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Limited Edition OPEN x Rene Herse

Gerard Vroomen - 28-Oct-2022
If you like the not so standard bike stuff, you probably know Bicycle Quarterly. Great travel stories, tests of products you don't find elsewhere, all the weird things that make this sport so great. It was via Bicycle Quarterly that I got to know its editor, Jan Heine. But more than "just" a magazine editor, Jan also likes to design and produce bike parts. The most well-known of them are probably the tires. First known as Compass, but since quite a few years they are Rene Herse.

Now, there are many tires in this world designed for gravel, but what I like about Rene Herse is that they have a wide range of tires with no or very little profile. Of course in some situations you need knobs, but in many situations you don't. In particular where I live, riding gravel means switching between gravel, pavement and dirt all the time, and slick tires just ride so much nicer on the pavement while the volume of the tire is enough to provide grip on the other surfaces (unless it gets super muddy of course).

On the flip side, at Rene Herse they love the aesthetic and ride of OPEN's bikes. Jan's all-time favorite is our superlight U.P.P.E.R., so it was only natural that at some point somebody would suggest to do something together. In fact the idea was floated quite a while ago, but as it goes with small, busy companies, sometimes these ideas take time to actually get executed.

So here we are, with Rene Herse's version of the OPEN U.P.P.E.R. As Jan says: "The OPEN × Rene Herse U.P.P.E.R. takes its inspiration from mid-century Rene Herse bikes and reinterprets the aesthetic for today's shapes and materials. Designed by Tokyo's award-winning design studio There There, the color is inspired by the classic 'Rene Herse Blue,' now in a matte finish to reflect the properties of carbon as a frame material. The insides of rear triangle and fork blades are painted midnight blue, making the bike look slim and fast. Our signature multi-colored rings on the head tube and fork blade, plus the OPEN logo on the seat tube, complement the classic Rene Herse logo on the down tube."

The prototype OPEN × Rene Herse U.P.P.E.R. you see in the photos is Jan's personal bike. Fresh from the photoshoot, he's already enjoyed it on some big rides. He can't wait to take it on epic adventures in the Cascade Mountains (and in his case, with their knobby tires :-).

The OPEN × Rene Herse U.P.P.E.R. is available as a frameset and you can also combine it with the Campagnolo Ekar or SRAM Force/Eagle parts kits and wheel kits lower down on that same page (only where available). Orders will be taken until November 14, 2022. Frames will be delivered in January 2023.


Comments & Questions

What a collaboration! ????
Post #1 of 13. Posted by JaBig on 31-Oct-2022 15:10:53 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24701]
This is pure torture! Owning a standard grey WI.DE. running on fantastic ReneHerse Umtanum Ridge tires seeing this great color on an U.P.P.E.R. frame drives me nuts. I immediately had a „want to have reflex“ :)
Can I please get the color code? ;)

Post #2 of 13. Posted by Thomas on 31-Oct-2022 15:24:11 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24702]
I bought sone knobby steilecoom a few years ago and love them. And yes, they are on my upper. Great tyres and great bike.
Post #3 of 13. Posted by Graham Coult on 31-Oct-2022 18:11:56 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24703]
Not quite ready for another bike, but I will be sometime in the next 12 months for an all road/gravel bike. Just got an aero road bike with SRAM Force/Red AXS and Classified Powershift rear hub. The OPEN x RH and the MIND are both itching for a Powershift internal rear hub version. Gerard, I bet you can make this happen. The Powershift for these versatile bikes is a revelation. After a month, the powershift is flawless. But this Rene Herse bike really is appealing. I know there are shops that will build OPEN bikes with the Powershift, but a special version from OPEN would be more appealing to me. Just a thought.
Post #4 of 13. Posted by Jon B on 31-Oct-2022 20:54:16 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24704]
Yep, I know Classified quite well, rode the first hub 8 years ago! Wasn't so flawless back then, a lot better now :-). Who knows what the future holds, but as you say any dealer can build it up, the correct axle length for our bikes is available.
Post #9 of 13. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Nov-2022 11:38:44 GMT in reply to post #4 [24704<--24711]
Beautiful bike! Can you list the tire size on the bike as shown?
Post #5 of 13. Posted by Jeff on 01-Nov-2022 10:15:10 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24705]
I'd also like to know tyre and size please.
Post #6 of 13. Posted by Andrew Payton on 01-Nov-2022 11:30:24 GMT in reply to post #5 [24705<--24708]
full specs coming soon but it's the 650B x 48 Juniper Ridge
Post #7 of 13. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Nov-2022 11:33:16 GMT in reply to post #6 [24708<--24709]
Thanks. full specs coming soon but it's the 650B x 48 Juniper Ridge
Post #8 of 13. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Nov-2022 11:34:04 GMT in reply to post #5 [24705<--24710]
The next collaboration will be Open MiN.D x Pirelli.
Post #10 of 13. Posted by Aceh on 02-Nov-2022 11:09:56 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24712]
Guten Tag
bitte um Rückruf auf Tel. 052 268 08 84 betr. einer Einfuhr von MK Bicycles GmbH
Post #11 of 13. Posted by Go! Express & Logistics Schweiz AG on 04-Nov-2022 04:13:30 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24714]
What wheelset is Jan riding on his bike?
Post #12 of 13. Posted by P Tucker Withington on 25-Nov-2022 09:44:44 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24723]
Judging by the pictures shared here and some online searches, I think I found it. My guess is the Zipp 101 XPLR 650b.
(Note that it comes in two colors which from what I can tell, it's only the decals that are different.)
Post #13 of 13. Posted by Greg S on 01-Dec-2022 15:46:37 GMT in reply to post #12 [24723<--24731]