The Rolls- -Royce
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.