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Help Us Kit Up Africa For The Holidays!

If you’re like us, you have a closet full of old cycling kits that you’re not using anymore – they’re probably taking up precious room in a drawer or closet somewhere. Ever think your significant other would love to reclaim that space? Or maybe you’ve embraced minimalism and are living a spartan life of less (but still, inexplicably, you’re holding onto your 4+ bikes…actually we respect that). Maybe that drawer full of old jersey’s is Fluffy The Feline’s favorite hangout – which means even on the off chance that you do actually wear something from your old kit, you’ll be laughed at for A) having cat hair all over it and B) having a cat in the first place.

Hipsters At DI

The logical step is to drop that load off at Goodwill – and that’s not a bad idea for getting stuff to folks in need, except that last time we checked there weren’t a lot of needy cyclists hanging out at DI waiting for fresh jerseys to come in while eying the rollerblades (so awkwardly tempting – like that 99 cent Will Smith CD you found). You want you’re used tech gear to get in the hands of people that will truly appreciate it. Cycling gear is expensive! Why not make sure your used gear lives a second life with peeps who are stoked on riding and will use the stuff like it was meant to be used?

Well friends, we here at Contender have the perfect solution…

Clean Out Your Cycling Closet, Bring It To Contender, Donate It To Kit Up Africa

Since it’s the season for giving and we know a lot of you need to make room for all the new garb you’re gonna rake in, we thought we’d team up with a little outfit called Kit Up Africa, an organization that delivers donated cycling kits, clothing and shoes to cyclists in Africa who love to ride just as much as we do. It’s a great way to support cyclists and racers that truly need good gear in a growing bike community half a world away! Check them out on Facebook

The Backbone Of KUA – Adam Austin

For just setting up his nonprofit this past January, Adam Austin, KUA’s founder, has already made a huge contribution of clothing. Adam is an avid cyclist with roots in and around the Los Angeles area. He’s a long time racer who decided that he could piggyback his idea of donating used gear onto the already awesome efforts of Mike’s Bikes Foundation, which, since 2007, has collected and shipped donated bikes from California and distributed them throughout Africa. It’s an impressive bit of cycling centric philanthropy for sure; one that truly makes an immediate impact.

We’re extremely proud to partner up with Adam and Kit Up Africa for the Holidays. And we’re excited to see our donations deliver indispensable, functional gear to contenders and podium dreamers, just like us, a continent away.

Kit Up Africa is a non profit organization to get used cycling kits (and clothes) to the growing cycling community in Africa

Kit Up Africa is a non profit organization to get used cycling kits (and clothes) to the growing cycling community in Africa

 So, Here’s How It Works

For the entire month of December, bring in an old jersey for donation and get 20% off a new jersey.

Bring in an old pair of bibs and get 20% new bibs.

The same goes for shoes, jackets, arm warmers, gloves, etc. – really anything you think is donation worthy and not full of holes or road rash rips.

We won’t be accepting old helmets, however.

Basically, we’re doing a donate like-for-like deal. Whatever you bring in to donate, you’ll get 20% off a matching piece. Pretty simple? We think so.

We’d also be amiss if we didn’t say that everything should probably be laundered and not freshly pulled from your race-day bag that hasn’t been opened since the RMR crit season ended. ;)

Let’s Kit Up Africa, Contender!

What an excellent way to make sure your old kits, cycling gear and cycling shoes go to folks who will not only appreciate it, but use it!

Let’s show Kit Up Africa how generous Contender Bicycles is. Like them on Facebook, look for us as one of KUA’s partners on their website and, most importantly, drop your donations off in our bin here at the shop!

And Happy Holidays!

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The Best Trainer Ever? Introducing the Wahoo Kickr – Kick Winter’s Butt! (VIDEO)

Too Cold Outside To Ride?

We almost agree. Although the right clothing makes a difference between freezing your tail or enjoying some time in the saddle during winter, sometimes it’s just too damn icy to suit up and head out.

That’s Where Trainers come In.

They’re a great way to maintain cycling fitness in the wintertime (the best way, of course, is signing up for our awesome Computrainer Camps)

And the best trainer we’ve seen (and carry) is Wahoo’s Kickr Power Trainer.

In fact, not since global warming have we found a better way to kick winter’s butt! The Award winning Wahoo Kickr will woo you with it’s instant, accurate power measurement and controlled resistance that’s managed via your iPhone, compatible Android devices, iPad, BTLE enabled Mac Book Pro or ANT+ enabled PC. The Kickr also supports open third-party software options, which means Kinomap, Virtual Training, and TrainerRoad all easily integrate Kickr data. And Wahoo says there’s more coming.

The Kickr's large flywheel and electromagnetic resistance is the key to it's realistic road feel

The Kickr’s large flywheel and electromagnetic resistance is the key to it’s realistic road feel.

Stop Driving Your Family/Neighbors/Dog Nuts.

And if you’re tired of (or you’re spouse is fed up with) blowing out eardrums when you’re spinning and watching a movie because the trainer’s loud and the movie needs to be louder, you’ll be happy to know that the Kickr is just as quiet as a fluid trainer – so no shouting over the Lord of the Rings trilogy at full blast is necessary (for proof, listen to Julian as he pedals in our video above). Plus, space-saving collapsible support arms keep it compact when you decide to head over to a friend’s house for a spin session. Like your friend with the really big TV and exotic stereo in the basement – and a wife who took the kids out for errands. Those collapsible arms come in handy when you finally decide to put it in storage too (synonymous with the term “March”).

