Podcast: Growing OneUp Components From an Expander Sprocket to a Global Brand

Apr 30, 2021
by Downtime Podcast  

Words Chris Hall : Photo Christoph Bayer

OneUp Components has grown from a good idea into a global mountain bike brand. Today on the Downtime Podcast, I’m joined by two of their founders, Chris Heynen and Jon Staples to find out more. OneUp is probably best known now for their EDC tool which fits in your steerer tube, but the company actually started when Chris, Jon and Sam decided to go all out and make a 42 tooth expander sprocket, after being inspired by Jon’s experience with SRAMs XX1. It took off way more than anyone had expected and OneUp Components was born.

We chat about their background in the industry, the early days of OneUp and how they’ve built the brand. What challenges have they faced and where they are heading now? This is a truly inspiring story of three riders committing to follow their passion and just shows what is possible when good ideas and some good old fashioned hard work come together. So hit play and have a listen to this episode with Chris and Jon.

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 What in inspiring story and practically a launch template which I can refer to as I'm about set to launch my own mtb component called the SwitchGrade. Excellent questions, authentic answers and deep insights - packed with info, just awesome! Please keep at it, your podcasts are the best and help me deal with the suffering at the gym Wink .
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 thanks so much @yale986 I'm so glad that you're enjoying the podcasts!
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 I started out with a 1x9 on a surly ogre for bikepacking, I wanted that damn 42t so bad. So cheap and poor at the time,never did it. Instead went bikepacking without a narrow wide and 11-36 range. Bad times were had by all.
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 Sounds painful!

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