The Open Cycle company as of late media press releases, that have just recently opened it’s doors in late 2011 with a super exotic O-1.0 carbon 29er hardtail mountain bike frame, have been utilizing all their extensive background history and deeply rooted composite techniques that were used with Cervelo, to be put to great use on the dirt side of things. And to fast forward through all their extensive history and the full season of 2012 as well, they have now introduced some spectacular product once again, and this round was for Eurobike ’13, but this round that same O-1.0 frame is creatively built up as a Limited Edition AXX1 version that hit the scales at a mere 17.1lbs, or converted to (7,756.4 grams/ 7.756kg) with a sexy SRAM XX1 build kit on it. But the designer and Co-Founder of Open, Gerard Vroomen had more hardtail big wheel exotica up his sleeve to unveil for the next 2013 season. While for this round it’s been reported in the media once again, that the build and specs involve a Cannondale Lefty XLR C Fork along with other crafty exotic carbon bike treats. Which is said to shave the newest version down a full pound to a claimed 16.09 lbs, or 7.3 kg weight! The changes that Gerard and crew made to this amazing bike also include new graphics from the component manufactures to make it truly a Limited Edition ride, along with a specific THM BBright crank that was engineered to fit the bike.
As an article update: I need to send a huge thank you to all those at Open in the tech staff who have listed 29erCafe under their great list of articles.. so Thanks Again for all the support, and for bringing to the market such sweet rides for everyone across the globe! You guys/gals rock the house down..
Lefty’s have been the go to fork for the bigger wheeled platforms, not only for added front end stiffness but their are several other key traits involved. One of those being to shave a fare amount of weight off the front end, while the other is the amazingly butter smooth feel, due to it’s hybrid needle bearing technology. As I personally own the ’13 model and it is hands down the smoothest front suspension fork I have personally ever used, making it perfect for the Open ride.
Which ended up being one of the bigger changes to the new 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 X-LOC remote located on the handlebar for making the lock out controls convenient on the Lefty fork, that is shown in the LTD photo above.
Nice touch with special Clavicula cranks with a BBright bottom bracket assembly. At Open’s website they have also listed a “green” 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 for Open from the previous ’13 Eurobike model that sported a handsome set of DT-Swiss tubular wheels, has been changed out to another stratosphere, that being AX Lightness and their LRS tubular rims that were mounted on Tune’s hub set along with some new tubular’s byway of Tufo, that are dubbed the 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 the O-0.1 frame’s purchase info in North America, check out Competitivecyclist..