The OPEN U.P. Unbeaten Path Force 1 Bike build is the dream gravel bike build is the final word for anyone looking for a 1x drivetrain. Paired to the veritable OPEN U.P frameset, we are proud to offer the U.P. as one of our go-to choices in the gravel bike world.
The OPEN U.P. Unbeaten Path Force 1 Bike uses the New U.P. or Classic U.P. Framesets as a starting point, with the option to build it in whatever way necessary. The Classic U.P. Frameset uses a 15mm thru axle and post mount disc brakes, while the New U.P. Frameset saves 60g at the frame thanks to flat mount disc brake mounts, and another 70g from the OPEN U-Turn carbon fork, shared with the luxe U.P.P.E.R. frameset. Both U.P. framesets fits up to 27.5 x 2.1” mountain bike tires, 700 x 40c gravel tires, or anything in between. The U.P does this while also allowing for short 420mm chainstays (shortest in class) and stack and reach geometry numbers that are closer to an endurance road bike than a honkin’ gravel or touring bike. Few bikes achieve true jack of all trades status, but the OPEN U.P. comes delightfully close.
The Unbeaten Path (U.P) is all about versatility, so we’ve hand selected parts that are plenty reliable for cyclocross, road riding, fire roads, or singletrack. The SRAM Force 1 drivetrain offers exceptional performance, thanks to a wide range 10-42t cassette, low weight, and reliable hydraulic disc brakes. We use an Easton alloy cockpit and seatpost as a starting point, with a Fabric Scoop saddle alongside. Stan’s No Tubes is synonymous with light weight tubeless wheel and tire setups, and our two preferred wheelsets, the Stan’s Grail S1 wheelset for 700c or the Stan’s Arch S1 wheelset for 27.5”, provide an excellent combination of reliability, stiffness, and low weight. 700c wheels save weight and roll better on smoother surfaces, while the 27.5” mountain bike wheelset offer additional durability for rougher trails, and their extra width gives knobbies better bite and a plusher ride.
Whether you’re heading to Salt Lake City, or prefer we ship your OPEN U.P. Unbeaten Path Force 1 Bike to you, we’ll do a full, professional bike build, dialing in shifting and braking, truing wheels, etc. If you’re unsure about sizing, give us a call or email us at email@example.com to talk through geometry and fit. And although this is a “stock bike,” we are more than happy to discuss options of this build.