Vroomen and Kessler Unveiled Open Project at Eurobike
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Eurobike 2013 was the first global platform for industry veterans Gerard Vroomen, the co-founder of Cervélo bikes, and Andy Kessler, ex-CEO of BMC to present their ‘Open’ project.
Open debuted last spring at the Sea Otter Classic with just one bike, a high-end 29-inch racer. At Eurobike they showed two superlight MTB bikes, the rigid Ora (6.4 kilograms) and the Lola (6.6 kilograms with front suspension).
While the road race industry is struggling with the 6.8 kilogram UCI limit, the weight limit doesn’t apply to mountain bikes. “The lack of weight regulations for MTB makes it possible to race these bikes without any problem,” said Gerard Vroomen.
The Oro Ltd features a Whisky rigid fork and a range of AX cockpit parts designed on low weight. The drivetrain is not included but the designers recommend SRAM XX1 for the lightest overall build. The Lola Proto includes the Lauf suspension fork with 60mm of travel. The O-1.0 frame specified for both bikes is still the world’s lightest 29er production hardtail, with a sub-900g frame weight even in size large.