The Open U.P.P.E.R is the gravel bike of choice this past few months, maybe its down to its impeccable handling on and off-road, lightweight chassis and the rider feedback that is channelled through the carbon lay-up of the frame itself; at least at Cyclefit anyway. It is also a very light frame considering it is used on tracks and trails with the average build coming in at around 7.5kg with the lowest recorded at 5.9kg!
This bike was specifically built for the Dirty Riva in April and it performed admirably; the only spec change was to Panaracer Gravel King file tread tyres from the Schwalbe G-One Bites that were fitted for winter riding. Although fast in a straight line on loose surfaces the Pain a Raisins did not have enough grip on the corners and the drifts became a wash-out and shipped the owner off a few times en route to the finish line. He still managed an excellent time though despite the injuries.
The gearing is an 11 - 42 SRAM cassette at the back with a 42T Wolf Tooth chainring on Dura Ace cranks (with Rotor covers to hide the join) up front.
The wheels are hand built at Cyclefit HQ using DT Swiss 180 hubs (with ceramic bearings) on Stan's No Tubes Carbon Grail rims laced with DT Competition spokes. Great value for money and only 1380 grams.
"Cyclefit provide a great personalised service that focuses on giving you exactly what you need. They are extremely knowledgable and friendly and no request/requirement is too difficult for them."
Cyclist & triathlete
"I'm new to cycling so needed some support on finding a bike that would be right for me. Julian couldn't have been kinder or more supportive, he took time to find out what I wanted from my cycling and then looked closely at my physical structure to ensure that the bike is a comfortable fit for me. It really is a 5 star service and far exceeded my expectations."
"Rode my standard Box Hill loop this morning with the temp shims and more thought to position.
Felt more connected and compact on the bike.
Fastest ride of the year, picked up close to a km/per hour despite crappy wet pot holed roads, a ton of traffic and a couple of nights out Thu/Fri."
Seven Evergreen SL
"Very very personalised service. You arrive, they expect you, greet you by first name, have checked your file from past visits and set out very clearly what the process will be, what issues they're looking to address and how and they are happy to take the time to walk you through everything in layman's terms. Almost any professional service entity could learn a lot from how Cyclefit works. "
"A great service, full of personal touches as well as the "harder" scientific analysis of my position on the bike, which was also excellent. I feel more planted on the bike now, and came away with some really useful feedback from the session."