Giant and Momentum Bicycles Now Offered at Contender

We’ve got big, or rather Giant, news from Contender Bicycles.

Salt Lake City’s finest bike shop is now a Giant Bicycles dealer and we’ve got fresh stock of brand new bikes ready to sell now!

Giant returns to Contender Bicycles after several years away from the shop and we’re thrilled to once again offer bikes from Giant as well as sister brands Liv and Momentum. With bikes ranging from road bikes like the TCR Advanced and Contend to full suspension mountain bikes including the popular line of Trance bikes.

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Electric, pedal assist bikes and kids bikes are also in stock now and ready to roll out with you on board.

We’re getting new inventory into our system and currently building up some new web pages detailing what we’ve got, what we’re getting and how you can get it.

Contender Bicycles still offers many of the best bike brands on the planet ranging from Pinarello to SCOTT to Santa Cruz, BMC and Cannondale among others. Giant is well represented on podiums at many of the biggest races in the world and we’re excited to have this brand, and these new bikes, on our sales floor. Stop in and check ‘em out.

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Liv Bicycles are
Now Available at Contender

Cycling is, at its basic form, an elegant mode of transportation and recreation. Simply elegant bikes create beautiful experiences and we’re beyond happy to announce that Contender Bicycles is now home to some of the most lovely bikes available. Liv Bicycles, the women’s specific line of bikes from Giant, has arrived.

Liv Bicycles have been absent from Contender Bicycles for a few years, but they’re not new to us. We sold these bikes a number of years ago and we are once again ready to roll with our favorite customers.

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Inarguably producing some of the best bikes available today, Liv’s design is from the ground up with a philosophy of For Women, By Women, With Women. Liv puts women first in everything they do, every frame they build, every component they spec, and every piece of gear they design. Liv wants your cycling experience to be perfect from the very first ride.

From the high-performance Liv Avail road bikes to the Liv Pique and Liv Intrigue mountain bikes, you’ll find a bike that fits not only your style of riding, but a bike that fits you.

And that is why Contender Bicycles is excited to sell these great bikes.

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The 2021 Contender Shop Kits Have Landed!

The 2021 Contender Bicycles Shop jerseys, bib shorts, and other apparel items have landed and it’s time to upgrade your kit.

This year, we’ve partnered with Italian kit maker Alé Custom to create a line of goodies you’ll be proud to wear. Not only does the new kit look amazing, but we’ve made sure they perform and are as comfortable as they look. Get a new jersey and shorts, or a new vest, long sleeve, or more. The kit is available in both men's and women's cuts to make sure your fit is as on point as you look. New kit day never looked so good.

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We also recognize that not everyone wants or needs a new kit every year. So our 2021 jerseys retain the familiar colorways we’ve used recently but have a fresh new design. No matter which pieces you wear, you’ll look sharp.

New for 2021, we’re making a statement with our jerseys in more ways than one. Sure, you’ll rep the best shop in town, but you’ll also be wearing a jersey made from 90 percent recycled materials.

Contender Bicycles PRR Eco Jersey

Alé Custom has gone green with its latest custom jersey offering. Featuring a material made of more than 90 percent recycled content, the PRR Eco Jersey has all the technical details and perks of their best gear but makes a smaller environmental impact.

As our ‘race-worthy’ jersey, the PRR Eco fits like an extra layer of skin. Aerodynamic and comfortable at the same time, the Ale Custom materials are lightweight with optimal airflow and moisture-wicking ability. Three pockets in the back provide ample space for your ride essentials and a hidden zipper has a discrete flap to tuck away the pull.

Subtle reflective details help keep you visible in low-light conditions when motorists might not expect to encounter you on the road. A gripper on the back hem prevents the jersey from riding up on the back while the sleeves feature a barely-there hem with a grippy silicone interior to stay flat and not bunch up under the shoulders.

PRR Wind Vest

No kit is complete without a quality wind vest that takes the sting out of cool riding conditions while enabling airflow around the torso thanks to a Mesh Dragon fabric on the back of the vest.

Lightweight and packable, the 2021 Contender Bicycles PRR Wind Vest features a full hidden zipper in front, three pockets in the back, and reflective details for added safety. The minimalist design allows for the wind vest to quickly and easily be rolled up and stashed in a jersey pocket when the mid-ride temperatures rise.

PRR Men’s Bib 4H Shammy

One reason we went with Alé Custom is their attention to detail and commitment to listening to customer feedback. A designed bib short offers slightly longer legs on the men’s version of the shorts with an extended silicone grip farther up to prevent riding up and to keep them comfortably in place for the duration of your ride.

