Sofia Blackburn

Sofia Blackburn
Sales

Bio

When she’s not riding her Juliana Joplin on the 9K Trail or around her backyard bike paradise in her hometown of Grand Junction, Colorado, Sofia is one of Contender Bicycles’ rock star sales associates. Sofia has lived in Salt Lake City since 2017 as a student at Westminster. In addition to selling bikes, Sofia plays a leading role in keeping our sales floor loaded up with some of the coolest bike gear in town.

Dream Bike: Juliana Joplin- Juliana describes the bike as a little bit of cross country and a little bit of rock and roll, I can't think of anything better. 

Fun Fact:  I summited two 14,000 foot peaks and placed third in my first half marathon all in the same week!
Elliot Jones

Elliot Jones
Mechanic

Bio
Chris Toly

Chris Toly
Mechanic

Bio

He’s Contender Bicycles’ gentle giant. The tallest person on staff, Chris came to Utah several years ago from Rock Springs, Wyoming. He loves riding his Yeti SB130 in Phillips Canyon on Teton Pass above Jackson. Chris works in our service department as a mechanic and joined our crew during early 2021 and quickly became a valuable part of the team. 

Dream Bike: Orbea Gain. Ebikes enable rides to happen that you wouldn’t normally say yes to. An ebike allows me to bike more instead of driving. With battery and motor technology rapidly changing, these bikes get you places faster. They are so much fun!

Fun Fact: I’m the guy that was stuck in the elevator at Contender!
Isaac Boyden

Isaac Boyden
Sales

Bio

You’ll be hard pressed to find someone as enthusiastic about bikes as Isaac. A student at East High, Isaac races for the Leopards and spends a couple of afternoon shifts per week at Contender where he displays way more bike knowledge than any teenager should possess. When he can, Isaac loves to let it rip on Armstrong Trail in Park City.

Current Favorite Bike: 3T Exploro Team eTap 

Dream Bike: 2021 Scott Spark RC 900 Supersonic edition. I am an aspiring XC racer, and in my eyes that Spark is the do-all, win-all XC bike. With it being the Supersonic edition, I could build it to the exact specifications I want. 

Fun Fact: I am a huge nerd and love anything Marvel and Star Wars with all my heart 

Peter Barrett

Peter Barrett
Sales | ProBuild

Bio

Peter is a walking bicycle reference book. The man knows bikes and how to build a frame into a dream ride like few other people. As a leader on our sales floor, Peter is careful to make sure our customers are treated well and with respect. Having lived in Utah for more than 20 years after stops in Virginia and Seattle, Peter knows the roads and trails of the Beehive State well and that helps him help you when you’re ready to build the bike you’ve always wanted.

Hometown: Hampton Virginia 

Current Favorite Bike: OPEN UP 

Dream Bike: OPEN WIDE; I want  to see how far I can take it off road. 

Fun Fact: My mom is from Norway and my dad is from West Virginia so that makes me half Viking and half Hillbilly!
Kjerstin Phillipps

Kjerstin Phillipps
Sales

Bio

Kjerstin, or KJ as everyone at the shop calls her because we’re terrible at pronouncing names, works our sales floor a few days a week and attends the University of Utah in her spare time. Oh, yeah, she’s also a member of the National Guard. A high school mountain bike racer, KJ loves riding the Wasatch Crest Trail with detours to Dog Lake. 

Current Favorite Bike: The VAAST A1 gravel bike because it's made out of magnesium.

Dream Bike: SCOTT Spark 900 SL AXS because it’s an amazing XC bike with TwinLoc suspension system

Fun Fact: I coach kids mountain biking for a local team!
Sina Solouksaran

Sina Solouksaran
Mechanic

Bio
Graham Greenlee

Graham Greenlee
Head Mechanic

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Jordan Bartholomew

Jordan Bartholomew
Shipping

Bio

Contender Bicycles has an awful lot of bikes and bike parts coming into and out of the shop. Jordan helps keep track of all those things so you’re able to get what you need when you visit the shop. You’ll find Jordan pedaling his Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen to and from work or out and about after hours. Jordan is committed to a cycling lifestyle and it shows.

Dream bike: Larry v. Harry Bullitt. Cars are coffins but I still want to go to Costco! 

Fun fact: Did I mention that I'm vegan?
Alvin Holbrook

Alvin Holbrook
Sales | Probuild

Bio

Meet Contender Bicycles’ living, breathing bicycle spec manual. Alvin is wrapping up his bachelor's degree at the University of Utah and has been part of the Contender crew since shortly after he arrived to start school. Alvin does a little bit of everything from marketing, social media, pro builds and simply being the go-to guy for random bike questions. 

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Favorite ride: the Contender Two Hours of Power or Alpine Loop

Current favorite bike: Orbea Katu e-bike

Dream bike: OPEN WIDE. Not many bikes allow you to ride the road to your singletrack and feel engaging doing so, but the WIDE does it better than just about anything. How do I know this? Because I own one!

