Just in: Look 585 Optimum - Updated with picture gallery

Classic carbon road bike with a comfort-tweaked geometry

by Mat Brett   June 24, 2010  

This black beauty is Look’s all-round road frame and, in carbon terms, it has been around for an age – since 2004 to be precise. Well, kind of. The 585 has been around since 2004, but the 585 Optimum has a tweaked geometry – a shortened top tube and a lengthened head tube for a more upright ride position. But the thing is, despite its status as an elder statesman of the composite world, the 585 can still cut it against the young pretenders.

The Look is a lugged design which, for the uninitiated, means that instead of coming out of a mould more or less fully formed, it’s assembled from tubes that are bonded into separate connectors. Geddit? Simple. It’s made from very high modulus carbon fibre that keeps the rigidity high while keeping the weight down – the small size hits the scales at 990g, which really ain’t much.

There are a few other interesting features too. The bottom bracket shell, for example, is made using ‘Compressed Carbon Technology’. Essentially, Look pressurize it in the manufacturing process to produce a very stiff but still light part for transferring your power efficiently.

And up front you get Look’s Head Fit headset system – you’ve got to love that name. There's a threaded ring on the HSC 5SL fork's  steerer tube and you screw the insert at the top of the head tube (below the stem) down onto it in order to adjust the headset. Read it again – it does make sense. What’s the point of that? You can move or replace your stem without affecting your headset. And you can adjust your headset without messing about with your stem. Plus, it does away with the need for a compression plug and so saves a few grams – about 40 – in the process. We like it.

The 585 Optimum comes as a frame and forks package for £2,049.99, although ours is built up with a SRAM Force groupset and SRAM S80 deep-section wheels. Our XL model weighs in at 7.92kg (17.4lb), although you could easily lose a bit of weight with shallower rimmed wheels.

To be honest with you – don’t tell anyone else – the 585 Optimum isn’t actually ‘just in’. Yeah, we know – we're big, fat fibbers. We’ve been riding it loads over the past few weeks and have developed a bit of a soft spot for it. We’re just not going to tell you much about it yet. We can be like that at times: spiteful. Call back soon though and we’ll give you the full SP. Bye now.

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oooh im interested in getting either some sram s80's or zipp 808's. Let me know how they ride!

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1075 posts]
23rd June 2010 - 14:57

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Beautiful bike, but would look way better with less blingy wheels, imo.

That's a bit like having an Aston Martin, and putting those chrome spinner things on it.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [413 posts]
24th June 2010 - 8:52

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Ahhh, that's better!

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posted by neilwheel [130 posts]
24th June 2010 - 10:09

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Oh my word.

There are some things you can't unsee, sadly.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [413 posts]
24th June 2010 - 10:22

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Mmmmmmm. Nice one neilwheel. I want!
Sick

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
24th June 2010 - 11:02

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busy day, neilwheel? Wink

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posted by cactuscat [299 posts]
24th June 2010 - 11:26

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The wheels don't really fit with the frame especially well – I mean logically, not physically. The frame, with extended head tube and shortened top tube, is all about comfort. The deep-section wheels are all about speed. If you're after speed, you're going to get the standard version of this frame with a racier geometry... if that makes any sense.

Essentially, you buy this as a frame-only and build it up however you like so you cn go with whatever wheels you like.

posted by Mat Brett [1651 posts]
24th June 2010 - 13:58

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cactuscat wrote:
busy day, neilwheel? Wink

I used the Think-O-Matic CS5 app on my new iPhone 5.

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posted by neilwheel [130 posts]
24th June 2010 - 14:21

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lucky you weren't holding it in your left hand when you uploaded it Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [6908 posts]
24th June 2010 - 15:01

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