OPEN to Possibilities

OPEN takes a minimal approach to business. With three models in the line and only one model with a color choice, OPEN keeps it simple. To take the minimalist approach even further, they offer the OPEN U.P.P.E.R. frameset in a raw, ready-to-paint finish. So if minimalism isn’t your thing, take the opportunity to go crazy with color and design just like this custom colorway OPEN UPPER.

OPEN Cycle U.P.P.E.R. Custom Paint
 

OPEN Cycle U.P.P.E.R. Custom Paint
 

Custom Painted OPEN Cycle U.P.P.E.R.
 

Here is the spec that was picked:

  • Shimano Ultegra Di2 Drivetrain (Compact 50/34T Crank with an 11/32T Cassette)
  • Mavic Ksyrium Pro Allroad Disc Wheelset with Teravail Lickskillet Tires 700x28c (Setup Tubeless)
  • ENVE Carbon Handlebar, Stem and Seatpost
  • Fizik Arione Saddle
  • Shimano XTR Pedals
  • With pedals the bike came in at 17.2 lbs.

As always if you have any questions or want more information, drop us a line at info@contenderbicycles.com or 801.364.0344.

Ryan’s Take on Electric Mountain Bikes

Friends of the shop know that Alison and I are huge E-bike fans. We both zip around the 9th and 9th neighborhood on them to get lunch or run an errand. We’ll ride to games at the University or to any event where parking is going to be a challenge. At the shop, I am frequently trying to convince friends to take them for a test ride. Most of them leave with a puzzled face of “What do I do with this?” and all of them come back with a huge smile. We knew the day would come when our brands would finally start delivering their E-MTBs to the US Market. As these bikes are obviously completely different animals than commuter E-bikes, I wasn’t sure how one would fit into my cycling schedule. But after getting out and exploring, there is a place in the quiver for yet another bike.

In May, the shop finally received our first shipment of Cannondale Moterras. This is their full suspension E-MTB. While Scott and Orbea also have some great E-MTBs en route from Europe, I jumped on the Moterra to get my taste for a handful of dirt-E rides. This is what I like about having an E-MTB.

Riding an E-MTB is not necessarily a “walk in the park”. At least it doesn’t have to be. Since my riding time is very limited these days, I wanted to make sure that I was getting some exercise on my rides. Depending on what setting the bike is on and how hard I pedal, the Moterra definitely allows me to empty my own tank or to get the heart rate up to the rabbit range. With four settings or levels of assist on these bikes ranging from ECO as the starting level of pedal assist to the top level of TURBO, the possibilities are endless. In the ECO model, the Moterra’s Bosch power system delivers enough power to make up for the fact that this bike weighs nearly fifty pounds. If I was to just ride in ECO all of the time, I’d probably cover around 20% more distance that I would on my normal bike for the same effort. With all that extra power available, who wants to stay in “first gear” for their whole ride.

So this brings out one of my favorite things about the E-Mountain Bike concept. For the same effort, I can cover a lot more ground. Personally, I don’t really get any satisfaction out of passing someone on it. So I try to ride it where I’ll encounter less traffic on the trails. When there are others around, I’m usually in ECO model and working pretty hard. I already have a few big loops in mind to do that will like up some great sections of trail. In other words, three out-and-back trails will now become one big ride.

Cannondale Moterra Electric Bicycle

I also like this bike for exploring trails that are new to me or that aren’t well documented and then later going to ride them on my normal bike. On my normal bike I’m always asking myself, “I wonder where that goes?”. With the E-bike, I can venture a bit more on trails that I’m not familiar with and not worry about running out of time or getting into an epic ride where I am not prepared.

Plus riding the E-MTB makes me better on my regular mountain bike. The E-MTB rewards me for spinning. If I want the bike to really step-up and help, I have to spin faster. Spinning is like turning the throttle. It teaches me to keep pedaling through the obstacles and tricky sections of the trail. If I get in the mindset of things coming at me faster like they do on my E-MTB, then on my normal bike it seems a bit “slowed-down”. This holds true on the climbs and flat sections, but the E-MTB doesn’t really go any faster than a traditional mountain bike would on a descent.

