Fit and trim: the Open UP gets a refresh for 2018

An impeccably versatile gravel grinder refined for the times

It’s no understatement to say that Open shook up the gravel bike category with the introduction of the original U.P. in 2015. The company is striving to keep this innovative gravel grinder current with a few key refinements.

While other gravel bikes can easily swap between 700c and 650b wheelsets, and many can even fit knobby 27.5x2.1in mountain bike tires between the stays, very few can do all this with the short chainstays, racey geometry and low gram count that distinguish Open’s updated U.P.

The U.P. is an incredibly versatile all-road/gravel bike
The U.P. is an incredibly versatile all-road/gravel bike

“I’ve sold a lot of bikes in my life and spoken with many customers, but I 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,” said Open co-founder Andy Kessler.

Open has adjusted several key elements of the popular gravel bike to suit the times. The company has shaved a claimed 70g from the carbon frame through the use of a revised carbon layup. The use of the U-Turn fork introduced with the lighter U.P.P.E.R. frame earlier this year saves an additional 65g.

The revamped U.P. comes in green and blue colorways
The revamped U.P. comes in green and blue colorways

In addition to cleaving grams from the chassis, the new U.P. switches up some frame fitments. Specifically, it moves to flat-mount disc brakes. Unlike the original U.P., which uses a 100x15mm thru-axle upfront, the use of the U-Turn fork means the revised U.P. uses the 100x12mm road thru-axle standard. Aside from the fork, disc mounts and lighter frame, this new bike shares the same sizing, geometry and tire clearance.

The new U.P. will retail for $3,200 when it becomes available in September. (UK and Australian pricing have yet to be announced.)

Visit https://opencycle.com for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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