The Rolls- -Royce

Bicycling (South Africa) - - STORIES - R49 900 (frame­set) pri­va­

Swiss-based Open Cy­cle is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween two heavy­weights of the cy­cling in­dus­try – Andy Kessler, for­mer CEO of BMC, and Ger­ard Vroomen, co-founder of Cervélo – who in 2012 founded the com­pany with the aim of stay­ing small and fo­cus­ing on per­for­mancedriven frame de­sign, as op­posed to mass pro­duc­tion.

No stranger to de­sign­ing and build­ing beau­ti­ful, light­weight bikes dur­ing his time at Cervélo, Vroomen cel­e­brates his trade­mark clean lines in the U.P. (which stands for Un­beaten Path), with de­sign aes­thet­ics that favour sim­plic­ity above all else. Don’t be fooled, though: be­neath the sim­plic­ity is a wealth of en­gi­neer­ing that blends speed, con­trol and ca­pa­bil­ity into a pack­age that mar­ries ag­ile road ge­om­e­try with moun­tain-bike tyre clear­ance, re­sult­ing in a light­ning- quick ride that can ven­ture onto any sur­face, any time.

Lo­cally, the U.P. will be avail­able as a frame­set with cus­tom build kits. Among the frame op­tions is what’s known as a ‘naked’ frame, which can be cus­tom-painted to cre­ate a one- of-a-kind bike.

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