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Not a review

Gerard Vroomen - 21-Jun-2017
We don't usually write on our blog about reviews, and we'd be even less likely to write about a review that starts with "It's not a review" and then proceeds to tell you the bike is really nothing special. Except we agree, in a way, and what is important about this non-review isn't really the bike, but the riding it enables.

And I think the guys at Above Category have done a really good job of summarizing what the UP/UPPER is all about and it would certainly be a good resource for people who don't yet know why they need a GravelPlus bike. So here you go, I hope you enjoy.

Comments & Questions

Not a review
Gerard Vroomen - 21-Jun-2017:

Excellent user oriented non-review! Thanks for including it. It covered a number of areas and issues of relevance, as such it brought clarity to where before there were previously queries and grey.
I'm yet further primed for my UP/UPPER!
Keep up the great work!
Cheers, Sean

Zurich CH
Post #1 of 2. Posted by Sean Blem on 22-Jun-2017 04:44:29 GMT in reply to blog [0<--5902]
It is a lovely review. But there is one point with which I do not agree...

I use my U.P. mainly in endurance races (2,000 - 5,000km) and it is a truly wonderful machine. And I use the 700x44 Compass Snooqualmie Pass tyres (with lightweight sidewalls). Heaven!

- Yes, there is (just) enough clearance at the back (as long as you don't go through mud)
- Yes, the front end is slacker, and doesn't slalom daintily through traffic. This is a good thing for all-day-all-night riding!
- Yes, the bike is raised and the BB is higher. I'm generally not trying to take KOMs with 10kg of bikepacking kit on the bike!

* Despite DNFing for physical reasons, I was able to take the fastest time in the recent Transatlanticway Race in Ireland on a gnarly 7km downhill gravel / off-road section of the course, and had a great time doing so. Big tyres are fun!
* For 'around town' training, I usually roll with 'only' 700x35 tyres. They are more nimble :)
Post #2 of 2. Posted by Stuart, the Orange Bike Guy on 22-Jun-2017 04:49:19 GMT in reply to blog [0<--5903]