A wide weave fabric keeps the bib shorts lightweight and breathable so you don’t get too hot in the saddle. Shoulder straps are also kept wide to ensure comfort.

Alé Custom uses their high-end 4H Shammy to maximize comfort for the longest and hardest of rides. Made with elastic micro-fiber with strategically-placed padding, the 4H Shammy has a 90kg/cm2 density to provide optimal comfort and protection in all the important contact points. Road vibrations are absorbed in the chamois to keep you as comfortable on Mile 99 as Mile 1.

A central relief channel protects nerve endings and regulates the temperature by wicking away moisture and allowing for airflow to cool things down. Lateral wings are flexible to flow with body movements as you pedal and shift position.

The Alé Custom women’s bib short features a chamois designed with a woman’s anatomy in mind to focus on comfort.

PRR Women’s Bib W4H Shammy

One reason we went with Alé Custom is their attention to detail and commitment to listening to customer feedback. A bib short designed specifically for women offers slightly longer legs on the men’s version of the shorts with an extended silicone grip farther up to prevent riding up and to keep them comfortably in place for the duration of your ride.

A wide weave fabric keeps the bib shorts lightweight and breathable so you don’t get too hot in the saddle. Shoulder straps are also kept wide to ensure comfort. The Alé Custom women’s bib short features a chamois designed with a woman’s anatomy in mind to focus on comfort

Alé Custom uses their high-end women's specific 4H Shammy to maximize comfort for the longest and hardest of rides. Made with elastic micro-fiber with strategically=placed padding, the 4H Shammy has a 90kg/cm2 density to provide optimal comfort and protection in all the important contact points. Road vibrations are absorbed in the chamois to keep you as comfortable on Mile 99 as Mile 1.

A central relief channel protects nerve endings and regulates the temperature by wicking away moisture and allowing for airflow to cool things down. Lateral wings are flexible to flow with body movements as you pedal and shift position.

Prime Men’s Short 4H Shammy

We get it, not everyone wants to ride with full bib shorts. With that in mind, our 2021 Contender Bicycles cycling shorts offer a bib-free ride that is still high in comfort and performance but missing the straps.

Alé Custom uses a high-end 4H Shammy to maximize comfort for the longest and hardest of rides. Made with elastic micro-fiber with strategically=placed padding, the 4H Shammy has a 90kg/cm2 density to provide optimal comfort and protection in all the important contact points. Road vibrations are absorbed in the chamois to keep you as comfortable on Mile 99 as Mile 1.

A central relief channel protects nerve endings and regulates the temperature by wicking away moisture and allowing for airflow to cool things down. Lateral wings are flexible to flow with body movements as you pedal and shift position.

Prime Women’s Short W4H Shammy

We get it, not everyone wants to ride with full bib shorts. With that in mind, our 2021 Contender Bicycles shorts offer a bib-free ride that is still high in comfort and performance but missing the straps.

The Alé Custom women’s bib short features a chamois designed with a woman’s anatomy in mind to focus on comfort

Alé Custom uses a high-end 4H Shammy to maximize comfort for the longest and hardest of rides. Made with elastic micro-fiber with strategically=placed padding, the 4H Shammy has a 90kg/cm2 density to provide optimal comfort and protection in all the important contact points. Road vibrations are absorbed in the chamois to keep you as comfortable on Mile 99 as Mile 1.

A central relief channel protects nerve endings and regulates the temperature by wicking away moisture and allowing for airflow to cool things down. Lateral wings are flexible to flow with body movements as you pedal and shift position.

Contender Bicycles Classic Jersey

While the Alé Custom gear we’re offering is top of the line, we recognize many of our customers are perfectly happy with and prefer a slightly less form-fitting jersey. If that’s you, the 2021 Contender Bicycles Classic Shop Jersey is perfect.

Featuring the same colors and design, but more loose-fitting, the Classic Shop Jersey also features a value price.

A full length hidden zipper and standard pockets in the back with a silicone strip to prevent the rear from inching its way up your back during the ride, the Classic Shop Jersey is available in both men’s and women’s fits

Contender Bicycles Classic Long Sleeve Jersey

When the temperatures dip and you still want to look your best, grab the 2021 Contender Bicycles Classic Long Sleeve with a unisex long-sleeve thermal jacket. Sharing the same gorgeous design as our short sleeve summer jerseys, the jacket has a soft fleece inner and the traditional three back pockets for stashing essential gear and goodies.

Wear it as an outer layer over a short sleeve jersey or as your primary top for early morning or cool-season rides. The 2021 Contender Bicycles Classic Long Sleeve Jacket is water resistant, features a full hidden zipper and an extended collar to keep cold breezes from biting into you.

