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The OPEN WI.DE Gravel Pistachio Edition is Here

The OPEN WI.DE Gravel Pistachio Edition is Here

Written by Jared Eborn, on Mar 03, 2021

Want to learn the nitty-gritty about the OPEN WIDE Frameset? See our first look review HERE, or our Ultradynamico Cava tire review HERE. Collaborations are all the rage. From the pop music charts to film projects, the art world is often made better and more compelling when two parties work...
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...
This Custom OPEN ONE+ Is the Cream of the Crop

This Custom OPEN ONE+ Is the Cream of the Crop

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

"Here's a raw carbon OPEN ONE+ frameset. Paint it however you want to make it look good. Just one request: add some frame highlights that match this bright red suspension fork." "Not a problem." Two weeks later we picked up the frame from our local painter. Needless to say, we...
Contender's Six Hottest Bikes of 2020

Contender's Six Hottest Bikes of 2020

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We’re always excited for bikes of all kinds, but there are a few that really stand out from the bunch. Here’s our list of some of our most-anticipated gravel, mountain bikes, and road bikes of 2020. Don’t see your bike of choice? Comment below! Gravel/Road OPEN WI.DE The OPEN UP...
The New OPEN U.P. ENVE Edition in Grey is All About Balance

The New OPEN U.P. ENVE Edition in Grey is All About Balance

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

ENVE Composites and OPEN Cycle aren't strangers to collaboration, having collaborated together on a unique frameset over a year ago. And while that frame featured a polarizing purple and orange colorway that evoked Southern Utah sunsets, it was a love it or hate it colorway that was anything but restrained....
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...
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...
This Custom Painted OPEN ONE+ is a Sight for Sore Eyes

This Custom Painted OPEN ONE+ is a Sight for Sore Eyes

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

If there was anything in the world that we as a society take for granted, it has to be our ability to see color. Perhaps one of the most-oft discussed subjects in the world, color is a wonder of the human eye and brain, paired with visible electromagnetic radiation. Truly...
Gerard Vroomen on Rubbing Paint, Road-X, and the OPEN U.P.

Gerard Vroomen on Rubbing Paint, Road-X, and the OPEN U.P.

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

If you have any type of affinity toward tri bikes, aero road bikes, or even gravel bikes, you have Gerard Vroomen to thank. The enigmatic engineer started as one half of Cervelo, a company that pushed bicycle aerodynamics into the mainstream. Over his time, Cervelo became the first bike manufacturer...
The OPEN U.P. ENVE Edition is Born to the Purple

The OPEN U.P. ENVE Edition is Born to the Purple

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The phrase "born to the purple" isn't used too often these days. Originally used to refer to children born of prominent, high-ranking, or royal parents, it distinguishes children born specifically during a parent's reign. Therefore, it only makes sense that an OPEN Cycle and ENVE Composites collaboration dons a color...
Custom Painted OPEN U.P.P.E.R.

Custom Painted OPEN U.P.P.E.R.

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

We had a lot of fun assembling this custom painted OPEN Cycle U.P.P.E.R. Frameset. OPEN offers the OPEN U.P.P.E.R. frameset in a raw, ready-to-paint finish. This allows the opportunity to go crazy with color and design; as such we've seen a number of custom OPEN colorways, from subdued to effortlessly...
A Vroomen With a View: A Night With Gerard Vroomen

A Vroomen With a View: A Night With Gerard Vroomen

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

Contender Bicycles is excited to invite you to An Evening with Gerard Vroomen. As one of the leading innovators in the bicycling industry Gerard has had quite an impact on bicycle design. His unique approach to bike design and marketing started with his first company, Cervelo, and continues to evolve...