As a sequel to its enormously popular U.P. gravel/adventure bike, Open Cycle has launched a new version called the U.P.P.E.R., which comes equipped with the brand’s new 375g U-Turn fork, 12mm thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes.
The U.P.P.E.R shares similar features with U.P., such as the same frame lay-out and geometry, however, a revised carbon composition gives it a significant weight reduction of 230g over its predecessor.
As mentioned, the U.P.P.E.R. features Open Cycle’s new U-Turn fork, which replaces the previous 3T Luteus fork, as well as adds smaller 12mm custom titanium thru-axles.
“We don’t like how the bike industry keeps “inventing” new standards, so we always investigate if they are an improvement before we use them,” says Open Cycle about its new U.P.P.E.R.
Open Cycle designed the U-Turn fork in such a way that it accepts flat mount brakes directly, thus avoiding the need for adapters and hardware in order to bolt the brake to the fork – making for both a lighter and safer design.
“We designed the U-turn, a new fork that accepts flat-mount calipers without the need for that silly adapter,” says Open Cycle. “So you can get your Shimano or SRAM flat-mount caliper, remove the standard adapter it comes with, and bolt it directly onto our fork.”
The new U.P.P.E.R is already showing on Open Cycle’s website, with pricing and availability for the US market yet to be announced.
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