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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.

Throwback Thursday – Giovanni Pinarello

In 1951, Giovanni Pinarello was racing in the 34th Giro d’Italia which was won by Rosa Fiorenzo Magni. Giovanni came in last place in the race, which in that time was not a dishonor, instead, a competition to wear the Maglia Nera (Black Jersey) which was awarded to the rider in last place overall. Cyclists would purposely hide out or give themselves flat tires in order to finish last in a stage. While not practiced anymore, this victory was recognized just as much as winning the Giro overall. Upon arriving in Milan on the final day of the race, Giovanni Pinarello rode a “lap of honor” with the winers in the Viogorelli Velodrome.

The photo below is from the Pinarello Family Store in Treviso, Italy. In the store, a quote from Gino Bartali (a good friend of Giovanni) is visible and says: “The Black Jersey of Cycling … but the Pink Jersey of Life.”

The history of Giovanni Pinarello in the Pinarello Family Shop in Treviso.

The history of Giovanni Pinarello in the Pinarello Family Shop in Treviso.

 

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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

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Colnago Super ChainStay

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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.

Throwback Thursday – Ryan’s Colnago Carbitubo

Throwback Thursday – Ryan’s Colnago Carbitubo

When this bike rolled into the shop and was for sale, Ryan’s ears perked up. Having always been obsessed with the downtube design Ryan quickly made an offer and the bike was his. This is one bike that has entered the Littlefield quiver and is here to stay. That is saying something from the man that turns over bikes like no one’s business. At some point the frame will get refinished but for now Ryan is rolling it with the original paint job.

This early 90′s Colnago Carbitubo is a classic Italian road bike with lots of style. A unique offering from Colnago, the Carbitubo was a carbon tubed bicycle with aluminum lugs.  One unique and easily identifiable feature is the twin downtube design. Presumably an attempt to make a bike that is horizontally rigid and vertically compliant, the split downtube is eye catching to say the least. Ariostea was an Italian professional cycling team from 1984 to 1993 that rode this particular bike.

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Colnago_BB

Colnago_Drive

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Colnago_Headtube

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Colnago_Split

Colnago_Cassette ariostea_team

Picture: Sarah Reingewirtz Source: AP

A Premature Celebration At The Tour of California (Video)

Picture: Sarah Reingewirtz, Source: AP

Eloy Teruel was leading the pack during the seventh and last stage of the Tour of California on Saturday when, after just crossing the finish line signaling one more lap to go, he realized that he had made a pretty serious error in his lap count.

The Spanish cyclist, thinking that he had just completed the final lap of the stage and had out-sprinted his competitors for the stage win, began celebrating by pumping his fists in the air and pounding his chest. It took the announcers and fans trying to get his attention shouting, “One more to go!” as well as the pack of riders gaining quickly on him from behind for Teruel to gather that he had made a mistake in thinking it was the last lap.

 

You can actually see the elation of winning leave his face as he slowly realizes that he’s got another lap to go, and the pack is coming up quick. No doubt exhausted and finding himself misplaced by his early bird sprint, Eloy ended up finishing 56th, while lovakia’s Peter Sagan went on to win the stage.

Pretty embarrassing stuff. But we’ve all been there. Maybe not in front of a massive crowd during the last stage of a major tour, but hey, we’ve all had our moments.

Most embarrassed I’ve ever been on a bike: 

I was flying west down 4th South right here in majestic Salt Lake City, trying to race my friend back to his home at the end of a very long ride. It was a Sunday afternoon and there wasn’t too much traffic out; we hit mostly greens as we started to ramp up our end-of-ride sprint through downtown. I had pulled ahead of my friend across a couple city blocks when I noticed two particularly attractive girls perched at the corner of 4th and Main waiting for the light to change so they could cross the street.

