According to the Design and Innovation Awards,“the bike category is dead”!
Thus alluding to the fact, that certain bikes are blurring the lines between traditional bike definitions, and therefore, refusing to be categorized in any given category.
No bike better exemplifies this, than Open Cycle’s Open U.P. (aka ‘Unbeaten Path’), which defies tradition by calling itself a “GravelPlus” bike.
Indeed the Open U.P. blurs the lines between a road bike, a gravel bike and a cyclocross bike, with the ability to accommodate up to a 40mm tire utilizing a traditional 700C wheel, while also allowing the use of a 650B wheelset. Some call it a mountain bike designed for roadies, or vice versa. We call it, a bike destine for adventure.
But more than just our opinion, the Design and Innovations Awards gave the Open U.P. its highest distinction for 2016, calling it:
“a beautifully crafted: a dropped chainstay allows for a super-compact 420 mm rear end, resulting in stiff and responsive power transfer, while ultra-thin seatstays add a degree of vertical compliance. A Syntace 12 mm thru axle adds more lateral stiffness to the rear for off-road action. The frame is drop-dead gorgeous too: internal cable routing keeps the lines clean, while the striking color scheme demands attention everywhere it goes.”
“With relaxed and versatile geometry, the Open U.P. is more than a blending of genres, it’s a study in versatility offering endless possibilities, carving out a unique identity all its own.Never have the polar-opposite worlds of mountain biking and road biking been so connected. The Open U.P. is a bike that lives up to its name, opening up previously unridden gravel roads and singletrack where the adventure can continue, taking riders far from the very real dangers of traffic and onto the beautiful network of unexplored trails and tracks.”
We couldn’t agree more.
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