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The one pc Carbon ZED cranks adheres to its own standard "BB 65"

The carbon monobloc C Stem

The action not only changes height but can also do length

At 295g and one pc monobloc the HSC7 sets a new standard

LOOK Release Technology Breaking 695
1 Jul, 2010

In what has been dubbed an "Integration of innovation and technology" the all new 695 released today from French cycle engineers LOOK has lived up to the hype.  Improving function through integration of key components has been a standout in the 695.  The 695 has been a project that has utilised proprietory technology throughout resulting in strength to weight ratios not seen in the industry whilst weighing in at just 900g for the frameset and 295g for the HSC7 fork.

The 695 puts the CFD (Continuous Fibre Design) in application : the shape of the tubes is studied so that the carbon fibres work along the best axis, optimizing their mechanical performance.  Two models will be offered to the consumers as well as the professional team Cofidis, the SR - Super Rigid, and the SL - Superlight, with the SR being around 15% more rigid for the rigidity lover.


The ZED 2 crankset, the frame’s nerve centre, is the culmination of 5 years of research and tests with our athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It brings a new world record in the weight/rigidity ratio.

For optimal power transmission, the 695 is equipped with the best crankset presently available on the market : the ZED 2 crankset.

The 695 has an oversized bottom bracket casing (65 mm cartridge sealed bearings). The downtube tube, seat tube and chain stays wrap continuously around the casing and extends without a break in shape. This is known as the CFD concept (Continuous Fibre Design) that optimizes resistance to effort.

The new HSC 7 fork, the new Head Fit 3 headset, the C-stem and the E-Post are the other components integrated into the 695 frame. They were specifically developed for that frame, to make the 695

homogenous, rigid, lightweight, stable and easy to handle.

The ZED 2 carbon crankset is equipped on the 695, a brand new innovative model :

It is moulded in a single piece of carbon (2 pedal cranks + axis + star = FULL SINGLE-PIECE).

It reaches a rigidity / weight ratio that was not possible before. The crankset alone (with no bearings or chain rings) but including the two pedals and the axles only 320 grams! Its particular Z shape allows it to be mounted in the frame that has a specific and oversized BB (65 mm cartridge sealed bearings).

The technology of the three-lobe insert at the end of pedal cranks allows adjustments the length of the cranks from 170, 172.5 to 175 mm without changing the crankset and compatible with all the pedals on the market.


The C-STEM carbon stem is designed sprcifically for the 695.  It adopts its tube shape called “horizontal” so as to ensure efficient cohesion between the steering and the frame.  A new patented tightening system allows the stem to be slightly inclined (from -9° to +13°). This avoids adding several spacers that decreases the bike’s lateral rigidity and the handling.  A moon shaped part to position in back or in front of the handlebar allows varying its position by 10 mm. The ultra-light carbon body and the titanium screw give the C-STEM greater rigidity, and weighs only 140 grams.

The C-STEM is available in 5 sizes : 80-90mm / 90-100 mm / 100-110 mm /110-120mm / 120-130mm


The HSC 7 fork is 15% more rigid and 16% lighter than the HSC 6. 100% single-piece carbon, weighs only 295 grams and complying with safety standard EN 14781(Frontal shock of 144 joules).

Moulded carbon tabs, compressed in the continuity of the fork. Tapered pivot using the CFD concept (Continuous Fibre Design) allowing the positioning of the sealed cartridge bearing directly on the fork’s head. Oversized ½ inch sealed cartridge bearings. The fork pivot contains 2 flat sections and is reinforced for the Head fit 3 headset.

695 in the 2010 Tour de France

Cofidis team will be riding the 2010 Tour de France with the brand new 695 at the Grand Départ in Rotterdam.

Check out Laurent "JA JA Jalabert putting the 695 through it's paces on the island of Corsica.

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