What's U.P. at Eurobike?

Gerard Vroomen - 29-Aug-2017
Andy and I are pretty excited this week. Time for Eurobike (so if you contact us this week or next, expect a bit of a delay in response)! It's a bit more than 2 years ago that we introduced the U.P. and OPEN has never been the same. Its combination of a fast road riding position and clearance for 2.1” tires proved to be irresistible to the industry and our customers alike.


A Eurobike Gold award, several Bike of the Year Awards, raving reviews all prove the impact the original U.P. has had.  But what is really the most rewarding is the feedback from you, our customers. We’ve sold a lot of bikes in our lives and spoken with many customers, but we have never seen the amount and intensity of feedback as we’ve had with the U.P. For many of our customers, it is not just a new bike, but a new way of riding. They find themselves in places they’ve never ridden before, and are just ecstatic about this new-found freedom. Of course it also helps that it fits with the trend of trying to get away from the busy roads and the explosion of gravel, but GravelPlus goes just that extra step to make the whole riding experience faster thanks to the rider position and more capable thanks to the ability to even fit mountain bike tires.”

Maybe the biggest indicator of the U.P.’s impact can be found in the rapidly growing popularity of mixed-surface bikes that fit bigger tires, although they usually top out at 47mm tire clearance. Great for new tires such as WTB’s Horizon RoadPlus range (which also works well on the U.P.) but not enough for the ultimate fun of mountain bike treads.

But of course, we're not sitting still, so this Eurobike we introduce the new U.P., once again stepping ahead of the game. The New U.P. still offers the wide range of tire compatibility up to 2.1” and all the way down to 28mm road tires. The frame has been lightened up by 70 grams, and the new U-turn fork saves another 65 grams. The New U.P. has been further upgraded to accept flat-mount disc brakes and gets a new carbon layup, as well as new dedicated hardware including superlight Carbon-Ti axles.

We’re very happy with how the New U.P. came out. We’re not a company chasing huge sales volumes, we just want to make original and interesting products. In a previous life, I found it upsetting when so many other companies would be “inspired” (to put it mildly) by our designs, but nowadays it doesn’t bother me anymore. We are confident that our customers will always recognize our products as the original and still ahead of the game. If other brands follow our designs and make mixed-surface riding more popular, that’s a win-win and I just see it as flattering. So we hope the New U.P. will inspire the bike industry just as much as the original U.P. did!

The New U.P. will be available in September 2017 in green and blue with MSRP set at USD 3200 / EUR 3200 for the frameset. The original U.P. will also remain available for those who prefer post-mount disc brakes.

 
 

Comments & Questions

OPEN
Hi Gerard,

Congrats to the new bike.
What are differences between the new UP and the UPPER?

Best,
Björn
Post #1 of 36. Posted by Björn on 30-Aug-2017 17:31:55 GMT in reply to blog [0<--6998]
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Inquiring minds want to know!

