An even better bike, so the owner took another 2600km round trip
Firstly, make sure you check out Patrick's Open U.P., then come back here.
....OK, you're back. Hi there!
Unfortunately, Patrick's house was broken into and all of his bikes were stolen, including his beautiful new U.P. :-(
He contacted us and instructed us to reproduce the original bike as quickly as possible.
This time around, we chose the Open WI.DE as a starting point.
The WI.DE didn't exist when we were building Patrick's previous Open, and it's an evolution of what the UP offers: it has greater tyre clearance and slightly more relaxed geometry.
The geometry in particular was perfect for how Patrick likes to have his bikes set up, and the extra tyre clearance was simply an added bonus.
We used the same hybrid SRAM AXS components because Patrick had confirmed that the system was exactly what he'd always wanted, so why would we change it?
As Syntace handlebars were unavailable (and would be for some time), we searched for alternatives and decided on a set of Zipp carbon handlebars, which offered almost exactly the same ergonomics as the Syntace bars.
Finally, rather than a colour-matched handlebar tape, Patrick said that this time he'd like something which clashed against the turquoise. After a few photos back and forth, he picked the red, which turned out to be an excellent choice.
Although Patrick was heartbroken at the loss of his original bike, he's found that the WI.DE is even better to ride. Although it's come about from awful circumstances, he's incredibly happy with the outcome!
After buying a brand new bike from overseas, I was very disappointed with the brakes. I took it to my LBS and was told to throw the brakes away and put some others on it. I took it to BMCR, who gave them a quick bleed and adjustment. They went from Formula Frigged to Formula Frigging Awesome. Best…Charles Hatcher