The way I ride road bikes has evolved with the way the bikes are being built. As I have moved away from pack racing over the past 10 years, I have desired more variety in my daily rides. Most of my rides involve sections of steep LA county fire roads or linking hilly neighborhood climbs together by zigging and zagging through hidden dirt paths.
What are the differences between the Open WI.DE. versus the Open U.P.P.E.R.? In the Autumn 2019 Bicycle Quarterly issue, the team takes a look at these bikes in detail.
With bigger clearance for a 27.5 x 2.4″ tire, fender mounts, double dropped chainstays, an updated geometry, and more, the new OPEN WI.DE is the rowdiest bike in their lineup. Check out this video as Gerard Vroomen and Andy Kessler take on the ripping trails around Basel, Switzerland.
“I have crossed paths a couple of times with YETI Cycles owner Chris Conroy. We both worked at Scott a while ago (ok almost 25 years…). Back then Scott was the owner of the Yeti- and Schwinn brand. YETI was just the coolest brand out there with a couple of legendary riders and great bikes.” Check out more at OPEN!
The OPEN UP is one of the most unique bikes on the market and now, it has a sibling. OPEN introduced the U.P.P.E.R. this week, a sportier, racier frame with flat mount disc, a different layup, which makes it lighter and a stealthier color. Yes, the U.P.P.E.R. is the meaner, leaner version of the UP but is not replacing its predecessor. It also features a new fork, the U-Turn. Find out more at OPEN!
The makers of the UP get interviewed by Max at Podia. For more Open UP news, check out Max’s person UP at Podia.
Brown bikes are something special. You don’t see a whole lot of them but when they’re done right, they’re easy on the eyes. Just like this OPEN UP from Above Category. Check out more of this brown beat at AC’s Blog!