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Look KG281(7 posts)

Look KG281Rik
Aug 3, 2001 7:35 AM
I'm considering the purchase of a Look KG281 and would be interested in hearing from any of you that own or have riddden one. I'm 5' 8", 160 lbs, any issues with frame flex? Thanks.
re: Look KG281Dave Hickey
Aug 3, 2001 8:01 AM
Rik, I have a KG281 and I'm just about the same size as you are. No problems with flex. The 281 has variable wall and tubing shape. It is the best riding bike I've ever owned. Whenever the subject of LOOK frames comes up, rarely do you hear negative comments from actual owners. Most of the negative comments come from "I don't know what model it was, but a guy in my club had a LOOK frame that broke". LOOK was one of the first companies to build carbon frames. In the late eighties and early nineties, there were alot of problems with carbon frames and aluminum lugs pulling apart. All manufacturers, Vitus, Specialized, TVT and yes LOOK, had problems. LOOK has solved the problem. The KG281 is a great and dependable frameset.
There is a review of the frame in August issue of Bicycling MagMike K
Aug 3, 2001 9:35 AM
They review many of the bikes of the tour, including the 281.
Depends on how you feel about professional reviews it may or may not be worth reading.
There is a review of the frame in August issue of Bicycling MagLardog
Aug 3, 2001 12:00 PM
Gotta give another vote for Look. There are not too many rides other than my own that I dream to have. The kg281 is one of them.

I like the sound of this list: Klein Quantum Pro, C40, kg281, Palmares. A nice well rounded list....
re: Look KG281JohnG
Aug 3, 2001 9:37 PM

I just put together a sweet KG 281. I'm 5' 8" and about 146#. The bike is VERY schweeeet.

check here:
re: Look KG281Ian
Aug 4, 2001 7:58 AM
I have had a KG281 for about 4 months and have nearly 2,000 miles on it. I've been really happy with the performance so far. I had a Trek 5200 before this and although I was not unhappy with the Trek, just wanted something new. One nice thing is when you show up for a group ride, there are not 10 other bikes just like yours. I weigh 215 lbs and have not had a problem with flex, and my bike is built with lightweight stuff (Newton stem, Easton EC-90 handlebar, Velomax wheels) and weighs 17 lbs. So at 160 lbs flex should be a non-issue for you.
re: Look KG281seamus
Aug 4, 2001 2:54 PM
I'm 5-10 and 155, and I love my KG281. Comfortable, light, lively especially for carbon, and it just feels fast. I'm a paranoid freak when it comes to durability, and after all the research I've done on Look and specifically the KG281, I've yet to find anyone who actually owned a frame and had a problem. If there ever were any glitches in the production, they're long gone.

Probably the most underrated frame in the US. And that comes from a guy who also owns a Calfee.