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BOTM: ASSOS-U.P.P.E.R. Limited Edition - part 2

Andy Kessler - 11-Apr-2017
In the intro video of last weeks BOTM blog Gerard explained why we designed this limited edition together with Assos. 

Its always fun to create not only a story but to have a special product connected to it. The reactions to the ASSOS-U.P.P.E.R. have been very positive and we sold most of the 30 made. We only have a few left right now but good thing is we still have all sizes. If you want one you should no wait until part 3 of this Bike Of The Month. I am pretty sure that at least in one or two sizes we will be out of stock by then.

To make your decision easier have a look at the gallery below.

Comments & Questions

OPEN
Excellent color.
Post #1 of 15. Posted by Eric Hancock on 11-Apr-2017 12:36:22 GMT in reply to blog [0<--2781]
OPEN
living in switzerland, about to call my local Assos dealer and then i see,, shimano.. If this would run sram etap 2x, I'd be all over it
Post #2 of 15. Posted by B on 11-Apr-2017 12:42:46 GMT in reply to blog [0<--2782]
OPEN
It definitely runs eTap, it runs anything. But we have to choose something when we build them up. If you look at last month's BOTM, you will see the same frame (different color) built with SRAM (1x in that case).

One thing to take into account, eTap has a fairly wide front derailleur and as a result, it limits the maximum tire size you can use. That doesn't really mean much on road bike (eTap's market focus) but on the UPPER with it's unusually large tire clearance, it does limit options. Officially SRAM says 30mm is the maximum tire width, although I know several people who run 35mm and even wider. It all depends on the clearance you need and the actual tire width (i.e. what rim do you mount it on and how much does the tire maker fib about the width).
Post #5 of 15. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 11-Apr-2017 14:51:23 GMT in reply to post #2 [2782<--2785]
OPEN
Same issue with the Exploro of course. Been waiting to build the perfect can do all bike since forever.
The ultimate travel and can do all bike would be an OPEN/Exploro, ETAP with wide tire clearance (might need to mod etap), and RITCHEY BAB Couplers.
If the bike can do all but you can't get there by plane (or with insane fees) it is a big limitation.

I think i have to stay with my ritchey titanium BAB and buy an additional OPEN/EXPLORO once i figured out how to mod the ETAP front der.
Post #9 of 15. Posted by Berry on 12-Apr-2017 03:15:00 GMT in reply to post #5 [2785<--3784]
OPEN
Just go etap 1x11 and don't install the front Der. 40x11-32 should be plenty unless you have big mtns
Post #10 of 15. Posted by Sam on 15-Apr-2017 14:58:45 GMT in reply to post #9 [3784<--3788]
OPEN
Well, that depends on fitness level and where you ride. Further complication is that eTap doesn't have a clutch, so you are more likely to lose the chain off the front ring, which can be an extremely painful experience. And this gets more likely as the teeth wear.
Post #11 of 15. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 15-Apr-2017 22:14:52 GMT in reply to post #10 [3788<--3790]
OPEN
I need the 2x and the 50-34 / 11-40/42 . I'm fit but this is for riding in between 1500 and 2500 meters in the alps and steep gravel roads.
But i've seen that it works when you take off the battery from the front derailleur. Now, not having a clutch is really not something i like. I'm currently riding a x01 2.1 on my racebike and it has been perfect, cobbles, off road, big jumps.

Am sure SRAM wil come out with a CX ETAP, one day... I just dont want to wait until next season. The waiting for the ETAP HRD and the OPEN/EXPLORo has been enough..
Post #12 of 15. Posted by Berry on 16-Apr-2017 16:22:21 GMT in reply to post #11 [3790<--3795]
OPEN
Well, if you have a front derailleur, you really don't need a clutch.
Post #13 of 15. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 16-Apr-2017 17:27:49 GMT in reply to post #12 [3795<--3796]
OPEN
let me know if you need any help for a good dealer in Switzerland
Post #8 of 15. Posted by Andy Kessler on 12-Apr-2017 03:14:27 GMT in reply to post #2 [2782<--3783]
OPEN
It's hard to tell is the paint have a matte or gloss finish?
Post #3 of 15. Posted by Sam on 11-Apr-2017 12:56:48 GMT in reply to blog [0<--2783]
OPEN
Gloss
Post #4 of 15. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 11-Apr-2017 14:48:50 GMT in reply to post #3 [2783<--2784]
OPEN
Best dealer to contact in USA/ New York area?
Post #6 of 15. Posted by Yursil on 11-Apr-2017 20:06:36 GMT in reply to blog [0<--3781]
OPEN
hi Yursil, in Brooklyn we have R&A and in Manhattan enduranceWERX. Also several stores in the surrounding area including NJ and CT. You can see them all here: https://opencyc...alers
Post #7 of 15. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 12-Apr-2017 00:01:02 GMT in reply to post #6 [3781<--3782]
OPEN
Have you a description in german language?
Post #14 of 15. Posted by Hermann Niederwanger on 26-Apr-2017 17:18:20 GMT in reply to blog [0<--3819]
OPEN
Nein, nicht direkt, aber Du kannst gerne Andy auf Deutsch schreiben mit deine Fragen. (Kontakt auf der linken Seite)
Post #15 of 15. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 03-May-2017 12:28:31 GMT in reply to post #14 [3819<--3837]
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