Category Archives: Gear

BigEd MTB-News.de 2014 Maxi Dickerhoff

Your Favorite Weapon In The Cold War: The Scott Big Ed

PC: MTB-News.de 2014 Maxi Dickerhoff

First off, we hope everyone is taking advantage of the unbelievable weather we’re having (disregard the 20min of snow we had mid-morning today). Hopefully we can squeeze a few more weeks out of the sun before it disappears into next March. Sooner or later, however, we’ll have to face facts: snow’s going to be covering the ground and we’ll have to dig in for winter with shovels, ice scrapers, and fond memories of this past season’s rides.

But I think you’ll be happy to hear that the Captains of Cycling here at Contender HQ have found a super soldier to keep all you commandos stoked when you’re down in those trenches of winter, battling the cold.

He goes by the name Big Ed.

No, we’re not talking about this:

There's a reason it's been around since '68. But it's definitely not the Big Ed we're talking about. Not bad for a post-ride recovery meal though.

There’s a reason it’s been around Salt Lake since ’68. That reason: hungover students. Still, not bad for a post-ride recovery meal.

…Or even these:

Have you had these?! Crazy good. But seriously probably the fastest way to a massive coronary. Again, solid post-ride fuel.

Have you had these?! Crazy good. But seriously probably the fastest way to a massive coronary. So, again, solid post-ride fuel choice.

Although both of the above Big Ed’s have their own virtues (and damned if we’re going to come between you and your eats), if you’re actually looking to cure the snow covered single track blues with something that’s ton’s of fun to ride and not a hamburger, Look no further than SCOTT’s Big Ed:

SCOTT Bikes' Big Ed. Pretty sure THIS Ed will save you from winter gloom WITHOUT prodigious weight gains and an influx of  moo moos introduced to your wardrobe -ain't NOBODY wanna see that.

SCOTT Bikes’ Big Ed. Pretty sure THIS Ed will save you from winter gloom WITHOUT prodigious weight gains and an influx of moo moos introduced to your wardrobe -ain’t NOBODY wanna see that.

Weighing in at 33.7 pounds (15.3kg) and officially launching Scott into the fat bike arms race, the Big Ed is one hell of a way to swagger up to your seat at the war room table. Cold War references (nearly) aside, the Big Ed is definitely ready to take on any of the other manufacturers with it’s sturdy, 6061 Alloy frame. Scott has outfitted the Big Ed with RockShox’s new Bluto RL fork, SRAM X7/X9 2×10 drivetrain, Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes and Syncros single-wall aluminum rims – with Kenda’s lightest fat bike tires, the Juggernauts, to make sure this bike is ready to storm your favorite snow packed trail or invade any beach or dune you can get to. As we looked over the geometry of the new bike, we decided the Big Ed owes a lot to Scott’s latest line of top-shelf alloy hardtails. Featuring the same tapered front end style and super strong hydroformed tubing, the Big Ed adds forged quick-release rear dropouts and a forward chainstay stub to allow more clearance for chainrings and the rear tires. The wide shell for the bottom bracket also helps with fat bike rear tire clearance.

6061 Alloy frame is lightweight and sturdy

6061 Alloy frame is lightweight and sturdy

Although fat bike purists may argue that the need for suspension with such huge tires may be overkill, there’s no denying that the Bluto fork provides a level of control and precision riding that’s been missing from fat bikes. The Bluto sports 100mm of travel as well as a super strong 15mm axle and remote or crown adjustable dampening. From the crown to the dropouts, the Bluto has been overbuilt to keep you covered during all your fat bike shenanigans.

RockShox’s Bluto RL fork is good for 100mm of travel and a super smooth ride - which is almost as good as a giant ice cream sandwich

RockShox’s Bluto RL fork is good for 100mm of travel and a super smooth ride – which is almost as good as a giant ice cream sandwich.

The externally routed cables keep it easy to work on while Shimano’s hydraulics support a 180mm rotor up front and a chainstay mounted rear caliper featuring a 160mm rotor. The E-thirteen TRS aluminum crankset feeds the 2×10 SRAM drivetrain (with 22/36T chainrings up front and an 11-36T cassette in the rear) that features a solid mix of X7 and X9 components.The front derailleur is clamp style with a high direct mount adapter while a Syncros 35mm bar and stem deck out the cockpit.

SRAM X9 drivetrain provides seamless shifts. The 2x10 gearing offers plenty of range.

