Open One + XT Di2 and Fox Build

published by andy on 10/06/2017 17:55:00

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After waiting a fair few weeks for Fox to custom build us a set of forks for this bike, our Open One+ is finally ready and heading off up north for 24 hours of Solo Mountain Mayhem.  For those not in the know we’ve stocked Open in our Ambleside store for 6 months now along with their road and gravel frames in our Ings store the Up and Upper.  Pitched as a carbon XC race bike this One+ is a specialist piece of kit like a Scott Scale RC or Specialized Epic, and they build up super light and look stunning.

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The new owner of this bike already has an Open Up to race gravel on, so when he needed a new hardtail is was only natural that the Open was the One!!  Open only sell frames so everything we do is custom build and Rich was after Shimano XT Di2 like the ultegra on his Up.  Wanting a wonderfully clean approach we went with a one by system, XC favourite Mavic Crossmax Pro SL wheels, Thomson finishing kit and those all important foam grips!

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Slik graphics custom produced me some stealth graphics with the champion bands coloured to match the open headtube colours and the yellow spoke in the Mavic wheels lifts the stealth look well.

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The Shimano XT Di2 parts keep the look of the frame wonderfully clean with just a few cables entering and exiting it, and the shifting will be clean and crisp all the while.  The battery sits internally hidden away and a little display on the bars tells you all the info you need regarding battery life, gear you’re in and a million and one other things should you want to know them.

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This is a size large frame and bearing in mind this build isn’t chasing keeping the weight down particularly it comes in at 21lbs or 9.5kgs and is running a 120mm fork, and tubeless tyres on alloy rims.

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So a big thanks goes out to Rich for patiently waiting 6 weeks for his forks from the US, to Owen at Slik for the custom graphics, and to Sam for building the stunning machine as always!

The full spec is as follows:

  • Open One Plus Frame Large
  • Fox 32 Float Factory Fork 120mm
  • Mavic Crossmax Pro Wheelset
  • Shimano XT Di2 Drivetrain
  • Thomson Masterpiece / Trail Carbon finishing
  • Fabric Scoop Shallow Pro Saddle (arrived after it’s photos!)
  • Chris King Bottom Bracket

If you fancy taking a look at our Open One we have frames in the building all the time, but it’s rare we have a built bike as they are very very custom so whatever we put together someone always wants something different. But if you want us to start your next racing project or your just after one hell of a light hardtail then the One Plus with 29er or 650b plus wheels could be the one!

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