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LOOK kg386(6 posts)

LOOK kg386jtolleson
Oct 31, 2002 10:55 AM
My partner's looking for a new ride and after long time evaluating fit issues with Excel Sports, it looks like, well, maybe Look. Most stock bikes are not great fits.

Anyway, so they are building up a 386 frame with full DA for a test ride (if the ice is off the ground by Sat).

I'm no carbon whiz. Never owned, never even ridden it. I'd like to hear some evaluations of the bike (it will be OP rims and King hubs for the wheelset).

How will this be for a distance oriented rec rider who has spent the last few years on a Litespeed Classic?

Wisdom invited.
From a 286 owner.....Dave Hickey
Oct 31, 2002 11:18 AM
It has a very comfortable ride. I've never ridden Ti so I can't comment between the two. I can say the 286 has the most comfortable(almost dull) ride of any bike I've owned.
FYI, there is very little difference between the 286 and 386. The 386 has the adjustable rear dropouts and an internal rear brake cable.
Interesting........... my KG286 is almost harsh compared to myJohnG
Oct 31, 2002 1:24 PM
My 01 KG281 (52cm) is VERY lively and borders on 'harsh' compared to my CT1.

However, compared to other end of the spectrum (dull/wooden.... AKA TREK 5200) the LOOK carbon frames have a sweet lively feel. I suspect the 386 will be reasonably similar to the Classic with perhaps a slightly more edgie feel.

JohnG
re: LOOK kg386flying
Oct 31, 2002 11:51 AM
I have a 381i & cannot say enough good things about it.
For many years I guess I underestimated the power of a different geometry more suited to my needs/body type.
I always rode with my saddle slammed all the way back on most Italian Steel bikes.
Now this laid back geometry makes such a diff in my comfort & ability to not only climb better but also stay low & churn
better on the flats.
Comfort is incredible & this coming from a retro grouch who only believed steel was real for 13+ years.
I am a total convert now ;-)
I can see myself sticking with Look for many years to come.
LOOK kg386 GeometryHorace Greeley
Oct 31, 2002 12:13 PM
Could you describe the geometry in better detail. From the info. I've gathered it appears the seat tube is a bit slack, but the top tube is not especially long (it does depend on the frame size). Thanks.
Here. Here's all of the geometries for Look bikes.look271
Oct 31, 2002 1:53 PM
http://www.lookcycle.com/english/catalogue/2003/cadres.htm

Click on "geometry".