SRAM X7/X9 drivetrain provides seamless shifts. The 2×10 gearing offers plenty of range.

All in all, it’s a pretty impressive build for a bike that will keep you mobile and riding throughout the winter. As fat bike fans for several years now, we’re definitely excited to see SCOTT get into the game – especially when their bike is so well built and looks this good.

So head on into your favorite friendly neighborhood shop and check out the Big Ed. We’re always happy when people stop by to check out the new bikes, we’re happier when they bring ice cream sandwiches ;)

nate hero

Staff Infection: Nate Borgenicht (VIDEO)

Nate may be one of the newer employees here at the shop, but that doesn’t mean that the man is suffering from a lack of experience. As an avid cyclist for over a decade now, Nate has quite the colorful history when it comes to the road and mountain bikes he’s owned. From Q Factors to rare road frames from the 60s, never has a Contender employee been so steeped in myth and questions about who and what he is -He’s the Kaiser Söze of the shop:

So where are you from originally?

I’m a Utah native, born and raised right here in Salt Lake City. Never lived anywhere else.

So you never were a nefarious crime boss? 

No.

Are you Hungarian? 

What?

I said when did you start riding bikes? 

I started riding road in high school, my junior year. My dad gave me a 1961 Paragon he’d bought in Berkeley from the want ads. It was parked in the basement when I grabbed it. It had old Campy stuff on it. I put on new brakes, relaced the hubs to some new wheels and put in a new bottom bracket. I rode that bike for three years.

Talk about the Paragon. Go:

I looked through bike forums on the internet and found the guy that built the frame, Lars Zebroski. He’s passed, but I actually contacted his friend and racing companion, Victor Vincente of America, who rode a custom made Paragon from Lars as well -he told me about the bike and all the history behind it. It’s a cool story. The bike is really one of a kind. And Victor is a pretty important figure in cycling history.

I feel a future post coming up. Why do you like the Paragon so much?

I love the old Campy stuff -the coolest thing about the bike is that it has 52-44 chain rings. It’s called “man gearing”

Speaking of, ever killed a man?

That’s a ridiculous question.

Ridiculous because you’ve killed so many? 

You’re nuts.

So what‘s your fascination with old bikes? 

It’s all about the Q Factor

What is Q Factor? 

Q Factor measures the width of a pedal, crankarm and bottom bracket relative to the riders foot. There’s been research that says a narrower Q Factor is beneficial to a rider because it’s similar to how a foot tracks when we’re walking.

You’re a nerd. A possibly deadly nerd.

Yeah…It’s a design that Campy uses currently and it’s more prevalent on older bikes. It’s a way to line up the hips of the rider with the crank arms and pedals. Basically you’re bringing the pedals and crank closer to the foot of the rider to increase efficiency.

 

 

It’s a cool idea because everybody has a different anatomy

Are you calling me fat? 

I’m not calling you fat.

You can call me fat, just don’t kill me and my family. Do you mountain bike at all? 

Last time, I’m not Kaiser Soze. But I do mountain bike. A friend of mine sold me his ’98 Jamis Dakar -that was my first one. I have some of my best memories from mountain bike trips to Southern Utah. We’d take the VW van down and just rally with friends.

Sure. Just down there to ride bikes, not run drugs or bury bodies. I get it. So what do you like better, road or mountain? 

I like road better because I don’t like to force my off-road confidence, I like it to come to me. But I’m ok forcing that confidence on the road.

What are some of your favorite things at the shop? 

I like the Giordana Laser Bib ShortsThey were the first pair of bibs I owned and their seams are better than anyone else’s.

The Giordana Laser Bibs. Nate only poses like this when he's really satisfied with the bibs he's wearing.

The Giordana Laser Bibs. Nate only poses like this when he’s really satisfied with the bibs he’s wearing.

I’m also a big fan of the Pearl Izumi Elite Arrow Jacket. It feels like your basic polyester shell but it’s totally water proof! It surprises me every time.

"What? Oh this old thing? It's just the sweetest piece of waterproof cycling clothing EVER" -Nate letting us know how he feels about Pearl's Elite Arrow Jacket

What? Oh this old thing? It’s just the sweetest piece of waterproof cycling clothing EVER -Nate letting us know how he feels about Pearl’s Elite Arrow Jacket

 

I just bought a Scott Spark 740 because that thing rips. I love the 27.5 wheel size. I definitely feel like there are more benefits than compromises with that size.

So what do you do when you’re not riding? 