At the end of the day for me, E-Mtbs are just simply fun. I look forward to exploring more uncharted territory and after decades of riding that excites me.

2017 Fantasy Tour de France

Michael Rogers Tour de France

JOIN OUR FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE!

The Tour de France is upon us and that means it is time to root for your favorite riders in Contender’s Tour de France pool. This year we are taking on a fantasy league vibe. It is simple, fun and points will be on the line for every stage. Plus there are great prize packages for whoever accumulates the most points and finishes 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall!  Enter by posting a comment with your picks on this blogpost. You must submit your picks before the Tour de France starts this coming Saturday, July 1. Here is how it works!

You pick your squad. Choose nine riders who you think will win stages and the jerseys at the Tour. It is up to you! Pick climbers, pick sprinters, a time trial ace, an escape artist or whomever you think could potentially win a stage or finish on the final podium. Fill your team with riders from any team that will give you the most total wins! Each stage win receives 2 points. If a rider on your team wins the Yellow Jersey or is 2nd or 3rd overall, you will receive 9, 6 and 3 points respectively. With one of your riders winning the Green Sprinter’s Jersey you’ll receive 4 points and for the Polka Dot Climber’s Jersey you’ll receive 6 points! New to this year’s fantasy league, pick your favorite team and receive 1 point for every stage won by that team. Additionally, if one of your riders drops out of the Tour, you will lose 5 points.

SIMPLY SUBMIT A COMMENT BELOW, WRITE 9 RIDER FANTASY TEAM and then LIST YOUR 9 RIDERS and your FAVORITE TEAM!

EXAMPLE:

9 Rider Fantasy Team

1.Chris Froome
2. Peter Sagan
3. Andrew Talansky
4. Richie Porte
5. Alberto Contador
6. Nairo Quintana
7. Taylor Phinney
8. Philippe Gilbert
9. Andre Greipel

Favorite Team – Team Sky

Best of all here are the prize packages! The winners will be notified via email after Le Tour ends and points are tallied!

1st PLACE PRIZE
Your choice of Giro Empire SLX Shoes and Giro Synthe MIPS Helmet

2nd PLACE PRIZE
Your choice of ENVE Road Carbon Compact Handlebar

3rd PLACE PRIZE
Your choice of Kask Protone Helmet

Any questions? Email Contender’s Race Official Cody at cody@contenderbicycles.com

Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic This Thursday

Women's Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic – This Thursday June 22nd at 6:00pm

 It’s time to sharpen your skills for the season ahead. Join us  this Thursday for a free mountain bike skills clinic instructed by Erica Tingey. Our goal is to get you on the the trail and teach you the fundamentals to fully enjoy your next ride.

Erica will cover:

  • Negotiating switchbacks
  • Feeling confident with small drops
  • Descending techniques
  • Clearing obstacles
  • Proper bike set-up
  • Tackling climbs
What to bring:
  • Functioning mountain bike
  • Riding gear. Helmet required
  • Food and water
  • Your friends

When: June 22nd at 6pm

Where: Bonneville Shoreline Access Trailhead off of 18th Ave by the I Street Jumps. 919 Hilltop Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84103.

Who is this clinic geared for: Beginner and intermediate riders looking to build their base skills. If you are new to mountain biking or have been riding for years, this is a great opportunity to work on essential techniques.You can expect to leave the clinic with the ability to confidently maneuver rocky switchbacks, small drops, and challenging climbs. This is your unique chance to become a more confident mountain biker!

This is a free event! To RSVP for this event or if you have any questions please email cody@contenderbicycles.com

Women in the Mountains. Erica Tingey Women's Mountain Bike Skill Clinic

Stray from the beaten path on the Orbea Terra

Orbea Terra Salt Lake City Utah

Gravel bikes may be the latest trend in cycling but do they make sense along the Wasatch Front where true gravel rides are far and few between? The answer is yes. After taking out Orbea’s highly anticipated Terra on a ride that combined trail, dirt and gravel all within a short radius of Bonneville Shoreline and Emigration Canyon, I am sold.

