LOOK Cycle and UK-based cycling accessory brand Restrap have unveiled a limited-edition collaboration, consisting of a chromatic colourway for LOOK’s 765 Gravel RS frameset and chromatic bikepacking bags handmade in Yorkshire by Restrap.
“It is the finish that sets this bike and its accessories apart,” said a statement. “By day, the sober black colour scheme blends with the environment, allowing the bright hues of nature to light the way. Yet as the sun sinks lower, rays catch the iridescent surfaces and the vivid colours of the spectrum flare and burst into life.
“The chromatic petrol colour creates an optical diffraction effect and changes colour depending on angles and illumination. Even in the night, the smallest flashlight will showcase the iridescent surface of the bags and frame.”
The frame’s chromatic paintwork ‘shifts colour like a chameleon in the light to create a design guaranteed to take riders off the beaten track’. Understated by day, the iridescent highlights ‘come alive’ in the dark. Based on the 765 Gravel RS design, the frame draws on LOOK’s carbon fibre technologies. The layup of 35% HM, 40% IM, 10% HR and 15% specific carbon fibres maximise power transfer whilst preserving ride comfort across rough terrain. The 3D Wave seatstays are designed with two deflection points that allow for a 15% increase in the natural compliance of the carbon.
The frame accommodates tyres up to 700×40, or 650×2.1, offering versatility for riders to customise their setup to reflect their riding conditions, while four mounting points – three within the triangle and one underneath the downtube – ensure riders can carry sufficient hydration.
Marie-Amélie Guillet, global communications manager, LOOK Cycle, said: “A collaboration with Restrap was completely natural for us – we share the same values of innovation, high-quality European craftsmanship and manufacturing, defined by precision and attention to detail.
“This limited edition LOOK x Restrap collaboration has been created to reflect the true spirit of gravel riding and bike packing. With this colourway, we wanted to embody what is so special about escape from the city and normal life and that by venturing outside of our comfort zone we can face the challenges head-on.”
For this limited-edition collaboration, Restrap’s top tube, saddle, and bar bags have been constructed from a fabric ‘as iridescent and dramatic’ as the highlights on the LOOK frameset. Built with a mixture of waterproof textured nylon and a coated iridescent weatherproof fabric outer, the material is then finished with a polyurethane coating for water repellency.
Edward Kingston, sales director, Restrap, added: “There is a natural synergy between the two brands, both specialist manufacturers in their chosen field with a vision to push the boundaries of design, production, and technology of manufacturing. The limited-edition Look x Restrap collection advocates a continuation of our core ethos of adventure and discovery and the range encompasses the spirit of these values and showcases our abilities as a manufacturing brand.”
The limited-edition 765 Gravel RS is limited to 100 framesets only and is available in sizes S, M, L and XL. It can be purchased via LOOK’s distributors worldwide and will be delivered complete with a set of LOOK x Restrap chromatic bikepacking bags. The LOOK x Restrap bikepacking bags will be available to purchase directly from Restrap for a limited period of 30 days from the launch of the collaboration, with some stock available from approved retail partners.