Keywords: 27.5,27.5+,award

ONE+ wins Design & Innovation Award

Gerard Vroomen - 18-Jan-2017
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.

Comments & Questions

Congrats! Well earned! You guys rock and deserve it!
Post #1 of 16. Posted by Matt on 18-Jan-2017 10:38:22 GMT in reply to blog [0<--1368]
Thanks Matt!
Post #8 of 16. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 18-Jan-2017 12:55:50 GMT in reply to post #1 [1368<--1376]
what's the latest on the 3t exploro? ... and sometimes in life overkill is desirable ... can the open u/p and 3t exploro accommodate a 52/36t chainring should i wish to run 700x25 wheels and tires? ...
Post #2 of 16. Posted by bgmntnskr on 18-Jan-2017 11:27:30 GMT in reply to blog [0<--1369]
I run 50/34 on my UP but not sure this answers your question
Post #3 of 16. Posted by Samer Eid on 18-Jan-2017 11:35:48 GMT in reply to post #2 [1369<--1371]
thanks ... i want the durability of the u/p or exploro and the mid-compact gearing of a traditional road bike ... the only comment i found about a chainring setup bigger than 50/34 is that it, the bigger setup, would be 'overkill' ... i'm wondering whether, technically, the frames' builds allow for the use of a mid-compact chainring setup ...
Post #4 of 16. Posted by bgmntnskr on 18-Jan-2017 11:45:16 GMT in reply to post #3 [1371<--1372]
I used my UP (mine is equipped with faltbars:-) on several group rides and averaged 21 mph with compact in the front and 11-30 cassette. Even if the UP can't take the mid-compact, you will be fast enough with 50/34.
Post #5 of 16. Posted by Samer Eid on 18-Jan-2017 11:56:03 GMT in reply to post #4 [1372<--1373]
okay ... thank you ...
Post #6 of 16. Posted by bob on 18-Jan-2017 11:58:06 GMT in reply to post #5 [1373<--1374]
If you check on the U.P.model page you see the exact restrictions but basically 50t is the max. And yes, I do think 52t is overkill, except for people who are within 2% of the speed of Peter Sagan with his 53t big ring.
Post #7 of 16. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 18-Jan-2017 12:53:55 GMT in reply to post #2 [1369<--1375]
i did check -- a number of times ... ... the "exact" restrictions are almost, but not quite "exact" ... by parenthetically adding "more," you opened the door to wondering whether, overkill or not, a chainring bigger than 50t fits, works technically ... as it stands, your use of "more" can be taken two ways -- either more than 50t is technically unworkable or more than 50t is merely not needed ... humor me: do the 3t exploro and/or open u/p accept and work normally with a 52t outer chainring? ... thank you ...
Post #9 of 16. Posted by bob on 18-Jan-2017 13:21:46 GMT in reply to post #7 [1375<--1378]
You're funny, you say our "Max size" is ambiguous because we say that "more" is unnecessary anyway, and then you want an unambiguous answer to the question if a 52t ring "normally" works. The max is the max, more doesn't work "normally". That said, there are a lot of cranks and a lot of chainrings out there, each of which in combinations lead to different ring positions relative to the frame, and so there are people who run a 52t ring, albeit not with our recommended clearance to the frame.
Post #10 of 16. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 18-Jan-2017 13:37:17 GMT in reply to post #9 [1378<--1379]
language is a curious beast ... we're both dancing with ambiguity ... my max versus more and your max is max, more doesn't work "normally," but, oh by the way, a 52t works with the right setup, but just not with [your] recommendation ... ... okay ... i get it ... thank you ...
Post #11 of 16. Posted by bob on 18-Jan-2017 13:51:57 GMT in reply to post #10 [1379<--1380]
It's not that I want to be difficult, but the fact is that we designed the frame for the values listed and that works. But there's a ton of components out there, and frankly I'm surprised we haven't had somebody chime in already saying that with this crank, that ring, a spacer here, and full moon overhead, it works fine with a 52t.
Post #12 of 16. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 18-Jan-2017 16:04:35 GMT in reply to post #11 [1380<--1384]
I've been after some of your biking gear for a while. I was told it was Castelli size so might be quite tight. Do you do more baggy gear for mtb? My next bike may be an Open.
Post #15 of 16. Posted by on 21-Jan-2017 00:24:17 GMT in reply to blog [0<--1390]
Hi Neil, we have Castelli and Assos gear. The Castelli jersey is their training fit, so a bit looser than the race fit. If you go to the store (top right of this page there's a link) you can see everything including the fit charts.
Post #16 of 16. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 21-Jan-2017 21:12:29 GMT in reply to post #15 [1390<--1391]