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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...
Ernie's Best Builds: The Pink Panther OPEN U.P. RTP

Ernie's Best Builds: The Pink Panther 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 three of Ernie's Best Builds goes to what we like to call The Pink Panther. This...
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...
First Ride: Lauf True Grit Race Edition and Video

First Ride: Lauf True Grit Race Edition and Video

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

This Lauf True Grit first ride is written by Peter about his experiences on the Lauf True Grit , as well as an accompanying video overview by Contender Bicycles. https://youtu.be/qRKTYh0rPGM After seeing more than a few Lauf Grit forks come through the shop I was excited to get out and...
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...