For those of you who didn’t know that there was such thing as a snow bike, get ready to be amazed. If Santa Claus owned a bicycle in the North Pole, he would definitely ride the Borealis Yampa Snow Bike. Not only does this bike feature outrageously wide tires, the entire frameset and fork are constructed from carbon fiber. Steve Smock selected the Borealis Yampa as his holiday gift idea due to the amount of fun you are sure to have while riding this bike all winter long.
Borealis Yampa Snow Bike
Although this bike features monster 4” tires, the Borealis Yampa Snow Bike weighs in just under 26 pounds. The lightweight design helps this bike stay afloat in the snow in addition to helping it climb up steep grades with ease. Needless to say, this snow bike trumps all other snow bikes on the trail with its good looks and incredible ride quality. The best way to get a feel for a fat bike is to come down and test ride one here at the shop! Whether you are looking for a way to keep riding your favorite single-track trails this winter or just after a one of a kind bike, look no further than the Borealis Yampa. If you have any questions regarding snow bikes or would like more information about them, please call Contender Bicycles anytime or come down and visit us!
According to Julian Fowkes, nothing says Merry Christmas like waking up to a shiny new Giro Air Attack Shield Helmet on Christmas morning. Not only is this new helmet from Giro fast looking, it performs just as well as it looks. If the cyclist in your life is anything like Julian, they probably enjoy going fast on two wheels and looking good while doing so. The Giro Air Attack Shield promises to offer the ultimate in styling and performance for any rider.
Giro Air Attack Shield – Highlight Yellow
The light compact design of this helmet is very aerodynamic and will help you slice through the wind on your bicycle. The front of the Air Attack features a removable tinted shield that can easily be taken on and off thanks to the secure magnetic fastening system. When you’re not using the shield, simply lock it in the upward position on the helmet with the magnetic fastening system and continue on your way without ever needing to stop. The Giro Air Attack Shield features Giro’s Roc Loc tension system that is very adjustable to help accommodate a comfortable fit for any rider. Six vents are located throughout the shell of the helmet making the Air Attack versatile for varying weather conditions as well as reducing drag caused by wind. Please visit www.contenderbicycles.com to view more great products from Giro. Stay tuned for more great gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!
With Christmas biting at our heels, you may find yourself having a hard time finding the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life. All of us at Contender Bicycles are here to help you as we will be featuring a new gift idea during the remaining days before Christmas.
Giro New Road Softshell Jacket
Jeff Perry has selected the Giro New Road Softshell Jacket due to its sleek styling and warm design. The Softshell Jacket is designed to be worn on and off the bike just like most of the Giro New Road clothing thanks to a more relaxed fit and simplistic yet sophisticated styling. Jeff’s initial response was “wow, this jacket fits great!” The exterior of the Giro Softshell Jacket offers great wind and water resistance while the inner material is very soft and comfortable. The full-zipper design in combination with a few panel vents helps this jacket remain breathable as you perspire while riding your bike. Lastly, the cinch adjustment helps reduce flapping while riding at high speeds as well as keeping interior heat trapped.
Giro Softshell Jacket Vent
When you’re done with your ride, go ahead and throw the jacket back on before heading to dinner. Yes, it can certainly be worn out on the town as a casual jacket that will keep you plenty warm. Surprise that special someone this holiday season with the one of a kind Giro New Road Softshell Jacket. Please visit www.contenderbicycles.com to view more great products from Giro. Stay tuned for several more gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!