We carry a number of great gravel bike options at the shop but the Orbea Terra piqued my interest. Yes, I have been a fan of the brand for a long time but this model in particular excites me. Orbea nailed the aesthetics of the frame which always is a plus. Additionally, the weight of the Terra frame and fork comes in lighter than most of the other gravel framesets. But ultimately it all boils down to ride quality. After taking out a demo bike for a solid ride, we are ready to add the Terra to the Littlefield quiver.

First, the geometry worked. More relaxed than my road bike but more aggressive than my mountain biked combined into a comfortable position for me to do a little bit of everything. Second, the bike handled solidly. The front end was nimble climbing and I was able to descend with confidence. Third, I was comfortable. Sure some of this is from geometry but it is also due to Orbea’s engineering of the carbon layup and molding of the frame. No I wasn’t as fast on a road descent and I wasn’t as quick through the switchbacks on the trail but who cares! When I can combine both into one ride, I’m happy. The only downside I found to the Terra was that the top tube was pretty beefy. Yes, there was a little bit of thigh rub. But hey, I guess that is a motivator for me to get out on the Terra even more.

For more technical information on the Orbea Terra, visit BikeRumor.com or Orbea.com.

Orbea Terra Shimano Ultegra Mechanical HydroOrbea Terra Shimano Ultegra Di2 Hydro

Orbea Terra SRAM Rival HydroOrbea Terra SRAM Force 1 Hydro

Orbea Terra FramesetOrbea Terra Shimano 105 Mechanical Hydro

Bike to Work Day

Ryan Littlefield, Contender Bicycles. Stromer E-Bike Coffee Run

Bike to Work Day

This Thursday, May 11th, marks Bike to Work Day across the nation. In small towns and in major city centers, participants will navigate the streets to work on two wheels highlighting the benefits cycling brings to individuals, the environment, and to communities. For a lot of people, commuting by bike might be a good idea in theory, but when it comes down to it, it seems like a hassle. With many of our staff commuting by bike to work here at the shop, we have a lot of first-hand experience with keeping bike commuting safe, comfortable and fun. A few tips from our seasoned bike commuters:

Bike To Work DayTake Advantage of Layering

Weather in Utah can be varying and unpredictable. From cold and snow in the winter to hundred-degree days in the summer, weather conditions for commuting change season-to-season and even day-to-day. There is no weather harsh enough, however, that the proper gear can’t help you successfully commute in it. In general, it is best to adhere to layering for every ride. In summer, a good pair of arm skins will not just protect you from the sun, but also from the chill of early mornings. The same with a lightweight vest. For winter, a thick wind and water proof jacket and proper layering on your hands, feet, and under your helmet are a must.

Make Yourself Visible to Traffic

Contender Bicycles. Stromer Electric Bicycle.It can be intimidating riding next to traffic. The best way to prevent traffic from interfering on your bike commute is to make yourself as visible on the road as possible. If you’re riding during dark hours or in low visibility weather conditions, be sure to ride with a strong head and tail light.

Reflective elements on your clothing and gear are also a great way to enhance your visibility on the road. Be sure to choose layers of clothing and gear that have reflective elements, from your jacket to your backpack, even to your gloves. You can get fancy with a string of LED lights on your wheels or just stick to the classic, clip-on light reflectors. Whatever you choose, just make sure your visibility is enhanced and your presence on the road is known.

Quickly Freshen Up

For many, it’s hard to think about arriving to work a sweaty mess. Many workplaces have showers where you can freshen up, or consider using a neighboring fitness facility’s showers. Sometimes, however, it’s just not possible to take a shower. In these cases, pack some baby wipes with you to freshen up in privacy. It’s also a good idea to leave a bag full of items and extra clothes you will need to get ready for work at your workplace, so you don’t have to carry everything with you as you ride.

Share Your Data

For those using Strava, be sure to record your commute. Strava says that every time a commute is recorded, anonymous data is created. Strava Metro aggregates the millions of human-powered commutes uploaded every week and then partners with urban planners to improve city infrastructure for cyclists and for pedestrians. So not only are you burning calories and lowering your carbon footprint by bike commuting to work, you are also providing data to make it easier and safer for others in your community to do the same thing.