I still have a solid group of friends since highschool. We rock climb or play basketball.

So you guys still do some extortion together?

What?

I asked if you’d ever been to Portland together? 

No, why would we… weird question. Anyway, I also like to read biographies of interesting people. 

What’s the best biography you’ve read? 

I don’t know. I haven’t read that many. I should probably read more.

So, as a biography, how accurate is The Usual Suspects? I mean, with regards to you and your crimes and such.

I’m just going to stop responding.

Have any nicknames? 

Yeah, ‘Stir Fry Nate’

Not the one I was expecting. 

Stir frys man, c’mon! Anyway, If I’m doing well, I’m chopping a lot of vegetables. I love a good stir fry. How long has it been since your last stir fry? I can’t get enough of them.

What I’d like to do now, Nate, is run through a list of common statements made about you and have you tell me if they’re true or not. Sound good? 

Yeah man, let’s do that -but then I gotta roll. Kinda jonesing for a stir fry now.

Great. Here we go, first one: Nate only sleeps on his left side

That’s partially true.

Nate has an irrational fear of different time zones

I think it’s pretty rational

I mean, really any fear of time zones is irrational. 

That’s true. But what is time? It’s so subjective. That freaks me out.

What about this one: Nate believes handsome people are somehow more genetically similar to orangutans than other less attractive people because orangutans are “one handsome ape.” 

Is that a quote? Did I say that?

My sources say you did, yeah. 

Who are your sources?

I can’t reveal my sources, sir. Torture me if you want. But it’s not going to happen.

Fine. I don’t want to piss off any gorilla fans out there but seriously, I can’t be the only one who thinks that.

cody hero

Staff Infection: Cody Wignall, aka The Big Wigs (VIDEO)

FACT: Being a Contender all-star is probably one of the best things you can do with your life. And our very own Cody Wignall is a shining example of this. The young man started at Contender when he was a mere 16 years old. Now, seven years and seven bikes later, he’s become one helluva Contender employee. The kid knows everything!

Let’s get to know the guy behind the guy behind the guy.

How did you happen to start at Contender so young?

I started riding road bikes a little and knew Ryan from the shop rides. When I found out I had to do community service for my high school and that doing flat repairs and learning the ropes at Contender would actually qualify, I jumped on board. When I turned sixteen, they took me on full time and I’ve been here ever since.

Cody and one of his favorite TIME frames, the VRS Vibraser. Look how happy he is.

Cody and one of his favorite TIME frames, the VRS Vibraser. Look how happy he is.

So this is literally the first job you’ve ever had?

Job? You mean I’m not still doing this as community service?

You are. Don’t expect a paycheck. Forget what I said.

Gotcha.

Moving on….how long have you ridden? 

I started riding a road bike and showing up to the group rides in 2002. But I’ve been on a mountain bike forever. Everyday, after school, I’d try and do wheelies.

Do you ride road or mountain more? 

I prefer mountain. I hate cars and the bad drivers that drive them….badly.

How many bikes do you own? 

I have seven bikes, two classic Schwinns: a Stingray and a Collegiate, a cyclecross bike, a Pugsly snowbike, and then a couple mountain bikes and a road bike.

Do you have a favorite? 

The Pugsly -it turns heads.

Cody's favorite bike, his Pugsley. He calls it Pugs. we call that totes adorbs.

Cody’s favorite bike, his Pugsley. He calls it Pugs. We call that totes adorbs.

YOU turn heads, my friend. Where’s your favorite place to ride? 

I love riding Flying Dog in Park City. It gets you out of the way of everyone and there’s a beaver dam you ride past too. Pretty sweet stuff.

 

Cody showing off his Pugsley with Ryan and Alison.

Cody showing off his Pugsley with Ryan and Alison.

 

So what do you do when you’re not riding or [cough] volunteering at the shop? 

I do a little photography, I hike with the wonderful Emily [girlfriend], I’m taking business classes at SLCC and Blake is trying to teach me how to cook.

So what are some of your favorite things we carry? 

Anything TIME. I used to have two: a VRS Vibraser and a VXS. The new Skylon looks amazing.

I really Like Assos Clothing. I was lucky enough to visit their North American headquarters last month. I’ve always been a big fan but I think their stuff is pretty unique in the cycling world. They really innovate. I like their style too. You can tell a rider wearing Assos from a mile away. The T.equipe bib shorts are awesome. They’re the best bib short I’ve ever ridden in.

Cody refused to model these Assos T.equipe bibs.