The 2021 Contender Shop Kits are in stock now at Contender Bicycles and ready for your next bike ride. Give us a call during business hours or send us an email to info@contenderbicycles.com with any questions.

The 2021 Contender x Giro Mountain Jerseys & Shorts Have Arrived!

Our latest collaboration with Giro is the new Contender x Giro Roust Jersey. Available in men's and women's cuts, the new jerseys feature mesh back and side panels to keep you cool on long days. And with it's Renew material, the Roust jersey is highly sustainable as well.

Not to be outdone, the new Contender x Giro Arc shorts offer secure zip pockets for a phone or keys and a light-yet-durable ripstop fabric that resists tears when you eat it. Available in men's and women's cuts, the new mountain kit promises to keep you looking and feeling good spill after spill.

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2021 Contender x Giro Women’s Roust Jersey

The Contender x Giro Women's Roust Jersey features lightweight, breathable construction with short sleeves for warm weather days or anytime you want a jersey that feels like it disappears. The moisture-wicking polyester fabric is combined with mesh back and side panels to keep you dry and cool, and the interior lens wipe allows you to clean your goggles or glasses quickly. The fit is relaxed for a stylish, comfortable feel that's also compatible with pads. That's why it's our favorite jersey for long summer days on the trail.

The Women's version of the jersey comes in a bright purple with black shoulders and side panels. Wear it with pride on your favorite trails.

2021 Contender x Giro Women’s Arc Shorts

The Contender Bicycles x Giro Women's Arc Short is your go-to mountain bike short for fun days in the dirt. They are packed with the essentials you need, including a secure zip pocket, exterior waist adjustment, belt loops and hand pockets. The ripstop fabric is lightweight, durable and comfortable, but the best part about this fabric is that it's virtually silent on the bike. Why be distracted by loud fabrics when you just want to hear the sound of your tires connecting to the trail? Not to mention the sounds of you and your friends hooting and hollering down the best sections of trail.

Available in a solid black with white Contender Bicycles and Giro logos with subtle off-black stripes near the pockets.

2021 Contender x Giro Men’s Roust Jersey

The Contender x Giro Men's Roust Jersey features lightweight, breathable construction with short sleeves for warm weather days or anytime you want a jersey that feels like it disappears. The moisture-wicking polyester fabric is combined with mesh back and side panels to keep you dry and cool, and the interior lens wipe allows you to clean your goggles or glasses quickly. The fit is relaxed for a stylish, comfortable feel that's also compatible with pads. That's why it's our favorite jersey for long summer days on the trail.

The Men's version of the jersey comes in a soft sage green color with black shoulders and side panels. Wear it with pride on your favorite trails.

2021 Contender x Giro Men’s Arc Shorts

The Contender Bicycles x Giro Men's Arc Short is your go-to mountain bike short for fun days in the dirt. They are packed with the essentials you need, including a secure zip pocket, exterior waist adjustment, belt loops and hand pockets. The ripstop fabric is lightweight, durable and comfortable, but the best part about this fabric is that it's virtually silent on the bike. Why be distracted by loud fabrics when you just want to hear the sound of your tires connecting to the trail? Not to mention the sounds of you and your friends hooting and hollering down the best sections of trail.

Available in a solid black with white Contender Bicycles and Giro logos with subtle off-black stripes near the pockets.

The 2021 Contender x Giro Mountain Jersey's & Short's are in stock now at Contender Bicycles and ready for your next bike. Give us a call during business hours or send us an email to info@contenderbicycles.com with any questions.

Wireless Shifting For the Masses: SRAM Rival AXS- This Shifts Everything

Electronic shifting is only for the bike snobs, right? Not anymore.

SRAM is bringing its eTap AXS wireless shifting technology to the masses with the release of the Rival eTap AXS groupset, making electronic shifting within reach for even the budget level cycling enthusiast.

Available as a complete drivetrain, or ala carte for those looking for just a couple of upgrade pieces, SRAM’s Rival eTap AXS uses the same technology as its siblings groupsets in a more-economic package.

New Garmin Rally XC Power Meter Pedals - What You Need to Know

It is easier than ever to measure how much power you put out while on the bike. Between spider-based power meters and crank-based options, just about anyone who wants to measure their power has an option on the market, at least on the road.

But what if you want to measure power on your mountain bike or gravel bike? The Garmin Rally XC aims to be your solution not only off-road with SPD cleats but with the switch of a pedal body can be your power meter with SPD-SL or Keo cleats with ease. The Rally XC is available now in the shop, and here's what you need to know.