Stromer Electric Bicycle. Salt Lake City, Utah.Commuting can be more than just getting from point A to point B. When you’re on a bike, you’re not separated from your environment. You interact with the space around you and feel more of a connection to the road, the scenery, and the general community. More than just a way to save money, improve fitness, and help the environment, bike commuting is a way to connect to the community. If you’re interested in bike commuting and you need advice on routes in the Salt Lake Valley, gear, or just want general encouragement, feel free to call or visit us down at the shop. Hope to see you out on the roads on May 11th for Bike to Work Day!

Tour of California Preview

Chris Putt racing the Tour of California

Its finally May, which to bike racers means its time to put the one day classics to the side and make way for the onslaught of stage races. While the Giro d’Italia has already had a few stages, the North American riders have their sights set on the Tour of California. While the Tour of Utah holds a special place in my heart, the Tour of California is without a doubt the most prestigious race this side of the Atlantic. Tour of California has taken the top billing on the US racing calendar since it’s introduction eleven years ago. This is the one event where each year where World Tour teams race in the States competing up and down, or sometimes down and up, the state of California showcasing both stunning scenery and incredible terrain. I was lucky enough to earn a slot on Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis’ 2016 Tour of California squad and compete in the America’s biggest race alongside my brother Tanner Putt from the United Healthcare Pro Cycling. It was without a doubt the toughest 8 days I’ve ever had on a bike racing against many of my cycling idols. Over the course of those 8 days it tested every bit of my cycling ability. Although I didn’t come away with any personal results, finishing that race was one of my happiest memories from my time as a professional. Here are some thoughts on this year’s stages.

Stage 1 Sacremento > Sacremento (Sprint Stage)

Unlike last years edition, the 2017 ToC kicks off up North in Sacramento with a similar route to the finale of the 2016 version. Having raced almost this exact course last May its safe to say that it will be a day for the sprinters, but if its anything like 2016 there will be enough wind to potentially split the peloton. Look for some of the smaller domestic teams to animate the breakaways while the larger teams sit back and wait for a final bunch kick in downtown Sacramento. Stage 1 won’t be the day where the tour is one but it can certainly be lost in the fast, twisty, and dangerous run into the finish. Mark Cavendish took the honors on this circuit course last year and is always hard to bet against on any sprint stage. My prediction for the win and first leaders jersey is the Norwegian powerhouse Alexander Kristoff but keep an eye out for the “king of California” Peter Sagan to be in the mix as well.

Stage 2 Modesto> San Jose (Medium Mountain)

Stage 2 will is set to be the first test of who the real GC contenders are going to be. The second day of racing features 5 categorized climbs and 9,000 feet of climbing in just under 90 miles. This particular course is different to any I ever raced in the Tour of California but looks to be a grueling day for the peloton. It won’t be the decisive day of the race but gaps in the field and cracks in the Chris Putt Tour of California riders will certainly show after its all said and done on stage 2. If I were a betting man I’d put all my money on Peter Sagan to take the stage and the leaders jersey today. The course is tailor made for his abilities and baring any mechanicals or crashes I think the day is his for the taking. Other riders that could be a threat today are Olympic and 2017 Paris-Roubaix champion Greg Van Avermat and 2016 Tour of California winner Julian Alaphillipe.

Stage 3 Pismo Beach > Morro bay (Sprint Stage)

Stage 3 will be another day for the fast men. With just one Categorized climb early on in the race it should be fairly status quo in the field. These were always my least favorite days in the Tour of California because its always hot and the outcome of the race is more or less set in stone. Like stage 1 look for the quick men such as Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff or Dutchman Dylan Groenwegen to take the win on Stage 3

Stage 4 Santa Barbara > Santa Clarita (Medium Mountain)

The deceptively easy profile of stage 4 is going to catch some guys by surprise. The fourth day of the race sees features more then 7,700 ft of climbing, 4 categorized climbs and a white-knuckle descent through Grimes Canyon. This day will test the nerves of everyone involved and a small group of riders are likely to sprint it out for glory. Like stage 2, Peter Sagan is the odds on favorite for another stage win. The darkhorses include American travis McCabe who has seen a lot of early season success riding alongside my brother, Tanner Putt. Both of these guys could fair well on parcours like this.

