OneUp Components Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary by Announcing Refund for First 42T Customers

Nov 28, 2023
by OneUp Components  
2013 Norco Sight OneUp Components 42T Sprocket Rad Cage and NW Chainring


Press Release: OneUp Components

OneUp Components is 10 years old today. The idea for our first product came about back in 2013 when Jon, one of our founders, broke his brand new, recently launched, SRAM XX1 derailleur. Replacements weren't readily available so he designed and made a 42T sprocket to try and make his Shimano 10-speed cassette work for 1x. It actually rode way better than we expected. And that got us thinking.


OneUp 42T First Prototype
OneUp 42T Prototype 1
42T Expander Sprocket, Prototype Number 1


OneUp was officially born on November 28, 2013, when we released our very first product: the 42T Expander Sprocket. It cost $100 USD with free shipping worldwide and gave ten speed riders 90% of the benefit of 1x11 at 10% of the cost.


OneUp Components 42T Sprocket
OneUp Components 42T Sprocket


Our first customers bought an untested product from a completely unknown brand on a website that we built in a weekend. Unbelievably, our first production order sold out in less than 24hrs. And, insanely, somehow we were now a mountain bike brand!


Everyone has to start somewhere and for us it all began with a big green cog. We’re now 10 years old and many things have changed. But we still make the components we want on our bikes and sell them at a price we’d pay with our own money.


bigquotesThank you to anyone that’s ever ridden a OneUp Component. We’re still here today because of you.
And we're extremely grateful for your support over the last 10 years.
OneUp

As a way to say thanks to our earliest supporters we’re giving the first 42 people who bought a 42T Expander Sprocket a full refund for their original order, adjusted for inflation. We’ve tried to contact you all. But If you bought a 42T Sprockets on November 28, 2013 and haven't heard from us please get in touch.

We're working harder than ever to design the parts we want for our bikes. We're excited to share more of them with you soon. Stay tuned.



OneUp Components 42T



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WORK LESS RIDE MORE


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101 Comments
  • 145 0
 What a neat idea. I still have one of those green rings down in my parts stash, but pretty sure I wasn't among your first 42 customers. Still, lots of OneUp parts on all our bikes.
  • 4 0
 The warranty is great as well. I was servicing my pedals, wat out of warranty last winter and notices a little chip in the axle.

I emailed them to order a replacement set of axles (which they don't sell), and instead they just sent me a new pair.
  • 93 1
 Work Less Ride More… the most inspirational word slam I’ve ever known. Thanks team!
  • 18 1
 what if i work by riding though? what should i do?
  • 43 0
 @mypinkbikeself: no action required. already winning.
  • 7 0
 @mypinkbikeself: moon-light as a life coach? nailing it.
  • 14 0
 @mypinkbikeself: Get yourself a soul crushing job working of a large corporation so you can empathize with the rest of us?
  • 5 0
 That statement only applies to the consumer and not anyone working in the bicycle industry.
  • 1 0
 Reminds me of the Welsh climbing brand DMM, who since their inception in the early 80s have had the slogan "Climb Now, Work Later"
  • 1 0
 @mypinkbikeself: Work More Ride More
  • 92 14
 There’s two kinds of mountain bikers: those who have OneUp dropper posts, and those who don’t. If you know, you know.
  • 11 4
 Love the company and most of their products, it’s that last half inch of dropper return travel that’s the problem.
  • 22 0
 @rickybobby19: Unsolicited advice warning but between my 3 oneup posts that only happens if they need a greasing or is the air pressure has dropped. It definitely sucks to take off the saddle clams to get to it though
  • 8 0
 @rickybobby19: are you servicing it and running 300psi? Mine got to the point where the seal was getting pulled out on return… I thought I was going to have to buy a new post entirely. Nope! Just a strip down and some slickoleum and BAM! good as new. Customer for life after that.
  • 14 1
 They are so good! I just cant say no to my Bikeyoke Revive though, I love it!
  • 6 0
 @Takaya94: I'm in the same boat, nothing beats the smoothness of a Revive. Can't beat the value/performance ratio of the OneUp though!
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby19: Make sure the air pressure is maxed out. Mine was struggling to fully return and it was only around 200psi when I checked it, aired up to 300psi and it's as good as new.
  • 5 0
 @Kiowa008: yes, it does only happen if it needs a greasing, unfortunately it needs a greasing quite often to prevent it

