Last year, the OPEN U.P. won a Design & Innovation Award
. This year, we go two for two with the ONE+ winning. The jury concluded:
"The OPEN ONE+ is a bike that doesn’t just exceed the current confines of mountain
bikes, but launches itself over them and hurtles away from any category. Aside from
having a frame that weighs in at an insanely light 869 g in a size medium, the ONE+
sets new standards all over the shop: OPEN have teamed a fairly conventional
frame design with super-slender ovalized seatstays and chainstays for maximum
vertical compliance, while retaining a huge amount of lateral stiffness for brutal
acceleration. It doesn’t end there though: there’s tire clearance for up to 3.0"-
wide 27.5" or 2.4"-wide 29" tires. Do these features make this bike the ultimate
choice for those increasingly gnarly XC races, or just the definitive companion
for anyone hunting a super-lightweight bike with great comfort and stability? Both,
if you ask us."
What can we say? We're super happy about it. It's nice to make bikes that are different from the norm and have people recognize and appreciate that. Most importantly of course is that you, our customers, like it, but when the media and other experts see it too, it makes us excited about the path we've chosen with OPEN and about the future for us and all unmotorized 2-wheel lovers.
Another reason we like these awards (and to be honest, we've won way more of them the past two years than we ever dreamed) is that we operate without any advertising or sponsoring. So the only way people can learn about our bikes is through free publicity and word of mouth. We receive an amazing stream of the latter (thanks very much) but for the former we rely on bike tests and awards. So every award is another chance to reach new people and reconnect with "old friends".
To celebrate these new and old connections, webmaster Matt has quickly put together a live stream function on our website, and I'll be on there answering any questions you may have about this "award-winning" ONE+, or the "award-winning" U.P. or anything else. Today Wednesday January 18, I'll do two short live streams:
10:00 - 10:30 EST / 16:00 - 16:30 CET
12:00 - 12:30 EST / 18:00 - 18:30 CET
Hope to see you there and if you can't attend the live streams, you can of course send us your questions any time using the contact form