Thanks-
Clint
Post #3 of 36. Posted by Clint W. on 30-Aug-2017 19:12:04 GMT in reply to post #1 [6998<--7000]
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See the "Specifications" table on the UP page: https://opencyc...p#A13
Post #7 of 36. Posted by huphtur on 31-Aug-2017 01:04:14 GMT in reply to post #1 [6998<--7005]
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thanks gerard, so it is basically "just" they weight. May I asked how that is achieved? Different carbon qualities and manufacturing techniques? Anything you can or want to share?
And how about the performance, in terms of stiffness and comfort? Thanks and have a great show, Björn
Post #9 of 36. Posted by björn on 31-Aug-2017 04:41:46 GMT in reply to post #7 [7005<--7007]
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I don't like to speak of different "qualities" of carbon as the word can mean specification and quality. But the UPPER does have a different layup than the UP, which includes different shapes, fibre angles and also different grades of carbon in certain places.
Post #12 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 31-Aug-2017 11:11:47 GMT in reply to post #9 [7007<--7011]
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The difference between the New UP and UPPER is the weight, the UPPER is simply the super light version of the New UP.
Post #11 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 31-Aug-2017 11:09:38 GMT in reply to post #1 [6998<--7010]
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Demo models available in new frame? Am in the wilds of South Dakota USA and would love to promote the brand guys.
Post #2 of 36. Posted by Alan M. on 30-Aug-2017 19:10:30 GMT in reply to blog [0<--6999]
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We start shipping the New UP in September so it won't be too long before our retailers have them.
Post #13 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 31-Aug-2017 11:12:16 GMT in reply to post #2 [6999<--7012]
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Beautiful bike Gerard!! Thank you for all that you have done for us bike riders!
Post #4 of 36. Posted by mark clark on 30-Aug-2017 19:49:45 GMT in reply to blog [0<--7001]
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I second this emotion! Thanks for the great products, and keep up the great work!
Post #10 of 36. Posted by Matt on 31-Aug-2017 10:45:33 GMT in reply to post #4 [7001<--7009]
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Thanks Matt, keep up the riding!
Post #15 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 31-Aug-2017 11:12:53 GMT in reply to post #10 [7009<--7014]
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Thanks Mark, I appreciate it.
Post #14 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 31-Aug-2017 11:12:36 GMT in reply to post #4 [7001<--7013]
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Good day fellas:

Love these new frame sets and paint schemes. Is there a geometry table link for these new direct mount frames? Also, what are the binder bolts pictured on the top tube for, and can you tell us what the bottom bracket standard is used for these frames? Thanks Bob
Post #5 of 36. Posted by Bob Gardner on 30-Aug-2017 20:02:13 GMT in reply to blog [0<--7002]
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I have the orange up and can't wait to purchase a blue one ,best bike I own
Post #6 of 36. Posted by Julie Jenkins on 31-Aug-2017 00:08:25 GMT in reply to post #5 [7002<--7004]
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Hi Julie, glad you like it!
Post #17 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 31-Aug-2017 11:14:46 GMT in reply to post #6 [7004<--7016]
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The UP page is already updated with the new info. The geometry is identical to the UPPER. The toptube bolts can be used to add a bag there without needing velcro straps or similar concoctions. BB standard is BB386EVO, all specs are on the UP product page: http://opencycle.com/UP
Post #16 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 31-Aug-2017 11:14:25 GMT in reply to post #5 [7002<--7015]
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Thanks Gerard. I looked at the page and it was great info. One last question, for the installation of a PF30 type bottom bracket in the New UP frame do you recommend using any type of loctite and primer (if so which specific loctite product) or just a dry install into the frame? Thanks much, Bob
Post #21 of 36. Posted by Bob Gardner on 31-Aug-2017 21:16:09 GMT in reply to post #16 [7015<--7020]
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Hi Bob, we do not recommend any Loctite or primer, dry is fine.
Post #30 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 03-Sep-2017 09:56:21 GMT in reply to post #21 [7020<--7033]
OPEN
What great bikes, you guys should be flattered that other manufacturers are trying to copy your designs.
I absolutely love the versatility of both my U.P. and 1 plus. The only problem with your bicycles, I can't get enough of them. Thank you
Post #8 of 36. Posted by Doug on 31-Aug-2017 01:04:47 GMT in reply to blog [0<--7006]
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Hi Doug, great to hear you like your UP. and One+. Don't buy too many though!
Post #18 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 31-Aug-2017 11:15:28 GMT in reply to post #8 [7006<--7017]
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But the Blue Upper looks so good.....haha, no reply necessary ...keep up the great work...
Post #19 of 36. Posted by Doug on 31-Aug-2017 13:28:40 GMT in reply to post #18 [7017<--7018]
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Hey Clint- Are you guys producing the UP or the UPPER in the colors (blue, green) like in the photos on this post?
Post #20 of 36. Posted by Dustin Bessette on 31-Aug-2017 14:00:37 GMT in reply to blog [0<--7019]
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Hi Dustin, not sure who Clint is but the UP and UPPER are offered in the colors listed in the specs, so orange and brown for the original UP, green and blue for the new UP and matte black for the UPPER. And of course there are the Ready To Paint frames.
Post #24 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Sep-2017 04:10:46 GMT in reply to post #20 [7019<--7023]
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Sorry about "Clint", I think spellcheck on my phone got the best of me here. Thanks for the info! The colors look great on these frames.
Post #25 of 36. Posted by Dustin Bessette on 01-Sep-2017 07:41:42 GMT in reply to post #24 [7023<--7024]
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Wait Gerard I'm Clint!

