Journal

This Custom OPEN ONE+ Is the Cream of the Crop

This Custom OPEN ONE+ Is the Cream of the Crop

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

"Here's a raw carbon OPEN ONE+ frameset. Paint it however you want to make it look good. Just one request: add some frame highlights that match this bright red suspension fork." "Not a problem." Two weeks later we picked up the frame from our local painter. Needless to say, we...
Suspended Reality: Three Gravel Bikes With Unique Suspension Systems in Review

Suspended Reality: Three Gravel Bikes With Unique Suspension Systems in Review

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

I think at this point that we are past the question as to whether or not you need a gravel bike. (Answer: you know if you do, and most likely you've already looked into getting one for yourself). But the next question is whether you need a gravel bike with...
Contender's Six Hottest Bikes of 2020

Contender's Six Hottest Bikes of 2020

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We’re always excited for bikes of all kinds, but there are a few that really stand out from the bunch. Here’s our list of some of our most-anticipated gravel, mountain bikes, and road bikes of 2020. Don’t see your bike of choice? Comment below! Gravel/Road OPEN WI.DE The OPEN UP...
Our Staff Holiday Gear Picks (or, the Last-Minute Gift Guide)

Our Staff Holiday Gear Picks (or, the Last-Minute Gift Guide)

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We are fortunate to carry a selection of top-notch brands from all over the world at our shop, as it allows our staff to have a good grasp on products they love to use or lust after regularly. Below is a list of just a few shop members' favorite bits...
An Ode to the Multitool

An Ode to the Multitool

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Few things delight more than a good ground score? Don't know what that is? In essence, its something that is forgotten or abandoned on the side of the road (or trail) that is ripe for the picking and isn't able to be returned to its previous owner. Here's a local...
Our New Contender x Espinosa Bicicleta Jersey is All About Air Quality

Our New Contender x Espinosa Bicicleta Jersey is All About Air Quality

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We are fortunate to live in Salt Lake City, where we find ourselves right next to world-class mountain biking, skiing, and natural resources that are truly enviable. But that beauty is too often restricted by air quality. At times, Utah has the worst air quality in the U.S. And while...
Zane's Review of His 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Zane's Review of His 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Written by Zane Enders, on Mar 03, 2021

The Santa Cruz Tallboy is easily one of the most popular bikes in the shop, if not the mountain biking world. There's a good reason for it and in Zane's review of his new bike he goes over why he chose the Tallboy, why he chose it over his previous...
Introducing Intense Cycles

Introducing Intense Cycles

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We are excited to partner with Intense Cycles, a team that combines a rich legacy in the mountain bike world with a revitalized approach on how to run a bike brand. With a rich racing history and an impressive engineering track record, Intense combines a distinct aesthetic with a practical...
First Look: 2020 Intense Sniper

First Look: 2020 Intense Sniper

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

We think the 2020 Intense Sniper exemplifies the downcountry bike phenomenon. Never heard of downcountry? No worries. A lot of people thought of it as something as fleeting as the phrase "OK boomer." Essentially, take your XC bike, replace the fork with something stiffer and with more travel to add...
Get Your Grind On: Nordic Ski Drop Off At Contender Bicycles!

Get Your Grind On: Nordic Ski Drop Off At Contender Bicycles!

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

Few things feel better than starting the ski season on refreshed bases and a stone grind, and few know the ins and outs of waxing skis like Tim Metos. This year we've partnered up with Metos as a ski dropoff and pickup point. Drop off your skis at either our...
Introducing (or Reintroducing) Rapha

Introducing (or Reintroducing) Rapha

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

If you read nothing else in this post, read this: Rapha is back at Contender Bicycles. Chances are that if you are reading this and are into road riding, you have heard of Rapha. If your non-cyclist friend is into fashion, chances are that they've heard of Rapha as well....
First Look: Rapha Pro Team Fall/Winter Kit

First Look: Rapha Pro Team Fall/Winter Kit

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Talk to anyone who considers themselves "in the know" regarding road cycling, and they're sure to have an opinion on Rapha. Rapha fancies themselves as more than a brand, but a lifestyle. Their clothes tell a story of pain and suffering of the pro peloton while referencing cycling’s history. I...
Introducing the 2020 BMC URS Gravel Bike

Introducing the 2020 BMC URS Gravel Bike

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Gravel bikes are more diverse than ever. We initially thought of them as road adjacent, with road bike geometry optimized for stability over groomed fire roads rather than rutty singletrack. But the more we've seen, the more that mindset is starting to change and add mountain bike technology. Bikes like...
Join Kate Courtney and SCOTT-SRAM Racing at Contender Bicycles!

Join Kate Courtney and SCOTT-SRAM Racing at Contender Bicycles!

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

"No win is so big, and no loss is so big." - Kate Courtney on being gracious in defeat. Join Kate Courtney next Wednesday, November 6 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Contender Bicycles in Salt Lake City. We will have Courtney, the 2019 XC World Cup Overall Champion...
Casey's Review of His 3T Strada Due

Casey's Review of His 3T Strada Due

Written by Shopify API, on Mar 03, 2021

The 2018 release of the 3T Strada pushed the envelope on aero bike design norms. At a time where rim brakes were still the stopper of choice on the Pro Tour and 25c tires were considered a “comfort tire,” the Strada rode onto the scene designed specifically for disc brakes...