Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40c Wheel System – Patrick’s Pick for 2015

Patrick may be one of Contender Bicycle’s newest staff members but he is no stranger to hard riding and fast racing. That being true, he knows that a quality carbon wheelset is the best place to add horsepower to your race bike. The Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40c wheel system is his choice due to their technology incorporated in the wheelset to reduce braking heat. This technology involves laying up multiple layers of resins and then fixing them to the rim using a proprietary heat treatment process to achieve the most resistance to braking heat. This is extremely useful for riders who enjoy climbing canyons without having to worry about their wheels getting too hot on the descents. Built with a 40mm deep rim profile, bladed spokes and Mavic’s own tires this wheel system is race-ready and Patrick approved.

Limited Edition Paolo Bettini TIME VXRS – Alison’s 2015 Pick


TIME recently decided to make a limited edition run of the TIME VXRS to celebrate Paolo Bettini’s victories in the Athen’s Olympic road race and in the 2006 world championship road race. In both races he rode the TIME VXRS to victory. Back then, TIME made a limited edition paint job VXRS forboth Bettini and Tom Boonen who also rode the VXRS to a world championship. While Bettini was always one of my favorites, I actually had a Boonen paint job. I was excited to have it but always wished that I had a Bettini instead. Paolo Bettini was simply one of the most dynamic, aggressive and tactically smart racers in his era. He was the type of rider that would make any race animated. Needless to say, my ears perked up when I heard that TIME was re-releasing a limited edition run of a commemorative Bettini TIME VXRS. However, I didn’t just want to get the frame as a collector’s piece. I remembered my old VXRS as being a phenomenally riding bike. My memory served me correctly. With great handling, great responsiveness and ride that will keep you comfortable for hours, this bike has simply made me very happy.

9th & 9th Art Walk

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Contender is hosting Ban Supply Co, a local artisan creating incredible works of “wood cut poster art” for the 9th & 9th Art Walk. Recently they created this piece for our own Peter Barrett for his 50th birthday! We are very excited to have Bree and Nate Millard from Ban Supply Co at the shop this Friday showing off their hand made creations. Swing by the shop to check out their pieces and cruise the rest of the 9th & 9th visiting all the other business hosting artists. The gallery stroll runs from 6 to 9 pm, Friday, May 8.


Pinarello Dogma K8-S


Yesterday the staff at the shop caught a glimpse of the new Pinarello Dogma K8-S. We were lucky to have Pinarello’s Luciano Fusar Poli at the shop with the new Dogma K8 in hand! The Dogma K8-S is not just a “game changing” bike for the Paris-Roubaix.  It was designed for long rides on less than perfect roads. It starts with the same front triangle as the Dogma F8, a bike often touted as gold standard for bikes.  Superior stiffness, Jaguar-designed aerodynamics and Pinarello‘s famous aesthetic are all characteristics within the K8-S platform. The Dogma K8-S is a bit like a mullet. Business up front and party in the back. By party we’re referring to a centimeter of rear wheel travel. This elastomer-dampened movement, designed in conjunction with Jaguar’s engineering team, gives enough to take the edge off while keeping the sense of power transfer and efficiency that Pinarello is famous for. At 990gr for the frame, Sky riders are already requesting this frame for several of the six hour plus stages of the Giro d’Italia.




Speedplay SYZR Pedal System – Blake’s Pick for 2015

The much awaited Speedplay SYZR pedal has finally made it’s big debut! Richard Bryne, Speedplay’s founder and inventor worked tirelessly on the pedal system, constantly tweaking and refining it until it met his expectations – needless to say, it just might be a game changer. Unlike all other mountain bike pedal systems currently available, the SYZR doesn’t rely on the softer rubber lugs on the bottom of the shoe to provide lateral stability for the foot as the cleat was cleverly designed to accomplish this. What does this mean for the rider? A more solid and secure connection to the pedal to improve power transfer. But wait there’s more! Not only is there a more secure pedal/cleat connection, the SYZR’s cleat offers ten degrees of silky smooth float, which is significantly more than any other option currently available.


Assos T.rally Shorts for MTB – David’s choice for 2015

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Staff member David picked the Assos T.rally Shorts as his pick for best new product for 2015.

Assos of Switzerland is known for making the highest quality cycling shorts available today. Their use of unique textiles and European based manufacturing create cycling-specific clothing that is nothing short of amazing. After decades of producing high-end road wear Assos has released their first mountain specific bibs and jerseys. The Assos T.rallyShorts_s7 bib shorts take cues from their road wear with a supportive, slim fit, compressive fabric and extra-comfortable Golden Gate chamois pad. For the T.rally bib Assos uses an extremely robust textile to resist abrasion from branches and removable hip pads for crash protection. Seamless bib straps are configured for comfort with a wider placement on front and crossing in back to enhance ventilation under a hydration pack. Inside you will find the ever-popular Assos Golden Gate chamois with a new, more durable fabric cover. This extra-thick padding is expertly hand-sewn only on the ends allowing the chamois to float with your body as you move on and off of the seat. Designed for long days in the saddle the Assos T.rallyShorts have been tested and proven – during the grueling 8 day Cape Epic mountain bike event in South Africa – to provide all day comfort for aggressive riders.

Train Louder: Getting juniors ready to hit the road and trail!

We always love introducing youth into the sport of cycling whether it be on the road or on the dirt. We are lucky to have newly retired professional cyclist and Train Louder founder Jeff Louder as part of our junior program. He is a great resource and coach for anyone looking for some direction in their cycling endeavors. From racing mountain bikes as a junior to having raced all of the legendary Spring Classics as a seasoned European professional, his experience speaks for itself. To contact Jeff, check out

FFKR – CONTENDER RACING JUNIOR PROGRAM from Velosport Racing on Vimeo.

Shimano XTR m9000 11-Speed Components – Zane’s Pick for 2015

Zane likes dirt. He is often found rallying Dry Creek to Bob Sled on his blinged-out Pinarello hardtail or racing a Cannondale Super-X in local cyclocross events. Zane chose the new Shimano XTR m9000 11-Speed drivetrain as his hot new product for 2015. Shimano allows the rider a choice between 1, 2, or 3 chainrings on the impressive new XTR cranks. Their 11 – 40 tooth 11-speed cassette is compatible with existing Shimano freehub bodies, thus not requiring new wheels to retrofit your current ride. We have a bunch of the new XTR 9000 parts in stock at and soon we will see the electronic-shifting Di2 and race versions too.