The Open Cycles company that recently opened it’s doors in late 2011 with a super exotic carbon 29er hardtail mtb model, has been utilizing their extensive background history and deeply rooted composite techniques with Cervelo, to be put to great use on the dirt side of things. To fast forward through 2012, they have also introduced the frame once again, and this round was for Eurobike, but built up as a limited edition AXX1 model that hit the scales at a mere 17.1lbs with a SRAM XX1 kit on it. But the designer and Co-Founder Gerard Vroomen had more hardtail 29 exotica up his sleeve to unveil for the 2013 season. It has been reported the specs involve a Cannondale Lefty XLR C Fork and other exotic carbon bike treats to shave the newest version down a full pound to a claimed 16.09 lbs, or 7.3 kg weight! Changes to the bike also include new graphics from the component manufactures to make it truly a Limited Edition, along with a specific THM BBright crank that was engineered to fit the bike.
Lefty’s have been the go to fork for 29ers, not only for added front end stiffness but to shave a fare amount of weight off the front end, and was one of the bigger changes to the AXX1.
Open obviously kept the rear XX1 shifter and derailleur, but reworked some of the other ingredients with the highly refined German company AX Lightness to spec the parts throughout the majority of the mtb, which includes the handlebar with custom graphics. They also have incorporated a RockShox XLOC remote for the lock out controls on the Lefty as well, shown in the photo above.
Nice touch with special edition Clavicula cranks with a BBright bottom bracket assembly.
At Open’s website they have also listed a “green edition” XX1 rear derailleur on the AXX1. Which might be new color available from SRAM in the near future, we will have to wait and see what surfaces in the media?
The other big change from the Eurobike model that had DT-Swiss tubular wheels, has been changed out to AX Lightness LRS tubular rims mounted on Tune hubs along with the Tufo Colle XC2 Plus 2.0 29 tubular model mtb tires. The are several pricing options but $9,240 will set yourself up with the complete bike as shown. For frame purchase info in North America, check out C-Cyclist..