Super happy with every other product I have from them
  • 12 1
 Yes, I know 3x over, but I also know OneUp needs to offer a redesigned collar seal for retrofit so their droppers will 1) retain grease for more than two rides, and 2) move freely without constant squealing. Are you listening @OneUp Components ? Every OneUp owner I know would gladly pay cash money for improved seals, be it as a retrofit or increased MSRP on new post purchase!
  • 3 0
 @Kiowa008: Saddle clams. Hmmm.... learn something new, once a year
  • 2 0
 Gen 1 though.....So many fanboys between NSMB and PB, and very little mention about that shitty upper bushing that ate itself. I had to rebuild that thing monthly, which drove me a bit nuts. I bodged up a replacement, with a small metal ring, issue sorta solved, I am a OneUp fan, have a lot of their gear, but that V1 dropper.....jeez
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: I had all sort of troubles with mine, until I decided to contact one-up warranty support. As a matter of fact they had a supplier problem on the top seal causing a lot of issues.
They sent me a rebuild kit free of charge and never had any issues since. (That was almost a year ago).
I have been a huge fan of the dropper since then!
  • 1 0
 As a tall dude, the 240mm is a game changer.
  • 1 0
 @Simzesun: V1 or 2,
V1, the three locating brass tabs eat into the delrin bushing at the top. every time it tops out, it smashes that top bushing, and breaks a little piece of it off.

