OPEN U.P

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Fetish - R49 900 (FRAMESET) PRIVATEER.CO.ZA – JM

U.P stands for ‘Un­beaten Path’ – and it’s a true chameleon, with clear­ance for 2.1-inch moun­tain­bike tyres on 650b rims, 40mm cross tyres on 700c rims, 28mm road tyres, or any­thing in be­tween. The se­cret is the sig­na­ture dropped drive­side chain­stay, which frees up space in the most clut­tered area of the bike where the chain­rings, frame and tyre all fight for space. Mov­ing it out of the way al­lows for oo­dles of clear­ance, but also keeps the back end nice and short for pre­cise han­dling. There’s not enough space here to geek out over all the other en­gi­neer­ing de­tails, like dif­fer­ent car­bon layups for ar­eas of the frame that re­quire strength or flex, ThruThread weight­sav­ing axles, in­sanely neat in­ter­nal ca­ble rout­ing, and flat-mount disc brakes that don’t re­quire adap­tors. In sum­mary: the lat­est ver­sion of the U.P is light­weight, in­cred­i­bly well­made, and fu­ture-proofed for decades to come. It’s a bike de­signed to go fast and take you far.

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