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FEATHERLIGHT U.P.P.E.R. - PART 1

Andy Kessler - 21-Apr-2020
Remember my bad Swiss humour back in November and my Black Friday post ? The reason behind this bike was not a joke but we had to build a bike for the German Gran Fondo Magazine. It is kind of strange when a cycling magazine asks you for a gravel bike for the "road bike of the year" competition.

But we know very well that the U.P.P.E.R. can be build into a very good road bike, so we accepted the challenge.  We had many nice U.P.P.E.R. builds in the past and featured also some as a BOTM already. We wanted to build a light bike with a lot of comfort as we think that is most important for a fun and fast ride.  I personally still believe that rider fatigue  (at least with a certain age and if you are not a pro) safes more watts than aerodynamic's and you gain more minutes on an uphill than you loose on a fast downhill.

Fortunately as Gerard is (or better was) also part owner of a German brand called THM we tried to use many nice parts of them and combined them with parts from another great German brand called MCFK.

Originally I wanted to call this Bike Of The Month the Germanator but I guess not really the right moment for that. It was by far the lightest bike in the test with 6.4kg....ok but also not the cheapest.

So here we go with the beauty pics. We will follow up with the detail specifications in the next part of this BOTM blog.


If you want to read the full Gran Fondo Magazine article you can find that here.

 

Comments & Questions

OPEN
Nice build!
But I guess the tires are mounted in reverse - chevron on a tire should be pointed forward.
Post #1 of 12. Posted by Archer on 21-Apr-2020 11:50:49 GMT in reply to blog [0<--21191]
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ok thought there is no direction on that tire but never to late to learn something I will check one I have it back from Gran Fondo
Post #7 of 12. Posted by Andy Kessler on 22-Apr-2020 07:31:21 GMT in reply to post #1 [21191<--22195]
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Rene Herse (Compass) tires has label only on one side - and it should be drive side :)
Post #10 of 12. Posted by Archer on 22-Apr-2020 07:51:15 GMT in reply to post #7 [22195<--22198]
OPEN
Here you can see chevron direction and label
https://photos....2.jpg
Post #11 of 12. Posted by Archer on 22-Apr-2020 07:55:24 GMT in reply to post #10 [22198<--22199]
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Any thoughts on a European based raffle for such an U.P.P.E.R. with the proceeds going to a worthy charity related to a COVID-19 cause? Also I consider myself European, so can we still include the UK please?

Keep Safe All
Post #2 of 12. Posted by Tony on 21-Apr-2020 12:31:38 GMT in reply to blog [0<--21192]
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Hi Tony, I work on a couple of other projects for Covid and breast cancer. First one you should see soon
Post #6 of 12. Posted by Andy Kessler on 22-Apr-2020 07:30:04 GMT in reply to post #2 [21192<--22194]
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Thank you, I'll watch this space. Keep well.
Post #9 of 12. Posted by Tony on 22-Apr-2020 07:42:49 GMT in reply to post #6 [22194<--22197]
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Germanator is perfect. i want one; Moots Routt 45 Owner.
Post #3 of 12. Posted by Steve Fleckenstein on 21-Apr-2020 14:40:46 GMT in reply to blog [0<--21193]
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Umm. Nope.
Post #4 of 12. Posted by DougJ on 21-Apr-2020 21:21:25 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22191]
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That’s an awesome build. I rode my own sub- 16 pound UPPER on the Alpi 4000 Randonee 2 years ago. 1500km, 21000meters climbing, all in under 140 hours. Finishing on the Stelvio. My UPPER has DuraAce Di2, MCFK wheels with extralight hubs, and Enve cockpit. I agree that comfort on a long ride beats aero! Great riding bike.
Post #5 of 12. Posted by Mark R. on 22-Apr-2020 00:06:44 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22192]
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Hi Mark, that is an epic ride in an incredible landscape.Wish you many more great adventures
Post #8 of 12. Posted by Andy Kessler on 22-Apr-2020 07:34:47 GMT in reply to post #5 [22192<--22196]
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Impressive build! What 2x-chainring do you use that is compatible with Sram Etap AXS? I always thought that the narrower spacing of the flattop chain would limit your choices to Sram chainrings as there were no 3rd party components available (as of yet).
Post #12 of 12. Posted by John M on 28-Apr-2020 06:06:38 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22204]
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