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The Rally XC belongs to the new Garmin Rally pedal series. The series consists of two road pedals as well as the Rally XC pedal utilizing Shimano SPD two-bolt cleats. All three pedals use the same power-measuring spindles, allowing riders to swap pedal bodies from SPD to SPD-SL platforms with ease. And because the Rally series itself is an evolution of the previous Vector 3 pedals, all Rally pedal bodies are backward compatible with Vector 3 spindles.

Like the Vector 3, the Rally XC offers a claimed 120 hours of battery life from replaceable coin-cell batteries. What's different from Vector 3? Maybe the biggest difference is updated hardware that Garmin says offers improved energy management. But there are also more robust seals to protect the internals from dirt and dust and minor hardware changes to again increase durability.

Garmin Rally XC pedals offer ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity from the jump as well as a claimed +/- 1% accuracy. Both of these mean the pedals can be updated and calibrated through Garmin computers and their smartphone app - a given - but it also means they place nice with programs like Zwift or TrainerRoad.

As one would imagine, installing a pair of strain gauges into where a standard pedal spindle resides means that the pedal itself is a bit bigger. As a result, the pedal height is a bit taller at 40mm. In comparison, our go-to SPD pedal, the Shimano XT M8100 has a bit more clearance at 32mm. While unlikely to make a difference in bashing rocks and roots, it is something to consider when choosing these pedals.

If you've been waiting for a power meter for your mountain bike or gravel bike, the new Garmin Rally XC pedal is a reliable and simple way to measure your power from bike to bike. Not only that, but they are adaptable to work on your road bike for the weekend and your mountain bike for your lunch ride. In that sense, there is no competition.

The Garmin Rally XC power meter pedal is in stock now at Contender Bicycles and ready for your next bike. Give us a call during business hours or send us an email to info@contenderbicycles.com with any questions.

Some New Rapha Digs to Dig Into This Spring

Our picks from the latest Rapha spring and summer collections are made for warmer temperatures and sunny days. We have the rundown on what's new, what's updated, and what's hot in the shop now.

There's a lot to like in the latest spring and summer Rapha apparel drop. Besides new colors for their beloved jerseys and bib shorts, the collection available at Contender Bicycles has expanded to include new pieces for both men and women, on and off the bike.

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Explore Long Sleeve Pullover

Rapha calls this newest bit of kit the Explore Long Sleeve Pullover, which seems to be a concerted effort rather than calling it a jacket or jersey. Part of that is a lack of pockets on the lower back, which when paired to a knit Polartec Power Grid fabric and windproof arms, make this pullover usable both on-bike or off-bike.

Out of all of the new kit we have that works well if you're riding the bike or not, the Rapha Explore Long Sleeve Pullover might be the most impressive.

Brevet Lightweight Jersey in Terracotta Brick

The Brevet Lightweight Jersey from Rapha seems to be the antithesis of the paper-thin jerseys we tend to see on the market. Designed to be hard-wearing in the face of day after day of long-distance riding, this jersey also offers more pockets and greater reflectivity than your average jersey. New for this year is a Terracotta colorway that'll look even better with wear.

Despite being the lightweight of the Brevet line, this jersey bucks trends to be our go-to for ultra-endurance riding and variable conditions.

Core Lightweight Jersey in Twist of Lime and Birch

Like a majority of kit we have this year, any updates to the Core Lightweight jersey comes in the form of new colors. The stars of the show has to be the Core Lightweight Jersey in Twist of Lime or the Women's Core Lightweight Jersey in Birch. Besides the new colors, this jersey offers great value in quality fit and stellar materials made for our hottest Summer days.

The Core Lightweight Jersey, available in both men's and women's cuts, is one of our go-to summer jerseys. New colors are the icing on the cake.

Women's Pro Team Flyweight in Nightshade

We have said a lot of good things about the Pro Team Flyweight Jersey HERE and HERE, and none of those things change when talking about the the women's cut. This jersey has been tested time and again on Grand Tours and ultra-endurance races, but the low-profile fit means you can focus on riding without distractions.

While we have both the Pro Team Flyweight in men's and women's cuts, it is this new Women's Nightshade and Black Plum color that knocks our socks off.

Women's Core Cargo Shorts

The Rapha Core Cargo Bib Shorts have found a lot of happy homes in the past year, thanks in part to the shorts offering extra pockets to stash food, warmers, or whatever else you'd like. And when they're not in use, the elastic banding makes them no different than other shorts. New this year is a Women's Cargo Short, because everyone deserves useful pockets.

Think of it this way: the Rapha Women's Core Cargo Shorts are the Rapha shorts you love with an extra bit of usefulness. We're big fans.

