If you follow us even marginally, you'll know we love our gravel bikes, whether the surface is singletrack, dirt, gravel or asphalt. Yet a few years ago Andy told me he would like to sometimes ride a pure road bike again.
To be fair, there is not really a "need" for this, an UP, UPPER or WIDE does everything a road bike does. But if you are going to have separate bikes for your road and your gravel outings, you may as well make the road bike a pure road bike.
With Andy as my customer (as is always the case for a new OPEN), I asked him what kind of road bike he'd like to ride. The answer was more or less "whatever you would ride" which was obviously totally unhelpful. It stuck in the back of my head however, so in parallel to the WI.DE. I also started to think about what road bike I really would like to create.
I love classic steel road frames, especially from certain small builders. I love the look, the feel, the mystique and even the smell of TIG welding. And I'd happily ride a steel frame even though performance-wise it obviously cannot quite compete with carbon. That said, I also like all the technology you can put into a carbon frame. So my dream became to make a carbon frame with top performance features but the sensibilities of a classic frame.
To get from there to a finished product has been a long and painful voyage, but I am really happy with the result. The look is really understated (maybe too understated for some, it doesn't shout "come look at me", but I like that). Will it change the bike world the way the U.P. did? Probably not, you can only do that once a decade if you're lucky. It also doesn't need to, it's a road bike that does exactly what it promises and most importantly, my #1 customer likes it. I hope you and our thousands of other #1 customers like it too.
So today we introduce to you : the OPEN MIN.D. (MINimal Design). For all the details, check out this page. That also includes all the information on this extremely slim seat tube at 25mm from BB to saddle shown below.
The MIN.D. is available for pre-order now, with delivered scheduled before July 20 (my birthday!) For any questions, please ask them in the comments section below.