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Orbea Rise Tech Review - 35 Pounds of Power

Orbea Rise Tech Review - 35 Pounds of Power

Written by Carlos Interone, on Mar 03, 2021

Technology is only as good as it is intuitive to use. The new Orbea Rise, with it's unique Shimano EP8 RS drive unit, promises to be the most seamless and rider-focused electric mountain bike platform yet. Does the Orbea Rise deliver on its promise? We'll dive into the nitty-gritty details...
First Look: the 35-pound Orbea Rise eMTB

First Look: the 35-pound Orbea Rise eMTB

Written by Carlos Interone, 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...
Introducing the Colnago eGRV Electric Gravel Bike

Introducing the Colnago eGRV Electric Gravel Bike

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

 Italy is well-known for its gravel roads. The Strade Bianche highlights some of Tuscany's best gravel roads, but there is beautiful riding just about anywhere you go. The stable handling and wider tires of a gravel bike is an ideal choice for these fast roads, as well as the...
Your Inside Guide to the Ebikemotion Companion App

Your Inside Guide to the Ebikemotion Companion App

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The Ebikemotion X35 drive unit, found on bikes like the Orbea Gain and Pinarello Dyodo e-road bikes, is one of the most asked-about technologies in the shop. Some use the electric assist as a training tool to become faster on their standard bike, while others use the electric assist to...
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...
It's Electric! Get a Discount on Your Next E-Bike with Utah Clean Energy

It's Electric! Get a Discount on Your Next E-Bike with Utah Clean Energy

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

As a full-service bike shop, we strive to offer quality bicycles, service, and accessories that we would be proud to have ourselves. Among our favorite types of bicycles is the pedal-assist electric bike, also known as the e-bike. We are not afraid to sing praises about the value of e-bikes...
Kommuting on the Katu-E: A Week of Electric Assist Bliss

Kommuting on the Katu-E: A Week of Electric Assist Bliss

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Ernesto Colnago, founder of the famed Colnago bicycles, claims that Enzo Ferrari told him that “the bike is the most perfect machine that exists” (LINK). I've taken those words to heart, which is why I commute by bicycle when possible. It’s just not as efficient to propel a hunk of...
Introducing the Orbea Gain Carbon e-Road Bike

Introducing the Orbea Gain Carbon e-Road Bike

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Jul 19, 2018

As much as we love our pedal assist electric bikes and their ability to share the beautiful gospel of cycling with nearly everyone, they aren't without their faults. Between the additional complexity of an electric assist, a screen that dominates the handlebar, and the motor's propensity to bring its rider...