The Kickr is simple to set up, just take your rear wheel off and attach your bike to the Kickr's cassette and skewer. All your data is transferred wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad or Android.

The Kickr is simple to set up, just take your rear wheel off and attach your bike to the Kickr’s cassette and skewer. All your data is transferred wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad or Android.

Compatible with all road and even mountain bike wheels anywhere from 24″ to 29ers, simply take the back wheel off your bike and connect it to the Kickr, download the Wahoo App or use your favorite third-party software and get riding! Choose from 10-speed or 11-speed models to fit your drivetrain. And if you ride glorious Campagnolo, Wahoo has an adapter that’ll get you on the Kickr as well.

As always, if you have any questions or want a demo of the Kickr in action, stop by the shop or give us a call.

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We Have It: TIME’s Skylon (in ALL the pretty colors) & Izon Frames, Aktiv Forks Too!

Back in July…

We announced TIME’s latest flagship race frame, the Skylon and shed some light on the new frame’s features and technology. If you’ve forgotten why 2015′s ZXRS successor is so special, click on the link above to see our post, but here’s a little reminder:

  • Built from a single form, without butting, based on TIME’s RTM technique
  • New asymmetrical, monobloc chainstay is exceptionally stiff
  • Utilizes Vectran fiber throughout the frame to keep the ride comfortable
  • Mechanical and Electronic compatible in one frame – with internal routing for both
  • Lighter (945g), stiffer (+30%) and stronger (+45% bottom bracket rigidity) than the ZXRS

We Have Colors!

Originally we had a limited run of the Skylon as we waited for TIME to make more available. Well, we’re happy to announce that we now have the Skylon in all four color variations TIME produces, Plasma, Team, White and Red:

Clockwise From Top Left: Plasma, Red, White and Team color varaitons on the new TIME Skylon

Clockwise From Top Left: Plasma, Red, White and Team color varaitons on the new TIME Skylon

But Wait! There’s More… Introducing the Izon!

The TIME Izon combines race bred speed and agility with all-day comfort.

The TIME Izon combines race bred speed and agility with all-day comfort. Plus it comes in a disc compatible version!

Not only do we have the Skylon in your favorite color, we also are happy to announce the arrival of TIME’s latest carbon bundle of joy, the Izon!

The Evolution of TIME’s Evergreen NXS Geometry

Long known for it’s comfortable position between TIME’s all out, super aggressive race frames, and their more upright, comfortable gran fondo geometries, the NXS was the Porsche 911 of the TIME product line – the sports car you could live with everyday. In the NXS’ case, it was the road bike you could hammer up a canyon climb on Monday, race your local crit with on Tuesday and then roll out for that weekend’s metric century – all the while enjoying a bike that sucked up bumps like your cyclometer sucked up miles without leaving you permanently hunched over from too aggressive a position.

For 2015, TIME is introducing the Izon as a natural progression of NXS ideals. Labeled as their ‘Altitude’ collection, the Izon will keep a short head tube and compact geometry up front for a quick, responsive feel and combine that with the rear triangle pulled from TIME’s long-distance work horse, the Fluidity, to keep the Izon comfortable and compliant for all those miles measured in smiles.

One of the biggest difference between the old NXS and the new Izon is the capability of the Izon to accept traditional mechanical as well as electronic drivetrains without modifying the frame. Removable grommets for running Di2 or Campy EPS retain the frame’s clean look regardless of how you choose to switch gears, while internally routed brake cables keep the Izon’s lines even less obstructed.

Asymmetrical chainstays provide a no-watt-wasted response to frame flex on the drive side. TIME’s proprietary CMT (Carbon Matrix Technology) front dropouts and lightened rear dropouts keep every ounce possible off the bike without affecting TIME’s always robust build. An aero seatpost keeps the Izon as slippery on the flats as it is nimble in the hills.

The disc brake compatibility of frames NOT equipped with TIME’S new Aktiv Fork (keep reading below) is an exciting addition – reflecting an industry trend of embracing disc this side of the pavement and emphasizing TIME’s grasp of new technologies that positively enhance rider experience.

Tech That Improves The Ride: The Aktiv Fork

TIME's Aktiv fork: A mass, a sandwich of two spring blades and a damper stabilize against harmonic vibrations

TIME’s Aktiv fork: A mass, a sandwich of two spring blades and a damper stabilize against harmonic vibrations.

Speaking of adapting tech that truly improves rider experience, the Aktiv fork, designed and patented by TIME, is a revolution in minimizing detrimental road vibrations experienced during riding. TIME says road vibrations between 245Hz and 50Hz cause fatigue and micro-traumas to the joints, not just affecting ride comfort, but the riders ability to hold the road and control the bike, compromising safety and performance.

The Aktiv fork incorporates tuned mass dampers – a mass, a sandwich of two spring blades and a damper- that vibrate themselves to stabilize against harmonic vibrations and reduce their intensity.

This close-up of TIME's Aktiv fork shows a cut-away of the tuned mass damper.

This close-up of TIME’s Aktiv fork shows a cut-away of the tuned mass damper.

The Aktiv fork is an ingenious way to enjoy a smoother, softer ride and it’s available across the whole TIME 2015 bike line as well as the brand new Izon and Skylon frames.

Curious about the new frames and the Aktiv fork? Come in and see us! We’d love to answer your questions.

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

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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 ;)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.