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Otso Voytek Fat Bike in Stock & Ready for Snow

Otso Voytek Fat Bike in Stock & Ready for Snow

Written by Cathryn Haberman, on Dec 07, 2021

There are flakes in the forecast and if a fat bike had feelings, it’d be excited. Here at Contender Bicycles, we’re getting into the mood as well, and we’re excited to have a fresh supply of Otso Voyteks ready to get you rolling through the fluffy stuff in style and...
Updated: Introducing Otso Cycles

Updated: Introducing Otso Cycles

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Aug 15, 2021

Update 9/15/2021: After the success of the Otso Voytek, Otso has introduced the Waheela C and Waheela S gravel/bikepacking bikes sharing the same Tuning Chip the Voytek has. This makes the Waheela gravel bike super versatile, giving it the ability to use 650b and 700c wheels with up to 50mm tires on...
Six Things to Know About Campagnolo Ekar, Available at Contender Bicycles

Six Things to Know About Campagnolo Ekar, Available at Contender Bicycles

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Campagnolo, the Italian company known for their jewelry-like components flare for design, has entered the gravel bike market. They’ve done so with Campagnolo Ekar 13, a 1×13 mechanical groupset designed for gravel riding in mind. And while we at Contender are often skeptical about the efficacy of some gravel bike-specific parts,...
Fizik Tempo Argo Saddle Review: Shapely Rather than Svelte

Fizik Tempo Argo Saddle Review: Shapely Rather than Svelte

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Fizik may have started in 1996, but ask around and it wasn’t until the release of the Fizik Arione in 2002 that the Fizik name began to really proliferate. The Arione was a revelation in saddle design: long, narrow, flat, and decidedly svelte in shape. Fizik's newest saddle line, the...
The Contender Bicycles Twelve Best Bikes of 2020

The Contender Bicycles Twelve Best Bikes of 2020

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We’ve just about seen it all this year, but 2020 has brought us some of our favorite bikes yet. Over the next twelve days, we’ll highlight those bikes – custom or otherwise – to round out the year and end it on a high note. Follow the list below to...
First Look: the 35-pound Orbea Rise eMTB

First Look: the 35-pound Orbea Rise eMTB

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Every year the bicycle world seems to come up with the next big thing. Hyperbole rules each of these new product launches. At Contender Bicycles, we are confident that the Orbea’s Rise full suspension eMTB will truly be a game-changer. First, the days of 50 pound plus eMTB will now...
The Contender Bicycles 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The Contender Bicycles 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

If ever there was a holiday season that called for spoiling your loved ones (or yourself!), it’s the 2020 holiday season. We’re sure you don’t need reminding, but 2020 has been a beast and we’re looking forward to better days ahead. And what could possibly make those days better than...
GIVE BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE CONTENDER BICYCLES NORDIC JERSEY

GIVE BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE CONTENDER BICYCLES NORDIC JERSEY

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

A pandemic won’t stop the holiday season, but it certainly makes it tougher on our most vulnerable communities. In the spirit of giving this holiday season, we’ve chosen to donate to Candy Cane Corner hosted by The Road Home. We designed the Contender Nordic Jersey with a holiday theme in mind both...
Review: Introducing the New Giro Helios Spherical Helmet

Review: Introducing the New Giro Helios Spherical Helmet

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We're big fans of the Giro Aether road helmet. The inclusion of their Spherical technology made for a road helmet that was light, safe, and breathed exceptionally. If there was anything the Aether couldn't do, it was the price. Not so with the all-new Giro Helios helmet. With cutting-edge technology...
BEN MCINTOSH, THE MIND BEHIND THE NEW CONTENDER FIVE CANYONS SWEATSHIRT AND CLASSIC TEE

BEN MCINTOSH, THE MIND BEHIND THE NEW CONTENDER FIVE CANYONS SWEATSHIRT AND CLASSIC TEE

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The people at Contender Bicycles know bicycles. Bikes are the common thread that tie us together. We try to have some of the best salespeople and mechanics in the business but we’re more than just bike nerds. The Contender Bicycles crew is made of all kinds of people from all...
Kids' Bikes and Accessories Available Just In Time for the Holidays

Kids' Bikes and Accessories Available Just In Time for the Holidays

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Like many things cycling-related, kids' bikes can be hard to come by. And while difficult, we've worked hard to bring in some of our favorite kids' bikes and accessories from SCOTT, Cannondale, Giro, Lazer, and more. Shop our range of sizes and colors in stock and ready for the holiday...
What Cycling Means During a Pandemic

What Cycling Means During a Pandemic

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We are always grateful for cycling and everything that comes with it. But it is this year, with all the tumult and uncertainty that comes with it, that has made us particularly grateful for cycling. That transition between winter and spring - typically in March - is a tough time...
The New Contender x Giordana Cyclist Kit is About Unity

The New Contender x Giordana Cyclist Kit is About Unity

Written by Alison Littlefield, on Mar 03, 2021

Full of color, full of life, full of inclusion, and full of excitement. That describes cycling in a nutshell - all are welcome. It’s also an apt description of the new Contender x Giordana Cyclist Kit, now available in both men's and women's kits online and in store while supplies...
A Custom-Painted OPEN U.P. Inspired By the Fox

A Custom-Painted OPEN U.P. Inspired By the Fox

Written by Contender Staff, on Mar 03, 2021

See our custom paint gallery for a hearty selection of custom painted bikes from OPEN Cycle, 3T, Santa Cruz, BMC, and more, link HERE. What can a custom paint job do for your next bike? Just ask the myriad people who've chosen to go the extra step on their next...
Introducing the New Shimano S-Phyre RC902 Road Shoes

Introducing the New Shimano S-Phyre RC902 Road Shoes

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Shimano has a reputation for putting out reliable equipment, be in apparel or bicycle components alike. They may not always be on the cutting edge, but they'll always be well-considered. This extends to Shimano's top shoe, the S-Phyre. New for this fall is the Shimano S-Phyre RC902 road shoe, a...