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2015 Buyer’s Guide: Lust

Looking for the most striking bike on the road? You'll lust after these four bikes that go above and beyond in performance and looks

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$10,000, LookCycle.com

Using a digital wind tunnel to design the 795, Look utilized a new manufacturing technique to create optimum aerodynamic shapes without adding weight. As a result, the 795 is an incredible bike over any terrain, as effective climbing mountain passes as it is on descents or on flat roads into the wind. The integration is ahead of its time, too, lending a unique look that we’ve grown to love.

Frame: Carbon fiber; NACA-inspired tubes
Fork: Carbon fiber; integrated brake
Component Highlights: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2; Dura-Ace Direct- Mount rear brake; Look Aerostem; Zed 2 one-piece carbon crankset; Mavic Aksium wheels (not pictured)
Weight: 2,400 grams (frame, fork, stem, seatpost, and crankset)

$13,500, GuruCycles.com

The lightest frame in the world, with one of the highest stiffness-to-weight ratios in the industry, built with a carbon layup tuned for each customer. The HL is a pure climber with point-and-shoot handling. Each HL frameset is built with the option of three carbon layups, selected by Guru based on riding style and body morphology. The HL-1 layup is more vertically compliant, whereas the HL-2 and 
HL-3 layups yield laterally stiffer frames. Finishing choices
 include color and paint design, including the proprietary
 five-gram Specter Clearcoat.

Frame: Carbon fiber; PF30 bottom bracket; internal cable
routing; carbon fiber dropouts; handmade in Canada
Fork: Enve 2.0
Component Highlights: Shimano Dura-Ace;
 Reynolds Attack wheels (not pictured); Ritchey WCS
 cockpit and seatpost (not pictured); Prologo Nago Evo T.2.0
 saddle
Weight: Under 650 grams (54cm frame, including hardware)

$3,950 (frameset), GitaBike.com

The Marcelo is an efficient, responsive steel frame that incorporates many of the features Dario Pegoretti’s frames are renown for. The oversized heat-treated tubing, coupled with the non-tapering stays, create an extremely responsive frame, as does Dario’s own Falz fork. He developed this fork to have incredible lateral stiffness without offering a harsh ride. The shape mimics a traditional flat-crown fork providing better tire clearance. The frame comes with fork, a proprietary D11 Chris King headset, and integrated brass downtube cable adjusters. The paintwork is pure artistry.

Frame: Columbus Niobium steel; D11 oversized head tube; cylindrical seat and chain stays joined with Pegoretti’s own stainless hooded dropouts
Fork: Pegoretti Falz; carbon fiber; 1 1/8-inch non-tapered steerer; flat-crown design; clearance for 25mm tires
Weight: 1,950 grams (frame)

$4,000 (frameset), ParleeCycles.com

Utilizing high-modulus carbon fiber that has been placed in specific areas through finite element analysis, the Altum R weighs in at 810 grams without sacrificing the hallmark Parlee ride quality and durability. It has a snappy feel while climbing and sprinting, but also provides the vertical compliance that makes this a true “all-day” bike. The Altum utilizes a specific Parlee fork to create a seamless frameset module. The Altum R features clearance for up to 28mm tires front and rear, providing near limitless tire and wheel combinations. The Altum is available in both rim
- and disc-brake versions. Two stock paint schemes are available, or you 
can opt for full custom paintwork.

Frame: Carbon fiber; internal cable routing; PF30 bottom
bracket; carbon dropouts; integrated seat binder; up to 28mm tire
 clearance; three available flex-fit top caps to provide vast levels of 
front-end height adjustment within each size
Fork: Parlee carbon fiber
Component Highlights: HED Ardennes +LT wheels (not
pictured); 3T Pro cockpit; Fizik Arione saddle; multiple drivetrain 
options available
Weight: 810 grams (frame); 330 grams (fork)