LOOK launches E-765 Optimum E-Road Bike

LOOK have announced the arrival of the e-765 Optimum e-bike, the first e-road bike to be produced by the French brand, with ambassador and the last French winner of the Tour de France Bernard Hinault among the first to receive a model.

The e-765 Optimum bike represents a brand new direction for LOOK, utilising the marque’s unrivalled carbon expertise and marrying it to the excellence of an integrated Fazua motor and battery system. The e-765 Optimum is made entirely in-house, and as a result carries with it LOOK’s potent performance DNA alongside the convenience of electrical assistance.

At the core is a fully-fledged carbon performance road bike – the carbon frame is made up of specifically optimised fibres laid up into an endurance-bred geometry that allows the e-road bike to meet the needs of its rider; stiffness and responsiveness where it’s required balanced by compliance and durability. With these ultra-precise fibre orientations – 25 per cent high modulus, 31 per cent intermediate modulus, 31 per cent high resistance and 13 per cent specific fibre – it is now possible to achieve a high level of performance, with a firm focus on practicality.

The frame’s seatstays are an important source of innovation – created using a new ‘3D Wave’ design that incorporates two deflections into the tubes, LOOK’s engineers have built an extra 15 per cent vertical compliance into the rear triangle of the e-765 Optimum, compared to a standard carbon construction, resulting in a comfortable all-day ride.

The integrated Direct Drive headset system and oversized bottom bracket area offer up intuitive and direct handling as well as plenty of stiffness – even for five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault – and super-efficient power transfer so that every pedal stroke is maximised. This combination of endurance geometry and strategically-optimised carbon frame design makes the e-765 Optimum equally exciting and easy to ride.
Meanwhile, the e-765 Optimum’s neatly integrated Fazua motor and battery system produces assistance without disrupting the aesthetic of the bike.

Fazua’s motor and battery system is world-renowned for its integrated and lightweight design – the motor and battery adds just 4.6kg to the overall weight of the bike, with the entire machine weighing an average of 13.4kg. The motor will assist riders up to 25km/h, with four modes possible including a 400W ‘rocket mode’ selectable through the handlebar-mounted remote, while the system offers minimal resistance through the bottom bracket when rolling at faster speeds and on zero assistance mode. The pedalling sensation feels just like a non electrically-assisted bike thanks to the optimised weight distribution the Fazua system enables.
The close partnership between Fazua and LOOK has enabled the French brand to research their own power mapping profile for the electronic control unit, developed for optimum performance in a road riding situation following a year-long study into rider habits by LOOK.

The Fazua system has an integrated app, which allows the rider to turn your smartphone into a fully-functional bike computer, including GPS navigation, speed recording, as well as providing metrics on how they are using their battery power and motor, and temperature readings. Plus, the electrical system is completely detachable, converting the e-765 Optimum into an ordinary pedal-powered road bike.

Bernard Hinault, five-time Tour de France Champion and LOOK Ambassador, said: “When the LOOK teams first spoke to me of their desire to develop an electric road bike made of carbon, I must say that I was surprised. However, the time spent engaging in the design process alongside the engineers, and in particular the first few pedal strokes on the e-765 Optimum convinced me immediately!

“It is a genuine revolution for any cyclist – I would never have believed they could retain all of the sensations of a 100% muscle-driven bike. It has become my benchmark bike!”

Frederic Caron, LOOK Bike Product Manager, said: “We are incredibly proud to launch the e-765 Optimum with French cycling legend Bernard Hinault today. When we decided to enter the e-road market, we wanted to blend the convenience and practicality of electronic assistance with our unrivalled carbon expertise, and the result is the e-765.

“We have sought to preserve the performance DNA that comes at the core of every LOOK road bike while building in comfort and Fazua’s excellent battery and motor system. And, by working with Bernard to optimise the design of the bike, we have been successful in producing an e-road bike that will meet the needs of even the keenest rider.”

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