Cody refused to model these Assos T.equipe bibs.

And I think Rolf Wheels are awesome too. They’re such a good value and it’s a great wheel. My favorite is the Vigor. For the money, it’s a good option because it works so well with the terrain we have here in SLC. It’s bullet proof and it gives you some aero ability too. Good wheel.

Cody does his best to dramatically present his favorite wheel: the  Rolf Vigor.

Cody does his best to dramatically present his favorite wheel: the Rolf Vigor.

But truly my favorite things at Contender are Ernie and Graham [Contender mechanic and proud new father -profile forthcoming]

To sum up, It’s just Graham. Zane’s a close second, though.

Anything else the people need to know? 

I’m part of a Schwinn gang. We like to cruise around downtown on the weekends.

Do you ever get into any gang fights or turf wars? 

No. We do bar spins though.

How close have any of you come to getting a tattoo of ‘Schwinn Gang 4 Life’ across your back? 

One of Cody's infamous Schwinns. If you see someone doing a wheelie on this bike, chances are it's the Big Wigs

One of Cody’s infamous Schwinns. If you see someone doing a wheelie on this bike, chances are it’s the Big Wigs

Not. Not close at all. That’s idiotic.

Ok, Wiggs, let’s cut the crap, time for some hard hitting questions: Rumor has it you’re really good at sax. 

Excuse me?

Sax: The saxophone. My sources tell me you can really blow. 

Yeah, well, I play sax on sax on sax on sax

Like Kanye? 

No, he makes stacks on stacks on stacks on stacks. Totally different.

So are you a sexy sax man?:

Yes. I’m the embodiment of everything sexy about the sax.

Any nicknames? 

My original nickname in the shop was Captain Wiggles. I think I’ve graduated to Big Wigs now.

Fitting for the man who is godfather to Ernie, Cyrus and Leo

I needed something commanding. The mutts respond to authoritative titles.

Cody showing off his wheelie skills. And our Contender kits.

Cody showing off his wheelie skills. And our Contender kits.

Have you ever considered staring in your own brand of motivational speaking videos?

No.

I have the perfect tag line.

Lay it on me.

Picture it. Lights are dimmed in a packed conference hall. Spot lights scan the stage.You jump out from behind a giant poster of your head, playing an especially sexy sax solo. As the music swells and the audience’s applause becomes a deafening roar, you turn to your audience and say, “Dig the Wigs”.

What ensues thereupon can only be described as pure pandemonium. The Wigs is big, the Wigs is very, very big. 

It’s perfect.

Print

Need a New Helmet? Have We Got A Deal For You!

Come in to Contender this Thursday, July 17th from 5pm until 7pm with your old, beat up (or beat down) helmet and get 25% off any Lazer helmet.

Look, we know a few of you have some nappy helmets. This is your chance to turn that embarrassment in to cash!

Our good friends at Lazer are going to be taking all the helmets traded in and completely recycling them.

That’s right! Any helmet that’s cracked, faded, or just ridiculously worn out can be traded in to be recycled and you get 25% off a gorgeously brand new Lazer Helmet.

We have old Lazer favorites like the Genesis and Helium as well as the brand new, super posh Z1

Even if you’re not in the market for a new lid, this is a great way to get rid of an old helmet and make sure it’s recycled.

So go grab your nasty old helmet and come see us this Thursday, from 5PM to 7PM!

Skylon_Red

First Pics of Brand New TIME SKYLON And All The Deets You Can Handle

Skylon_White

Whenever the French wizards over at TIME tell us that they have a new frame coming out, the reaction is not unlike that emitted from tween girls at a Beiber concert -usually a lot of screaming, fainting and crying with joy.

What can we say, we’re huge nerds fans when it comes to anything TIME.

Why? Because their frames are handmade works of art that also happen to sport some ridiculously impressive technology.

Named the Skylon, TIME’s new flagship is lighter, stiffer, more aero and sports a host of other truly remarkable features. Utilizing TIME’s strenuous RTM process (a manufacturing anomly in an industry obsessed with mass production and minimal labor investment), the new Skylon is built from a single piece -a change from previous TIME models that had the rear triangle butted into the main frame.

Speaking of the chainstays, the TIME Skylon is also sporting a new asymmetrical, monobloc chainstay constructed to increase rigidity and power transmission from hard working legs.

Infact, it seems like every trick TIME could use to stiffen the frame has been utilized. The larger tubing cross sections help quite a bit, not only by bettering strength and rigidity, but by allowing TIME to make the Skylon lighter as well.

