TURN YOUR INSTINCT INTO VISION
The spirit of gravel riding
A gentle breeze blows across the rugged, unfamiliar land, interrupted only by the occasional call of a soaring eagle. Age-old creases in the ground surge in undulating hills as far as the eye can see, promising hidden treasures in the unexplored nooks and valleys. The sun rises over the horizon to chase away the lingering swirls of cloud, slowly bringing heat to the dawning day.
Through this remote, silent landscape, miles away from the hum of city life, a lone silhouette pedals on. There are no roads to follow, only instinct. No guide to point the way, only the glinting sun. At one with the elements, the cyclist moves smoothly across the vast landscape. His bike has gathered the dust of adventure, the mud of exploration. A few sturdy bags hold bare essentials. His legs are powered by the pure, unfiltered desire to explore ever further.
The forgotten natural instinct that pushes through the surface of consciousness and whispers to us to set aside the daily grind for an hour, a day or maybe more, to (re)discover the far-off horizons and, perhaps, yourself.
Today’s world tests us with many challenges. From the worries of climate change to the unyielding pace of our busy lifestyles, the bicycle answers with solutions and opportunities. And no bike does so more convincingly than the versatile gravel bike.
Based on the successful 765 Gravel RS design and inspired by the strength of the elements we cannot help but feel, LOOK has partnered with Yorkshire-based accessory brand Restrap to offer a brand new frameset, complete with dedicated bike packing bags.
The frame draws on LOOK’s extensive mastery of carbon fiber technologies, using a unique layup – 35% HM, 40% IM, 10% HR and 15% specific carbon fibers – to maximize 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, further enhancing comfort over long distances.
Wheel clearance is calculated to accommodate tires up to 700x40, or 650x2.1, offering maximum versatility depending on the nature, the length and the intensity of your trip. Four mounting points – three within the triangle and one underneath the downtube – ensure you can carry sufficient hydration for epic desert crossings.
Defy the elements
Outdoor accessory brand Restrap produces cycling and leisure bags inspired by the rugged landscape of the Yorkshire dales and destined for exploration. Pure, functional and adventure-proof, they lighten the load and strip your daily essentials down to the simplest requirements so you can better connect with the world around you.
The 765 Gravel RS frameset is fitted with a top tube bag, a 4.5-liter saddle bag and a 1.5-liter Canister bag that reflect the same design concept as the bike itself: disconnect, reconnect.
Back to the wild
For it is the finish that sets this bike and its accessories apart. Both the bike and tailored bags feature an exclusive chromatic color scheme that blends into but also reflects the outdoor world. By day, the black of the frame and fabrics fuses 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 as the intensity of the light ebbs and flows, the vivid colors of the spectrum flare and burst into life, standing out as a radiant source of energy that allows us to recharge both mentally and physically.
This limited LOOK x RESTRAP edition reflects the true spirit of gravel riding and bike packing. At the end of a hard day, there is very little separating dreams from reality. What could be, can be. The world may appear vast and intimidating, yet by venturing outside of our comfort zone, we can face the challenges head on. So follow your instinct, pack your bike bags. Make escape more than a vision, and light your own way.