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.