Now, am I hot dog? No. Do I usually embarrass myself? Yep. Is it worse when girls are around? Most definitely. But since I knew I was going to fly by these beautiful birds and because I was feeling pretty damn good about out-sprinting my buddy for three blocks, I had taken my eyes off the road in front of me and was putting in some solid time throwing out the mojo to the babes. I decided the best way to impress them was to fly past in my spandex and shout a wazzup; knowing that I would go by like a shot and they’d be left wondering who that devastatingly handsome blur was. Perfect friggin’ plan. I’m a genius.

It went pretty well. Up to a point. Basically the point where I shouted out my greeting, “What’s up, ladies!” and they turned their perfect heads of cascading locks to see the human bullet preparing to pass them. As soon as I had herald my compliments, I heard my friend scream my name as loud as he could from behind. I instinctively looked up ahead just in time to see the light had long since changed and a Trax train was passing right in front of me.

I grabbed my brakes as hard as I could and skidded to a stop just feet from the passing train. My friend pulled up leisurely behind me, called me an idiot in between chuckles, and then I had to endure sitting there as the girls passed in front of us, making serious efforts not to acknowledge the giant douche who just screamed at them and then almost hit a train. As they crossed, I put my helmeted head down. realizing my matching team kit didn’t really impress anyone but me.

At least Eloy was actually in a race.

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Staff Infection: Blake Vatne

For this weeks Staff Infection, we’re going to spend some time with Mr. Blake Vatne, a native Minnesotan who moved to Utah to pursue his degree in Exercise Physiology. If you’re a regular at our store than you’ve probably benefited from the man’s encyclopedic knowledge of all things bike; which is what you’d expect from a guy who started working for Contender way back in ought-six (2006 for those of you who don’t speak prospector). We think of Blake as the Stephen Hawking of the shop. Blake is our go-to for our fits as well as our lactate testing. Which means he must be as smart as a theoretical physicist, theoretically….

Anyway, let’s spend some time with the blue-eyed devil and see what we can learn:

How long have you been doing the bike fits for Contender?

I’ve been doing the Biomechanic Fits for over two years now. It’s been an very positive experience to work with customers so closely. Every body is different and a good fit can make or break your experience on a bike.

Do you ever race your bike?

I used to race mountain and I’ve done a little road and cyclecross. I like to think of myself as a Renaissance man. I think the ladies appreciate that.

I know they do.

How many bikes do you own right now? Do you have a favorite?

I have six beautiful bicycles. They’re like my children. I love them all for different reasons.

Blake posing with his favorite tool in the shop to go fast: a TIME bicycle

Blake posing with his favorite tool in the shop to go fast: a TIME bicycle

Ahhh. So which one is the fat kid then?

I have a Red Schwinn Stingray. He’s a fatty.

Mountain sounds like your favorite discipline, what’s your favorite mountain ride?

I’m a sucker for the Crest Trail

So what else do you do when you’re not riding or working at the shop?

I take my dog out. She has a very active bladder. When I’m not doing that I love to read. I’m real heavy into the classics. Not to brag, but as a Renaissance man, literature is kinda my thing. For instance, right now I’m re-reading the entire Goose Bumps series.

I actually really enjoy cooking. I’ll cook anything new and spicy. I’m really into Thai and Indian lately. I love cooking scrambled eggs or a good curry. Like I said, Renaissance man.

What’s your favorite race?

Paris-Roubaix. It’s a blood fest and it’s badass.

What are some of your favorite things we carry at the shop? 

I really love the TIME bikes we carry. They’re all awesome.

Is that what you ride? 

Yep. I’ve got an RXR that I’ve had for three seasons. I love it. But I also love Ritchey components. I think they’re really smart. Tom Ritchey is the man. He has the sweetest mustache in all of cycling. I’m a big fan of DZ Nuts InHeat. I use the high heat formula.

Blake's hero, and the man behind Ritchey components, Tom Ritchey and his mustache of the millennium. Blake says if this post get's 100 shares on Facebook, he's going to grow one just like it!