Throughout the past few years, more and more individuals are discovering that riding a bike is one of the easiest ways to get out and escape the hassles of their busy lives. Whether that means transporting yourself to work or school, riding for exercise or just simply getting out and riding for fun, riding a bike is your free ticket to freedom. The clothing you wear while pedaling a bike can easily detract from your experience or enhance it depending on what you are most comfortable wearing. This past year Giro released a new line of clothing called New Road designed specifically for any cyclist who defines their rides based on comfort and new explorations. One of our favorite features of the Giro New Road line is that quite a bit of the clothing is manufactured and sewn close to home in sunny California. Unlike many other cycling clothing manufactures, Giro uses a lot of merino wool in their lineup which gives the clothing a refined look that impresses on and off the bike. The majority of the clothing is designed to be technical casual wear that is fairly loose fitting compared to most lycra shorts and tops. The Giro New Road lineup has been a big hit here at Contender Bicycles as an increasing number of employees have been trying the clothing out for themselves.
I personally own the short sleeve Giro Ride Crew, Bib-Undershort, 5M Overshort, High Neck Zip-Up and the Sleeveless Merino Base Layer. Truthfully, I find myself wearing the Ride Crew, Overshorts and the High Neck Zip-Up more off the bike than I do while riding. The merino fabric is very comfortable to sit around in and the simplistic design of the clothing makes it easy to wear in combination with other clothing. Another co-worker of mine here at the shop who is vegan cannot wear a large majority of the New Road clothing due to the large amount of merino wool found throughout their lineup. However, he owns both the Giro Wind Shirt and the Giro Waterproof Jacket and uses both pieces on and off the bike. The Wind Shirt is perfect for the chilly ride to work in the morning to take the edge off while not overheating. Most technical rain jackets feature long tails in back to reduce road spray on the bike while the Giro Waterproof Jacket does not, making it more versatile. This jacket can just as easily be worn around town on a cold rainy day as it can protect you from the elements while braving the nasty weather on your road bike. Without a doubt either of us would definitely purchase this clothing again as we were very impressed with the quality, look and feel of the Giro New Road clothing.
Giro High Neck Zip
Giro Wind Shirt
Both the 40M and the 5M Giro Overshorts are offered in either slim or regular fit depending on the style you are after. A local pro cyclist who has competed in events such as the Giro d’Italia and Paris-Roubaix stopped by the shop to try on some of the Overshorts. He was particularly after the slim cut since he would be using these shorts while he was mountain biking and didn’t want excess material getting in the way of his pedal-stroke. After trying a couple sizes on, he ran into the same problem as many others do. Even with his long skinny legs, the slim cut shorts were simply too tight on the upper leg. The regular fit Giro Overshort’s are preferred by most since you will have more freedom while riding as well as a more comfortable fit for casual use.
Giro 5M Overshort
All things considered, the Giro New Road clothing gets two big thumbs up from everyone here at Contender Bicycles. With the weather getting colder and the snow about to fly, I am anxious to try out a few more items from these guys. The Giro Seamless Beanie is a stylish cap that can be worn under a helmet such as the Giro Reverb while commuting throughout the cooler months. The Giro Insulated Vest looks great as well and would work great for cross country skiing, riding or just wearing around the town! Stay tuned for more reviews on the Giro New Road clothing in months to come.
When blinky’s aren’t enough Assos has you covered with the new sV.emergency vest. I have to admit when I pulled it out of the box I scratched my head and asked myself…what has Assos done now? After trying it on, apprehensively, Assos has again pushed the limits of cycling apparel with a great piece that will definitely find its way into my cycling essentials.
Due to riding in the early mornings and late evenings I always carry a wind vest or jacket. The sV.emergency will deliver not only chest protection from the wind, but with over-sized reflective “appliqués” it provides added security in low light conditions. The half-vest thing had me stumped, however, Assos has accomplished wind protection and safety in an ultra compact piece where you can still access to your pockets while racing or descending- genius.
The sV.emergency MSRP is $138.95 with plenty of sizing options (XS, S, M, L, XL, XLG, TIR)
This great looking TIME belongs to our friend Yoshi who lives in Japan.
Our friend Yoshi sent us this photo of his great looking TIME road bike. This TIME RXRS is set up with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 components, Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels and the great looking Rotor Crank with Q-Rings. Yoshi agrees after riding 80km on his new bike that TIME is supreme and is sure to recommend this bicycle to anyone. Keep up the riding Yoshi!
