Starting at Contender Bicycles within a year of the store’s opening, Ryan worked for the shop throughout high school, college and while pursuing bike racing. In 1999, Ryan purchased Contender Bicycles and has continually worked on improving the shop into what it is today.
Contender Bicycles has focused on strong relationships with our customers, our community and within the cycling industry. Ryan’s knowledge of the bike industry and enthusiasm for cycling has helped build a team of employees that are critical in helping Contender Bicycles set the standard for service, expertise and selection.
Ryan brings to the shop over twenty years of experience in the bicycle industry. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Ryan started racing and working in the industry at the age of sixteen. As a cyclist, he competed as a top regional rider with success on a national level both as a rider and a manager. Ryan helped develop and managed the most successful team to have ever come out of Utah. What started as a team of up-and-coming local riders turned into a launching pad for several top American professionals including David Zabriskie. With an honors degree in business marketing from the University of Utah and almost a lifetime of experience in the bicycle industry, Ryan has built Contender Bicycles into what it is today. He and Alison enjoy spending time with their twin girls, Dylan and Hannah, and Penny and Ernie, their canine companions.
MOUNTAIN: OPEN ONE+
I’ve had a myriad of quality hardtail mountain bikes, but one of my favorites has to be my custom-painted OPEN ONE+. I don’t count grams, but I certainly appreciate a light bike. I also had the chance to do custom paint on this, pairing a nondescript grey frame to a bright World Cup orange of the RockShox SID RLC. It’s a bike that gets ridden, and hard. I couldn’t be happier.
ROAD: Focus Izalco Max
I’m no sucker.. but I am a sucker for cool bikes. My Focus Izalco Max is a cool bike. The Freestyle colorway is awesome; why pick one or two colors when you can have nine? The bike is built with Shimano Dura Ace Di2, which shifts crisply, every time. The bike is crazy light too, but what was most impressive is how well the bike handles the high speed canyon descents we have here in Salt Lake City. The bike isn’t a one-trick pony, but something I can ride in a sprint and feel comfortable riding, but feel just as good over an all-day ride.