Is 'Road Plus' the next big thing for road bikes? It's too early to tell but it's a trend to watch for sure.
  • dialing_wand

    It should be noted, that part of the reason 3T is jumping in, is likely due to the fact that the Open team and 3T have some very tight ties (to say the least)

    • Rird Laer

      Yes, Gerard is part owner of 3T. Personally i think it’s a great thing. I hope 3T come out with more gravel components like flare out handle dropbars and perhaps a stem that offers some degree of vertical flex.
      The news about the forthcoming 650B wheelsets is very appealing!

  • So interesting to see Jan Heine’s (Compass, Bicycle Quarterly) ideas and research slowly filter into the mainstream.

    • Suzannetlord4


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    • James Huang

      Indeed. Definitely wanted to make sure people understood this wasn’t a novel concept. What once was old is new again.

      • Larry @CycleItalia

        Oh boy, ANOTHER wheel size!!! Of course the industry will jump on this, how else can they convince the punters they need another bike when they’ve already got a garage full? 26″, 29″, 27.5″ MTB’s…’cross, gravel, endurance, fondo, aero, climbing….etc. Back-in-the-day it was just a few bikes, but they came in a LOT of sizes. Now we get way-too-many bikes but just t-shirt sizes – S, M, L, or “too small, too big, and close-enough”. And the bike industry wonders why sales are down, the market’s getting ever smaller and IBD’s are closing up left and right?

        • Rird Laer

          29′ and 700C has same diameter, 27.5′ and 650B has same diameter. So there is not really a change here.
          The thing with the UP bike is that you can use a regular 700C wheelset with up to approximatedly 40mm tires (pending on internal rims width). But if you use 650B wheelsets, you can mount up to 55mm tires at it as the diameter is close to same as a 700C with 40mm tires. This allows you to use UP for road, gravel, trail or shall we say similar to easy MTB.
          I have an UP with No Tubes Avion Pro. I ride mixed terrain routes with this and i must say, at this moment i am leaning towards wider tires (+ 35mm) because it would be better for the gravel here. I really wish i can afford a 650B set to. It would be great for mud and winter tires. I could just say it straight out, riding mixed is much more funny than tarmac only. It feels like i have a much more active riding now. You should try it :-D

          • Larry @CycleItalia

            “So there is not really a change here.” except none of your current bikes will accept these fat tires – so you need a brand-new bike. A more versatile bike, but it’s still something-else-to-buy which is the industry wet-dream. Meanwhile all kinds of people are riding bici d’epoca (like EROICA) on non-paved surfaces like they did back-in-the-day…on pretty much normal tires. I say drag that old 60’s or 70’s bike out and use it again instead of buying the latest industry fad. You should try it :-D

            • Rird Laer

              Haha,…ok, i see what you mean!
              I agree, ofcourse they look for openings to sell use new bikes and components.
              We live such lifestyles today.
              Most of us consume extreme amount if we compare to people in the 60-70’s.
              Not talking bikes only!
              Anyway, i think i’d prefer my bike with wider tires and disc brakes.
              I already have a titanium bike to, but it’s not nearly near the UP.

    • Ryan

      agreed. strange that the writer of this article doesn’t seem to know this.

      • James Huang

        “In fact, it’s based on an old French wheel size that was common decades ago and is still supported today by plenty of custom builders and a host of smaller tyre brands such as Compass, Soma, and Panaracer.”

        • Ryan

          yes, but I think a larger mention then that is deserved in this particular case due to Jan’s preaching of 650b for some time.

          • James Huang

            How far back do you want to go? Heine has absolutely been instrumental in preaching wider 650b road setups but Grant Peterson has been touting smaller wheels for decades. I myself lusted after an XO-1 in the early 1990s.

      • Lindadfranklin1


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  • velocite

    I’d like to try that. The increased weight sounds like a downside though: 515g is a heavy tyre. And I’d be interested in any actual rolling resistance test figures for them.

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