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I hope you don't MIN.D. this took some time

Gerard Vroomen - 09-Mar-2022
After the U.P. defined the performance gravel category and the WI.DE. took that to the extreme, many people were surprised to see the MIN.D. - a "classic" road bike with high-tech DNA - as our next project. The model we introduce now may surprise even more. 

This project has taken such a convoluted route that it's hard - even for Andy and I - to figure out how we got here:
  1. There were two earlier projects we had to produce a frame in Europe and which unfortunately stopped for tragic reasons
  2. There was the MIN.D. project that took forever to get into production and we were jonesing for an even lighter version of it even though the possibilities seemed maxed out
  3. There was my good friend Don Guichard who I have worked with when I was the co-founder/owner of Cervélo. Don ran the Project California R&D lab/factory that created and built the crazy light & stiff Cervélo R5CA and RCA. After the frame projects stopped, he continued with other parts such as carbon fiber prosthetics but he really wanted to make a frame again
All of this led to Andy, Don and I saying "hey, why don't we make a super light version of the MIN.D. at the Project California facility? Turns out there are many reason why not, but none of those came to mind at the time! As simple a that decision was, it turned out to be excruciatingly difficult to get this project across the finish line. When you work on the edge, you tend to fall over a lot.

But this time we were determined to make it a success and the advantage (or some would say disadvantage) of our OPEN structure is that Andy and I don't really have to justify any of our investments and expenses to anybody. So we simply kept this Californian MIN.D. going until it was done, despite the commercial sense of it evaporating along the way. I know that may sound a bit crazy or even arrogant, but it's not that we enjoy spending too much on a project, it's just that we really wanted to finish it and we are in the fortunate position that we can. After endless testing, rethinking, retesting, redesign, new custom tools and new processes, here we are.

One thing on the name, you would think that with a project taking this long, we'd have had enough time to come up with something catchy. But no. There were some neat options (like MIN.D-less, offered up by our key SRAM contact) but for one reason or another, everything got shot down. In the end, it will simply be known as the MIN.D. California.

More photos on the production process and the frame itself plus all details on availability coming in the next days, here are a few photos and videos to start it off.









 

Comments & Questions

OPEN
Mega!
Post #1 of 29. Posted by Daniel Walker on 09-Mar-2022 08:06:07 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24439]
OPEN
How light, how much and when?
Post #2 of 29. Posted by Dane Morrison on 09-Mar-2022 08:12:08 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24440]
OPEN
Hi Dane, more info here: https://opencyc...ornia
Post #16 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:32:09 GMT in reply to post #2 [24440<--24457]
OPEN
Where do I sign ??????
Post #3 of 29. Posted by Mitchell on 09-Mar-2022 08:15:23 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24441]
OPEN
Hi Mitchell, I'll send you an email.
Post #17 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:32:26 GMT in reply to post #3 [24441<--24458]
OPEN
And I can buy one when?
Post #4 of 29. Posted by Ed on 09-Mar-2022 08:24:50 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24442]
OPEN
hi Ed, depends a bit on the size you're after (L now, M next month, rest shortly thereafter), more info here: https://opencyc...rnia.
Post #18 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:34:46 GMT in reply to post #4 [24442<--24459]
OPEN
Not sure why the link didn't work: https://opencyc...ornia
Post #19 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:37:26 GMT in reply to post #4 [24442<--24460]
OPEN
I love the photo of the guy holding up the frame and admiring it with so much tenderness in his eyes!
I will most probably will never be able to afford an Open MIN.D. California, but I appreciate the craftsmanship and dedication.
Cheers!
Post #5 of 29. Posted by CycNerd on 09-Mar-2022 08:33:54 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24443]
OPEN
Thanks very much. We'll try.
Post #21 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:38:04 GMT in reply to post #5 [24443<--24462]
OPEN
Internal wiring? thanks
Post #6 of 29. Posted by Max on 09-Mar-2022 08:40:46 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24444]
OPEN
Nope
Post #20 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:37:50 GMT in reply to post #6 [24444<--24461]
OPEN
Ah just take my money, all of it! ?? Please keep innovating!
Post #7 of 29. Posted by Claude Faber on 09-Mar-2022 08:41:56 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24445]
OPEN
I can't wait to see the finished bike.
Post #8 of 29. Posted by Mark on 09-Mar-2022 09:40:38 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24446]
OPEN
Hi Mark, more photos hereL https://opencyc...ornia
Post #22 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:38:58 GMT in reply to post #8 [24446<--24463]
OPEN
Congratulations!
Post #9 of 29. Posted by Enrique RP on 09-Mar-2022 10:15:08 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24447]
OPEN
Thanks Enrique!
Post #23 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:39:17 GMT in reply to post #9 [24447<--24464]
OPEN
Awesome! Can’t wait to buy one as I need a “Modern” road bike. What size tires, up to 32 maybe? Nice Work. Here is an idea, come to Mt. Lemmon AZ to demo one, anytime this March is fine!!
Post #10 of 29. Posted by Fleck on 09-Mar-2022 10:38:08 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24448]
OPEN
Of course whole books can be written about tire sizing but yet, 32mm tires is definitely a good size (i've got the 32mm Schwalbe Pro One on my newly built MIN.D.). We might be a tad busy this month to visit Mt. Lemmon though.
Post #24 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:41:34 GMT in reply to post #10 [24448<--24465]
OPEN
Love it. Congrats!... now do full suspension next (please) :P
Post #11 of 29. Posted by M on 09-Mar-2022 10:41:24 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24449]
OPEN
I'm sorry to say that won't be the case.
Post #25 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:41:51 GMT in reply to post #11 [24449<--24466]
OPEN
I've been waiting. Thanks for your continuing effort to get this product out.
Post #12 of 29. Posted by Bill mirbach on 09-Mar-2022 10:53:14 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24451]
OPEN
Thanks Bill, be sure to contact Andy with any questions or to get on the waiting list.
Post #26 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:42:46 GMT in reply to post #12 [24451<--24467]
OPEN
Nice guys, can’t wait to see the finished product come one line.
I’m still waiting for a full suspension bike from Open, until then I keep hammering my One +.
Great work.
Post #13 of 29. Posted by Doug Honeyford on 09-Mar-2022 11:15:04 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24452]
OPEN
More photos are here: https://opencyc...rnia. On that Fully, I think you'll be on the ONE+ for a while! Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Post #27 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:43:24 GMT in reply to post #13 [24452<--24468]
OPEN
And I thought three OPENs would be enough!
Post #14 of 29. Posted by Andrew Payton on 09-Mar-2022 12:39:34 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24453]
OPEN
I still think so!
Post #28 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:43:40 GMT in reply to post #14 [24453<--24469]
OPEN
I consider myself to be a very fortunate person, after signing non-disclosure agreements, myself and a handful of others got a personal tour of the Project California facility by Don himself. We got an inside look at each step as they were building the $10,000 (2014 frame) RCA. Don is a very humble, soft spoken man and I am sure his passion will be very evident in this frame.
Post #15 of 29. Posted by John Wright on 09-Mar-2022 14:11:58 GMT in reply to blog [0<--24454]
OPEN
Hi John, thanks for the kind post. Don is indeed a very nice guy. And with mad skills obviously.
Post #29 of 29. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 10-Mar-2022 00:44:12 GMT in reply to post #15 [24454<--24470]
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