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The 2022 Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Insider's Guide

The 2022 Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Insider's Guide

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Jan 18, 2022

Blink and you might miss it. The latest generation of Shimano Dura-Ace is here. Called Shimano Dura-Ace R9200, it benefits from some keeping up with the Jonses behavior - 12-speed gearing and wireless shifting - while introducing a slew of shifting and braking improvements that Shimano hopes will keep their top...
The Stainless Steel Bivo One is a Smarter Bicycle Water Bottle

The Stainless Steel Bivo One is a Smarter Bicycle Water Bottle

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Jan 10, 2022

Stainless steel. Designed by an ex-NASA engineer. Clean, plastic-free taste. Carbon-neutral construction. And seriously good water flow? The Bivo ONE water bottle is perhaps our new favorite water bottle, enough to tell you all about it. Bivo Is Built With a Purpose The most obvious component of a Bivo bottle is...
On Finding the Motivation to Ride Your Bike Again

On Finding the Motivation to Ride Your Bike Again

Written by Jared Eborn, on Jan 06, 2022

I am a cyclist. Or at least I used to be. While I’ve been a bike nut and heavily involved in the local cycling community for years, my time spent in the saddle has seen a too-real decline in recent years. Life dealt me a few curveballs, I lost conditioning,...
TIME Cycling Shows How Their Carbon Bikes Are Made

TIME Cycling Shows How Their Carbon Bikes Are Made

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Jan 06, 2022

People tend to take carbon fiber for granted. Here's the thing: not all carbon fiber is made equally. Some frames or wheels are miraculously slapped together with sheets of carbon, while we pay more for carbon frames that are built with more precision. French bicycle company TIME builds their carbon...
Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Superlight Santa Cruz Blur CC TR

Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Superlight Santa Cruz Blur CC TR

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Dec 31, 2021

Day Ten of the Contender Ten Best Bikes of 2021 goes to a superlight Santa Cruz Blur CC TR. The ongoing quest to make a better bike sometimes means a brand might sacrifice the principles that set them apart. While the Santa Cruz brand touts a number of characteristics that...
Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Racy 2022 BMC Teammachine SLR01

Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Racy 2022 BMC Teammachine SLR01

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Dec 30, 2021

The BMC road bike lineup is well-stocked. At one end is the BMC Roadmachine, a road bike that will please just about everyone. At the other end is the BMC Timemachine Road, an aero road rocket that looks straight out of Tron. What then, is the BMC Teammachine? We’ll call...
Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Dialed SCOTT Genius Tuned AXS

Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Dialed SCOTT Genius Tuned AXS

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Dec 29, 2021

You’re not going to find any genius puns for this custom 2022 SCOTT Genius 900 Tuned bike. If you want those, find them HERE. What you’ll find, instead, is one of the last disciples of the plus tire scene out there, and perhaps one of the nicest new mountain bikes...
Contender Ten Best of 2021: An All-Road Moots Vamoots RCS

Contender Ten Best of 2021: An All-Road Moots Vamoots RCS

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Dec 28, 2021

It is hard to mess up a titanium road bike. As long as you have someone who can put together titanium tubes and has an idea of how a bike ought to handle, then titanium is inherently an outstanding material with which to make a bike. But it takes a...
Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Lavender OPEN WIDE RTP

Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Lavender OPEN WIDE RTP

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Dec 27, 2021

It might be hard to miss an OPEN gravel bike. After all, its tube shaping isn’t curvaceous like a Pinarello, nor do they have the name cachet of a Santa Cruz or Moots. What then is someone to do if they want the engineering and ride prowess of an OPEN...
The Merry Christmas 2021 Ride from Contender Bicycles

The Merry Christmas 2021 Ride from Contender Bicycles

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Dec 24, 2021

Looking for the perfect bike ride to do this Christmas season in Salt Lake City, Utah? Look no further than here. Hat tip to Mori Paulsen for the idea and execution! Please bear in mind that a small percentage of this requires the rider to go backwards in a one-direction...
Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Ferrari Red 3T Strada RTP

Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Ferrari Red 3T Strada RTP

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Dec 24, 2021

Day five of the Contender Ten Best Bikes of 2021 goes to this Ferrari Red 3T Strada Ready to Paint. Featuring a 1x SRAM Force AXS drivetrain, Reynolds carbon wheels, and a smattering of parts from Zipp and 3T, this custom road bike doubles down on the Strada’s groundbreaking formula....
Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Radical Klein Attitude MTB

Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Radical Klein Attitude MTB

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Dec 23, 2021

If one were to poll 100 people to see what they thought of this Klein Attitude mountain bike, I suspect that every single person would think positively. There is a lot of goodwill out there for Klein bikes, particularly their mountain bikes. That is because this Klein mountain bike -...
Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Swooping Pinarello Dogma F

Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Swooping Pinarello Dogma F

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Dec 22, 2021

The latest generation of the Pinarello Dogma F isn’t much of a departure from the norm of the Dogma hierarchy. While it may seem like a phenomenally racy road bike - and it certainly is - anyone with experience with the Dogma knows that this road bike is far more...
Contender Ten Best of 2021: An Ultralight Orbea Oiz OMX

Contender Ten Best of 2021: An Ultralight Orbea Oiz OMX

Written by Jared Eborn, on Dec 21, 2021

Building a dream bike means no compromise. You hand pick the exact elements of the bike that make you grin the biggest. Your bike needs your touch and we love to help people get exactly what they want. When a customer came in with a vision for a lightning quick...
Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Candy Red TIME Alpe d'Huez

Contender Ten Best of 2021: A Candy Red TIME Alpe d'Huez

Written by Jared Eborn, on Dec 20, 2021

We figured the best way to get your attention for our annual Best Bikes list is to start things off with a real head-turner. This TIME Alpe d’Huez 01 Disc in a fiery red demands your focus with its clean looks and unmistakably fast pedigree. TIME has a long track...