I've had a couple OneUp rebuid kits in it now
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: in V2, the brass keys still divot / deform the delrin bushing. I used to deburr it with a knife, but have stopped bothering as divots have little to no effect on the movement of the post. The need to re-lube all my posts on a weekly basis to keep them moving, on the other hand, is not just a minor design flaw: OneUp's upper collar seal is hot garbage. If they haven't fixed the design when it come time to replace a dropper, then I'll just pony up the cash for a BikeYoke to put an end to this Sisyphean maintenance nightmare.
  • 22 0
 I remember first seeing those "dinner plate" sprokets thinking they were such a game changer
  • 8 0
 And the Rad'r cage that could clear the dinner plate, to make it all happen.
  • 3 4
 And I remember the relief of selling both OneUp cog & cage to purchase 11spd X01 that actually shifted & wore well. I'm glad OneUp survived to produce products that really worked well like chain guides, bars, and droppers, but those retrofit cogs & cages were not among them.
  • 22 0
 "90% of the benefit ... at 10% of the cost." is a philosophy everyone in the industry should start taking seriously
  • 5 0
 more often than not, it's the other way around unfortunately
  • 4 0
 Isn't that called DEORE?
  • 14 0
 I have 4 bikes, 3 of them have one-up droppers, 3 of them have one-up bars, and all have a version of the stem multi-tool, some EDC lite, and others the threaded one. Awesome company and products, congrats on the anniversary!
  • 12 0
 When I think one up I think value, and that's a good thing! Congratulations, see you in 25 yrs guys
  • 13 0
 $100 in November 2013 adjusted for inflation is $132.07 today.
  • 24 1
 good bot. haha
  • 6 4
 @sngltrkmnd: nothing like a bit of Reddit etiquette.
  • 7 0
 I bought one in early 2014 along with the Rad cage. I still remember how cool it was to take the front derailleur and heavy 2x front rings and toss them into a spare parts bin. It was at least another year before I could afford a full 1x11 drivetrain and the OneUp products worked great! I think I even got the 17t cassette cog to even out the gaps. These days I have the V2 dropper and composite pedals.
  • 4 1
 OneUp is rad. I've got a couple of droppers, an EDC pump, and "WORK LESS RIDE MORE" on my shop door. Great kit - definitely on my list of "buy once, cry once" products like King BBs, headsets, and hubs, Darn Tough socks, and SQLab saddles.
  • 7 0
 I don't think cry once applies to oneup...
  • 1 1
 One up has nothing on Chris King products
  • 3 0
 Several dropper posts, bars, stems, pedals, a pump and an EDC are all scattered across six different bikes in my household. But it all started when I made a 2013 Stumpjumper 1x with that green 42t sprocket. Thanks and congrats to the folks at OneUp.
  • 6 0
 Love OneUp, that’s all.
  • 2 0
 I definitely bought an Extender + Rad'r cage package, but I'm sure it wasn't the first production run. Those parts were very well designed, and launched at a key moment in time before the main drivetrain players offered options.
  • 3 0
 I'm still running this setup! I have the 42T and derailleur cage demoted to my fatbike and it works great. I only retired the front 32T this season on favor of a 30T from another brand.
  • 4 0
 Love all my OneUp components and have used their dropper posts since they offered them. Best in the biz!! Congrats on 10yrs!!
  • 3 0
 Bought a 42T one for my wife's Podium back in Nov 2014. Put a Totem on the front, and it made for a fantastic bike that should could pedal on the Shore!
  • 5 0
 It is the answer to life, the universe and everything.
  • 5 0
 B tension screws were lazy prior to your existence.
  • 1 0
 That's pretty awesome. I missed out on the first batch and got in on the second. I also bought the 18T when it became available. I remember doing hacks like reversing the b screw on my Shimano derailleur. I went with a Sram and that worked a bit better.
  • 1 0
 Always happy to support OneUp - they're my first stop for components. Nothing but too notch service and after sales support including any super minor warranty claims (that all companies experience, exceot OneUp treat it as an opportunity to make their product better vs. treating you like an annoyance).
  • 1 0
 My 10sp 42 tooth expander ring and XT rear mech plate are very much still in use on my wife's 2006 5 spot. While that frame is being retired this year, the 1 x 10 set up already has another bike eyeing it up. With XT rear mech and 10 sp Saint shifter its still a favourite set up and I refuse to give it up.
  • 3 0
 Congrats on the anniversary! Will you actually do a sale in EU that you mentioned in the newsletter?
  • 4 0
 Still waiting for the 11 speed 60T expander cog...
  • 3 0
 Loved my one up 42! Had it in a 26” Banshee Rune. A Zee Der cleared it. So much range & clearance for the time
  • 1 0
 Just took a trip down memory lane and looked in my email to check when I ordered mine. March, 2014. I had emails back and forth on 11/30/13 though.

Thanks for pushing the industry!
  • 4 3
 Dam, I was a month late!


“Order confirmation for order #2122
Thank you for placing your order with OneUp Components!
This email is to confirm your recent order.
Date 12/27/2013”
  • 1 0
 5 bikes, all with One-Up bits on them. EDC pumps & tools are a lifesaver. So happy to ditch the backpack & have all the tools on the bike to do trail side repairs when needed.
  • 3 0
 Best company in cycling. Congratulations guys! Everyone else has a lot to learn from you.
  • 1 0
 ........ Order confirmation for order #1549
Thank you for placing your order with OneUp Components!
This email is to confirm your recent order.
Date 12/05/2013

