Pro Bike: Sylvain Sudrie’s Look 596 IPack

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jun 1, 2011

The long distance specialist has built a reputation in Europe and he is now bringing his skills to North America. He is riding a Look 596 IPack with Mondrain paint job. It is equipped with mechanical Shimano Dura-Ace, not electronic Dura-Ace Di2 that has become extremely popular in the pro ranks. The stock derailleur pulleys have been replaced with aftermarket pulleys. The Look 596 IPack is designed for Look’s proprietary Zed 2 crank. Instead of using a typical crank assembly, both crank arms and the axle connecting them are a single piece. The non-drive arm slides through the bottom bracket and the oversized bearings press into the frame. It’s very similar to a BMX crank, only much lighter. Sudrie’s Zed crank is equipped with Look Keo Blade pedals and Rotor’s ovalized Q Rings.

Sudrie rides the Pro Missile aerobar with S-bend extensions with an Elite bottle cage zip-tied between the extensions. He rides a Selle San Marco Ponza TT saddle that is setback on the rails, but he uses the forward-set seatpost to achieve a steep seat tube angle.

Like a true Frenchman, Sudrie races on Mavic wheels. The storied wheel maker is extremely popular with road racers, but triathletes largely overlook them. His rear wheel is a tubular Comete Road lenticular disc. His front wheel is a Cosmic Carbon SLR. It is a light 52-mm deep clincher wheel with carbon spokes threading from the hub through the deep section and to the rim. It is wrapped with Mavic’s Yksion Grip Link tire.

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. Aaron writes a column every Thursday for called "Ask Aaron". To submit a question, write Aaron at

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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