Stage 5 Onatrio > Mt. Baldy (Mountain)

This stage will be the most decisive of the race. Stage 5 features the Tour of California’s most iconic climb, Mt. Baldy and looks to be the day the GC contenders come out swinging. This course is absolutely relentless and the overall results will see some major shake ups. Mt. Baldy is without a doubt one of the most difficult climbs I’ve ever ridden and if the GC contenders take the reigns early on the climb, there field will be decimated. If the race plays out like it did the last time they used this course in 2015 then the gaps will be huge. While my pick for the win is Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez, I am hoping to see friend and former teammate Tao Geoghan Hart (who’s been using our local Utah climbs in preparation for the race) in the mix.

Chris Putt Jelly Belly Cycling Tour of CaliforniaChris Putt Jelly Belly Cycling Tour of CaliforniaStage 6 Big Bear Lake (TT)

I’ve done this TT course a few times (not very quickly but that’s besides the point) and it is really hard. For the guys from sea level, the course’s altitude (near 7000 feet) will definitely have them suffering. This stage will sort out the GC heading into the final stage. My pick for the win is Taylor Phinney, a TT specialist who lives at altitude and has had success in this race before. He probably won’t have to empty the tank as much as the rest of the GC contenders on the previous day up Baldy.

Stage 7 Mountain High > Pasadena (Medium Mountain)

Stage 7 will see the peloton head into Pasadena for the finale of the 2017 Tour of California. The day starts off on a dangerously fast descent before taking the riders over 3 categorized climbs on their way down to Pasadena. I think that there is potential for a breakaway to make it to the line today. With a bit of bias, I look for my brother Tanner Putt to animate the breaks on a day like today especially with his love (and skill) of descending. Once again, Sagan is the favorite if a group comes to finish together.

The Tour of California has always been one of my favorite races. Whether I was watching the race on TV or actually riding in it, it has always been able to get me excited to ride my bike! This year’s edition looks to have a strong field and a tough course. The action kicks off on May 14th so be sure to tune in and watch all the excitement and if you going to cheer for anyone cheer Utah rider Tanner Putt!

The Giro is more exciting than the Tour. Here’s why.

Giro d'Italia blogpost

All bike racing fans know of the three grand tours of cycling that happen each year in Europe. In May, the Giro d’Italia kicks off the grand tour season. I’ve been lucky enough to be at the Giro and the Tour a few times and have been an avid fan of both events for nearly thirty years. I want to encourage people to take-in the Giro as I really think it is the more exciting of the two events especially for us spectators. For those who can travel to the race, it is hard to argue that there is anything better than the route the Giro organization offers up each year. Besides the Italian Alps and the Dolomites, the rolling hills of several regions of Italy provide both scenic backdrops and exciting racing.  I think there are a few major differences that make set the Giro apart from the Tour in the exciting category.

First, the Giro is only the second biggest stage race in the world. While the Tour is big business, commanding the most TV coverage and drawing the largest number of fans, the Giro seems to be just the right size.  The Giro seems to have the right balance of being prestigious sporting event without taking the fun out of it, at least for the spectators.  At one stage, they had junior bike racers doing street sprints on the finishing straight of the course right up until about twenty minutes for the race ended. I’ve also seen the promotional caravan stop at a place on the course where there are lots of spectators and everyone jumped out of the cars and did a choreographed dance. From inside the race, it also seems like the riders are a bit more at ease and they have a chance to relax after each stage. This could be from either a smaller media presence, not sleeping in bad hotel rooms in the France’s July heat or maybe their just really tired from slug-it-out racing.

