Look 585

2008 Look 585 frame/fork
Mavic ksyrium es w. specialized roubaix tires

lots of random parts, but they seem to work together just fine-

Ultegra shifters
Ultegra front derailleur
Ultegra cassette
dura-ace chain
xtr rear derailleur
sram force crankset

I guess in a lot of respects the drivetrain is similar to my mountain bike- sram carbon crankset and shimano otherwise

ritchey wcs stem
fetish cycles carbon bars (super shaped with flat tops and short "modern" drops)
fetish cycles carbon seatpost
selle italia slr saddle
bontrager gel tape
crank brothers quattro sl pedals

Been sick the last few days- ended up resting entirely since last Thursday's WTR race. Woke up this morning feeling well enough that I knew I'd be able to go on the group ride today if I took it a bit easy and be able to race WTR tomorrow. Figured I wasn't necessarily 100%, but that is was definitely time to get out on the new bike.

Tonight's group ride was about a 45 mile loop. The bike felt good from the beginning- the lack of weight was noticeable on even the slightest hill and it felt extremely responsive to any input both handling and acceleration (and without any harshness in the ride quality). I eased into things for the first 30 miles or so and worked my turns at the front, tried to get used to the handling and fit of the new bike etc.. There was going to be a town line sprint at mile 30 though and in the back of my mind I was hoping it would be contested (they aren't always contested due to individuals position in the paceline and car traffic etc.). I was sitting in the second row and the strongest guys on the ride (and two of the stronger sprinters around down here anyways) were somewhere behind me. Sure enough Dan flew by on the left with Trevor right on his tail. I had to let them pass for safety reasons (had to be sure there wasn't someone else trying to follow), but knew that I wanted to test the new bike. Eased out of the paceling, double tapped the shifter and was rewarded with instant acceleration. Closed the gap to them with about 200 yards left to go to the sign and fell into the draft a bit. A space opened up between them, I stood up, I literally lifted the front wheel and shot through the gap and far enough ahead that neither were on my wheel then pushed hard to take the sign easily. Obviously, I got into a good position for this sprint and in no way does it mean I can actually outsprint either Dan or Trevor on fair ground, but wow did it ever feel good. The only experience I've had that was similar to the feeling was the first time I was in a car with a big turbo or nitrous. What a difference having the right tool for the job makes! It's that fast and it's more comfortable too, absolutely amazing.


  1. Nice looking ride. Where did you get it? XTR rear der?

  2. it came together with a variety of parts from friends, ebay, roadbikereview and left-overs from the Vaya (hence the xtr rear derailleur). I'm very happy with it!

    The derailleur is a bit of a fashion faux pas? but that's life, gonna be hard to justify buying an Ultegra one/selling this for no gain in performance. I guess I could ditch the 12-25 cassette and throw my 11-34 on there if I ever wanted to climb straight up??? That is- unless one of my 3 readers has a shimano road rear derailleur that they might trade for XTR?

  3. Maybe I up your total to 4!

    Maybe this sucker goes all the way to 11!