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Look T20 is France's track superbike

Look is the latest frame brand to produce something special for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

To assist the French cycling federation in its track discipline medal ambitions at the Olympics, Look has produced a new bike called the T20.

Look’s composite and structural engineers have shaped the form of this T20 to be the best possible blend between aerodynamic form and efficient function.

Structurally, the T20 is 10 per cent lighter than Look’s previous track bike halo model, the R96. Aside from the reduction in mass, the new T20 is also 11 per cent more aero, and it has been specifically designed to work with Corima wheels.

Perhaps the most important performance metric to have been improved with this latest iteration of Look track bike is its rigidity. Look is claiming a 27 per cent improvement in crank to rear hub power transfer. It also registers a 25 per cent stiffer bottom bracket than the R96, illustrating the margin of advancement achieved with the new T20.

An interesting specification detail of this bike concerns its rear end, which features a thru-axle instead of the more traditional track-style dropouts. Look’s engineers calculated they could affect a 12.5 per cent gain in lateral stiffness with the configuration change to a 12x100mm thru-axle at the rear.

Upfront, there is also a thru-axle keeping the wheel tracking straight and measured in rolling race trim. All things told, the Look T20 weighs 6.8kg.

The T20’s offering saves a total of 30 watts when at "full speed", and in a dedicated sprint over 200m, that advantage should equate to approximately a bike length, compared to the R96, Look claims.

Although initial production of the T20 will be prioritised for French Olympic athletes, Look will be releasing the bike to customers as 2020 evolves. There will be two derivatives: a TT variant with aero handlebars, positioned at €7,499 / $9,000 / £7,499, and the T20 Speed, with drop bars, priced at €6,999 / $8,500 / £6,999.

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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian born media professional, with 15-years of experience in technology and engineering journalism covering anything with wheels. Being from Namibia, he knows a good gravel road when he sees one, and he has raced some of Africa’s best-known mountain bike stage races, such as Wines2Wales and Berg&Bush.