THE CONTENDER GEAR ROUNDUP

THE GEAR ROUNDUP - SPRING 2022

OUR FAVORITE GEAR AT CONTENDER BICYCLES

It is one thing to have the best gear in the cycling industry in the shop, but what do we think about the gear? Welcome to The Gear Roundup, a collection of some of our favorite things in the shop. Here you'll find a seasonal roundup of our favorite things in the shop, with reviews and our opinions on our favorites and best in the industry.

All of the gear found on the list consists of things that we have really come to enjoy by using them regularly. Much of it are things bring something new to their market or are simply cool, and we strongly feel will make anyone looking to enjoy their time riding a bike at least a little bit happier. Each piece here includes a link to a review or a bit of content if applicable, and a link to the product page itself.

2022 CONTENDER BICYCLES SHOP KIT

A new Contender kit typically drops every March, and clearly being in late-April, we've received a number of questions wondering when the kit will drop. We're happy to say that patience paid off, and the new 2022 Contender Shop Kit has arrive just in time for sunny skies and warmer temperatures.


DMT KR0 ROAD SHOE

The DMT KR0 road shoe might be the fastest shoe you've never heard of. We see this as the pinnacle of road bike shoe technology, blending Italian craftsmanship with the latest 3D knit technology. Tadej Pogacar wore them to TdF 2021 victory, but our own Ivan thinks their fit and feel are straight fire.


SCOR 4060 LT MOUNTAIN BIKE

Created as an after-hours project by two BMC employees who wanted something a little different than a racy XC MTB. the SCOR 4060 is aimed toward having fun. There are four versions, but our first look review is with the 4060 LT, a long-travel 29er we hopped on in the Southern Utah desert.


RAPHA TRAIL JERSEY, SHORTS, AND LINER

As one might assume, the line of Rapha Performance Trailwear is a nice bit of kit to wear. The cuts tend to be a little less boxy than other brands, so those who ride on the road will like the feel of this kit. We love the repair kits their gear comes with, a sign that these are made to be worn hard.


PINARELLO PARIS ROAD BIKE

What is there to do if you like the ethos behind the Pinarello Dogma but want something more practical and geared toward endurance riding? You take a hard look at the Pinarello Paris road bike, which offers Pinarello feel and endurance bike practicality.


LAZER KINETICORE HELMETS

After years of using MIPS for their helmets, Lazer has designed their own form of protection: KinetiCore. Lazer KinetiCore consists of molded blocks and channels into the foam to absorb and redirect impact, like a built-in crumple zone to help reduce head injury. KinetiCore helmets are even lighter and airier than MIPS-equipped Lazer helmets, too.


CONTENDER x NOSO PATCH

So you've got a rip in that fancy coat of yours. Rest easy with the convenience of the Contender x Noso Repair Patch. This patch covers accidental rips and tears on jackets, coats, vests, and even sleeping bags. Best of all, you can rep your favorite shop while extending the life of your favorite apparel!


PATAGONIA MOUNTAIN BIKE APPAREL

Patagonia Mountain Biking apparel combines the brand's top-tier experience making textiles with an emphasis on movement on the mountain bike. We love their legendary warranty and repair program, their Fair Trade certification, and array of mountain bike clothing for men and women alike.


CONTENDER x DYNAPLUG RACER PRO

We connected with Dynaplug to laser etch the Contender Bicycles logo into a run of Racer Pro tubeless tire repair kit with three anodized finishes. You don't want to mess around with sealant spewing out of your tire, and the Racer Pro is perhaps the easiest tubeless tire plug system to use.


CONTENDER x ASSOS HONEYCOMB KIT

What's the best way to describe the Contender x Assos Honeycomb Kit? In a word - sweet. The beehive - and the honeycombs here - represent Utah as a commmunity who works together to support and help one another. On the bike? It means  

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beehive symbolizes the Utah community as each person in Utah works together to support and help one another and to create a successful industry. Industry was adopted as Utah's state motto in 1959.
 

FIVE OF OUR FAVORITE BIKES

OUR FIVE FAVORITE BIKES IN THE SHOP, WITH REVIEWS AND MORE ATTACHED!

FIVE OF OUR FAVORITE - GRAVEL BIKES

A gravel bike is no longer a fad. Rather, it the bike most of us have been looking for. They cover pavement in comfort and control thanks to their wider tires which also extend the bike's use case. Which gravel bike is best for you? We have our list of our favorite gravel bikes available here at Contender Bicycles.

FIVE OF OUR FAVORITE - DOWNCOUNTRY

Trail bikes have typically been the bike you choose when you want to ride all kinds of trails, but what if you like the light weight and responsive climbing performance of cross country bikes? Enter the downcountry mountain bike, the enduro XC bike, or cross-country bikes for non-racers.