Giro kids

Second, the Giro organization likes to mix it up and takes more of a “anything goes” approach. Whether it is a 2km climb with pitches of 20% grade for the finish or a 30km uphill time trial up Monte Grappa, they’re not afraid to throw it into the mix. A few years back, they finished a stage at a ski area and then went up a dirt road most of the way up the ski hill. The road was so steep that the follow cars weren’t allowed on the final kilometer. A few of mechanics just got out and ran with spare wheels in hand next to the riders. This year, they’ve really done it. They’ve added a best descender’s competition. Maybe this is the real King of the Mountain.  The difficulty and unpredictability of the course seems to increase the chance to have a “bad day” at the Giro. One rider said, “You’re either loving it or hating it”.  Maybe the “hating it” part refers to frequent rain and snow on many of the mountain stages. American Andy Hampsten cemented (or maybe slid into) his overall win riding away from his competitors in several inches of snow on the road. I asked Dave Zabriskie (the only American to win a stage at each of the Grand Tours) if he could give me a few words about the Giro and he said, “Vietnam”.

Finally, the riders who participate in the Giro are more of a mixed bag. There is a different dynamic between the teams in the race. The Giro has a few more continental level teams (think “tier 2” teams) that participate. These guys are so excited to be in “the show” that they race with a nothing to lose attitude.  They attack out of the gate on nearly every stage to fly their colors (and their sponsors’ logos) on TV. This added combativeness makes it hard for leader’s team to defend the lead of the race day in and day out. The Tour is very different, the best teams come with their best riders with each rider on their best form. At the Giro, a portion of the rider are riding the race as preparation for the Tour. These guys are likely to have some “hating it” moments as they race into shape. In all, the Giro is very dynamic with frequent lead changes and chaotic stages. If you have found that LeTour can sometimes be LeSnooze then get ready to watch this year’s Giro.

May Fit & Training Promotion

Contender Bicycles Professional Bicycle Fitting

The saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Sometimes we’re reluctant to make a change in shoes, pedals, saddle, bar or stem as the alterations could lead to pain or discomfort. At the same time, worn out shoes or a broken down saddle might also have negative consequences in the long run. If you have some touchpoints in your cycling gear that are a bit long in the tooth but you are reluctant to make a change in fear of a fit issue, we have the solution! Our Fit & Training Promotion was created to help ease these concerns.

For the month of May, book a Contender Biomechanic Fit and receive 25% off any touchpoint equipment on your bike*. Refine your fit, increase your performance and improve your comfort while receiving a great deal on the cycling gear that you have been eyeing.

Touchpoint equipment includes:

  • Shoes
  • Pedals
  • Cleats
  • Saddle
  • Bar
  • Stem
  • Bar Tape

Read a little bit more about our theory on bike fitting and the importance of touchpoints by visiting our blog.  See what is included in our Contender Biomechanic Fit and learn about our bike fitting philosophy. Read more on the importance of proper shoes and pedals and why your points of contact on the bike are so critical.

To book your appointment with Blake or for additional information, email him at blake@contenderbicycles.com or call the shop at 801.364.0344.

*additional installation labor may apply

Trail Etiquette

Mountain Bike Trail Etiquette

Temperatures are finally heating up and the mountain bike trails are starting to be released from winter’s snowy grip. After months of waiting out the cold, snowy weather, riders are saddling up to hit the trails. With trails closed in the higher elevations due to snow and mud, it seems like everyone is forced onto a limited number of trails at the lower elevations. Trails like Corner Canyon and the Bonneville Shoreline are packed not just with riders, but also runners, hikers, and even people on horseback. With so many users occupying limited trails, it is a great time for a refresher on trail etiquette so all users have a safe and fun time on the trails.

Obviously, trail etiquette is important for your own and other trail users’ safety. Beyond that, however, trail etiquette is also important for the protection of the trails themselves. Trail etiquette will preserve access to trails and promote gaining access to new trails. So for all trail users’ safety and the preservation of the trails themselves, stick to these basic guidelines:

YIELD APPROPRIATELY

In general, do your best to let other trail users know that you are approaching. Hollering a “hello!” or offering a friendly bell ring are great ways to alert others that they have company on the trail. Always anticipate there could be other trail users as you round corners and make sure you slow down. And if you are yielding, its best to get your wheels as far to the side of the trail as you can and stop. Give as much room as you can for the other trail users to pass while still maintaining a safe position yourself.