Blake’s hero, and the man behind Ritchey components, Tom Ritchey (and his mustache of the millennium). Blake says if this post get’s 100 shares on Facebook, he’s going to grow one just like it.

Doing the fits and studying Exercise Physiology, I think it’s great that we offer the eSoles footbeds for cycling shoes. It’s the best investment you can make for comfort on the bike. Your feet are the most important connecting point on the bike and the eSoles take care of your feet.

Blake showing off his love of Ritchey bars and the fact that he always carries a tube of DZ Nuts InHeat with him

Blake showing off his love of Ritchey bars and the fact that he always carries a tube of DZ Nuts InHeat with him

Hmmm. All this leads us to the inevitable question: Who’s your favorite rapper? 

Bone Thugs. Always has been. Always will be.


If you were a Bone Thug, what would your name be? 

Pretty sure It’d be B-Money Tha Viking Thug.

That sounds legitimately menacing. Any advice to the kids? 

Yeah. Practice good posture. It’s honestly really important.

Spoken like a true viking…

 

 

Radar Devices that detect bicycles waiting at traffic signals

New bicycle symbols and radar sensors were installed on roads in Southern Utah by the Utah Department of Transportation Wednesday. This means no more waiting endlessly at intersections waiting for the light to turn green!

 

Bike sensors being installed in Southern Utah.

Bike sensors being installed in Southern Utah.

Despite what most people may think, traffic signals are activated by the metal content of cars, not weight. Cyclists don’t have enough metal on their bikes to trigger a magnetic field in the ground (too much carbon fiber). Thanks to this new change, cyclists will be detected on the radar and the light will turn green. Lastly, the painted bicycle symbol is a reminder to all motorists that they need to share the road. Hopefully we will see more of this new technology incorporated on our roads here in Salt Lake City and other areas throughout the state.

Photo: AP

The Giro d’Italia: That’s My Bike On TV!

As the world’s second most prestigious tour moves into it’s first full week of racing, we’ve already noticed a few familiar faces hanging out with the pros in the peloton. We’re not talking about the riders, we’re talking about the bikes and gear that they’re riding (we’re gear heads, that’s why we have a shop). It’s always fun to see what the pros are riding -especially when you carry the brands they’re using.

Let’s take a look at some of the bicycles and technology that have already made a mark in the 2014 Giro:

The Scott Foil

Svein Tuft, gave his team, ORICA-GreenEDGE a win at the opening team time trial held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Not a bad way to celebrate the Canadian born rider’s 37th birthday. To celebrate, Scott decided to give him a very special Foil Team Edition decked out in Giro pink and complete with custom graphics.

Svein Tuft's special Scott Foil. Want to ride what Svein rides? come check out our selection of Foils on SALE! Photo: Caley Fretz I VeloNews.com

Svein Tuft’s special Scott Foil. Want to ride what Svein rides? Come check out our selection of Foils on SALE! Photo: Caley Fretz I VeloNews.com

The top tube grapic of Svein's Foil. It shows a profile of every stage in the Giro. The taller the bars, the harder the climbing.  Photo: Caley Fretz I VeloNews.com

The top tube grapic of Svein’s Foil. It shows a profile of every stage in the Giro. The taller the bars, the harder the climbing. Photo: Caley Fretz I VeloNews.com

Who else was given a special pink Foil? With the points garnered for his team from the Team Time Trial and his top ten finish in the second stage, Tuft’s teammate Michael Matthews has also been on top of a specially decked out Giro Foil as the race leader for the first six stages of the Giro.

Michael Matthews on his special Giro edition Scott Foil. Matthews is the leader after 4 stages of the tour.

Michael Matthews on his special Giro edition Scott Foil. Matthews is the leader after 6 stages of the tour.

