Not everything in this world gets more expensive!

Gerard Vroomen - 31-Jul-2022
Not so long ago, inflation was debated in bars and psi. How things have changed. Of course we see it too at OPEN, almost all supplies but also shipping and related costs are going up. 

However, we had been working on creating a new entry price point spec for a complete U.P. bike and so, in a sea of price increases, we're here to announce our most affordable complete bike at $4999/€4999. Thanks also to our friends across the industry to make it happen during these difficult times in supply chain! 


Introducing the new U.P. Ekar complete bike. Obviously it's based on our iconic U.P. frame (choice of OPEN blue or matte grey/red), which started the performance gravel movement and thanks to several refinements is still going strong today. In fact, this is what the senior test editor of Bicycling Magazine wrote when he bought a frameset from us recently:

"I imagine you already know this but, it’s crazy how forward looking the UP was when you launched it almost SIX years ago. Here we are in 2022, and its still—I know you made a few updates— top of the class. I suppose you could say that, given the shifts in the category its now viewed as an all road or fast/light duty gravel bike but (I think) it’s all that most riders need for most gravel riding.

I was looking around for a bike/frame I could use for a wide variety of drop bar product testing that’s also a bike I’ll enjoy spending a lot of time on and, well, there’s the UP and there’s the UP."
Coupled with the Ekar drivetrain, the U.P.'s strengths really come to the fore. The closely spaced cogs on the 13-speed cassette alloy you to always be in the right gear and keep your speed, with enough range to tackle the toughest climbs.

For the wheels, we definitely didn't make any shortcuts. Not only did we partner up with HED, the premier US wheel innovators, we went for their top level Pro spec. Light & wide, these gravel-dedicated Emporia GA Pro wheels are a blast to ride. They may very well be the nicest alloy gravel wheels around. And not to sound like the typical TV salesman, but "I have these at home".

Cockpit comes from 3T, with the sleek Apto stem and the ultra-comfortable Superergo LTD carbon bars (I am not entirely unbiased in this matter). Saddle comes from Selle Italia, it's from their Model X project to bring production back to Italy. Of course saddles are very personal and you may want to swap it out for your own choice, but give this Model X a try before you do. The seatpost is a Wuthocker full carbon, so again no expense spared.

Tires are the Schwalbe G-One Allround. The actual width is 39mm for the 700x35c size thanks to the wide HED rim, so you get a great tire width at a lower tire weight.

The bike is available now directly from us and from select OPEN retailers around the world. And if you're interested in a different spec, we have a few options.



  • The customizable Ekar options, where you can choose any frame model and color, combine it with our 5-star Ekar groupset including ENVE full carbon cockpit, and then finish it off with your choice of alloy or carbon wheelset. This option is available as a complete bike everywhere except in North America right now, sorry! We'll have a slightly different option for North America soon.
  • For those preferring more extreme riding and electronic shifting, we have of course also the WI.DE. with Force/Eagle AXS (scroll down a little) drivetrain, a variety of cockpits (Easton or ENVE) and wheel options (650b or 700c, DT Swiss alloy or ENVE carbon)
Any questions, just let us know. And to end, a few more photos:

 

Comments & Questions

OPEN
Hi Gerard,
Six years I’ve been dreaming of an UP. I told a friend about OPEN and he bought an UP before me (how very rude of him!??) My turn now. Where can I buy one in Scotland, please?
Post #1 of 19. Posted by Brian Cooper on 01-Aug-2022 11:38:16 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24614]
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Hi Brian, we do not have an OPEN retailer in Scotland, but we can definitely get you a bike direct or via a local retailer you like to work with. I'll send you an email.
Post #4 of 19. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Aug-2022 12:21:30 GMT in reply to post #1 [24614<--24619]
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Great initiative.

Have you considered the option of doing the same with the M.IND?
Post #2 of 19. Posted by Sergi on 01-Aug-2022 11:52:21 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24617]
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Hi Sergi, we can definitely help you with that. I'll send you an email.
Post #3 of 19. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Aug-2022 12:19:37 GMT in reply to post #2 [24617<--24618]
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Hello, do you have an Ekar option that offers a thread-together bottom bracket? That's still not a threaded bottom bracket but better than nothing, right? No more press-fit for me, no way. If your UPPER model came with a threaded bottom bracket, like a T47, I would already have one in my garage right now!
Post #5 of 19. Posted by Ron on 01-Aug-2022 12:29:14 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24621]
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Hi Ron, well thread-together is BETTER than a threaded bottom bracket, as it avoids complications with the glue in threaded part. Anyway, companies like Token offer a thread together BB for Campagnolo Ultra-torque. Your OPEN retailer could definitely make that switch for you.
Post #6 of 19. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Aug-2022 12:47:42 GMT in reply to post #5 [24621<--24622]
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So, I just read a lengthy article on BBs to try to understand why this is important. It didn't really help because there are so many different standards. (I'm not a bike component aficionado so forgive my ignorance). That said, press-fit into a carbon frame just doesn't sound like a great idea (even though I'm not entirely clear what it means).

