Continuing the momentum generated from the classic, the new U.P. was designed to be lighter than the original. Still the Jack of All Trades we all fell in love with, the new U.P. can be ridden with 700c or 650b/27.5” wheels, with slick road tires or knobby trail tires, and with drop handlebars or flat MTB bars. All as originally conceptualized by Gerard Vroomen, with the original U.P. only at a comfortable 130 grams lighter.
The highest-performing frames don't use just one modulus of carbon - they use different types in different areas of the frame. The Open U.P. uses various densities of carbon all over: higher modulus where possible to save weight and boost stiffness, and lower modulus when necessary to enhance durability and compliance.See the OPEN U.P.
Allowing for wider tires than most gravel bikes, the U.P., with a proprietary drive-side chainstay, allows for both 700c wheels with up to 40mm wide tires or 650b/27.5" wheels with 2.1" wide tires. So when the path is a bit rough ahead just go wide. Always be prepared and spec a set of 650b wheels for easy changes based on your morning mood.See the OPEN U.P.
Leveraging intelligent carbon design to leave no compromises on the table, the U.P.'s seatstays and chainstays are structural masterpieces. Incredibly thin, to provide the vertical compliance necessary to tackle the roughest roads in comfort, they are anchored by the oversized bottom bracket and offset design, to create superb lateral rigidity and pedaling responsiveness.See the OPEN U.P.
OPEN’s principal goal with the new U.P. was to lighten the overall frame weight. To do this, they decided to use the U-Turn fork from the superlight OPEN U.P.P.E.R. frame. The U-Turn fork reduced weight and standardized the U.P. frame by using Flat-Mount style disc brakes along with a 12mm thru axle, as opposed to Post-Mount disc brakes with a 15mm thru axle as previously spec’d with the Classic U.P.. Due to this change the U.P.’s overall weight was reduced by 70 grams.See the OPEN U.P.
The U.P.'s bottom bracket utilizes the BB386EVO standard, making it able to accept virtually any crankset on the market. The offset chainstays not only allow clearance for up to 50-tooth chainrings, but the design maximizes the bottom bracket's stiffness for incredible acceleration and climbing.See the OPEN U.P.
With four water bottle mounts and a wide open main triangle for cargo bags the U.P. continues its legacy as being utilitarian. By utilizing all the spaces on a bike for a multitude of practical purposes, the U.P. will give you the convenience most frames can’t offer.See the OPEN U.P.
Available in two colors and a multitude of R&A Cycles Specs there is not a single version of the U.P. you won’t find satisfying. In case though, you like things just your way, it is fully customizable in an a la carte fashion. Feel free to contact an R&A Cycles technical specialist for assistance and pricing.See the OPEN U.P.