle in great riding condition and ready to go for your vintage bike ride.

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Marke Look
Product Name Look KG196 Monoblade Road Bicycle 1996
Bicycle Type Road Bicycle
On Auction No
Frame & Fork Look KG196 Monoblade - carbon monocoque frame, carbon integrated fork
Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace
Front Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace STI 8-speed
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace
Brake Levers Shimano Dura-Ace
Headset Look KG196 integrated
Crankset Shimano Dura-Ace; 172.5 mm; 52/39
Bottom Bracket Shimano Dura-Ace
Seat Post aero alloy
Hubs Mavic Cosmic; 8-speed; 21/12 ratio Dura-Ace cassette
Rims Mavic Cosmic; 700C tubulars
Tires Tufo S33 Pro; 622/21 tubulars NEW
Stem Look Ergostem 196
Stem Bar Modolo 8Q Even; 40 cm
Seat Look by San Marco
Chain Sunrace hard plated NEW
Handlebar Tape Cork tape NEW
Pedals Shimano 6401 by Look

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Size

Size 59 cm
Seat Tube 59 cm
Top Tube 58 cm
Head Tube 16 cm
Standover 82 cm
Calculate my size Recommended inseam length: 80.5 cm - 83.5 cm