Inside we take a look at a prototype bike from Switzerland called the Unplugged and OneUp Components latest and greatest dropper post / EDC updates / and more.
Vincet at Bold Cycles showed me some of their new products they’ve been working on. The Bold brand is based out of Switzerland but they’re planning to offer bikes in the USA as well soon so they made the trip over to Sea Otter.
The details of Bold prototype Uncommon shows that they’ve put a lot of effort into this bike. It can accept 27.5″ wheels as well as 29er wheels. Featuring 165mm of travel with 27.5″ tires and 161mm with 29er wheels.
Three sizes of the Uncommon will be made. Pictured here is a medium bike. They’ve integrated a chain guide system. The lower mount is interesting and hopefully never snags on something.
The headangle can be adjusted via a rotating sleeve and bearing pin system between 71.5degrees and 73.6degrees.
The KS dropper post you see here is an option that Bold is offering that integrates directly with the frame cleanly. Traditional seatpost mounting is also possible if you’d like as well.
There are 4 geometry chips as well that riders can swap to modify the geometry for up to a 2cm bottom bracket drop.
The shock is cleanly housed inside the frame. Accessing it is done through a panel in the bottom that is magnetic and screws in at the base.
OneUp components Every Day Carry (EDC) system his light weight and resides in your steerer tube. It has been well received by racers in the EWS and anyone who has checked it out knows why.
As they continue to test product they’re launching new tools and they’ve expanded the EDC system to offer a lightweight master link pin removal tool as well as a tire plug built directly into the EDC which makes for a quick tubeless plug tire repair as the EDC slides out of the top tube with minimal effort when needed. $30 for the japper spiker which includes 15 tubeless repair strips and the lightmaster link pliers.
The new Dropper post is the highlight of the show for them and it’s well thought out at a mere $199 (+$49 for the remote).
The green part at the base of the post can also be depressed to extend the post in the rare event your cable breaks. We’ve seen riders have to finish a ride with a dropped post as a result of a broken cable or hydraulic line a few times.
Purchasing the remote is a worthy upgrade for non OneUp riders as their lever sits inboard of the handlebar giving you better control and usability our my opinion. No accidental depressing, snagging, or thumb fatigue when you need to drop the post quickly.
Their system also allows for it to work with SRAM Matchmaker, Shimano brakes, or all by itself out of the box.
They’ve reduced the height of the amount of post needed to sit in the frame so you can get your seat lower than anyone else’s dropper post is the claim.
The top of the post unscrews and a shim can be inserted to set the drop height easily with a cuttable setup for your perfect setup.
OneUp has stiff aluminum axles for 15mm / 20mm in various anodized colors. These make for a clean setup that also reduces trail debris from grabbing your fork with quick-release style levers. EDC topcaps also are available in a variety of colors including a Renthal inspired color match option.
OneUp has new pedals / colors as well and chainguides for those uninitiated in the OneUp brand.