Brothers Richard and Mark commissioned builds each for 2018 Open UP Gravel Plus bikes. They never even argued about the colour! Both bikes show common themes and individual project variation. Everyone who has an Open raves about the sense of adventure these beautiful bikes offer. 80% of our Open builds use 1x11 and 60% take two sets of wheels - generally 650bx21.MTB and 700x32 road/cross. The ability to have a bike with a multiple personality with a 15 second wheel change is truly addictive. The original Open UP is now much copied but never bettered. It is an idea and a bike that has spawned a whole way of riding. Last year Jules raced his UP three ways in six months - road-race, cyclo-x and MTB race!
"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
"I had my second fitness test this weekend and on the first 8 minute time trial I'd improved average power output by a whopping 41 watts over the previous test. This is almost entirely down to the new position!"
"Thanks very much for consultation last week - since I saw you I do not have anything like the same amount of pain I was experiencing previously. I am so much more at ease with my new positioning and my posture feels right now."
"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
"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!"