Open's stunning U.P. gravel bike gets lighter and more modern with a second-generation design
Open’s U.P. (Unbeaten Path) was ahead of its time when it launched two years ago with a lightweight carbon frame, all-road geometry, and room for up to 2.1” mountain bike tyres. Road Plus wasn’t even a thing back then, but the fact that it also fits the newer high volume treads was just one of the many reasons our American sister title Bicycling gave this great-riding, versatile bike their coveted Editors’ Choice award.
As good as that first generation U.P. is, it’s about to get even better with a lighter, more modern second-generation design.
The new U.P. frame shares tube shapes, geometry, and tyre clearance with the existing model, but drops 70 grams of weight with a new carbon layup. The current year’s model sports a 3T Luteus II fork with old school-ish 15mm thru-axle and post-style disc brake mounts, but it’s replaced for 2018 with a new, 65-gram lighter model dubbed the "U-turn" with a 12mm thru-axle.
Both the frame and fork now feature flat-style brake mounts as well. Other upgrades include new hardware, such as superlight carbon-ti axles. A superlight "U.P.P.E.R" frame will also be offered with the same fork and brake mounting options.