After presenting their first eRoadbike, French cult brand LOOK is now launching its electric-gravel counterpart. The LOOK e-765 Gravel shares many shares many genes with the road version and designed to bring a lot of fun off the beaten track with its wider tires and the 250 W FAZUA mid-drive motor..
LOOK spent the best part of 35 years developing pedals, components and high-end carbon bikes in their HQ in Nevers, France. With the launch of the LOOK e-765 Optimum e-racer, which we’ve already tested for you, the French manufacturer started a new chapter in its company history – and it’s all about e-bikes! And now, the French surprise us all over again: LOOK presents the e-765 Gravel.
Since gravel bikes have generally lots in common with road bikes and the e-765 Gravel inherits many of the traits of the e-765 Optimum road bike, this test will mainly focus on the differences between the two e-765 versions.
Whilst eMTBs are already considered mainstream and eRoad-bikes are becoming increasingly popular, eGravel bikes are about to make the gravel-fun more accessible to the masses. Is eGravel the latest hype? Is it the perfect blend of both genres?
LOOK e-765 Gravel – Concept and spec
The overall concept of the e-765 Gravel is promising. Based on the e-765 Optimum Roadbike, LOOK’s new eGravel-bike relies on a mid-drive motor from German start-up manufacturer FAZUA. The 250 W motor sits in the bottom bracket and churns out a maximum torque of 60 Nm. Off-road, the motor provides pleasant support on steep climbs and difficult sections on loose terrain. With its 250 Wh battery the FAZUA motor provides lots of fun and sets you up for longer rides. In order to address the specific needs of gravel riders, LOOK teamed up with FAZUA’s engineers to work on a special motor-setup, which is very different from the eRoad version. Its smoother character was conceived to allow for better grip on loose terrain.
According to product manager Frederic Caron, he and his team spent endless hours developing the e-765 Gravel, using their extensive knowledge in carbon technology to keep the total weight of the eGravel as close as possible to the road version. The chainstays of the e-765 Gravel are just 5 mm longer, a small mod that allows for nimble cornering performance. The bottom bracket drop is the same as on the eThe e-765 Gravel will be available in two versions in sizes S, M, L and XL. Thanks to the generous tire clearance, you can run tire widths of up to 40 mm on 700c wheels and 2.1” on 650b rims. This makes the e-765 Gravel fit for any sort of scenario. The e-765 Gravel features Mavic’s clever Speed Release system with a 142×12 mm through axle at the rear and a 100×12 mm axle at the front. The system allows for fast and straightforward wheel changes.-765 Optimum and provides an ideal balance between single-trail nimbleness and road-fun. Unlike other models from the competition (i.e. FOCUS Paralane2), LOOK sticks to the Roadbike concept and renounces the wider Boost-axle on the rear wheel. On one hand this makes for a sportier riding behaviour, on the other it allows you to use the wheels of your non-electric gravel bike – if you have one!
As with the e-765 Optimum, the FAZUA drive-unit consists of a motor, a 250 Wh battery, and a bottom bracket, which add a total extra weight of 4.6 kg. At the touch of a button, the battery and motor can be removed from the down-tube and replaced with a cover if necessary. This means you have the option of riding your e-765 Gravel without the
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