We’re fans of all things Hinault, LeMond, La Vie Claire and LOOK here at The Spoken. As far as classic pro cycling went, they were the full package. So when Erik emailed us his submission of a recently-rebuilt titanium LOOK 292, it made our day.
Erik doesn’t mind a LOOK either — this is actually the second of his that we’ve featured. The first was a carbon monocoque KG 396 track frame that won medals at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and this KG 292 brings his collection to four.
A French company called Titanium High Technology built LOOK’s ti frames during the late 80s and early 90s and, while Erik’s doesn’t ride with the ultra-stiff responsiveness of a modern carbon-fiber machine, that quality isn’t what’s sought from a titanium frame.
A THT LOOK was somewhat of a Holy Grail for Erik, one of which he sourced from France through a cycling forum. The icing on the cake — quite literally — was the rare all-white decals, the excellent condition, and the correct size.
The component choice was considered for functionality. Like the rest of Erik’s collection, it’ll be ridden, this one albeit whilst on holidays. The Campagnolo Chorus gruppo ensures smooth, exotic and reliable shifting.
The French connection is further reinforced by a Mavic RSYS SLR wheelset, while the crisp titanium flavor is continued with a Moots seat post, a 130mm Cinelli Grammo stem, and Blackburn bidon cages.
While the result lacks the bold Mondrian primary color scheme, the heritage is undeniably intact and makes a worthwhile addition to the library of an avid collector. Another reason for Erik to look forward to the holidays.