TIME also lowered the Skylon’s headset bearing height by one-and-a-half inches, increasing stiffness and creating explicitly precise steering as well. For a brand that already handles like an F1 driver’s dream, that’s saying quite a bit.

And to that effect, TIME hasn’t forgotten their carte de visite; a ride that is stiff and responsive but still unbelievably smooth and refined. The Skylon utilizes Vectran fiber throughout the frame to keep things civilized when the road gets rough. Rest assured, however, that when an open road with a gorgeously winding decent presents itself, the Skylon will be begging to let it show you what it was built to do. If it were me, I’d listen.

TIME has also made the frame mechanical and electronic ready, with both options being routed internally.

Other notable features that round out the highlights are the Skylon’s carbon dropouts, a BB386 bottom bracket size and a zero offset aero seatpost.

Expect you’re favorite friendly neighborhood bike shop (aka: Contender) to have some frames available in the next couple of weeks in the matte white and gloss red color schemes pictured here.

As more frames and colors become available, we’ll definitely be the shop to call when that voice in you head starts to whisper ‘Skylon…’

Assos North America

Assos North America Headquarters

Assos North America Headquarters

Since I started working for Contender Bicycles nearly 6 years ago, I have always been impressed with the quality and following Assos has at the shop. Year to year there seems to be a new product in the line that impresses any level of cyclist. Upon first laying eyes on the display and feeling the fabric, craftsmanship and quality incorporated in their clothing, I have always know that it is nice clothing from feeling the fabric and admiring the craftsmanship. However, I had never worn the clothing, only seen others wearing it and speaking very highly of it. That changed a week ago today as I was riding mountain bikes in Bromont, Canada with the Assos crew. I gained a new understanding of what the company is all about.

Ryan and Alison gave me a great opportunity to travel to Montreal, Canada to visit Assos North America and learn more about their clothing and the company’s rich history. If you are after a product that has been tested and proven to amplify your cycling experience, Assos is a no-brainer. From the comfort of their chamois’ to the outstanding durability of the clothing, Assos has pioneered a new way of how clothing should feel while riding your bike.

Upon arriving in Montreal Sunday afternoon, I didn’t have much time to explore the town since we would be headed to the office the following morning and later Bromont to go mountain biking and learn more about the company. I headed downtown Sunday evening to attend an amazing dinner with the rest of the individuals on the trip and covered a lot of ground by foot to explore as much as we could. Montreal is simply great. The town had a very European feel and every building was lit up to show off the architecture. Little to my knowledge, the F1 Grand Prix was being held in Montreal the day before I landed which meant for a very busy setting downtown. The street were lined with super-cars I had never seen before, checkered flags decorated the buildings and the town was buzzing with excitement. Kids were running around wearing their favorite Ferrari memorabilia, race cars rallied up and down the roads, and all the while I just sat back and grinning ear-to-ear. Here I was in town for a couple days and I get to witness the aftermath of one of the biggest sporting events in Canada at the time.

Montreal post F1.

Montreal_Car

After walking inside the Assos North America Headquarters in Montreal, I knew I was in for a treat. The Assos office features a showroom displaying all the clothing Assos has to offer. Just like anything Assos, the showroom was stunning and made me want to own one of everything. Among all the clothing were also a few items such as an Assos road bike frame, vintage titanium pedals Assos created in 1986, and espresso. Lots and lots of espresso. After seeing the clothing and gaining more knowledge on how they design and execute a near flawless design, I quickly began to understand why Assos is leading the pack in the cycling clothing industry.

If a product is not going to benefit the cyclist in the aspect of comfort, fit, style or durability, Assos will go back to the drawing board rather than releasing a product that isn’t quite up to speed. The company has access to fabrics and materials that other manufactures simply don’t, and the time and testing that goes into creating these products goes above and beyond what I ever imagined. While Assos seems to be the pinnacle of what you would expect from a cycling clothing manufacture, just wait until you see what is in store for the upcoming 2015 season. Taking a great idea to the next level is what Assos is all about, and they are doing just that for the upcoming season.

