Open UP Shimano Di2 GRXfter Build

The road bike that goes off road!

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Recapture your youth

This Open UP GRXfter build is inspired by the Raleigh Grifter - the first blue all-roads bike; as happy doing jumps and riding through puddles in your back alley as it was getting you to school late taking the scenic route through the park.

The Open U.P. has been a sensation at Cyclefit with clients and staff alike. Jules has managed to race Cyclo-X, Road and Mountain Bike, all on one bike by swapping tyres and wheels. The Open U.P. has the performance-oriented road geometry & parts with clearance for mountain bike tires from the original. The New U.P. accepts flat-mount brakes and ships with an OPEN U-turn fork.

Shimano's new GRX Di2 gravel groupset that uses a smaller range on the chainrings (31/48) as opposed to the 34/50 on a standard compact bike and is combined with an 11-34 cassette. The rear mech is available in a long version to manage the wide range of gears. (GRX is also available as a 1 x 11 option and can be used with a 11-45 XT cassette). The levers are now a slightly different shape with a flatter platform and angles levers, they work particularly well with flared gravel bars.

We recommended the 2 x 11 build as this bike is mainly for road use and the odd light off-road foray. The Shimano GRX 1 x 11 option does give a wider range of gears but the jumps between cogs can often make finding a suitable gear on the road quite tricky; this is particularly noticeable when riding in groups and trying to maintain a comfortable speed and cadence. The light weight (7.5kg) and low gearing also means this bike is perfect for any mountainous rides when you get the chance!

The cockpit is our favourite Zipp Service Course alloy handlebar, stem and seatpost. The wheel's are Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3v carbon. 35mm deep with an internal width of 21mm. The owner of this bike didn't want to go too wide with his rims as he is planning to do mostly road riding and will fit 650b wheels when he requires some more tread.

The Raleigh Grifter

Raleigh Grifter

This may not have been Gerard and Andy's inspiration as they didn't live in the UK in the 1970's

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Technical Spec

Frameset Open U.P. - Xlarge
Groupset Shimano GRX Di2 - 48/31 chainset, 11-34 cassette.
Wheelset Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V
Handlebars Zipp Service Course SL70 XPLR
Handlebar Tape Zipp Service Course CX
Stem Zipp Service Course
Seatpost Zipp Service Course
Saddle San Marco Shortfit Allroads
Tyres Schwalbe G-One Speed Microskin 700 x 30
Pedals Shimano XT
Cages Bontrager Elite
Price (in the region of) £7,000.00

What our clients say

  • "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."

    Matt H

    Seven Evergreen SL

  • "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!"

    Bauke Mollema
  • "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."

    Ed H

    London Dynamo Rider

  • "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"

    TD

    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, Hannah"

    Hannah Barnes

    National Champion / Professional Bike Rider