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The 2020 Contender Club is Going to Be All About You

The 2020 Contender Club is Going to Be All About You

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Looks are subjective, but the 2020 Contender Club Kit is objectively good looking. And if that’s all the Club Kit was, then we’d write something flowery and advise you that the kit is available in both men’s and women’s fits, for road, gravel, and eventually Contender mountain tech tees towards...
Carlos's Reviews of His Lazer G1 MIPS Helmet

Carlos's Reviews of His Lazer G1 MIPS Helmet

Written by Carlos Interone, on Mar 03, 2021

Helmets are safer, more aero, and more breathable than ever. Some can say that we've reached 'peak helmet', where the main motivator for buying a new helmet isn't a change in design or technology but that their current helmet simply needed to be replaced. But with an increase in features...
Words With Friends: Flo, the Manic Hispanic Mechanic of Contender

Words With Friends: Flo, the Manic Hispanic Mechanic of Contender

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Florencio Irizarry, or ‘Flo’ as most call him, is a continual breath of fresh air at Contender Bicycles. He offers a wealth of knowledge in mountain bike suspension work, as well as vintage bicycles and rarities alike. He is an asset to not just Contender as a top-notch bicycle mechanic...
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...
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...
According to Jim: Join Us for Bicycle Maintenance Classes!

According to Jim: Join Us for Bicycle Maintenance Classes!

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We here at Contender Bicycles will always be here for your cycling-related needs. Want the red-hot new Pinarello Dogma F12? We have that. Looking for a tube for your rare 16" Schwinn Stingray? Light work. And our service department? We can and will work on just about anything you need,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Contender’s TdF Competition 2019: Week Three

Contender’s TdF Competition 2019: Week Three

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

Welcome to Week Three of our 2019 Contender TdF competition. In our introductory post, we explained the thinking and prizes available to the winner of the week one TdF competition. This week, we reveal three different photos and their Tour de France-inspired locations to our blog and social media outlets;...
Contender’s TdF Competition 2019: Week Two

Contender’s TdF Competition 2019: Week Two

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

Welcome to Week Two of our 2019 Contender TdF competition. In our introductory post, we explained the thinking and prizes available to the winner of the week one TdF competition. This week, we reveal three different photos and their Tour de France-inspired locations to our blog and social media outlets;...
An Ode to Nino Schurter: Custom SCOTT Spark RC World Cup AXS Build

An Ode to Nino Schurter: Custom SCOTT Spark RC World Cup AXS Build

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

We're going to say it: more people ought to talk about the run Nino Schurter has had in the past ten years. With seven men's cross-country world championship wins, six overall UCI World Cup wins, and a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics, Schurter's dominant run is nothing short of...
The All-New 2020 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Goes for Aero

The All-New 2020 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Goes for Aero

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The Cannondale SuperSix EVO typically speaking, has been an award winner from its inception. Phrases like “sharp handling”, “ideal ride comfort and quality”, and “exceptional balance for a race bike” are thrown around regularly, and while those qualities are backed up on the road, the SuperSix EVO has always remained...