Assos Showroom

Assos_Bike

AssosHQ_3

After touring the headquarters and processing everything I had learned about the clothing we shuttled off to Bromont, home of the Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup. I was lucky enough to ride a mountain bike through the twisty singletrack trails – the same trails the pro’s had conquered just a few years before. The riding was quite different than anything I was used to. The trails were technical with lots of roots and rocks to avoid which made it very fun to say the least. After returning back to the hotel, I enjoyed a very tasty Assos cookie that was made with perfection (just like the clothing) and attended dinner with everyone else who was on the trip. We spoke more about the company, our personal experiences with the company and the clothing and prepared for the ride in the morning. Unfortunately, the rain decided to damper our plans and I didn’t end up riding the second day, however that gave me time to try the local Poutine and get to the airport on time. Overall, the short trip felt a lot longer thanks to Assos! And like I mentioned before, stay tuned for 2015 Assos. You’re going to like the way you look.

Bromont_Deck2

Assos_Ride

Bromont_Ride3

Assos_Cookie

zane hero

Staff Infection: Zane Enders (video)

When Zane Enders came on to Contender’s staff earlier this Spring, who knew he had so many talents? Not only is the young man ridiculously enthusiastic about riding his bike, but it turns out he’s particularly fast and commonly airborne on the ski slopes too.

AND, judging by at least one of his nicknames, he get’s along pretty well with the ladies.

Let’s take a closer look at the enigma that is Zane Enders:

Zane! Are you from Utah orginally? 

Yessir. Born and bred in Ogden and Pleasant View. I came down to Salt Lake for school. I’m studing Computer Science at the U. I’m nerding out.

Is that Mark Whalberg pimpin' some Assos T.equipe bib shorts? Nope. It's our very own Zane. Don't worry, folks make that mistake all the time.

Is that Mark Whalberg? Nope. It’s our Zane showing off one of his favorite bib shorts: the Assos T.equipe. Don’t worry, folks think he’s Funky Bunch all the time.

You must really like computers. Have you ever wanted to be Matthew Broderick in War Games? 

I absolutely have. I also thought the kid from Live Free or Die Hard was pretty cool too. He could hack into anything.

Have you ever hacked into anything? 

I jail-broke my iPod Touch…but I don’t think that counts.

So how long have you been riding bikes? 

I’ve been mountain biking since I was 13. My cousin, Lea Davison gave me a bike. She now rides for Specialized’s pro team. But that was my start. From there I was talked into doing the 24 Hours of Moab race when I was 14. It was a lot of fun. After that I did it six years in a row.

Your cousin rides for Specialized?!?! Very nice! How does it feel to be that close to fame? 

Well, there’s actually a YouTube video of me doing a jump at Mammoth Mountain. It went viral for a month. So I’m fairly famous too:

So (ahem) it looks like you ski a little too. I love that you’re viral. 

Yeah. My friends thought I was going to break my knees on that jump. I was the only one who did it. They were too scared. I ski raced for 10 years until I graduated high school. I did the Junior Olympics when I was 15 and I placed 3rd in the Western Regions for G.S. My dad’s had me skiing since I was two years old.

No road biking? 

Not yet. Growing up, my dad always thought it was too dangerous.

I get that, totally. Why risk the harm of doing 20ish miles an hour on a paved road when you could really play it safe and do ridiculous jumps at 60 mph off of mountains on your skis? Makes total sense. So what else do you do besides mountain bike and play it safe on the bunny slopes?

I recently got into Warhammer 40k. Yep, kind of a nerd.

Zane admits to playing this game. The nerd's faces have been cut out to protect them from cyberbullying

Zane admits to playing this game. The nerd’s faces in this photo have been cut out to protect them from cyber-bullying. Zane, however, should be bullied relentlessly.

Kind of? Is that like Dungeons and Dragons? Do you use a twelve-sided die? 

Kinda. It’s pretty interesting actually. It’s like, set in a dystopian science-fantasy universe and you have these miniature characters that you can buy and paint an–

–Let’s stop you right there. You are now a galactic nerd. Changing subjects completely,  what do you like that we carry in the shop? 

I really want a Pinarello Dogma XC. It looks so cool -not like anything else on the market. I love how the seat stays are separated.

Zane is a little too excited about the Pinarello Dogma XC. Not sure if you can blame him though

Zane is a little too excited about the Pinarello Dogma XC. Not sure if you can blame him though. Sooo many ladies wishing they were that bike right now…

I have an Osprey bag that I really like too. The back support is awesome and it has tons of pockets. The material is really durable. I’m rough on stuff. To quote my dad, I go through $#!+ like candy.

Do you like candy? 

Not really. Not much of a sweet tooth.

Zane or 'Zanye' to the ladies, letting everybody know that winners don't use drugs but they do use Osprey bags. Yeah!

