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This 2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Limited Edition with Shimano XTR is Right On Time

This 2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Limited Edition with Shimano XTR is Right On Time

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The all-new Shimano XTR M9100 MTB groupset was first announced late May of 2018, with ride tests from varying news outlets coming out in June of 2018. In August of 2018, Shimano sends an update saying a factory fire and manufacturing issues created the perfect storm of delays. As of...
Ridden and Reviewed: SRAM Eagle AXS Wireless Groupset

Ridden and Reviewed: SRAM Eagle AXS Wireless Groupset

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

It wasn’t until the past few years when SRAM really started to take hold of the mountain bike market. They pushed MTB 1x drivetrains at a time when people who toyed with the idea were mostly on the fringes. Then came Eagle, which pushed 1x forward as a viable option...
OPEN U.P. Limited Edition with SRAM RED eTap AXS

OPEN U.P. Limited Edition with SRAM RED eTap AXS

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Forty. Is it more than just a number? For starters, it holds great significance among a number of religions, it's the number of spaces in a standard Monopoly game board, and as of today it's the number of OPEN UP Limited Edition gravel bikes that will be released to the...
Ridden and Reviewed: Rockshox Reverb AXS Wireless Dropper Post

Ridden and Reviewed: Rockshox Reverb AXS Wireless Dropper Post

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

It's hard to argue against the value of a dropper seatpost. It’s fair to say the dropper post is the best thing in mountain biking since clipless pedals, tubeless tires, and suspension. Few seatposts are as ubiquitous as the Rockshox Reverb, both in function and notoriety. New this year is...
Presenting the New 2019 Santa Cruz Chameleon Carbon

Presenting the New 2019 Santa Cruz Chameleon Carbon

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

A few years ago, 27.5+ hit us like a wave. We found it offered tons of grip in dry conditions, improved braking, and a minimal weight penalty when compared to a 29er wheelset. We found that, when paired to a quality hardtail mountain bike, that it never left us wanting...
Cannondale Topstone Apex 1 Review: Expect the Expected

Cannondale Topstone Apex 1 Review: Expect the Expected

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We've heard for years that Cannondale was playing catchup in the gravel bike scene, all the way to the release of the 2019 Cannondale Topstone. The fact of the matter is that Cannondale has experimented for years with fat tires and road bikes without actually being in the genre. The...
A Momentous Occasion - the Colnago C64 Gold Private Edition

A Momentous Occasion - the Colnago C64 Gold Private Edition

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

For decades, the Colnago name has been synonymous with the ace of clubs. The original ace concept was thought of to commemorate Michele Dancelli having won the 1970 Milan-Sanremo on a Colnago. Because it was the first win of the Milan-San Remo by an Italian in quite a while, well-known...
We've Gone Plum Crazy For This Orbea Oiz

We've Gone Plum Crazy For This Orbea Oiz

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

As we've mentioned already, the Orbea Oiz OMR cross-country mountain bike is one of Contender's Most Anticipated bikes of 2019. Fortunately for us, they've just started to trickle in, each one more unique than the next. And though we always find a way love all bikes equally (much like children),...
What Rhymes With Orange? This Customized Santa Cruz Bronson, Probably

What Rhymes With Orange? This Customized Santa Cruz Bronson, Probably

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

About a year ago, we made the decision to bring Santa Cruz and Juliana Bicycles into the fold of brands at the shop. Not only do they engineer some of the best mountain bikes around, with impressive attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship, but their bikes simply look phenomenal as...
Sparking a Conversation: Orbea Gain vs Pinarello Dyodo

Sparking a Conversation: Orbea Gain vs Pinarello Dyodo

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

The topic of e-bikes, much less e-road bikes, can be a volatile one. More than the rim vs. disc brake debate, and arguably more contentious than whether pineapple is a valid pizza topping. We've always been of the opinion that if a bike gets more folks on the road to...
Contender's Most Anticipated Bicycles of 2019

Contender's Most Anticipated Bicycles of 2019

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 road and mountain bikes of 2019. Don't see your bike of choice? Comment below! ROAD 2019 Pinarello GREVIL & GREVIL+ What makes...