eTap AXS groupset made quite a splash when it launched earlier
this year, and we're not surprised to see it already featuring on a
number of new builds. The U.P.P.E.R. is the ultralight member of
OPEN's GravelPlus range, and it makes a fantastic base for the 2x12
groupset, producing a bike that is flat-out fast on the road but
not afraid to get its tyres dirty.
1x drivetrains are starting to make some inroads into the
gravel/adventure scene, but if you're planning on lots of road
miles there's still a lot to be said for the range and flexibility
of a 2x setup. So what we have here is 2x12 gearing, giving a huge
range with minimal gaps (and an integrated Quarq power meter to
monitor how that steady cadence is paying off).
A full complement of ENVE contact points provide strength and
their usual superb feel, with the flared drops of the gravel bars
giving additional control when you venture off the tarmac. The G23
wheels are stiff, light and strong and ideal for running tubeless,
with their hookless rims dramatically reducing the chance of pinch
Build your own custom OPEN bike in our online Bike Builder (in fact,
here's something very similar we put together earlier). Then
get in touch and we'll build your dream bike to your exact
requirements, with the perfect fit.
photos by Bobby Whittaker