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  • Premier Icon robowns
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    After deliberating for about a year, I finally got around to selling my MTB (road bike to follow) and I’ve acquired an Open UP. Didn’t like the stock colours so got Ali at Fatcreations (who did a stellar job) to paint it up for me. Came out quite well I think – just need another set of wheels now, having nicked these from the road bike.


    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    That is gorgeous 😍

    Premier Icon big_n_daft
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    Don’t watch the Hambini review

    Looks nice

    Premier Icon sandboy
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    As a lifelong Wolves supporter, I’m loving the colour, Very nice bike!!

    Premier Icon convert
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    Don’t watch the Hambini review

    Geez – I can’t see that ending well.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    Oooh what a beauty!

    Premier Icon r8jimbob88
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    Looks lovely.

    But

    Hambini

    Premier Icon robowns
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    Don’t watch the Hambini review

    Saw it before purchase, didn’t change my opinion in any way. Negligible difference between frames anyway let’s be honest.

    Premier Icon Edukator
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    Lovely, but it is a road bike!

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    True but I was very impressed by the matching rear light in the top photo.

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    FWIW, mine (open UPPER) was also CT scanned and had a single <1mm void in the NDS chainstay close to the disc mount.

    My BB (Chris King) has been installed for 18months and has about 3000km on it. I don’t have any issues.

    The colour you’ve chosen is both brave and lovely, OP.

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    Must have been really difficult to mask the gravel when you painted that wall. Respect.

    Premier Icon swavis
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    I expected Leftfield
    *is disappoint*

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Top marks for the light matching the frame.

    Premier Icon robowns
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    Must have been really difficult to mask the gravel when you painted that wall. Respect.

    Looks a mess, needs redoing every six months because it turns green after one!

    Premier Icon nealglover
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    Don’t watch the Hambini review

    That’s good general advice regardless of any bike purchase.

    Premier Icon robbie
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    I’ve got about 6000km on my open up.
    Original bottom bracket with no problem. It gets used for everything from fast road rides. Bikepacking and rough gravel. It gets used and abused. Really do like it.
    Watched the Hambini review and didn’t like what I heard but then had to tell myself that he seems to have had it in for them since the cervelo days. Not saying the frame is as perfect as it should be for the price but loving mine.

    Premier Icon gary
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    I expected Leftfield

    As a fan of the band and an owner of the bike I’m appalled I never made that connection!

    Premier Icon sweepy
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    Nice bike 🙂
    If its algae making the wall green try Algon

    Premier Icon robowns
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    Watched the Hambini review and didn’t like what I heard but then had to tell myself that he seems to have had it in for them since the cervelo days

    As long as it doesn’t snap, it really doesn’t bear any relevance whatsoever to the rider to be honest. Frame is massively overpriced for what it is, but was the only thing out there that looks good and has the geo I wanted (also didn’t want a load of ugly mounting points, given my intended use).

    Thanks Sweepy, will give that a go in Spring.

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    I’m not so sure about it being overpriced.

    Yes, there are Chinese frames with similar style and geometry, but they’re generally made from T700. The UPPER is primarily made from T1000 which is substantially more expensive. This makes it lighter by almost 35% than an equivalent Carbonda. It also feels MUCH stiffer and livelier than my Carbonda. On race wheels, it feels and performs every bit as well as a race bike.

    A full T1000 frame even from China will be double and a bit the price of a cheaper one. So about £1200, the Upper is £3000 and comes with much better axles, etc. Given the Design work that’s gone into it and that it’s supplied with a European warranty, I don’t think it’s too bad.

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    86k on mine this morning – should’ve taken a bike with guards :-/

    Premier Icon dirtyrider
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    I’m not so sure about it being overpriced.

    did you laugh to yourself a tiny bit when you wrote that,

    of course they are overpriced (and i’ve had a O-1.1 and the Mrs still has one)

    Premier Icon jako
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    Like Vroonen’s approach to bike design – all the way back to the Cerverlo Solist. And I love riding my Open Wi.De. Had I not already had my road bike, I am not sure I would have one – and rather just ride my Open on and off road.

    Premier Icon LeeW
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    Daffy

    FWIW, mine (open UPPER) was also CT scanned and had a single <1mm void in the NDS chainstay close to the disc mount.

    Where did you get that done?

    We do UT on composites at work, often wondered if we could set up commercially but the tanks are <4m3.

    Scanned some odds and sods just for fun, problem is you will never know if it’s a void or inclusion without cutting it up. That’s why we prepare in Class 8 cleanrooms.

    Premier Icon robowns
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    I’m not so sure about it being overpriced.

    I’ll remain skeptical, but if it’s worth it for you then it’s a good purchase. For me, I’m convinced the only thing that makes a difference to an amateur rider is how much you like the bike; you like it more you ride it more.

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    An UP is what? £2600 at the current exchange rate? A Cervelo S5 disc is £4200+

    There’s not much difference in weight, which is remarkable given that’s it’s CEN tested to MTB standards and whilst it’s not as aero, it is more versatile.

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