Ah yes, yet another “what bike should I buy” thread - I’ll try to keep it brief and focused.
I’ve decided I’d like a new road bike that is fast but takes wide tires. My current road bike, which I intend to keep, really only fits 25mm tires and that simply isn’t enough to smooth out all of the chip seal here on Texas country roads. I have a cross bike currently set up for gravel that rides much nicer (700x38 Rene Herse Extralights), but the mullet gearing leaves a little to be desired on the road and those tires are a touch wider than I want for road use anyways. Plus I’d be lying if I said N+1 was not a factor here. With this in mind, I’ve put together a short list of “wants” for this new bike:
- Wide road tires (tubeless) - something in the 700x30 - 700x32 range.
- Disc brakes
- Still ride like a nice fast road bike
I’ve spent a lot of time lately looking at lots of different options, but am currently very intrigued by the Open MIN.D. Does anyone out there have any experience with this frameset? It looks awesome, the geometry of the large frame looks like it will fit me and Open has a good performance record with the UP/UPPER. I’m seriously thinking about building one of these up with Campagnolo Ekar - looks like I could get it to just over 14 lbs with a wheelset in the 1500g range…
Anyways, hopefully someone out there has had the opportunity to swing a leg over one of these bikes and can provide some feedback.