To be fully transparent, we have no idea what the acronym U.P.P.E.R. stands for. Open Cycle loves creative and subtly sarcastic acronyms, which we appreciate. For example, all Unbeaten Paths in the Open line-up feature TRCinTRS carbon engineering. “The Right Carbon in The Right Spot”. This philosophy delivers a sophisticated lay-up of high and low-modulus carbons, creating unprecedentedly light and durable frames. Only available in matte black, the U.P.P.E.R. is spec’d with the same 375 gram U-Turn fork as the New U.P. This bike may be insanely light, but it is not dainty. We ran the U.P.P.E.R. on the rugged gravel road’s of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains this year, and discovered that a bike can be both stealthy and burly without being an oxymoron.