You may remember a few weeks ago when we were lucky enough to grab some Scotts at a great price. We still have some left! And the Foil is one of them. As Scott’s aero road frame, the Foil has proven itself as a lightweight, fast road frame for the pros of ORICA-GreenEDGE. With the frame weighing in at only 980 grams and the fork at 390 grams, the Foil retains stiffness while still providing an awesome ride quality and a significant weight advantage by utilizing Scott’s HMF Carbon Fiber. Is it the perfect bike? Come in, ride one, and find out. 

Nate gives his approval of a sexy blacked-out Foil 15 with Ultegra DI2

Nate gives his approval of a sexy blacked-out Foil 15 with Ultegra DI2. He’s also just happy to be working.

With 30-40% off regular retail prices, these Foils won’t last another sunny weekend. Trust us.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa! a DI2 Foil for under $3k? What crazy dimension am I in?!" -should be your response to seeing this bike.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa! a DI2 Foil for under $3k? What crazy dimension am I in?!”-should be your response to seeing this bike.

You Can’t Talk About The Giro Without Mentioning Pinarello

Ahhhh. Nothing like Italian craftsmanship showcased in an Italian race. Like drinking a fine Chianti in the middle of the Tuscan hills that produced it, riding a Pinarello in the Giro d’Italia is pretty damn poetic. Team Sky must be a band of warrior-poets then because they’re lucky enough to be riding the absolutely stunning Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2. The Dogma features an assymetrical design that helps minimize stress and flex on areas of the frame that are subject to heavier loads. The result is one of the smoothest riding yet responsive frames out there.

Team Sky Pinarello 2014 Dogma team bike

Team Sky Pinarello 2014 Dogma team bike

And what’s this? What did we spot on top of the Vittoria neutral support car’s rack? What is their bike of choice for helping riders from all teams neutrally? Looks like a Dogma to us. Neutral never looked so good:

The Vittoria Neutral Support Car's rack is full of Dogmas. Your Welcome, fallen riders.

The Vittoria Neutral Support Car’s rack is full of Dogmas. Your welcome, fallen riders.

The Super Sick SuperSix

Cannondale is also showing up in the 2014 Giro with their team riding the SuperSix Evo Hi-MODTeam. A bike that weighs an incredibly light 700 grams, yet has the best stiffness-to-weight ever recorded, at 142.3 Nm/deg/kg, the SuperSix Evo is a more than competent road race frame.

Ted King on his SuperSix Evo

Ted King on his SuperSix Evo

What else has been spotted so far?

We’ve seen some TIME Xpresso pedals on the bike of Team Colombia’s Fabio Duarte:

Photo: Timothy John I roadcyclinguk.com

Photo: Timothy John I roadcyclinguk.com

…A Garmin 500 on the bike of Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s Italian climber, Gianluca Brambilla:

Photo: Timothy John I roadcyclinguk.com

Photo: Timothy John I roadcyclinguk.com

…And a Garmin 510 on the bike of Lampre-Merida’s Jan Polnac:

Photo: Timothy John I roadcyclinguk.com

Photo: Timothy John I roadcyclinguk.com

Funny thing about Nick: give him a 510 box to hold and the kid smiles like the semi-senile greeter at Wallmart . We don't recommend trying to take it away though

Funny thing about Nick: give him a 510 box to hold and the kid smiles like the semi-senile greeter at Walmart . We don’t recommend trying to take it away though.

Get What The Pros Got

Watching the Giro d’Italia and seeing all the good stuff the pros are using is pretty exciting when, A) you know you can head down to your favorite friendly neighborhood bike shop and grab the same stuff for your bike, and B) you realize the pro you’re watching is riding the same frame you have.

That’s where we come in

We’re stoked to offer everything we’ve mentioned above. So if you find yourself molding TIME Xpresso pedals out of mashed potatoes during dinner…

…you know who to talk to.

So, as always, if you have any questions on anything highlighted here, stop in the shop or give us a call.

Remember: real men wear pink. Enjoy the Giro! Andiamo!