Here's what he has to say about this bike.
"I’ve been trying to get into dirt on the bike but everything has been so ugly and so clunky. Thats the beauty of road cycling - The clean lines. proper kits and gorgeous bikes. Tell me I’m lame but I’ve been saying this for a while “If you can’t be pro fast you may as well look good” I started following OPEN after running into them on Instagram. I found the U.P. ‘Unbeaten Path” plastered all over their account. After doing a bit of research i figured that this might be the bike that can finally get me into riding dirt, mud, gravel and road without having to worry about the skinny tires on my Festka XCR. I’ve now had the bike built up for about 3 weeks and I’m enjoying it thoroughly. A special thank you to Ascent Bicycle Studio in Ellicott City, Maryland who got me set up and taken care. I’m loving this bike and I can’t wait to make unforgettable memories on it in the years to come."
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