Miles Havlick. Jem Trail, Southern Utah.Yielding to Other Riders: When approaching another rider, the uphill traffic gets the right of way. Even if you are bombing down the mountain, stop and let the uphill rider by. Yes, you might temporarily lose the sensation of flying downhill, but it’s better than the uphill rider losing all momentum grinding uphill. If the trail is wide enough for riders to pass safely, it is often possible for the uphill and downhill rider to slow down and pass without stopping.

Yielding to Hikers/Runners:  As soon as you see a hiker or runner approaching, slow down. Give a friendly greeting or bell ring in advance to make sure the hiker or runner is aware that you are approaching. Once you have their attention it doesn’t mean you can just bomb by them at full speed. Slowing down, calling out “On your left” or a suggestion for safe passage is the best way to ensure everyone’s safety. Always remember to say “thank you” to those who move to accommodate your passing. Friendly relations on the trails go a long way for open trails. Remember, runners and hikers always have the right of way, so be patient and allow them to find a safe place where they feel comfortable having you pass.

Yielding to Equestrians: Immediately upon seeing a horse, slow down. More exactly, slow way down. Holler a friendly greeting, calling attention to your presence well in advance. Bikers have been known to scare horses, so give the horse plenty of time to acclimate to your presence on the trail before passing. Be patient and pass slowly, even if it means walking your bike, at the next safe spot.

NEVER SCARE ANIMALS

On multi-use trails, there always seems to be consistent conflict between users and those riding, hiking or running with their dogs off leash. On the Bonneville Shoreline trail system, dogs are required to be on leash. However, the vast majority of dogs run off leash and leash laws are rarely enforced. While most responsible pet parents only allow their dogs off leash is they are well behaved, there are always exceptions. It is best to slow down when approaching or passing a canine. We have all heard stories of serious injuries that have occurred to riders and pets due to collisions on the trail. Be safe and pass with caution.

In addition to horses, you might also encounter cattle and local wildlife on the trails. Do not run over, chase or taunt any animals you come in contact with. It seems like common sense, but it’s an important point as disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. For your own safety and theirs, give animals enough room and time to adjust to you on the trail before approaching and passing. 

LEAVE NO TRACE

Respect the trail that you are riding on. Do not leave wrappers or other litter on the ground. Do not pick flowers or take any artifacts from the trail. The trail and the nature that surrounds it is there to be enjoyed by everyone, not just you. Leave the trail as good if not better than you found it.

Cannondale Women's Trail Mountain Bike. Salt Lake City, Utah.

RIDE OPEN TRAILS

Always respect trail and road closures. Never trespass or ride on private land without the appropriate permits or authorizations. Remember, bicycles are not permitted in areas that are protected as state or federal wilderness. It might seem unfair so many trails are not open to mountain biking, but riders poaching trails will only do harm to efforts being made to open more trails.

STAY IN CONTROL AND ON THE TRAIL

Ride within your limits. If you’re approaching a corner, assume someone is around that corner and slow down when approaching and taking it. Most conflicts happen on the trail when riders are going too fast, so slow down and ride in control.

Stick to riding on the trail. Trail builders spend hours crafting the trail and each of its turns. When you cut corners or ride off trail the surrounding land is eroded, damage is caused and eventually leaves a big mess for the trail builders to clean up. Keep singletrack “single” and don’t widen the trail by riding in the grass, bushes, etc.

DON’T RIDE MUDDY TRAILS

When trails are muddy, they are soft and your tires dig in and create a rut. Eventually when the trail dries out, the rut that was created in the mud is now cemented into the trail, making the trail less desirable to ride. Once a trail is damaged, the ruts act like channels that send draining water down the trail and erodes the trail more and more. Riding a wet, muddy trail can essentially wreck it. Not only does this make other trail users upset with mountain bikers, it also can destroy the trail to the point of where it becomes unrideable. 

Orbea Oiz White Rim TrailBE POLITE

Common courtesy goes a long way on the trails. Treat other trail users as you would like to be treated. Everyone is on the trail to enjoy themselves and have a fun time. Being nice and courteous to the other trail users can often stop a confrontation from even beginning in the first place.