Thanks-
Clint
Post #33 of 36. Posted by Clint Williams on 08-Sep-2017 08:43:03 GMT in reply to post #24 [7023<--7044]
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hi gerard, i am from india. And i want to purchase open gravel bike, but unfortunately there is no dealer in india . so can you advise me how to purchase open gravel bike in india oe what to do.
Post #22 of 36. Posted by kumar on 31-Aug-2017 23:40:11 GMT in reply to blog [0<--7021]
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Hi Kumar, we sell worldwide through our webshop, so no problem regardless of where you are.
Post #23 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Sep-2017 04:09:20 GMT in reply to post #22 [7021<--7022]
OPEN
Hi: Can you comment on the 1x Di2 setup pictured for the blue colored bicycle? What Shimano shifters, cassette (size), rear derailleur - XTR Di2 or Dura Ace Di2, and front chainring (size) are being used. Also, do you think a DI2 setup would work 1x with the SRAM Force 1 crankset?

Fantastic looking new bicycles.
Post #26 of 36. Posted by Steve Thomson on 01-Sep-2017 08:14:53 GMT in reply to blog [0<--7025]
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Hi Steve, if you check the May 2016 Bike Of The Month on the UP product page, you will see how 1xDi2 is done. This blue bike will appear soon as its own BOTM, but Andy is still putting together all the specs, but the principle for the shifting is the same as on that brown May 2016 bike.
Post #29 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 03-Sep-2017 09:45:41 GMT in reply to post #26 [7025<--7029]
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Gerard - very well done! The colors are great and adding U-turn fork and 12mm axle means more compatibility with road disc bikes. Personally I could now share wheels between the UP and my Breadwinner Lolo disc. Thank you for continuing to make super smart design choices that maximize benefits.
Post #27 of 36. Posted by Neil Ashton on 01-Sep-2017 23:18:09 GMT in reply to blog [0<--7027]
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Hi Neil, thanks for the thumbs up. We try!
Post #28 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 03-Sep-2017 09:44:12 GMT in reply to post #27 [7027<--7028]
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Wow - In addition to the new design in my favorite color I see you just added my local bike shop Clemmons Bicycle as an Open dealer!! Will be ordering very soon :-)
Post #31 of 36. Posted by Neil Ashton on 03-Sep-2017 23:49:37 GMT in reply to post #28 [7028<--7036]
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Great looking bikes. One question is it possible to get one without the braze on bolts on the top tube?
Post #32 of 36. Posted by Joe on 06-Sep-2017 15:24:37 GMT in reply to blog [0<--7042]
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Nope, but we did just make a change to flatter bolts so they don't stick out very much anymore.
Post #34 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 11-Sep-2017 13:55:20 GMT in reply to post #32 [7042<--7054]
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Do those flatter bolts fit the UP classic? I'm not planning on using a bag up there (but I do like the option). Any way those of us w/the older model can get a set? Would they fit the holes for the FD mount too? (I'm running 1x and the screws do stick out a bit).

If not, can you tell us the size of the bolts/threads to try and source our own?
Post #35 of 36. Posted by Kevin on 19-Oct-2017 11:26:01 GMT in reply to post #34 [7054<--7137]
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Hi Kevin, you can use any standard M5 bolt. There are lot of different options, including some with no head at all that you could use to make it flush. Or rubber plugs, that's another option.
Post #36 of 36. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 19-Oct-2017 23:14:26 GMT in reply to post #35 [7137<--7138]
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