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BOTM: My U.P.-GRADE - part 2

Andy Kessler - 23-Sep-2016
Sorry for taking so much time to make the second part of “my U.P.-Grade blog". But with Eurobike at Interbike things have been very very busy. In fact I am writing that blog waiting for another flight but this time back to Switzerland.

So as mentioned in the short video in last weeks blog I made a Swiss army pocket knife U.P. It can do anything from a commuter to work (I ride approx. 9000km a year only commuting) to easy Mountainbike rides. The later is also the reason why I have equipped it with the Lauf fork for some more comfort and less fatigue for longer rides. The interesting thing about the Lauf is that it does not help much on the big shocks but it filters quiet a bit of the small ones.

I want that almost nothing can stop me while I am exploring. For me riding the UP is “getting lost” in a controlled way. I hit a lot of trails that I have never ridden before. With the Mountainbike or with my Road Bike I always plan ahead. With the U.P. I decide on the first crossing if I go left or right… After or before a  very busy and over-scheduled work day that's a perfect inspiration. It gives me the feeling that I am free… ok at least for some time.

Here are some pictures of the details  of my U.P. for more inspiration. In next weeks blog more about the detail specifications.

Comments & Questions

what seatpost is that?
Post #1 of 7. Posted by robert l on 12-Oct-2016 11:37:51 GMT in reply to blog [0<--1032]
That's an Ergon CF3 seatpost ( Andy will put the full specs of the bike up soon.
Post #2 of 7. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 12-Oct-2016 16:48:30 GMT in reply to post #1 [1032<--1033]
Great built. Regarding the post: can you tell a real difference in comfort over other comfy 27.2mm posts? My BMC Crossmachine features this "compliance post" and I'm wondering if it's worth the upgrade. Meanwhile I keep on dreaming of my yet to come U.P. ????
Post #3 of 7. Posted by Felix on 15-Oct-2016 04:00:21 GMT in reply to blog [0<--1054]
Hi Felix, Honestly I have never ridden the BMC one but I think -also the concept is slightly different- the result is more or less the same. The best comfort you still get out of the tires and a perfect setup of them
Post #4 of 7. Posted by Andy Kessler on 18-Oct-2016 07:04:30 GMT in reply to blog [0<--1067]
Since you are already adding some kind of suspension fork and thus are making the UP even a little more trail suited, have you ever considered using a drop post?
Post #5 of 7. Posted by joey on 01-Dec-2016 09:48:59 GMT in reply to blog [0<--1242]
Yes, if you look back to UPDATES from May 2016, you will see my personal bike with dropper post.
Post #6 of 7. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 04-Dec-2016 16:11:05 GMT in reply to post #5 [1242<--1250]
Yeah, after about a hundred clicks, I was finally there...
So I just politely suggest a navigation for older updates (or was I just too stupid to find it?).

Anyway - thanks :-)
Post #7 of 7. Posted by Joey on 12-Dec-2016 14:28:12 GMT in reply to post #6 [1250<--1263]