Quicker Than a Mountain Bike - More Usable Than a Cyclo-X
More direct and faster than a mountain bike and more fun and usable than a cyclo-x bike. The feeling of control, grip and fun from the Open is more akin to a top flight mountain bike. But the speed, power-transfer and directness of purpose is mixture of Cervelo S5 and next generation, yet to be innovated cyclo-x bike. You ride the Open like a mountain bike, only faster. On a cross bike you have to ride and especially descend and corner with balletic precision and control because grip, and braking are so limited. On the Open the larger tyres and tautness of chassis exchanges the clenched-arse feeling for pure confidence and fun. Factor in that the UP is about 7mm lower overall than a cross bike, which in turn lowers the combination of rider and bike centre of gravity. It is a simple fact that lower BB bikes feel more controllable, safer and can therefore be pushed harder.
In the Spirit of Open (ness)
This is the right bike but at the wrong time for me. The stark facts are even spending a few minutes on a bike, any bike, puts my damaged back into spasm. I love Open as a company and I love this bike. I love everything about it other than riding it really hurts. Last year on our training camp I threw caution to the wind and, after getting taped up by my friend and osteopath, Alex Fugallo, and an armful of pain killers, I even managed to ride Sa Colobra one last time. I had to stop a few times and it hurt like hell, but for a morning I was back in lycra and out with Jules and the bunch like old times. That kind of caper isn’t possible anymore because function and pain have revised in the wrong down and up respectively. I can forget about the beauty, technology, freedom and pure joy and excitement of riding until something like Open’s UP comes along.