Can anyone help me out a bit? I do know that T47 is preferred by many. Fair enough. But what is thread-together? Why is it better? What does it all mean for the consumer who just wants a dependable, long lasting gravel (or all-arounder) bike?
Post #8 of 19. Posted by fred on 01-Aug-2022 14:01:17 GMT in reply to post #6 [24622<--24624]
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I read up a bit on thread-together, but it's still a bit vague.
Post #9 of 19. Posted by fred on 01-Aug-2022 14:28:13 GMT in reply to post #8 [24624<--24625]
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A good press fit works very well and makes sense as it doesn't require any parts glued into the carbon (which can be problematic). In fact it's why the industry moved away from that, as it used to be that threads were glued into the frame and would come loose). And press fit frames nowadays are a lot better than 10 years ago. Thread-together means that the left and right cup thread into each other in the center of the BB. So there is no need to glue threads into the frame, the threads are all in the BB system. With left and right threading into each other, it means the left and right bearing are always aligned, and there is axial pressure on the cup/BB shell connection. Best of both worlds.
Post #10 of 19. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Aug-2022 14:40:23 GMT in reply to post #8 [24624<--24626]
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Thanks. So, order one of those from Token or similar, I gather.
Post #12 of 19. Posted by fred on 01-Aug-2022 15:28:56 GMT in reply to post #10 [24626<--24629]
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"Not so long ago, inflation was debated in bars and psi"… now it's debated in bars and pubs. Nice multi-pun there!
Post #7 of 19. Posted by Paul Bitterlich on 01-Aug-2022 13:40:31 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24623]
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You should have read the part I deleted, the puns can go on and on!
Post #11 of 19. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 01-Aug-2022 14:41:46 GMT in reply to post #7 [24623<--24627]
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Very exciting, I just ordered mine....en Gerard, deze gaat naar een Nederlander in CH (Ticino...en af en toe Engadine)!
Groet, Joost
Post #13 of 19. Posted by Joost on 01-Aug-2022 18:27:32 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24631]
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Love the Engadin! Ticino isn't bad either :-)
Post #15 of 19. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 02-Aug-2022 14:42:24 GMT in reply to post #13 [24631<--24633]
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I got my original UP back in November 2015. With all that has changed since then, it’s crazy to think that my bike is just as relevant and capable now as when it first hit the market!
Post #14 of 19. Posted by Joe Kennedy on 01-Aug-2022 18:32:30 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24632]
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Hi - new to OPEN but just had my first ride, and I'm all in love! So - I really want the OPEN UP, preferably the complete bike, which seems like a great configuration at a fine price. In these grave inflationary times! Questions:
- Living in Denmark, should I order it directly or get it from a local dealer? I don't think the 3 dealers you have on your map sells OPEN bikes. But would like a local connection.
- I tried the Shimano GRX 810 1x11 - like it a lot. The Ekar sounds good, but reviews tells about it "needing a lot of adjustments" due to the 1x13. Not what I like. What's your opinion? No chance for GRX instead of Ekar?
- I really like the Sage color. But thats not available on a complete bike?

I have few more Q's, depending on your answers, so please reach out to me as soon as you can.
Post #16 of 19. Posted by Martin Pedersen on 08-Aug-2022 18:36:00 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24636]
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Hi Martin, cable actuated systems (Ekar, GRX mechanical, etc) may need an adjustment after a few initial rides as the cable stretches a little. But after that, I haven't had to adjust my Ekar bike once. Whether it's 1x11 or 1x13 doesn't really matter for this, if the cable stretches in initial use, you need a small adjustment. But it's only on the adjuster at the back, it's very simple. No other adjustments (limits, etc) would be needed).

The Sage is not available for this particular model, but you can get it with Sage in the slightly upgraded version with the ENVE cockpit (including carbon stem) and Fizik saddle. That one is 5500 Euro, with the same HED wheels. And it also has different options for the wheels if you want to go carbon. This bike is right below the standard complete bike (UP Ekar - customize).

Anyway, GRX is a nice group but Shimano is really way behind on gravel. 11-speed is such a big difference from having 12 or 13 when you're running 1x. Going from 11-42 to 9-42 not only gives you more range, but also means that with an adjusted chainring, you have more small steps to start your range:

Shimano: 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32-37-42 (first jump immediately 2 teeth)
Campy: 9-10-11-12-13-14-16-18-21-25-30-36-42 (first 6 cogs are spaced 1 tooth apart)

Hope that helps.
Post #17 of 19. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 08-Aug-2022 20:46:52 GMT in reply to post #16 [24636<--24637]
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Thanks Gerard - much appreciated! You make a convincing case for Ekar;-) - I'm just reding reviews that claim it is more sensible than Shimano.
I'm ready to order - I'll go with the blue;-) Jus a few more Q's:

- On your "spec page" you do not specify Tires. Same as for the "customize"? Ready to set up for tubeless?
- You mention saddle if I customize - I see the same saddle for the "Open Up Ekar" and the "Open Up Ekar - customizable". The Tempo Argo R5-150mm. True?
- I'm size 56 - corresponds to Large?
- Last but not least: delivery within 2-3 weeks to Denmark? I really need a bike now (got my Basso stolen), so waiting for months would be a challenge...

Regards, Martin
Post #19 of 19. Posted by Martin Broch Pedersen on 09-Aug-2022 11:49:50 GMT in reply to post #17 [24637<--24639]
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Hallo Team OPEN, Ich besitze ein OPEN Gravel Bike in der Farbe blau. Leider habe ich an der Gabel einen Lackschaden und frage bei Ihnen an ob es zu dieser Farbe einen Lackstift gibt.
PS : Das OPEN habe ich im Nov. 2019 neu bei Wellmann bikes in Roßdorf gekauf.
Viele Grüße Hannes
Post #18 of 19. Posted by Hannes Schweickert on 09-Aug-2022 11:16:23 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24638]
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