Since 2015 OPEN have pioneered a very interesting new sector
with their U.P. and U.P.P.E.R. - bikes with road geometry and speed
that can also handle some decent off-road action.
The newly unveiled WI.DE. takes this approach still further,
moving along the scale deeper into adventure territory with the
ability to take up to 2.4in wide tyres and a slightly more relaxed
riding position, but with the geometry tweaked to maintain a fast,
nimble feel on the trail. Like the U.P. it runs standard road
cranks, giving you plenty of gears for those road sectors, but the
WI.DE. is 1x drivetrain compatible only.
At a glance the new bike might look quite similar to the U.P.
and they certainly have a lot in common. But most notably the
WI.DE. features dropped chainstays on both sides - in
order to accomodate those wider tyres - and this means that OPEN
have been able to build a chunky box-section monostay behind the
bottom bracket to give some serious stiffness.
The WI.DE. is an addition to the OPEN range, and will sit
alongside the U.P. and U.P.P.E.R.
How much of a market is there for a niche within a niche? We're
not sure, but the sheer versatility of the U.P. means that it's
likely to remain our top seller. For those who want that extra bit
of off-road capability though, and don't mind sacrificing a little
road performance, the WI.DE. makes for a very interesting choice.
We think it will particularly appeal to bikepackers and those
targetting fast endurance events like the Dirty Kanza.
The WI.DE. is positively bristling with mounting points, with
provision for a top tube bag, an under-frame toolbox mount and 3x
Like the U.P. there are no standard mudguard mounting points
(although clip on options are always available) but the WI.DE. has
a proprietary integrated mounting system that OPEN are calling
"De-Fender" (see what they did there?) and we're promised more
details on these new tailored mudguards later in the year.
They've also added an XS size to the range, again in response to
customer feedback, and that makes the WI.DE. especially interesting
for shorter riders, as one of the most compact gravel/adventure