How good is the Open gravel bike as a Road bike?

How good is the Open gravel bike as a Road bike?


I need to check my audio recorder next time.
Anyway can you use the Open as a road bike? In my opinion for sure no problem
at all. I’m currently using it as my only bike
for both gravel and road and if you seen my tubeless mishap video you know that
I’m now running Schwabe pro One 28s as my road tires I’m very happy with how it
rides it’s not too harsh or anything that I was a bit worried about getting used to
the big plump 50 millimeter tires but it’s very comfortable actually. And just to let
you know where I’m coming from, I don’t race anymore… not anymore, I
did a few races a couple of years back and it was the last time I had a proper
race bike so to speak, and that was a Cannondale super six Evo.
So if you compare those two bikes the geometry is obviously a bit different
this one has disc brakes and can take 50 millimeter tires so you need a bit
longer chainstay to start with but for a gravel bike these are actually
pretty damn short 42 centimeters. If you compare that to my previous Canyon Endurace that was 41.5 I think so only five millimeters longer and I can
fit like I said 50 millimeters 650b’s no problem and probably 700 up – I think
it’s 40 millimeters I’m very happy with that. In terms of me as a rider here in
Japan I ride mostly mountains so climbing and descending is my forte. So it’s
definitely light enough to do proper efforts on climbs and it’s really
snappy and it’s stiff enough for everything I can throw at it.
I am only 64 kilos though so take that as you will. The front end is
not overly slack either. Open designed this bike more as a road kind of endurance
type geometry rather than a proper gravel one so it’s definitely quick
enough in turns going downhill fast and everything like that so it’s definitely
not a concern for me and you can set this bike up more Road-ish than I have because I have 1x shallow wheels and everything so if you
put on some aero wheels a 2x drivetrain the only thing you need to
think about is you can only fit the maximum size is a 50T chain ring on
the front otherwise if you go bigger I think
the chain ring could hit the the chainstay which is not nothing you want. So
that might be an issue for some you crit people maybe. I wouldn’t have any
problem racing this in a granfondo-type race or anything so
I don’t really see this holding me back So if you just take a look at
the geometry in numbers I’m just gonna compare it to my old Evo and also my old
Cannondale synapse because yeah the open is more of an endurance type of geometry. So if you just look at the stack and reach
compared to my 56 Evo, and this is a large Open UP, the Evo has a stack of 55.8
centimeters and open is 58 if you really want to get low you might need to go
minus 17 stem or something like that. It is however one centimeter lower than
my synapse was so it’s not a total like a truck in the front. The reach compared
to the Evo it’s actually a few centimeters longer than a 56 Evo but
this is also a large frame. So in terms of reach we’re pretty similar and
it’s a bit longer than synapse as well. The seat angle is a bit slacker but
that’s that’s designed to be that way to have that
non offset seatpost so that nothing really to to raise your eyebrows about.
Head angles also normal like 72.5 which is not super steep but
definitely not slack. And fork offset is five centimeters which is about 5
millimeters more than the Evo and that will result in a bit of a slower
steering for me it’s definitely not an issue. My previous bokeh had a lot
slacker head angle and I could definitely feel going down quick
descents it was a bit sluggish turning in and out of corners but yeah the Open
feels perfect for that. Like I said the chainstays are 42cm which is not anything super crazy I think the Shimano recommendation for
disc bikes is minimum 41 and I gladly take the extra centimeters longer just
to be able to use those biggest tires. That’s really what make this
bike so special and the reason you can use this bike as your only bike. But of
course could vary from person to person but in my opinion this is
definitely not a problem to use as a road bike. If you own this
bike I would be interesting to hear what you think, is it a worthy road bike? If
you have any questions feel free to leave them in the in the comments below
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