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BOTM: U.P.P.E.R. C.L.A.S.S. - part 2

Gerard Vroomen - 17-Mar-2017
It's time for part 2 of this Bike Of The Month, if you missed the intro and video of part 1, it's here. As always, the BOTM showcases just one of many ways to build an OPEN bike, we hope it gives you some cool ideas on what's possible but in the end, the coolest idea is to build it exactly the way you want it, whether you want to go 700c or 650b, carbon or alloy,rugged or super light.

I think Marc outdid himself on the photos this time, so the gallery is double-sized, we hope you like it:

Comments & Questions

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This is a dream bike beuatiful , sample and functionnal all I need excet that there is no extra small frame.
Post #1 of 14. Posted by Andre on 17-Mar-2017 18:48:12 GMT in reply to blog [0<--2605]
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What frame are you riding right now? don't be confused by the "Small" name of the frame, there aren't (m)any smaller frames on the market, not even frames called XS or XXS.
Post #2 of 14. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 18-Mar-2017 14:03:00 GMT in reply to post #1 [2605<--2609]
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My road bike is a xxs from swift carbon ti i use to ride a Time VXSR 49 with a smaller stem 80 mm but i wasn't very confortable to began i am 5 feet 2 inch.I also have a hartail bike. My question is do you think that i couid fit comfortable on a small frame. with a road position to be able to ride gravel trale
Post #3 of 14. Posted by André st ARNAUD on 18-Mar-2017 19:27:31 GMT in reply to post #2 [2609<--2611]
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The size Small U.P. has a 5mm shorter reach than the XXS Swift Ti you are currently riding. If you would like me to look a bit more at your full set-up, feel free to send me a direct message using the contact form on the left.
Post #4 of 14. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 18-Mar-2017 21:52:28 GMT in reply to post #3 [2611<--2614]
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Hey awesome build! Just one quick question I know that the Upper is 12*100 TA in the front but this build has Enve's M50 which is a MTB wheelset that uses hubs that fit the regular standard. How did you manage to use those wheels on the front? Did you get it specially laced to a road disc 12*100 hub? I didn't know you could get it with a 12*100 hub
Post #5 of 14. Posted by Raz on 19-Mar-2017 04:10:34 GMT in reply to blog [0<--2616]
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Hi Raz, its a little strange with the DT hubs. So for the 240 centerlock you have that possibility to convert with the conversion part F-S7000S from 15mm to 12mm. But this option is only for centerlock nor for 6bolt... Hope that helps
Post #6 of 14. Posted by Andy Kessler on 20-Mar-2017 07:00:00 GMT in reply to blog [0<--2619]
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Wow, boy did I luck out! I happened to order my wheels a long time ago for this build, and switched to the U.P.P.E.R. as soon as you announced it. I'm lucky the ENVEs I bought have center locks! I didn't really have a preference before.
Post #9 of 14. Posted by Chuck Ferguson on 21-Mar-2017 02:08:22 GMT in reply to post #6 [2619<--2622]
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Do you know if the DT part F-S7000S will work for 180 centerlock hubs?
Post #11 of 14. Posted by Sam on 24-Mar-2017 10:28:16 GMT in reply to post #6 [2619<--2633]
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Hi Sam yes if the hub is later than 2014 you can use that part: F-S75645
Post #12 of 14. Posted by Andy Kessler on 24-Mar-2017 11:50:04 GMT in reply to post #11 [2633<--2640]
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Gorgeous bike. The pictures beg a question from me. I've been looking for a front thru axle with an attached lever. I just don't like the idea of having to reach for a separate tool every time I want to remove my wheel. Much like the quick release type offered by Shimano https://www.ros...82453 I'm running an Enve Cross fork. Any ideas?
Post #7 of 14. Posted by Mark Spencer on 20-Mar-2017 09:10:00 GMT in reply to blog [0<--2620]
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Best to ask ENVE since every fork has different "dropout" thicknesses and therefore different axle lengths you need. so it's not just about the lever. There may or may not be a levered axle available in the length you need for the ENVE fork. But I'm a bit confused, did the ENVE not come with a levered axle?
Post #10 of 14. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 23-Mar-2017 21:02:21 GMT in reply to post #7 [2620<--2628]
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Thanks Gerard. No the Enve Cross Fork came with a thru axle bolt that requires a 6 mm hex wrench. I carry it in my jersey pocket. No biggie, but just one more thing to deal with. I was just looking for a thru axle with a lever arm already attached. You are right in that the Shimano lever is about 1 cm too short. I think it is indeed due to the thickness of the Enve fork dropouts. I contacted Enve and they said it was reasonable to try it. They said they are working on their own. My guess is that I'm not the first to think of this.
Post #13 of 14. Posted by Mark Spencer on 24-Mar-2017 12:56:26 GMT in reply to post #10 [2628<--2641]
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If your frame has an X-12 thru-axle, you could also go with the Syntace solution that has the hex key stored inside the thru-axle. So then you can use that key for both the rear and front axles when you need to remove them. That way it's always on your bike, and you don't have to transfer it from jersey pocket to jersey pocket.
Post #14 of 14. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 25-Mar-2017 23:20:18 GMT in reply to post #13 [2641<--2644]
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Ah, so you solved the minor cable imperfection on the UP/Luteus fork, that we recently discussed? Looks really nice on this one!
Post #8 of 14. Posted by Bengan on 20-Mar-2017 18:29:15 GMT in reply to blog [0<--2621]
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