The Open U.P. (Unbeaten Path) might be a versatile bike but two of us at The Tri Store ride it as our day to day road bike which shows just how well it handles on the road. We've created this build with roads and gravel in mind, but a pair of cyclocross tyres will open up the world of off-road, and a pair of 650B MTB wheels will take you even farther...
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The U.P. fits mountain bike tires up to 2.1” wide. But you can also fit a 40mm cross tire, or a 28mm road tire, or anything else in-between.
“100% hi-modulus carbon”, “aerospace grade”, etc. Useless – and hopefully false (we’ll get to that) – claims meant to impress you.
It’s not about high- or low-modulus, it’s about the right carbon in the right spot. And because the bike industry loves techie-sounding abbreviations, we’ll humor them and call it TRCinTRS™.
Fact: stiffer carbon is more brittle. Strategically placed ultra-high-modulus carbon is a good idea. Making the whole headtube out of it when you have big impact loads is not!
The best lay-up is not 100% of one modulus; it’s a blend. We use the highest modulus (stiffest) carbon of any bike manufacturer where we can, and tougher grades of carbon where we must. That’s how our frames are both light and durable.
Wheels Novatec CXD 700c
Handlebars 3T Ernova Pro
Stem 3T ARX Pro
Seatpost 3T Zero25
Saddle Specialized Romin Evo Expert
Tyres Specialized Sawtooth 2Bliss
Bar Tape 3T Corius Team
Shifters and Brakes ST-R785 shifter and RS785 calliper
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Lawrence Neill Says
The antidote to the n+1 theory, this bike is just n! With two sets of wheels and three pairs of tyres you have a genuine road bike, cross bike and a drop handlebar mountain bike all from one frame. Simply awesome.10/10