What happens when a bunch of friends who happen to be both engineers and bike nerds get together for a group ride then sit down for some drinks and chat? They notice all the little things they wish their bikes had built in and then create a business just to create the bikes for which they’ve been longing.

Born and bred on the famous gravel roads of rural southern Minnesota, Otso Cycles is a brand embracing its nordic legacy and Finnish namesake. Otso is the spirit of the bear in Finnish mythology and the bikes built by the brand embrace that toughness. With bikes made for snow, dirt, sand and gravel, the Otso line is versatile and innovative.

Now with four bikes in the Otso family, you’ll love each and wonder why you don’t own them all. The Voytek is a fat bike with mountain bike capabilities. The Waheela C is a plush carbon framed all-road bike at home on the gravel but more than capable on pavement. The Warakin, available in stainless steel and titanium models, is simply a stunningly beautiful all-road bike as worthy of a showroom as it is a week-long bikepacking adventure. The Arctodus is designed for the biggest, boldest bike adventures you can imagine.

Otso Voytek

WInter or Summer, the Otso Voytek lets you keep the party going all year. With its adjustable geometry, you can swap between 29” MTB wheels for summer singletrack and 26” Fatbike wheels for snowy trails once the weather turns. You can even take your half out of the middle and run 27.5” Plus wheels! The Voytek’s narrow Q-Factor keeps the handling agile and the ride comfortable, no matter the setup.Voytek's suspension-corrected geometry is also compatible with up to a 120 mm travel suspension fork. The Voytek brings you more versatility, more speed and more fun!

Otso Arctodos

The Otso Arctodus is ready for afternoon exploration, polar expeditions, and everything in between.
Built to accommodate the biggest Fat Bike tires available (26" x 5.05") with room to spare, the Arctodus is also the only bike to clear tires this big with a 12-speed drivetrain with no chain interference. The bombproof steel frame can withstand the demands of an expedition, and a large front triangle can fit a healthy full frame bag. The frame also features adjustable geometry and a plethora of rack and cargo mounting options. No matter the conditions, Arctodus has an answer.

Otso Warakin

Otso’s original all-road bike, the Warakin is available in stainless steel or Titanium. Both versions share the ability to run a wide selection of wheel/tire combos from 35mm road slicks all the way up to 2.1” MTB tires on 29” rims. 650b options are included in there as well, so the full range is covered.
Adjustable geometry is a key component of the Wakarin, and comes from a patented 3-position tuning chip in the rear dropouts. Numerous mounting options for bottles, racks, packs and fenders ensure the Wakarin is ready for any adventure. The frame also allows for a short-travel suspension fork, so you’re ready for any road, any weather, anywhere.

Otso Waheela

Versatility meets performance in the Waheela, Otso’s ultimate gravel bike. With a lightweight and responsive carbon frame, adjustable geometry and enormous tire clearance (700c x 54mm, 650b x 54mm, or 29" x 2.1"), the Waheela can be ready for whatever you need. The Waheela also sweats the details, with 1x and 2x drivetrain compatibility, extra mounting points for bottles and gear and internal cable routing that easily allows for a dropper post. The Waheela is ready for the road ahead, whatever that may be.




At Contender Bicycles, our best tools for selling bikes are the people who ride them. Everyone at Contender Bicycles has extensive experience riding bikes across many brands. If you have any questions regarding Otso Cycles or want to discuss build options, email us at info@contenderbicycles.com or by phone at Contact Us.