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.
"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."
"A very thorough, professional and personal service. I was keen to analyse my bike position after breaking my hip. The custom footbeds and alterations to my position feel really good, just wish I’d come sooner! Many thanks"
Endurance MTB rider
"Hey Julian and Phil,
I hope you are both well.
I just completed a 21 hour week on my new 165mm cranks and I am in love. They feel so so great!
Thank you for all your help. I’ve never felt so comfortable on my bike before.
All the best,
National Champion / Professional Bike Rider
"The personal service from both Phil and Julian is second to none. They have such a wealth of experience in fitting that they can almost tell at a glance if something is just a little off. It felt as though it didn't matter how long it took to get the best position possible - even for an amateur cyclist like myself. Can't recommend them enough."
"I tried the shorter cranks today and I like them - it feels like it's less stress for the back and it seems easier to ride higher cadence. In the end I had a good Tour with no back problems. Thanks for your help!"