First ride review: Open WI.DE. gravel bike

Peter Stuart Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 15:41 Open has continued to push the boundaries of road bike design, and the Wi.DE truly breaks the rules, and has fun doing it 4.5 / 5 £2,870 (frameset only) The Open WI.DE. is yet another step in Cervelo co-founder Gerard Vroomen ’s campaign to redefine the road bike, and there’s no doubt that his latest iteration pushes the boundaries between genres further than ever before. There’s a huge amount to discuss about Open’s frames, and our review of the Open UP explains much of the premise. Crucially, Vroomen set out to design a bike that handled the same whether it was mounted with a 28mm road tyre on a 700c wheel or a 2.1” mountain bike tyre on a smaller diameter 650B wheel. Versatility was the key aim, and it clearly worked. The iconic dropped chainstay design was highly successful, and has ...

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