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Is the Look KG 196 a good frame?(5 posts)

Is the Look KG 196 a good frame?KPRTX
Aug 29, 2001 7:12 AM
I am looking at a 94 KG 196 and I don't really know much about the frame? Do they have any cracking problems or cronic failure? What about that weird lookin' headset/stem deal? If anyone has a clue your insight would be greatly appreciated.

re: Is the Look KG 196 a good frame?seamus
Aug 29, 2001 7:53 AM
I can't speak specifically for that model Look frame, but I have a newer KG 281 and have been researching this very subject for months. So far I've yet to find anyone who can say anything bad about Look frames and durability with and real first hand experience.

There's always some wanker who wants to bash 'em (or anything else that isn't what they ride) but in fact, I've found quite a few riders with older model Look frames that they're still riding and quite happy with. It appears Look is one of the most underrated companies out there.
re: Is the Look KG 196 a good frame?Dave Hickey
Aug 29, 2001 10:06 AM
The KG196 is a full carbon frame. It doesn't have aluminum lugs like alot of the other LOOK frames. What is your intended use? The KG196 is a time trial frame. It might me too stiff for regular road riding. If you want a full carbon LOOK frame, I suggest you look at the KG186/286/386 models. They are very similar to the Trek OCLV frames
re: Is the Look KG 196 a good frame?KPRTX
Aug 29, 2001 5:18 PM
I am looking for an all around good bike that I can race road races on and tri's. This particular one has normal ergo bars with a set of Aero's too. The reason I am asking is because its a pretty good deal. I would like to stick with the mores similar to the OCLV's except the cost a whole lot more. Its really a cost thing. Any other thoughts?

re: Is the Look KG 196 a good frame?Dave Hickey
Aug 30, 2001 7:41 AM
For tri's and races, you'll be fine. The 196,296,396 bikes are time trial/track frames(although different rear dropouts for track). The bike is fast, it's just not the most comfortable for long distances.