These have been a long time coming. In fact, they almost seemed mythical in that we wondered if they would ever be delivered. The day has come! We just received our first (all be it small) order of the Garmin Vector Power Meter. Can’t wait to give these a try and see how the pedal-based power meter performs.
Several unique bikes roll out the doors here at Contender Bicycles, but it’s not every day you get to see one like this. This full carbon Cannondale Quick is hands down the nicest built urban style commuter bike we have had the privilege to build. At first glance, you can see this bike is great looking and totally custom from head to toe. The incredible parts build on this bicycle include a full carbon ENVE wheelset, Shimano Di2 Electronic components, an FSA carbon crankset, carbon water cages and carbon Easton bars and stem. This great looking bicycle was built for a gentleman with ALS, allowing him to continue riding with ease and comfort. The gears can be changed with a simple click of a button while the geometry of the bicycle helps one remain upright and comfortable. The carbon components and wheelset on this bicycle help keep the overall weight low for efficiency in addition to adding to ride comfort and compliancy.
Make sure to bring a few U-locks along with you while riding this machine if you plan on locking it up! All of us at Contender were very excited to be a part of this fun project and see this one of a kind bike go home.
As many already know, the production and distribution of knock off Pinarello and TIME bicycles has been going on for some time now. The idea of a $500 Pinarello Dogma 2 frameset definitely seems suspicious, however sometimes these “Chinarello” models can be hard to spot. While these bikes may look very similar to a real Pinarello or TIME, your overall safety is at stake if you find yourself owning one of them. A recent ABC News Report stated that engineers have tested counterfeit frames in a lab and found they don’t hold up. They failed impact and fatigue tests and the aluminum head tube cups debonded, making steering vague and loose.
Peter Sagan is an up and coming young road cyclist who finds himself in the spotlight a lot lately. While being considered one of the most promising young talents in the sport of cycling, Sagan has earned many prestigious victories riding his Cannondale SuperSix Evo. Although the Evo is a compliant well rounded bicycle given how stiff and light it is, Peter Sagan decided he wanted something different for the Classics in Europe. In particular the 2013 Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. Sagan and a handful of teammates on Cannondale’s Pro Cycling Team asked to race the all new Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod rather than the Evo due to its incredible ride quality over the bumpy cobble sections of these races.
This is the bike Peter Sagan pedaled to an incredible second place victory in the 2013 Tour of Flanders behind Fabian Cancellara. Cannondale tried their best to keep this new bike under wraps until the official launch date, however this was nearly impossible considering Sagan’s incredible form and early season success winning a few races on a bike other than the SuperSix Evo. But why would Peter Sagan prefer a Synapse over the Evo? Several features separate the all new Cannondale Synapse by providing more bump compliance than the Evo while not adding extra weight, losing efficiency or reducing performance. The chain stays are flatter and broader than most bike frames allowing vibrations from rough road surfaces to be diluted and virtually eliminated. The seat tube splits in two near the bottom bracket to offer forgiveness while not taking away from the stiff feel when you stand on the pedals to accelerate. The heatube of the Synapse is 3 cm taller than the Evo allowing one to sit back into the bike more for better handling and also allows the rider to be more upright and take pressure off the arms and shoulders for the long days in the saddle. For riders like Peter Sagan who ride hundreds of miles on bumpy road surfaces, the new Synapse was a no brainer.
Cannondale designed the 2014 Cannondale Synapse to be a “comfortable racing bike in an endurance frame.” Sagan said the bike is comfortable on rough roads and it handles well on the bumps. He still likes the way it sprints, like when he is sprinting away from the group and holding on for a solo win. Contender Bicycles is proud to carry Cannondale and all of their great road and mountain bikes. Come on down and ride one for yourself!