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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...
Contender's Fall Road Cycling Apparel Buyer's Guide

Contender's Fall Road Cycling Apparel Buyer's Guide

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

There isn't much that beats riding through a canopy of fall season foliage on your road or gravel bike. More color in the trees also means that temperatures are dropping, and dropping temperatures means what you wear is essential. We're here to help. Below is our Fall Road Apparel Buyer's...
Contender's Fall MTB Cycling Apparel Buyer's Guide

Contender's Fall MTB Cycling Apparel Buyer's Guide

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Between the cooler temperatures and colorful foliage of fall, there isn't a better riding season in our eyes. Having the right apparel to stay both warm and cool while riding is critical to enjoying the season, however, and we're here to help. Below is our Fall MTB Apparel Buyer's Guide...
The 2021 SCOTT MTB Buyer's Guide Part 1 - Spark, Spark RC, & Scale

The 2021 SCOTT MTB Buyer's Guide Part 1 - Spark, Spark RC, & Scale

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We have only just started to see 2021 SCOTT bikes trickle in, but we have fielded loads of questions about what’s changed for the new year. As such, we have rounded up some of the most important changes to the SCOTT mountain bike line for 2021 to help you figure...
A First Look at the New 2021 Pinarello Prince

A First Look at the New 2021 Pinarello Prince

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

For as much praise as Pinarello receives for their top-spec Pinarello Dogma F12, most don’t realize that the same capability is largely present in the Pinarello Prince. Updated and revised for 2021, the new Pinarello Prince road bike receives an overhaul that Pinarello claims make for a faster yet more...
A First Look at this Exclusive 2021 Orbea OIZ OMX

A First Look at this Exclusive 2021 Orbea OIZ OMX

Written by Carlos Interone, on Mar 03, 2021

In normal times when a new exclusive bike rolls through the door, we’d shout from the rooftops to convince you to come into the shop to see the latest and greatest. However, these are not normal times. Visits to the shop are borne of necessity rather than leisure, but that...
First Look: ENVE 45 and ENVE 65 Wheelset Review

First Look: ENVE 45 and ENVE 65 Wheelset Review

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Few brands carry the prestige ENVE Composites. At the time of their 2007 introduction, ENVE quickly found themselves at the forefront of carbon wheel and component technology. Their wheels carry a ‘wow’ factor that manages a combination of good looks, class-leading performance, and impressive ride quality, regardless of whether it's...
First Look: ENVE AM30 Wheelset Review

First Look: ENVE AM30 Wheelset Review

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

A few weeks back, ENVE Composites released the first pillar of their new ENVE Foundation Collection, a pair of road wheels that brought ENVE innovation and craftsmanship to a lower price point than we've ever seen from the Utah stalwart. Next up to bat is a new wheelset aimed at...
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...
The New 2020 Santa Cruz Hightower: When Mega is Too Much

The New 2020 Santa Cruz Hightower: When Mega is Too Much

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Interested in the Juliana counterpart to the Hightower? Read our review of the 2020 Juliana Maverick. We've seen a number of companies take a proven platform and add more suspension travel. It's a common formula: take a short travel bike, add travel, and watch as sales numbers shoot up. Santa...
Just In: Giro Imperial and Empire SLX Shoes

Just In: Giro Imperial and Empire SLX Shoes

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Road shoes have seen a bit of a renaissance over the past few years. Not only have carbon soles taken over as the standard for road shoes in the mid-range and up, but myriad retention systems outside of the typical buckle and strap system have taken over. Giro surprised us...
Just In: SRAM RED eTap AXS First Look Review

Just In: SRAM RED eTap AXS First Look Review

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Finally, we can talk about SRAM RED eTap AXS. We’ve had limited-edition OPEN UP bikes built with eTap AXS locked up in our basement for the past few weeks, and we’ve chomped at the bit to share it with you all. Here’s the big move here: AXS isn’t just an...
First Look: 2019 Cannondale Habit and Bad Habit

First Look: 2019 Cannondale Habit and Bad Habit

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

One of the coolest parts of Contender’s trip to New Jersey to check out Cannondale's 2019 line was seeing the new 2019 Cannondale Habit and Bad Habit trail bikes. And for as popular as the outgoing Habit still is, we were downright fired up about this complete revamp from Cannondale....
Presenting the Giro Aether Helmet

Presenting the Giro Aether Helmet

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

NOW IN STOCK! Giro’s next evolution in helmet design, the Giro Aether MIPS, promises the very best in safety, performance, and comfort thanks largely to it's new MIPS Spherical technology. We have a full size run of the four initial colorways: Matte Red, Matte White, Matte Black, and Black Pearl....