Zane or ‘Zanye’ to the ladies, letting everybody know that winners don’t use drugs, and they pack their dreams into Osprey bags. Yeah!

I really want a pair of the Assos shorts; the T.équipes. I’m sold on the chamois they’ve built into that. I love lightweight, race-y stuff and those shorts are designed to be raced in.

So I know we have a couple nick names for you at the shop: Zané, Ender’s Zane, Easy Z, Dwayne Zane, Zanetopia, Zanye (like Kanye; obviously our apologies to Kanye), Zanskrit, The Ender from Contender. Fort Zane -the list LITERALLY goes on forever- My question is this: Have you ever had a nick name before working here? 

Yeah. A girl called me Loverboy in high school.

That’s because you’re irresistible. One last question I know everyone wants to know, why did your parents name you Zane? 

They’ve never really had an answer

Well it’s equal parts mysterious and classy. It fits you well.

dogma f8 redbackground

Introducing Your New Dream Bike: The Pinarello Dogma F8 (video)

Fresh back from a trip to the Pinarello factory in Treviso Italy, Ryan and Alison were lucky enough to attend the unveiling of Pinarello”s new flagship, the Dogma F8. By the size of their eyeballs when they came back, we could tell this was a pretty special bike.

Let’s take a look…

The new DOGMA F8 from Pinarello is built out of Toray's new T11001K Dream Carbon

The new DOGMA F8 from Pinarello is built out of Toray’s new T11001K Dream Carbon.

Pedigree

Over the past two years, Pinarello’s last DOGMA, the 65.1, has earned the distinction of being the most titled bike on the planet. It’s been ridden to victory in the Tour de France twice, as well as having a World Championship and more than 100 Pro Tour race victories under it’s wheels as well. The bike has been hailed as an instant classic. It’s so ubiquitious with the world of high-end road bikes that many utter “benchmark” just as readily as they say DOGMA.

So what do you do if you’re Pinarello and you want to build a worthy follow up to legendary bike?

You impress the hell out of everyone by introducing a bike with the same winning pedigree but that’s also lighter, stiffer and ridiculously more aerodynamic.

 

The new DOGMA F8 offers it’s riders: 

Pinarello is very proud of how the new DOGMA F8 improves on the 65.1 in a few categories. But we were most impressed with:

A stiffer frame than the previous DOGMA, but 120 grams lighter (frame + fork)

By utilizing TORAY’s new T11001K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology, Pinarello has been able to give the new F8 a stiffness to weight ration that is 12% higher than the DOGMA 65.1. The TORAY T11001K that Pinarello chose for their new DOGMA is utilized heavily in the aerospace industry on plenty of the jetliners in the sky today. The frame is 80 grams lighter than the 65.1. And Pinarello also designed a new fork for the F8 that is, again, not only stiffer, but 40 grams llighter and more aero as well.

A Massively More Aero Frame

And that leads us into the other big news on the DOGMA F8, Pinarello has worked very hard to improve the aerodynamics of the frame. So hard, in fact, that the new F8 has an astonishing 47% improvement in aerodynamics over the DOGMA 65.1. By redesigning not just the fork, but each tube shape utilized on the frame, the F8 has adopted a “flatback” style of tubing. Where the front of the tubing is designed to cut through the wind and the trailing edge of the tube is shaped to allow the wind to dissipate over it without creating much turbulence at all.

The new tube design for the DOGMA F8 creates an phenomenal aero advantage over the older 65.1

The new tube design for the DOGMA F8 creates an phenomenal aero advantage over the older 65.1

Forks That Act Like Wind Sails

It sounds like Pinarello have really done their aero homework. In fact, the fork they designed for the F8 is giving riders a very special advantage. According to Pinarello:

‘With aerodynamic sections derived directly from the Bolide, the F8 fork legs act as sails that promote forward motion in crosswind conditions. This effect is amplified when riding in stronger winds. The wind has always been an inevitable resistance that increases rider fatigue and hinders performance. Now with the Dogma F8, cyclists are able to exploit it.”

That’s some very impressive engineering from an already impressive company. But the Dogma still maintains its legality with the UCI (it’s officially been approved -and even sports a graphic to tout it!)  and even throws out some cool features like a removable front derailleur support for time trial applications, a 3rd hole on the seat tube to choose where you place your water bottle cage, a (very!) comprehensive 13 different sizes to choose from and even an option to customize the color of your F8 with their MyWay program.