At Contender we’ve been hitting the trails every chance we get with the warmer weather. We want to help keep the trails a happy place for all riders and trail users, and believe following basic rules of trail etiquette is extremely important. Not only does adhering to trail etiquette lead to better trail conditions and safety, it also increases the image of and the respect given to the cycling community in Salt Lake. If you have questions about proper trail etiquette or need suggestions on what trails to hit or gear to stock up on, feel free to visit or call us down at the shop.

 

Tax Day Parking Lot Sale! This Saturday!

Contender Bicycles Tax Day Parking Lot Sale

Looking to score a great bike at a really great price? Select from a wide selection of road, mountain and kid’s bikes at close to 40% OFF. Find special closeout buys from many of our brands. Look for great deals including demos and scratch and dent bikes from Scott! We also have a big selection of used trade-in bikes priced to sell.

Find great savings on apparel and accessories from brands like Giro, Craft, Mavic & more. Take an extra 20% OFF the lowest marked price on any clothing, shoes or helmets already on sale. All sale items are final sale.

Additionally with every new bike purchased on April 15th, you’ll receive a Contender gift card worth 10% of the sale price of the bike. The gift card can be used to purchase accessories and apparel to outfit you and your bike!

 

Spring Sale on TIME Framesets

TIME Skylon, Izon, Fluidity AKTIV Framesets
We’ve always been big fans of TIME bikes. In addition to being handmade in Europe, they come to us as a frame only configuration allowing us to build out the bikes to cater to each rider’s style and needs. Check out some great deals on TIME framesets and suggested builds for spring.

TIME First with Shimano Ultegra: $2800

TIME First Ultegra Complete Bike

This has been a very popular build partly because it represents the most budget friendly frame in the TIME line-up. It’s pretty amazing to think you can get a frame that is made in France and a full Shimano Ultegra build for less than most brands carbon models with similar components. For $2800, which is only $200 more than the regular price of this frameset, this build has a full Ultegra group, Ultegra wheels and a great cockpit of Fizik components. Built with the same RTM process of all of the other TIME models, this bike will shine in the “do-it-all” ride quality category for less than the “out of the box” build from the big brands. Available in limited sizes.

TIME NXS with Shimano Ultegra: $3200

TIME NXS FramesetThe NXS is the predecessor to the current IZON model which runs just over $5000 for the frameset. These two framesets come out of the same mold and have virtually the same ride quality with the main difference being that the Izon model is now offered with TIME’s new Aktiv fork. We have an Ultegra (groupset and wheels) with Fizik R5 alloy cockpit parts. This bike, also available in limited sizes, is $3200. Upgrade to Ultegra electronic Di2 shifting for $800 more.

TIME Fluidity with Shimano Ultegra: $3500

TIME Fluidity FramesetThe Fluidity is the ultimate bike for long rides with a slightly taller front end and additional layers of Vectran in the carbon layup to dampen vibration. This is a race worthy frame that shines on those long Saturday rides and shows off TIME’s thorough understanding of how to fine tune ride quality through carbon layup. We are building this frame with an Ultegra groupset for $3500. Upgrade to Di2 electronic shifting for $800 more and to a Fluidity equipped with the cutting-edge Aktiv fork for $750. Limited sizes available.

TIME Skylon Aktiv with SRAM Red ETAP: $6750

TIME Skylon Aktiv FramesetThis is it. The Skylon is the flagship of the TIME family and makes you wonder how it gets any better than this. The Skylon is definitely TIME’s stiffest and highest performance frameset. It has a quick snappy ride quality that makes you want to go faster uphill and charge back down. TIME was forced to change the Skylon’s name for 2017 with the flagship now being referred to as the Scylon. There are no differences in these two frames other than the color and the name. The Skylon also features the Aktiv fork which is a harmonic damper located in each fork leg. Think of a something like a noise cancelling earphone for the front of your bike. With two full years on the market, the Aktiv fork is here to stay. We’ll build this top level frame with SRAM’s premiere road group in their wireless ETAP lineup. This drivetrain is light and intuitive and more importantly it shifts great. Our suggested build features Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels and an alloy cockpit from Fizik for $6750.