The U.P. is, by now, well-known for the ability to pound pavement or duel in the dirt, all with the comfort and control of your favorite road bike. Not limited to a traditional road or cross setup, we have built the U.P. frameset with a range of alternate setups, from 27.5 x 2.1” tires and XTR Di2, to dedicated 1×11 singletrack sleds, to flat bars and 700c CX wheels. These sought-after frames are proving that true versatility can exist without compromise, and they have put OPEN Cycle well on the map to the road less traveled.
This newest iteration of the U.P. receives a few small but important upgrades over the original frame. U.P. receives a 60g deduction in weight (to 1040g, size medium), and a 70g weight reduction to the fork. This is thanks partially to a swap to the U-Turn fork design originally fitted to the OPEN U.P.P.E.R. This fork necessitates a move to flat-mount disc brakes front and rear, as well as a swap to Syntace 12mm thru-axles front and rear previously seen on the U.P.P.E.R.
There’s also the ultralight OPEN U.P.P.E.R. It steers, accelerates, and handles singletrack with aplomb, and feels plenty stable on the road. Any other difference in ride quality is mostly unnoticeable because of a wide tire. However, 310g (220g from the frame, 90g from the fork) is nothing to sneeze at, and chopping off a two-thirds of a pound off of an already-light bike is a difference maker over a long ride, and in how tossable the bike feels. The U-Turn fork is the lightest fork of it’s kind to fit a tire as wide as this.
The OPEN U.P. is the best marriage we’ve seen yet of road riding sensibilities and the laid-back adventurous side of riding on dirt and gravel. It has changed the way many people see road riding, and has helped many others find new ways to enjoy the benefits of riding a bicycle.
To get some ideas for your own OPEN U.P., check out our write-up over at It’s Time To OPEN U.P., or take a look at our group of suggested OPEN U.P. builds.