Journal

Presenting the 2020 Colnago E64 e-Road Bike

Presenting the 2020 Colnago E64 e-Road Bike

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

Many have a soft spot for the Colnago C64 road bike, as well as the myriad bikes in the C-line of bikes. The C-line goes as far back as 1989 with the Colnago C40. the first carbon road bike to ever win the Paris-Roubaix. Each C-series bike shares distinctive ride...
Introducing CADEX

Introducing CADEX

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

If you were around cycling in the late 1980s, you may have heard of the name CADEX. The CADEX name was on advanced early carbon fiber road bikes and mountain bikes under the Giant brand name. Giant - yes, that Giant - needed an outlet for their coolest technology, and...
A Modern Masterpiece: the SCOTT Spark

A Modern Masterpiece: the SCOTT Spark

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Mountain bikes see more changes in technology than just about anything else in the cycling industry. That leads to bikes that are often seen as obsolete in just a few years, with none of the excitement that was there when the bike was first released. Because of this, most mountain...
Understanding the Meaning of Lotoja

Understanding the Meaning of Lotoja

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Photos by Cody Wignall, et al. I moved to Salt Lake City late August 2016 and started working at Contender Bicycles at the beginning of September of that year. I wasn’t new to working in bike shops, but one phrase consistently befuddled me because it wasn’t a real word. As...
Ridden and Reviewed: 2020 BMC Roadmachine 01

Ridden and Reviewed: 2020 BMC Roadmachine 01

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

There was a lot of buzz around the first generation BMC Roadmachine. It wasn’t quite an endurance road bike like the BMC Granfondo, at the same time the race road bike section was filled up by the BMC Teammachine and Timemachine Road. What was the Roadmachine then? It was a...
The Contender Camp - Season Eleven

The Contender Camp - Season Eleven

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

That’s right! This is our 11th season of The Contender Camp. Each year we have refined the program in an effort to optimize a scientific approach allowing us to make the most out of our limited time. At the same time, we strive to keep it fresh and interesting. Register...
Tires in Review: Pirelli P Zero Velo 4S

Tires in Review: Pirelli P Zero Velo 4S

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We love talking about bikes and everything related to them. Our talk covers the spectrum; talking about how much we've carried in our cargo bikes, our favorite views on the Wasatch Crest trail, or geeky stuff like tire compounds. However, it's one thing to talk the talk, but it's another...
Our New Contender MTB Jerseys are Trail Ready!

Our New Contender MTB Jerseys are Trail Ready!

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step," said Lao Tzu, the reputed founder of Taoism. There is plenty of truth to this, and certainly words to live by. Not every journey starts with a footstep, particularly not for cyclists. For us, a journey on the...
Razor Reloaded: 2020 Orbea Occam First Look

Razor Reloaded: 2020 Orbea Occam First Look

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

University classes can often be a source of overthinking, as I've come to learn. My first-ever math class was where I perhaps overthought the most, despite the phrase "remember Occam's Blade" plastered all over the first lecture. Being me, I looked up what Occam's Blade meant as to not be...
Juliana Incarnate: 2020 Juliana Joplin First Look

Juliana Incarnate: 2020 Juliana Joplin First Look

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Juliana Bicycles isn't bashful about its mission to be the right bike for a small (but growing) group of the cycling industry: women. Juliana is even aware that their brand isn't for all women, but for a small group of women who want women's inspired design and messaging, and they're...
Demo the Santa Cruz & Juliana Mountain Bike Lineup

Demo the Santa Cruz & Juliana Mountain Bike Lineup

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

This Saturday, August 24th, and Sunday, August 25th ride the range of Santa Cruz and Juliana mountain bikes free of charge in Park City. Santa Cruz will have select Santa Cruz and Juliana full-suspension mountain bikes ready to eat up the miles. Here are the details: When: Saturday, August 24th...
Contender's Super Saturday, With Assos, Pinarello, and an Ice Cream Truck!

Contender's Super Saturday, With Assos, Pinarello, and an Ice Cream Truck!

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The Tour of Utah is a time of festivity for us. For some, the Tour of Utah (or ToU) is purely about competition and seeing how hard professionals can push themselves. For others, the ToU is about everything good with cycling and the type of community it encourages. This year's...
Ride With Phil Gaimon this Sunday

Ride With Phil Gaimon this Sunday

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Phil Gaimon, the King of the Cookie Corner himself, will be here this Sunday, August 18th for the Tour of Utah. Meet at our Park City shop at 1:00 PM on Sunday and ride up to Empire Pass to watch the race. The ride will be in support of No...
Can We Get Much High(tower)er? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy First Look

Can We Get Much High(tower)er? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy First Look

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The Tallboy is back for its fourth iteration and this bike like previous generations is more trail-ready than the one before. If anything, the more capable the Tallboy has become on the trail, the closer it has come to match that of the Santa Cruz Hightower. But, as Santa Cruz...
Contender’s TdF Competition 2019: the Final!

Contender’s TdF Competition 2019: the Final!

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Few grand tours bring everyone together like the Tour de France. While there wasn't anything controversial or extreme like in years past, there was still plenty of intrigue to be found in cycling's most famous race. The Tour marks the start and finish of this year's Contender Tour de France...