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Santa Cruz Stigmata Gravel Bike - Five of Our Favorite Things

Santa Cruz Stigmata Gravel Bike - Five of Our Favorite Things

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

In a lot of ways, Northern California can lay claim to being the spiritual home of the gravel bike. Sure, that spirituality started in the 1970s with the advent of mountain bikes in the Marin Headlands among other places, but what modern gravel bike has become today - inching ever...
SCOTT Addict eRIDE Review: Faster, Farther, Fresher

SCOTT Addict eRIDE Review: Faster, Farther, Fresher

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

SCOTT Bikes has long prided itself on leading-edge innovation and pushing the boundaries of what has typically been considered possible with bike technology. Whether it’s the introduction of clip-on aero bars that helped Greg LeMond win the Tour de France or the revolutionary TwinLoc suspension system for mountain bikes, SCOTT...
TIME to Hit the Road: the TIME Frameset Sale

TIME to Hit the Road: the TIME Frameset Sale

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

There is a certain allure to building up a bicycle all your own. Building a custom bicycle gives riders the opportunity to build a bike that reflects individual tastes, needs, and wants. Above all else, it requires a caring eye to ensure that the overall package is cohesive and meets...
The OPEN WIDE ENVE Edition is a Celebration of Adventure

The OPEN WIDE ENVE Edition is a Celebration of Adventure

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Last week, OPEN put out a blog post informing everyone of another collaboration with ENVE Composites, this time for the OPEN WIDE. Most collaborations we've seen in the past from ENVE, SRAM, or Ultradynamico are largely limited to unique paint colors and left at that. This latest collaboration of the...
3T Exploro RaceMax Review - A Numbers Game

3T Exploro RaceMax Review - A Numbers Game

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The original 3T Exploro, first released in 2016, not positioned the stalwart 3T as a nascent bike brand, but it also was the release of the first aero gravel bike. And amongst all the aerodynamics on a gravel bike talk, the fact of the matter is that the Exploro was...
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...