We’ve known Open has been working on a full suspension bike for awhile, but this is the first time we’ve seen what it may look like. Gerard Vroomen has been chronicling their effort on the Open Cycle Blog to try and have both the new full suspension bike and their new pathfinder/gravel/adventure frame ready for Eurobike, but at this point it looks as if the full suspension frame will be the only new offering to make it – maybe.

From what we’ve read it appears the frame will use a Horst link design with an interesting linkage above the top tube. Gerard mentions both frames will be produced in Europe, but full suspension frame is part of a project started with HED to use Resin Transfer Molding technology to create the parts. Hopefully we’ll bring you more on this from the show!


  1. i wonder if TIME is going to make this… they make RTM parts in europe and so far as i know they are the only ones in the bike industry that have the expertise to do this kind of thing…

  2. It’s a shame this frame is going to be crazy expensive (their cheaper hardtail frame is $2.5k), because i’m all for full suspension frames that can hold two bottles in the main triangle. It’s probably the only reason i’d consider buying a Specialized.

  3. Why is it okay to launch a new “bike” when its only a 3D model? Why do we as riders allow this? Its not real unless its in production or at least in a prototype stage. Does OPEN not have the capitol to take this to production? I’ve seen it way too much lately.

    Please, bike industry, DO NOT LAUNCH A BIKE IF ITS ONLY A 3D MODEL. 3D printed models do not count either.

  4. @pfs – This is not a product launch! What did you read in the post that made you think it was? I, for one, am interested in what companies are planning and love looking at 3D-modeled concepts and early prototypes.

  5. “to try and have both the new full suspension bike and their new pathfinder/gravel/adventure frame ready for Eurobike”

    Are they going to setup a monitor? Some flashy particle board cutouts perhaps? Its not ready for a major trade show unless its real.

  6. @pfs – You’re right, no company would should early prototypes or anything they’re currently cooking up at a major trade show. ‘Every’ company only shows products that are ‘real’ have ‘launched’ and are available for consumers to purchase as they wish.

    Seriously though, they’ve stated a goal (to be ready in time for…), that’s it. This is not a launch. The launch comes with ‘real’ bikes along with promotional materials and collateral – usually accompanied by a press release of the launch.

    Maybe you’re meaning of launch is different from mine, but that’s the way I see it. Again, I love seeing works in progress. As a designer, I can really appreciate what it takes to get something from an idea to the final product. If you can’t, then why bother reading or commenting on something that doesn’t interest you?

  7. It’s similar, true. Instead of the a two piece linkage that goes around the outside of the top tube, it looks like the upper portions of the rear triangle with meet at one point, link to the single-piece pivot link that will be pinned and go through the top tube, to meet with the shock below. The shock in their model looks like it will run opposite (other end) of the way the Liteville 301 runs. Interesting, and a bit more tidy design-wise.

  8. @CeeJay Really? Split hairs on leverage ratios, point out it’s not a true Horst link if it’s above the axle, even show some dexterity in separating walking beams, four bars and linkage activated simple swing arms but I think it’s a little off to say that it has nothing to do with it.

What do you think?