Open are rolling out their already popular WiDe as a stock complete build. Kitted out with the new full Sram Force AXS 1x and DT SWISS GR-1600 650B wheel set. Available in all sizes within 5 working days. Only 8.9kg in a large!! These are a modern day gravel machine, we have one for demo and it absolutely shreds! Come and have a go on ours to check your size for as little as £80 test ride, which will come off the bill if you go for one of these beauties…
WHAT IS THE WI.DE.?
- With 650b gravel or mountain bike tires up to 2.4”, rutted singletrack, slippery roots and loose rocks are no match
- With 700c gravel tires up to 46mm, even the toughest gravel roads are tackled at lightning speed
- With 700c road tires (we recommend 35-40mm wide), you have the most comfortable road bike ever invented
The U.P.’s dropped chainstay has become our most copied frame feature ever. No wonder, as it is a great way to create more tire clearance.
The WI.DE. goes one better. By dropping both chainstays, the monostay just behind the bottom bracket becomes a very efficient box structure. This increases BB stiffness, reduces weight and squeezes even more tire clearance out of the frame.
SPEED & HANDLING
Most riders know that with the right bike geometry, even big tires can be fast. The WI.DE. takes this to the extreme. Of course a massive tire is not as fast as a pure road tire, but the delta is small enough that it doesn’t detract from the on-road fun. And off-road, there is no comparison.
Forget “100% hi-modulus aero-space carbon”. It’s not about high- or low-modulus, it’s about the right carbon in the right spot (or TRCinTRS™ as we mockingly call it).
Fact: stiffer carbon is more brittle. So it’s great for stiffness (on the sides of the downtube) but bad for impact loads (for example around the headtube).
Hence the best lay-up is a blend. We strategically place the ultra-high modulus (very stiff) carbon where we can, and tougher grades of carbon where we must. That’s how our frames are both light and durable.
Our U-Turn fork has always had massive tire clearance, making it the perfect match for the WI.DE. It’s also very light, thanks to another OPEN innovation: Smartmount.
Smartmount attaches the caliper directly onto the fork, without any adaptors. The mounts are positioned pre-set for 160mm discs (the only sensible choice for gravel bikes). Lighter, cleaner, stiffer and safer. Check the specifications for more details on how to mount each brand of caliper.
Checkout their website for the trusted reviews and full spec list here – https://opencycle.com/wide
Here is our shop Demo Build – https://www.thewoodscyclery.co.uk/gallery/open-w-i-d-e-demo-bike/