OPEN launches the WI.DE an Ever More Capable Bike
I’m on the road traveling to a media event while OPEN launches the WI.DE, so sharing the PR directly. What you need to know, besides Gerard made another amazing bike, is this one has FENDERS!
We’ll have more analysis and a demo ride soon. As our readers know, we’re big fans of OPEN and what they bring to market.
Here’s the press release and the link for more info with pricing and geometry.
When OPEN launched the U.P. (Unbeaten Path) model in 2015, it created a new category of performance gravel bikes. Equally at home on-road and off, with 28mm or 2.1” tires, the U.P. allowed people to ride anywhere and get there fast.
This category has since exploded (and may we say, sometimes with bikes a little too “inspired” by the original U.P.). Meanwhile, the U.P., U.P.P.E.R. and New U.P. have gone from strength to strength, winning awards, rave reviews and even a mountain bike race with Geoff Kabush.
Today OPEN introduces the WI.DE. (Winding Detours), which will sit next to the U.P. family. While the U.P. focuses on the road-allroad-gravel spectrum, the WI.DE. covers allroad-gravel-extreme rides thanks to its expanded tire clearance. U.P. riders cover plenty of extreme terrain already but the WI.DE. extends the possibilities even further. OPEN co-founder Andy Kessler explains:
“The WI.DE. fits up to 2.4” mountain bike tires. That’s big even compared to some XC mountain bikes. At the same time, it still offers a performance road position for the rider and fits narrow road cranks, so riding efficiency remains high. This means it can conquer almost any terrain, without slowing you down on the easier roads and trails.”
The WI.DE. achieves this by taking the most-copied feature of the U.P. – its dropped chainstays – and doubling down on it. OPEN co-founder & WI.DE. designer Gerard Vroomen explains: “The WI.DE. drops both chainstays, creating a very efficient box structure for the monostay behind the BB. This increases BB stiffness, reduces weight and squeezes even more tire clearance out of the frame. In addition, the WI.DE. is optimized for 1x drivetrains only, which further helps tire clearance (the U.P. also offers 2x, although most riders build their U.P. with 1x).
OPEN launches the WI.DE Features
- Updated geometry: With slightly taller headtubes, the WI.DE. gives you even more control on the trickiest terrain, including rutted singletrack, loose rocks and “extreme gravel”.
- New size: Due to popular demand, we’ve added an XS size to our line-up. This is one of the smallest gravel frames you will find. Be sure to check stack/reach for a fair comparison with other frames, not toptube length, which can be misleading.
- Nimble handling: We have a reputation to “live U.P. to” as the original U.P. offered great handing regardless of the tire size used. The WI.DE. steering geometry was tweaked to offer the same feel but over a different range of tire sizes (35mm to 2.4”).
- Smartmount 160: The brake calipers are attached directly to the fork and frame without any adaptors. The mounts are positioned pre-set for 160mm discs for both front & rear (the only sensible choice for gravel bikes). Lighter, cleaner, stiffer and safer.
- Toolbox mount: Under the bottom bracket, the new monostay offers a perfect location to attach a toolbox. Out of the way with a low center of gravity, this is the perfect spot for your tools. The mounts are offset to create extra clearance with the chainring.
- De-Fender-Ready: The WI.DE. frame and fork are prepared for OPEN’s upcoming De-Fender mudguard system (Dec 2019).
Electric Mountain Bike Trips in Sierra Nevada
Reading these descriptions about Electric mountain bike trips. I don’t even care what the bike is: motor or not. Just that the tours looks like an incredible experience. Maybe they offer a range of motors, just a bit for fatigue or that your power all day? Regardless, there are currently two e-MTB tours available to North Americans (meaning, English speaking), with more coming soon.
What I expect couples would do during these tours is one of them rides the electric bike and the other pedal power only. They both have fun and the non-cyclist keeps up.
This is also a growing niche for touring. In Spain, “trekking” bikes are ridden from winery to winery with signage along the way and lanes or paths. If an operator take tourists up into the moments to enjoy more local food that’s even better.
Scale the Dolomites of Brenta
On this 7-day Italian getaway, riders will climb high into the Brenta Dolomites with the help of their e-MTB, opening up more trails with fresher legs. Speed along dirt roads, forest tracks, singletracks, and open trails through the nearly 25 mile-long mountain region, passing alpine lakes, exploring ancient orchards and vineyards, and taking in the spectacular mountain vistas, including one from famed Rifugio Peller in Adamello-Brenta National Park. Along the way, enjoy village feasts of stew and polenta and lakeside gelato treats while drinking in the crisp mountain air. Departs Aug. 17; priced from $2,160 per person.
Electric Mountain Bike Trips: Breeze through the Sensational Sierra Nevada
Explore remote paths through Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains on this 7-day singletrack adventure on a route known as the mountain biker’s “Shangri-La.” Designed for experienced mountain bikers, this journey uses pedal assisted e-MTBs so travelers can do more, see more, and give more while climbing to the summit of Spain’s third highest peak. With miles of switchbacks and technical trails to explore, riders also explore olive and almond groves, sample the country’s tastiest Jamon in the village of Trevelez, and spend a celebratory night at the Refugio Poquiera after tackling a vertical climb of nearly 2,300 feet. Departs Sept. 29; priced from $1,755 per person.
Osprey Launched Bike Lumbar Packs
While I’m busy with Sony in San Diego, Osprey launched bike lumbar packs. The Seral and Savu feature Osprey’s new bike-specific, angled hipbelt and compression straps for stability when riding.
One carries a lumbar reservoir, the other water bottles—it looks like it’ll appeal to a minimalist looking for something other than a traditional over-the-shoulder pack or an alternative to Camelbak.
Osprey Seral | Savu
Shared Features Include:
- Bike-specific angled hipbeltAirmesh wrap hipbelt with zippered fabric pockets provide stability and breathability
- ErgoPull waist strap closure system allows for proper, snug and stable fit
- Airscape Lumbar Backpanel with extra thick ridged foam with center air channel for excellent ventilation and stability
- Easily accessible zippered main compartment
- Internal tool organization
- Dual zippered hipbelt pockets
- Front panel bungee for extra clothing
SERAL | Features Integrated Hydraulics 1.5L Reservoir | $85
- Direct access zip path to reservoir compartment
- Magnetic hipbelt bite valve attachment
- Hydraulics 1.5L Lumbar Reservoir included
- Volume: 7 Liters
SAVU | Features Water Bottle Carry | $55
- Dual tuckaway water bottle sleeves
- Volume: 4 Liters
Read more about the new packs on Osprey’s site. I should have a pack into demo soon.
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