Fun fact: People might say otherwise, but I'm not actually all that fun. That, and I am a crazed NBA fan who plays the drums sometimes.
Adan Estrada

Adan Estrada
Mechanic

Bio
Carlos Interone

Carlos Interone
Ecommerce Manager

Bio

If you’re reading this, it’s in large part because of Carlos. Our e-commerce manager also played a huge role in our recent rebuild of ContenderBicycles.com. Carlos calls Park City home, but came to Utah from Illinois a few years ago and is addicted to fat bike loops at Round Valley. With too many hobbies to list, Carlos is a photography nut and a musician when he’s not riding or selling bikes.

Hometown: Sterling Illinois

Current Favorite Bike: Otso Voytek fat bike tied with a TIME Skylon with a “k"

Dream Bike: Pinarello Dogma F12 - Rode a demo bike. It just gets me. Good reach, stable self-driving wheelbase. And anything JoBo is riding. I would like a titanium bike. It will complete my frame materials bingo card.

Fun Fact: I used to play in bar bands and had hair down to the middle of my back. This was a low point in my cycling life as late nights were not good for biking the next day. I eventually cut my hair and joined a country band as a country guitar player. Yes, a country guitar player. It was the very definition of “Fake it 'til you make it” as I don’t really consider myself a guitar player – more “fake” than “make it”. It was the best-paying music gig I ever had. I never wore a cowboy hat. Just a plaid RockShox Judy hat.
Gabe Lavendel

Gabe Lavendel
Mechanic

Bio

There’s a reason we made Gabe one of our service writers. As one of the first faces you’ll encounter at Contender, Gabe is Mr. Positive and can help diagnose whatever issues your bike might have. Quick with a wrench as well as his smile. Gabe is an expert cyclocross racer and knows his way around a mountain bike competition, too. The California native has spent time on both coasts and is happy to call Salt Lake City home now.

Favorite Ride: Any and all roads in Tuscany

Dream Bike: Moots Vamoots RSL. This bike has a timeless design with a contemporary twist. Modern geometry and the ability to run decent sized tires makes it a "forever bike" for me.

Fun Fact: I previously played the Harmonica for a number of years, thinking about taking it back up again.
Cody Wignall

Cody Wignall
Sales | ProBuild

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Ben McIntosh

Ben McIntosh
Mechanic

Bio
One of the best wrenches at Contender, Ben is also a talented graphic artist and we’ve used his skills more than once to design some of our sweet shop SWAG. Originally from Iowa, Ben came to Utah in search of mountains and streams. He’s an avid hiker, camper and fisher so Utah fit perfectly for Ben for weekend adventures away from the bike stand.
Zane Enders

Zane Enders
Sales | Ecommerce

Bio

Zane is a familiar face at Contender Bicycles and has been with shop since 2014. His time here has seen him progress from sales to computer nerd as well as a bike component wizard. Zane splits his time between our Salt Lake City and Park City shops where he is a go-to staff member for everything from pro builds to group sales.

Hometown: Pleasant View, Utah

Favorite Ride: Whistler Bike Park, Whole Enchilada

Current Favorite Bike: Santa Cruz Tallboy w/ Trust Message

Dream Bike: "full suspenion carbon step through ebike for under $1000 with carbon wheels" because buzzwords? JK. More recyclable full suspension bikes/frames with good suspension Carbon doesn't add as much value to a bike that it used to and most weigh 30lbs anyways.

Fun Fact: I like bikes and computers and I went viral sorata once? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyIs300MMKE
Pasha Stinson

Pasha Stinson
Sales

Bio

A brother and sister tandem, Pasha and Maddox Stinson joined the shop in the fall of 2020 with Maddox working as a service writer and mechanic while Pasha works the sales floor. The two came to Salt Lake City from Cody, Wyoming (no, they don’t know Kanye) to go to school. Pasha is set to graduate soon while Maddox is the shop comedian and keeps everyone on their toes.

Hometown: Cody, WY

Pasha’s Dream Bike: Any TIME aktiv frame. I’m interested in the dampening technology. 

Fun Fact about Pasha: I’m a certified children specialist and level one snowboard instructor. Also, I’m pretty sure I’m impervious to being hypnotized. 

Matt DeVoll

Matt DeVoll
Sales | ProBuild

Bio

Mr. Positive, Matt is a rock star on the Contender sales floor. An avid fat biker in the winter, Matt will hit the Round Valley trails any chance he gets. A former school administrator, Matt knows his way around a bike and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for when you visit the shop.

Hometown:  Fairfax, VA

Current Favorite Bike: My Fat Bike

Dream Bike:  Moots - they’re timeless.

Fun Fact:  Learn something new everyday.