What do you get when you mix product from the renowned trio of Gerard Vroomen, Campagnolo and Hed Cycling? Simply, your choice of gravel bike from Open Cycles built with a selection of drivetrain components and wheels from Italy and Minnesota respectively.
Starting wit their signature dropped chainstay design, the Open line of gravel bikes of course are responsible for busting the gravel door open on new dual-purpose bikes. From the original UP to the monster truck-like WiDe, we have never been disappointed in the performance of any of Vroomen’s offerings. And now, the bikes can be had with the gravel inspired Campy Ekar 1x drivetrain and the Hed Emporia wheels.
OPEN/CAMPAGNOLO GRAVEL BIKES
So we are very excited to now ship any UP, UPPER or WIDE frame size and color to your door built as a complete bike with Ekar. We cover all shipping, duty and related costs within Europe and North America. You can also order it via your local OPEN retailer and they will build it up with the same parts. Regardless of how you order, please expect some 4 weeks for final delivery given the increases in shipping and processing time in most parts of the world.
You can check the spec lists and order with the links below, or read on for more details.
Order the WI.DE. with Ekar-HED
Order the U.P. with Ekar-HED
Order the U.P.P.E.R. with Ekar-HED
So what does the complete bike build look like?
For me the cassette is the heart of every drivetrain, and we have decided on the 9-42T version for Ekar. It gives you the greatest flexibility and with the 13 cogs, the steps are still small. The nice thing about Ekar is that all cassettes work with the same rear derailleur, so you can change gear ratios without any problem or have two different cassettes on two different (road and gravel) wheelsets.
Crank has a 38T chainring which sounds small, but you have to keep in mind that in combination with the 9T cog, that’s a big enough gear for any gravel and mixed road/gravel riding.
The rest of the Ekar parts are as we know and love them, my previous articles describe them in more detail.
For the cockpit, we went with ENVE stem, bar and seatpost. Beautiful parts, comfortable, solid, sleek.
The wheels are one of my personal favorites: HED Emporia GA Pro. HED is much better known in the US than in Europe, but they are one of the true pioneers in bike wheel design for the past 4 decades. They are also the people who introduced me to the Midwest gravel racing scene many years ago, where the U.P. concept was born in my head. With the Emporia GA Pro, the G stands for Gravel, the A for Alloy and the Pro for HED’s top level. These wheels are as light as many carbon wheels despite being alloy, but very durable. Their 26mm wide inner rim width perfect for gravel tires 35mm wide and up.
We offer the wheels in 700c and 650b so take your pick. The wheels come either with 700x40c Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H tires or in the case of 650b with Vittoria Peyote/Barzo 27.5×2.1” tires.
OPEN U.P. EKAR-HED
Combine road and gravel riding with the frame that started the whole performance gravel craze: the OPEN U.P. Now available with arguably the most versatile gravel groupset on the market; Campagnolo Ekar. It comes with a 13-speed 9-42T cassette, 38T chainring to match the 9T starting cog, 170/172.5/175mm crank length options, Ergopower brake levers and 160mm flat mount brakes.
For the cockpit, we went with a full-carbon ENVE combo of stem, bar & seatpost in various sizes (see pull-down menu below). We round it off with the 2022 HED Emporia GA Pro in 700c or 650b. We picked this top-of-the-line alloy gravel set because it is light and durable, and because as the true wheel pioneers of the bike industry, HED simply never disappoints.
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