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A BMC URS at an UnReStricted Price

A BMC URS at an UnReStricted Price

Written by Alison Littlefield, on Mar 03, 2021

Every now and then, a bargain comes along that is almost too much to pass up. One of those opportunities presents itself in the form of the 2020 BMC URS TWO, a go anywhere, do anything gravel bike with a design and look to match its UnReStricted name. The BMC...
The 3T Exploro BMW Edition is at Contender Bicycles

The 3T Exploro BMW Edition is at Contender Bicycles

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The BMW name is synonymous with luxury and performance automobiles, while 3T Bike is a relatively small company, even in the cycling world. But while one makes the 'Ultimate Driving Machine', and the other makes some of the finest performance-oriented bicycles around, we think that their new collaboration makes for...
An Aero Gravel Bike for All: New 3T Exploros at Contender Bicycles

An Aero Gravel Bike for All: New 3T Exploros at Contender Bicycles

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The 3T Exploro has been around for a few years - about as long as the OPEN UP - but it's already into its third iteration according to designer Gerard Vroomen. With many changes along the way, the Exploro still manages to be the only full-aero gravel bike on the...
(VIDEO) Suspension Showdown: Comparing Three Gravel Bikes with Suspension

(VIDEO) Suspension Showdown: Comparing Three Gravel Bikes with Suspension

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Prefer video to reading? We've put the Cannondale Topstone Carbon, BMC URS, and Lauf True Grit, three of the industry's premier suspension gravel bikes, to the test to help you determine which bike best suits your needs. Check out our video review below, or our writeup on these three gravel...
Introducing the 2020 BMC URS Gravel Bike

Introducing the 2020 BMC URS Gravel Bike

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Gravel bikes are more diverse than ever. We initially thought of them as road adjacent, with road bike geometry optimized for stability over groomed fire roads rather than rutty singletrack. But the more we've seen, the more that mindset is starting to change and add mountain bike technology. Bikes like...
Long, Low, and the New 2020 Cervelo Aspero

Long, Low, and the New 2020 Cervelo Aspero

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

As noted in our post regarding our first look at the new Shimano GRX groupset, gravel bikes are here to stay. This is especially clear when a company like Cervelo, which typically concerns themselves with tarmac-specific speed, builds themselves a no-nonsense gravel bike without the usual flourishes their other bikes...
First Look: Shimano GRX Gravel Groupset

First Look: Shimano GRX Gravel Groupset

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

For better or worse, Shimano is generally the marker of traditional conservatism in the cycling industry. Rather than reaching for any and all budding trends, Shimano studies, prototypes, and tests. That might come off as timid or slow to react, but it is a large reason why they're seen as...
Introducing the All-New OPEN WI.DE

Introducing the All-New OPEN WI.DE

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The OPEN U.P. is one of the most asked-about bikes in our shop. We love the OPEN brand ethos; focus on the basics of making a nice bike that rides well without gimmicks or unnecessary design. We love the bike's versatility: the U.P. massages in a 700 x 40c, 650...
The Full Scoop on the Swoopy Pinarello Grevil

The Full Scoop on the Swoopy Pinarello Grevil

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

Few things are more interesting than watching people visually take in the new Pinarello Grevil. Pinarello's latest gravel bike is their most expressive design yet, and simply from people looking at this bike, I've seen the whole range of human emotion: fear, surprise, sadness, and happiness. Fortunately, it's purposeful design,...
Burgers With Bergur

Burgers With Bergur

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

One of the best group rides we hosted last year had to be the Lauf gravel rides out of our Park City shop. This ride highlighted not only the beauty of Park City and Summit County, but also the do-all nature of the Lauf True Grit gravel bike. Maybe the...
OPEN U.P. Limited Edition with SRAM RED eTap AXS

OPEN U.P. Limited Edition with SRAM RED eTap AXS

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Forty. Is it more than just a number? For starters, it holds great significance among a number of religions, it's the number of spaces in a standard Monopoly game board, and as of today it's the number of OPEN UP Limited Edition gravel bikes that will be released to the...
Cannondale Topstone Apex 1 Review: Expect the Expected

Cannondale Topstone Apex 1 Review: Expect the Expected

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We've heard for years that Cannondale was playing catchup in the gravel bike scene, all the way to the release of the 2019 Cannondale Topstone. The fact of the matter is that Cannondale has experimented for years with fat tires and road bikes without actually being in the genre. The...
Ernie's Best Builds: The Lucky Charms OPEN U.P. RTP

Ernie's Best Builds: The Lucky Charms OPEN U.P. RTP

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Ernie the corgi is known around these parts for his discerning taste in bicycles. This year, we wanted to highlight some of his favorite bike builds. Link to the complete list found HERE. Day nine of Ernie's Best Builds goes to this Lucky Charms OPEN U.P. RTP. This gravel bike...
Full Gas Everywhere With the All-New 2019 Pinarello Grevil Gravel Bike

Full Gas Everywhere With the All-New 2019 Pinarello Grevil Gravel Bike

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

When Pinarello releases a new bike, they go the extra mile to ensure everything, from performance to looks is covered. They definitely aren’t the kind of company to bring out a bike that’s half-baked. And even if the all-new 2019 Pinarello Grevil and Grevil + look a bit melted (or.....
Not All Gravel Bikes Are the Same: Lauf True Grit vs OPEN U.P.

Not All Gravel Bikes Are the Same: Lauf True Grit vs OPEN U.P.

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The OPEN U.P. has been a bit of a revelation to us in the cycling world, not unlike that of the endurance road bike. Maligned when it first came out, endurance road bikes have slowly gained appreciation and traction due to their user-friendliness. Similarly, we see the OPEN U.P. as...