Pinarello have definitely done it again with the Dogma F8!

The bike debuts at the Critérium du Dauphiné, beginning in Lyon on June 8th. And you’re favorite friendly neighborhood bike shop is going to be getting some of these gorgeous frames in! Call us or stop by to check them out!

Throwback Thursday – 1973 Colnago Super

The Colnago Super was one of the bikes that Eddy Merckx and the Molteni Team rode back in the good old days. This bike rolled into the shop a few days ago to get some new pedals installed and everyone around wanted to take a glimpse and check it out for themselves. Whether it be the Columbus tubing, the Campagnolo components or the matching Silca frame pump that runs the length of the toptube, this bike is certainly super-duper. Check out the photos below!

Colnago Super

Columbus Tubing

Concor Saddle

Colnago Concor Crankeset

Colnago Super Bar

Colnago_Super_Headtube

Colnago Super ChainStay

Dawn one of our exclusive Contender shirts and be prepared to have folks ask, "Excuse me, are you a Contender Bicycles employee?"
"No, but I do wear their sweet tees."

Staff Infection: Peter Barrett

 

For this week’s Staff Infection we’re lucky enough to talk to a gentlemen by the name of Peter Barrett. Peter joined Contender just a few month’s ago when he moved back to Salt Lake from Seattle. Even though he’s only been here a short time, he comes to Contender with ten years of bike shop experience; so it’s pretty obvious that the man knows his stuff. Rumor has it his nickname is the man of steel. Let’s find out why:

Two legends coming together at Contender Bicycles: Peter Barrett and his favorite bike, the Cannondale CAAD 10.
Two legends coming together at Contender Bicycles: Peter Barrett and his favorite bike, the Cannondale CAAD 10.

Where else have you lived besides Salt Lake City? 

I’ve lived in a lot of places. My dad was in the Air Force so I’ve spent time in Alaska, Norway, Washington State and plenty of other places.

What was your favorite place you lived? 

I’d say Salt Lake. I was here for 14 years before I moved back in February. Salt Lake has awesome snow and awesome bike riding. I love snowboarding here.

How many bikes do you have? Which one is your favorite?

I have six bikes and my favorite really depends on the day. I’m loving my new carbon Scott Scale 720. I also have a steel road bike that I built.

YOU BUILT?? How did you get into building frames?

I started building frames seven years ago. I met a guy who built frames locally here in Salt Lake after an accident where he had almost cut his arm off with a chainsaw. He needed help finishing frames he was working on so I started learning from him. From there I went to the UBI frame building school in Portland. I also attended their wheel building school.

So how many bikes have you built? 

Well, like I said, I helped out with numerous frames here in SLC before I went to school and started building my own. So far I’ve built two and right now I just started planning my third; It’s going to be a disc gravel bike.

Peterbuilt: Peter shows off the custom steel bike he built himself and his favorite Giro New Road wool shirt.
Peterbuilt: Peter shows off the custom steel bike he built himself and his favorite Giro New Road wool shirt.

Peter, let’s get serious here for a second, is steel real? 

Yes. Steel is real. Really real.

What are some of your favorite things we have in the shop? 

I love SIDI shoes. Nothing like wrapping your toes in some fine Italian footwear. I just got a pair of the Dominators in camouflage. So awesome and so new.

Peter showing off his brand new SIDI Dominators in Camo. If it looks like he's not holding anything up, it means the camouflage is working.
Peter showing off his brand new SIDI Dominators in camo. If it looks like he’s not holding anything up, it means the camouflage is working.

I also like the Giro New Road line of clothing because of the materials they’re using. I’m a fan of wool. Their mobility trouser is damn comfortable. I own numerous pairs.

Peter showing off the Mobility Pant from Giro. How could you NOT buy pants from this guy?
Peter showing off the Mobility Pant from Giro. How could you NOT buy pants from this guy? Adorable.

If you ride a steel bike, do you have to wear wool? 

You should.

Favorite bike we carry in the shop? 

I have to say that I really like the Cannondale CAAD 10 bike. It’s dollar-per-awesome ratio is super high. Much like myself.

What’s your favorite Pixies album? 

The one with the naked lady on the front, Surfer Rosa.

 

You dig the old school stuff. And I dig that. You’re all about wool clothing and steel bikes. Is it safe to assume that people call you the Man of Steel?

Yeah, I usually I don’t respond to any other name. But that’s the only assumption that’s safe to make about me.