I just got this bike recently. It’s one of the fastest and lightest mountain bikes I’ve ever ridden. I built it up as my next Leadville 100 race bike, looking for the ultimate balance between weight, stiffness and comfort. It’s been a while since I’ve pieced a bike together part by part, but the whole process was satisfying. It’s spec’d out with a 2013 RockShox SID WC 15mm thru-axle fork, a full X0 drivetrain, ENVE wheels and cockpit, a custom Rotor 3D+ crankset and Schwalbe tires. It handles like a 26″ wheel bike and climbs like a rocket. The steep head tube angle makes for a very precise and agile ride. The Open brand is fairly new, but carry a lot of industry clout. Lot’s of great and subtle details this bike is my dream ride come true.
2001 Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel
I’ve had this bike for more than 10 years now, and it’s still suits my riding needs. It’s made from Reynolds 853 steel tubes giving you a smooth yet light ride. It’s painted a dark gun-metal grey, and it has it’s fair share of paint chips and dents. I’ve put thousands of miles on it, and it’s very much a part of me. I built it from the ground up, including the wheels. It has a complete Ultegra groupo, Thomson post and stem, and Chris King Hubs laced up with new Mavic Open Pro CD rims. It’s unique in that it’s made in the USA, and has this classic and timeless quality about it. See more IF photos here.
2012 Specialized Tarmac SL4 Pro
It’s fast, light and extremely stiff in all the right places. The SL4 frame is new for 2012, featuring a lot of refinements from precious designs. I have a full SRAM Red gruppo, having replaced the original SRAM Force brakes and stock cassette to RED. The alloy Roval wheels transfer power quite nicely and spin up fairly fast. It handles a lot like my mountain bike in that the front end is very precise and stable.