OPEN Cycle prides themselves on “working hard to stay small”. What does this mean? This allows founders Andy Kessler and Gerard Vroomen (of BMC and Cervelo frame respectively) to update their bikes when they want, and make specific bikes according to their needs and desires. With the desire and ability to change up frames however they want, it makes sense that they would introduce the Open New U.P. as the newest evolution of their genre-melding Gravel Plus road bike. This version, the OPEN U.P. Yeti Edition, is a limited run of just fifty framesets featuring the famous Yeti turquoise paint color.
The OPEN U.P. Yeti Edition is based off of the New U.P. (also known as the 2018 OPEN UP), which shares geometry with the revolutionary Classic U.P. This means that this frameset similarly manages to meld road racing geometry and handling with fat-tire capability in a way that is unlike few bikes on the market. Some bikes come close to handling this vaunted combination, but no other frameset on the market has the low weight and stubby 420mm chainstays that the U.P. does Other neat touches include three water bottle mounts, a bento box mount along the top tube, and a relatively slack 71 degree headtube angle for maximum stability through high speed gravel and singletrack.
Changes to the New U.P. are minor overall. It 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 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. Geometry remains the same, with low stack compared to the competition, and overall measurements that look more like a road bike than a plodding gravel bike.
The OPEN U.P. Yeti Edition 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.
Looking to build your new OPEN U.P. frame to your exacting specifications? Contact our OPEN Cycle and custom build experts at the shop, or shoot us an email at email@example.com. With a huge number of options for your wheels, drivetrain and everything in between, we can help meet any of your goals.
If you’d rather leave the choices to us, we offer our Contender exclusive OPEN U.P. Unbeaten Path Ultegra Complete Bike, in either 700c or 650b form – ready to tackle the streets, dirt roads, and your next adventure.