Open UP Orange built for the 3 Peaks CX Race

published by bktr on 04/09/2016 12:17:00


This is the second of our custom built Open’s that has left us destined for a trip round the 3 Peaks CX course in a couple of weeks.  Made ready for race day here (apart from the foam missing on the top tube obviously!) we have a SRAM Force CX1 groupset, a massive cassette for all those hills and a set of Mavic Crossmax SL 29er MTB wheels to take fat tyres set up tubeless and take the beating they’ll get on the peaks.


Starting off life as a frame and box of shiny parts it currently take around 3 hours to cable an Open frame as there’s a hundred little nooks and crannies that cables feed themselves into if you’re not paying attention.  Full internal cable routing looks great but is more than a bit of a faff at our end!  Using the 386 Evo BB standard we fit some shims in the BB to fit any chainset your require and the new owner of this bike Chris wanted a true one by system so opted for the SRAM Force CX1 Hydro system.


Having previously owned a very swanky Fields custom built cross bike, this is a no expense spared build having ENVE bars stem and post to save weight (both on the bike and in the wallet) and create stiffness throughout.


The versatility of the Open UP allows for plenty of different tyre sizes and 2 wheel sizes which is why Chris chose this frame.  For a couple of months a year he races cyclocross, but for the rest of the year it will be used as a road bike.


Chris has ridden this bike for a few months of training and here’s what he had to say about it:

Dear All

Many thanks for your help with the OPEN UP build up.

The new bike is absolutely brilliant. Once I'd collected it I did a Lakeland loop from the shop and it was super quick, enjoyable and coped well with the lakes trails which I've previously only attempted on a full blown mountain bike. I've also done my usual post work ride but with this time with multiple extensions as the bike (and rider) were going well which is a mix of road and trails.

Additionally, I swapped the cross tyres for some road ones and entered a local sportive around Northumberland and County Durham. The bike was great - better than my current road bike - as one of the reviews suggested could n-1 become a thing? It also attracted various positive comments from other riders who were interested in the set up (which in many instances was quicker than their 'ordinary' road bikes).

All of the components work well and provide the right range of gears with super brakes. I do, however, think I'll need harder tyres for the 3 Peaks as I've suffered a few pinch punctures which the slim couldn't cope with - batting near Roseberry topping in Teesside one evening!

Thanks again for all your help.

I'll be in touch shortly about popping over for a 'check-up'.