the closest i can get !!!!! not too far ........
  • 4 0
 Great work boys!
  • 3 0
 Easy win. Great marketing tactic. Relatively cheap with tons of upside.
  • 4 0
 It’ll basically be free. How many people will claim it? Email might sound scammish enough it goes to junk or people (who aren’t hip to the scene) will just delete it. are those people still riding, have the same email, even alive?!?
  • 4 0
 Happy Birthday OneUp!
  • 1 0
 Wasn't one of the firsts, but definitely had a oneup sprocket for my shimano xt cassette. Glad they're still around and just bought some stuff from them last week.
  • 3 0
 Congrats on 10 years! But such a shame no black friday for EU.
  • 2 0
 OneUp pedals are the first thing I buy for any bike I own. Then OneUp dropper lever.
  • 2 0
 This is cool to see, but also amazing how far mountain bikes have come over the past 10 years.
  • 1 0
 Bought one a month or so after. Still on my gen 1 170 dropper tho. On its third bike. I bet it has a thousand days of riding on it. Never serviced. Works like new.
  • 1 0
 Not first 42 but I bought one, converted my 2X10 first gen Bronson and was stoked to get rid of my front derailler. Didn't shift all that well but I didn't care.
  • 1 0
 Such a Rad Company making so many cool products that work and spending their profits on trails, racers and riders!!! Love Oneup!!
  • 1 0
 I remember wanting one of these in the worst way after switching to a 30T ring up front. Ended up holding out for an 11-42 cassette later on. What a great idea.
  • 1 0
 I still have one of those red sproket from Superstar UK on a 2010 Mondraker Dune XR enduro bike. Now with cheap chinese cassettes they are not worth playing with.
  • 1 0
 Keep it up OneUp. You make good stuff. Had one of those cogs, multiple droppers, and the pump/edc.... all of it is high quality.
  • 1 0
 Love OneUp! My favourite upgrades are always OneUp. Currently loving OnUp dropper, carbon handlebar, grips, and oval chainring.
  • 1 0
 …..and OneUp pedals. So awesome!
  • 1 0
 Total throwback I am here but I’m still running 10 Spd. With a One Up 42 and the Rad’r cage fitted to a Shimano Saint! Absolutely bomb proof. Can I buy it again???
  • 1 0
 Could ya start up the 47T assembly line again, please? Running it on my bike, wife's bike, and it was on the bike I sold. 11 speed for life with the 47T !!!!
  • 4 3
 Congrats on 10 years! Now if I buy something today will you refund me in 2033?
  • 2 0
 Good company and great products, I love what one up does.
  • 1 0
 Well, I wasn't one of the first 42 customer in 2013. But I did just order some new pedals! OneUp rocks!
  • 3 0
 Thank you OneUp!
  • 1 0
 I bought a OneUp 42T a couple months after. It is was a great product and solution. Not sure what happened to mine. Lol.
  • 1 0
 I would love OneUp to keep a stock of spare cartridges for my V1 170mm post. There are still a lot of them kicking around.
  • 3 2
 Love OneUp, but I bought the Wolf Tooth 42T Expander back in the day.
  • 4 0
 I use a OneUp post with a Wolf Tooth lever.
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: Ordered one of each one Black Friday deals. I’m looking forward to the iconic combo after three years of mediocrity with a RF 150mm post and a no-name lever.
  • 1 0
 Oohhhh a sprocket! I thought.....
  • 1 0
 my 42t sprocket still lives on my wife's bike
  • 1 0
 Oooh I was Jan 2nd, 2014. So close! Cheers on 10 years of great products!
  • 1 0
 I have one saved in my parts bin. I recall it’s grey
  • 1 0
 This is a really cool way to promote your brand, I like it!
  • 1 2
 Technically speaking, it's 90.9% of the benefits of a 1X11 drive train. (11/1=0.0909)
  • 2 1
 Well, 0.0909 is only 9.09% and 11/1=1. I think you wanted 10/11=0.909. Nice try though!
  • 1 1
 @sdm9465: Nope, I wanted 11/1*10=90.9%. And where in the world does 11/1=1?
Nice try though!
  • 2 0
 @woofer2609: 11/1 reads as 11 divided by 1, therefore it's 11.

1 / 11 (1 divided by 11) is 9.09 % as @sdm9465 says.

But you are both wrong
  • 1 0
 @woofer2609: Okay, I mistyped that. 11/1=11. Oops!

Umm... 11/1*10=110 or 11000%, not 90.9%. Not such a nice try!
  • 2 0
 @sdm9465: Yup, I should have typed 1/11. So we were both incorrect, and puukopedro is correct. Whole lotta' nice, but incorrect tries!
  • 1 0
 This is legend!
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