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Gerard Vroomen - 19-Aug-2020
Two weeks ago, I drove up to Basel to spend a few days at the OPEN office (and the family decided to come along and make it a bit of a vacation too). Not a punishment in this beautiful region, and swimming in the Rhine through Basel is one of my favorite little pleasures of the summertime, so it was nice to share that with the family.

Anyway, at the same time, our photographer Marc drove in from Spain so that we had a chance to shoot some videos and photography. We had planned to do that before the launch of the MIN.D., but obviously this is not a normal year. A stark reminder of that came when halfway through the shoot, Switzerland and Germany started putting travel restrictions on Spaniards, messing up our itinerary with Marc making it out just in time.

Nonetheless, we got some work done, so here is the OPEN MIN.D. features video:

And yes, while supplies last, that awesome Cento MIN.D. sweatshirt I'm wearing is available, with every cent of your purchase (not a portion of the profit or a percentage of sales, just simply everything) going to Cento's favorite charity. More here near the bottom of the page.

Luckily there was also time for a ride, and for a flatlander like myself a pretty tough one. In fact, I was so cooked at some point that I didn't have the strength to pull my water bottle out of the cage, rather crucial given the oppressive heat.

I don't think Andy and I have laughed like that in a long time, trying to turn my mishap into a riddle. You know these riddles about a man who is found hanging in a tree without a parachute and a string of stuff behind him or whatever. So this would be about a cyclist found lying dead, completely dehydrated next to a bike with two full water bottles. What happened?

Anyway, here's the video of our first MIN.D.ful ride together:

But most importantly, we were shooting videos and photos for some of the details of the MIN.D., such as the instructions on how to assemble the saddle clamp onto the seatmast. That video is here (and that fundraiser T-shirt is still here):

More details can also be found in our written instructions.

Finally, we shot some videos and photos for upcoming Bikes Of The Month, but that's for a future update. And we also have exciting news to share about complete WI.DE. bikes and the day you thought would never come: the De-fender.

Comments & Questions

Hi guys. I’m interested in buying an UP to replace my Lynskey Cooper Gravel bike. I love it’s handling but it’s a little heavy and too stiff vertically. I’ve had a O1.0 from you and many, many a Cervelo’s and a 3T Strada so it’s safe to say I like your designs.

Previously I was wondering between the 3T Exploro and the UP. As I understood the former could be described as a road bike that could go off-road and the latter an off road bike you could ride in the road, I decided the UP was for me as I want something that is fun and fast on my local non-technical trails (think the kind of thing we used to ride/race 26” fully rigid MTB’s on in the mid-90’s) and acceptably fast (my Cooper is fine) on the road sections between. I’m currently on 650x47 Panaracer Gravel Kings but want to increase to 2.1” mtb tyres. I normally ride around 23-27psi depending on how soft the ground is.

I want a bike that I can also gravel race on, winter train with 32c tyres and mudguards (I’m ok to use “clip-on” tyre) and possibly cyclo-cross and, at a stretch, replace my road bike (with a set of high end 700c wheels, but this is not essential as I live the steel Enigma Elite HSS I have, and it’s only just over 7kg so no iron-horse.

Lawrence at ThetriStore in Eastbourne, UK, where I bought the O1.0 (and a P5 and R3) says the UP will be perfect for this. I don’t need the WIDE as I have a full susp Scott Spark RC (partly because you cancelled your full susp mtb). I’ve also got a nice a TT bike.

But now you’ve confused things further for me by introducing the new 3T Race Max which is the same mass as the UP, aero, can take bigger tyres and mudguards.

Which is the best bike frame for me with the emphasis on off-road fun and speed, with the ability to do the other stuff I’ve mentioned?

I’ll also consider fitting Lauf forks for some circumstances

Cheers, Matt
Post #1 of 8. Posted by Matt Heywood on 20-Aug-2020 14:39:03 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22450]
OK I didn’t realise my comments would be public and on a thread about the ReMind so please move to a more relevant UP thread.
Post #2 of 8. Posted by Matt Heywood on 20-Aug-2020 14:40:22 GMT in reply to post #1 [22450<--22451]
Hi Matt, although a lot of these bikes have big differences, the question of where and how you can ride them is not that different. As I always tell people, it's not like I go to my bike storage in the morning and think "for today's ride, I need gravel bike X, I couldn't do this ride with bike Y." There are different accents and one might be a bit quicker on a certain type of terrain and the other somewhere else, but that's it.

In particular, this applies to the WIDE. Once you to with 32c tires (or better 35c and you have the clearance anyway), the WIDE is a great bike on-road as well. Of course it has this very extreme image because it can fit such huge tires, but geometry-wise it's very happy with 35c road tires too. And then of course you can add a nice fender.

I think all the bikes you mention will work very well for you, so I wouldn't stress too much about it. The WIDE has (by far) the biggest tire fit, the RaceMax fits very specific tires (RAM/WAM), the UP is the all-rounder. You can't put a Lauf fork on a RaceMax, won't work with the geometry. Not sure you really need a Lauf once you go to the bigger tires anyway, but that's a different story.

Hope that helps.
Post #4 of 8. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 21-Aug-2020 05:32:44 GMT in reply to post #1 [22450<--22454]
Hi Gerard, quick question: what are the handlebars you are running on the MIN.D in the video? Are these 3T's? Thanks in advance.
Post #3 of 8. Posted by Paul on 21-Aug-2020 05:12:37 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22453]
As a running joke, Andy never builds up my bike with 3T products. So in this case it was ENVE. His bike has Beast components on it.
Post #5 of 8. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 21-Aug-2020 05:33:44 GMT in reply to post #3 [22453<--22455]
:-) Well if you need a little ammunition to shoot back, you can rest assured I am considering whether to get the 3T bars for the Exploro Race Max I am looking to buy.
Post #6 of 8. Posted by Paul on 21-Aug-2020 05:44:48 GMT in reply to post #5 [22455<--22456]
Hi Gerard,
I read on your writing at the 3t blog that SRAM's 10-36 cassette would work on the Exploro wit the regular Force derailleur (non-wide).
Have you been able to test the same setup on the min.d to check if it works on the min.d? If so any tips on chain length?
I'm building a 1x min.d and that 11-36 could be nice without having to buy a new RD.
Post #7 of 8. Posted by Rafael on 06-Jun-2021 18:54:54 GMT in reply to blog [0<--23175]
Hi Rafael, no different from what's written there, and also same with regards to chain length. Cheers, Gerard.
Post #8 of 8. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 08-Jun-2021 07:00:33 GMT in reply to post #7 [23175<--23176]