Open WI.DE Gravel Bike And How It's Differs From The UP

Posted by Alder Martz on 31st May 2019

Open WI.DE Gravel Bike And How It's Differs From The UP

Over the last few years, gravel bikes and the offroad movement behind them have been heavily influenced by the Open U.P. and its revolutionary dropped chainstay that allowed a road geometry frame to run mountain bike tires. The innovative company, has just released a new gravel frameset, the Open WI.DE.

The Open WI.DE (Winding Detours) takes gravel grinding to the next level of gnar. Instead of one, both chain stays are dropped, allowing 2.6" 650b and 46mm 700c tires! If a road bike is like a Ferrari, and the UP is a Ford F-150, then the WI.DE is Mercedes G-Wagon that's been lifted.

The geometry has changed as well. Along with a zero setback seatpost, the WI.DE employs what Open calls "tall road geometry. It is about a 20mm stack increase across all the sizes, eating up unwanted spacers and making the bike more stiff and stable. Speaking of sizes, Open also added an XS frameset size due to popular demand. 

Open also added a third bottle cage to the underside of the downtube as well as a toolbox mount underneath the bottom bracket (shown is the Fabric Cageless Tool Keg). Combined with the WI.DE's ability to mount (strapless) frame, top tube, saddle, and handlebar bags, your carrying capacity is about the same number of liters as this guy:

 It's not all good news though. The price of larger tires means the WI.DE is 1x only. Of course, with Sram AXS allowing an enormous range of gears, this isn't the worst thing in the world. That and the fact that the bike only uses 160mm discs (according to Open, its the only size you should be using for gravel) and the bike feels less like a road bike that can venture offroad and more like a mountain bike with drop bars.

The WI.DE will be available in Grey and RTP (Ready To Paint). The frame is a reported $1,040 grams and will be on sale for $2,900. Go to our listing here.

Specs below:

BB standard

BB386EVO pressfit 86x46mm BB shell

Shimano crank fit

All road cranks

SRAM crank fit

All GXP road, all DUB road, Force 1 BB30

Front derailleur mount

none, 1x drivetrains only

Recommended ring shape

Flat (for example Wolftooth)

Maximum 1x ring size

46t (flat ring), 42t (SRAM offset ring)

Rear thru-axle

Superlight Carbon-Ti X-12 rear thru axle

Front thru-axle

Superlight Carbon-Ti 12mm front thru axle

Front disc rotor size

160mm only

Front brake caliper mount

Smartmount 160 system with direct-mount, no adaptors

Front brake bolts SRAM

37mm “REAR” brake bolts for 30mm "chainstay"

Front brake bolts Shimano

43mm “REAR” brake bolts for 30mm "chainstay"

Rear disc rotor size

160mm only

Rear brake caliper mount

Smartmount 160 system with direct-mount, no adaptors

Rear brake bolts SRAM

1x 27mm, 1x 32mm

Rear brake bolts Shimano

1x 33mm, 1x 38mm

MultiStop internal system

Mechanical 1x, Di2, eTap


Integrated IS42/28.6 | IS52/40


27.2mm diameter, standard set-up zero-offset

Cage mounts

Seattube, downtube, under-downtube, under-BB

TT bag mount system

100mm front-post-to-headset-edge

And a quick comparison to the Open U.P/UPPER

Riding styleAllroad, Gravel, Extreme trails, Mixed surface (off-road dominant)Road, Allroad, Gravel, Mixed surface (on/off-road)
Tire widths 700c 35-46mm28-40mm
Tire widths 650b1.9-2.4”1.9-2.1”
Drivetrain1x only1x and 2x
GeometryTall RoadStandard Road