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BOTM: MY OFFROAD ROAD BIKE - part 2

Andy Kessler - 17-May-2019
Our intro video did raise a couple of questions I will try to answer most of them:

Complete specifications: Sorry you have to wait for part 3... same procedure as every blog...

Gear ratio: is a 33-33 =1:1 gear ratio enough ? Of course that depends a lot where your home is. As mentioned in the video this is for me a road bike for off-road use  and not a pure off-road bike. So yes it is good for something up to a 15% grade climb if you are fit and the climb is not super long. But if you want to do steeper things or really use it as a real gravel/bike packing bike no, its not enough at least for me living in Switzerland. 

Clearance on other OPEN models (UPPER/Classic UP) with new SRAM AXS front derailleurs. Thats exactly the same as on this model.

Fixture of fenders and racks. When we developed the Classic UP/UPPER/NEW UP we had to make a choice. As we think this are not models you want to use for heavy bike packing with 20kg/40 pound loads we decided not to have any rack mounts and keep the look clean and simple and use frame- saddle- and handlebar bags for bike packing.

Same for fender mounts we wanted to make 95% of the people happy by leaving them away and keep the look clean. I am personally a fan of removable fenders such as the ass-savers.  But we are also thinking about a clever system for the future that combines clean look and real fender options. 

Here comes the beauty shot gallery.


 

 

Comments & Questions

OPEN
There are several, similar bikes (your competitors, really) currently on the market with clean, removable and "hidden" fender mounts. Shame your $14,000 bike does not have them.
Post #1 of 13. Posted by Alexandre Michel on 17-May-2019 10:31:34 GMT in reply to blog [0<--18405]
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Where did you come up with $14000
Post #2 of 13. Posted by JJ on 17-May-2019 10:40:07 GMT in reply to post #1 [18405<--18406]
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$14,000 CANADIAN (where I live) = $10,000 USD = €9,500 = cost of pictured bike build. Would you like me to break that down for you part by part?
Post #3 of 13. Posted by Alexandre Michel on 17-May-2019 10:47:36 GMT in reply to post #2 [18406<--18407]
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If anyone wants a Lauf fork I have one painted in the original OPEN U.P.orange color for sale $500 and used twice.
Post #4 of 13. Posted by Irvin tremblay on 17-May-2019 11:02:52 GMT in reply to post #3 [18407<--18408]
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Do you know what thread jacking is?
Post #5 of 13. Posted by Alexandre Michel on 17-May-2019 11:13:06 GMT in reply to post #4 [18408<--18409]
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Alexandre...I would say chill and go ride :-)
Post #8 of 13. Posted by Leigh on 17-May-2019 11:55:06 GMT in reply to post #5 [18409<--18412]
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"Hey boss. Some Internet bloke just told me to go ride my bike. Mind if I took the rest of the day off, instead of pretending to work and looking at fancy bikes?"
Post #9 of 13. Posted by Need to chill on 17-May-2019 11:58:15 GMT in reply to post #8 [18412<--18413]
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Hi Irvin...can you email me more details about Lauf... kid.suma@virgin.net
Post #7 of 13. Posted by Leigh on 17-May-2019 11:53:27 GMT in reply to post #4 [18408<--18411]
OPEN
That is the nice thing about having options. We can buy the bike that best fits our needs, whether real or perceived. A lack of fender mounts may be a deal breaker for you, but obviously is not for current and future OPEN owners.
Post #6 of 13. Posted by Mark Spencer on 17-May-2019 11:31:01 GMT in reply to post #1 [18405<--18410]
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I guess it all depends on your definition of similar. There are certainly a lot of frames out there "inspired" by the UP. But even if I'm inspired by Mady Gaga, that doesn't mean I can sing or dance like her.
Post #10 of 13. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 20-May-2019 09:07:44 GMT in reply to post #1 [18405<--18415]
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Good one Gerard, always haters lurking out there on the World Wide Web.
Hey, how’s the squishy bike coming along..... haha
Keep up the superb job!
Post #13 of 13. Posted by Doug Honeyford on 25-May-2019 19:11:29 GMT in reply to post #10 [18415<--18428]
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Why would I remotely care about having fenders on this bike? It's a road race geometry (short chainstays that can be ridden with large 650b tires off road to give road bike liveliness on the trails). It's not meant to be a tourer/commuter cluttered with fenders...etc... though it would do just fine as a commuter for most.
Post #12 of 13. Posted by John Thomson on 22-May-2019 15:28:59 GMT in reply to post #1 [18405<--18420]
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This green as well as the blue are such beautiful colours! Beautiful and “clean” design. Absolutely love that! And very distinctive compared to “mainstream” manufacturers!
Well done Andy and Gerard! Good to have such guys like you in the market!!
Post #11 of 13. Posted by Antoine on 20-May-2019 23:40:22 GMT in reply to blog [0<--18418]
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