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.
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.
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.
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.
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.