Pro Team Bib Short in Blue Sky Captain

There's not much to say when it comes to the Rapha Pro Team Bib Short that we haven't already HERE and HERE. Barring personal preference, these shorts are some of the best you can find for the money, and their hard-wearing materials mean your investment keeps you riding for longer. The Pro Team Bibs are a staple in the shop.

New this year is the Rapha Pro Team Bib Short in Blue Sky Captain, an excellent complement to something like the Brevet Lightweight Jersey.

The New SRAM GX Eagle AXS Shifts the Paradigm

Maybe you’ve heard - new bikes will be hard to find this year. While we currently have a pretty good supply at Contender Bicycles, we’re prepared for the predicted shortage that has hit some shops harder than others already.

With that in mind, if you can’t upgrade to a new bike, how does upgrading your drivetrain sound? Not only can you do that with the new SRAM GX Eagle AXS upgrade kit, but we have a limited run of these kits in stock now and ready to upgrade your ride.

A New Contender T-Shirt and Hoodie Made to Fit Spring

Spring is right around the corner with the promise of blooming flowers, lush greens, and cool temperatures. To celebrate the season, we've put together the new Contender Bicycles Topo T-Shirt, inspired by the green atop alpine forests, and the Contender Shop Hoodie to keep you cozy on cool spring evenings.

The new Contender Topo T-Shirt shows off our five local canyons atop a heathered forest green backdrop, while the Contender Shop Hoodie keeps you comfy on cool spring evenings. Hand-drawn by our own Ben McIntosh, both are available now in limited quantities.

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Topo designs come and go, but the Topo tee has some serious staying power. Hand-drawn maps evoke older skills and adventure, and perhaps most importantly offer a connection to the land around us that offers value greater than what we can see immediately around us. Alongside the Contender Topo Sweater, the Topo tee offers perspective and reverence to the canyons we love so much.

The Contender Shop Hoodie is about repping your favorite local shop while staying comfy around the house or after a long ride. It features our classic Contender logo, a connection to Salt Lake City and Park City, and a bicycle of course. A front pocket keeps your hands warm, and a hood means you are as warm as you'd like to be.

Wear both with pride on the trails or when casual Friday rolls around and you need to remind yourself of your next weekend destination.

An Inside Look at How We Build Our Custom Bikes

Our process of custom building a bike is about as methodical as it gets. And while custom-built bikes allow us to loop riders in on everything from the handlebar tape to chain of choice, the process of putting those moving pieces together into a rideable, well-tuned bike is harder to share.

In our latest video, we pull back the curtains to show just how our bikes are put together. That this build is a custom-painted OPEN UP gravel bike shod with Campagnolo Ekar, Campagnolo Shamal wheels, and Easton components is the icing on the cake.

A New and Improved contenderbicycles.com

Maybe you won’t even notice - and that would be a good thing, as far as we’re concerned - but there’s a new and improved contenderbicycles.com that we believe will make your next visit to our website better.

You’ve come to trust Contender Bicycles to be the best bike shop in the region. Our selection, expertise, and inventory are hard to beat. That’s why you’re here reading this and why we have such a loyal and demanding family of customers. We want to make sure our website keeps pace with our brick-and-mortar stores.

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The new contenderbicycles.com has been a long work in progress because we wanted to not just pretty up the place, but make it much more useful. Instead of just showing pictures of bikes and letting you wonder “maybe they’ve got it, maybe they don’t,” we’ve put a lot of effort into integrating our website with inventory while providing much more rich content and information on the bikes, components, and accessories you have come to depend on us to provide.

We know the world has become more mobile and less tied to a desk. Accordingly, we’ve sunk resources into making the mobile version of our site match the functionality of the desktop version. Searching for items - ranging from complete bikes to wool socks - is easier than ever.

Our in-store inventory system is now much more aligned with our e-commerce efforts and contenderbicycles.com reflects that. That applies to much more than bikes. Being able to more accurately display components and accessories will help you find the gear you need and spend more time riding and less time driving to the shop to buy a product we don’t have in stock.

We’ve upgraded our site to include a more expansive list of what’s available in the shop and added a feature that allows you to buy the item and select where you’d like to pick it up. If you live in Park City, just let us know you’d prefer to visit our shop at the bottom of White Pine Canyon and we’ll have it there. Again, that’s more time in the saddle and less time behind the steering wheel.

Order a Contender Bicycles kit, some spare tubes, and a fresh batch of your favorite hydration drink mix and we’ll let you know when it’s ready for pickup. Heck, we’ll even walk it out to your car with curbside pickup availability.

In addition to all the technical upgrades, we’ve upped our content game. Curated content, product reviews, technical breakdowns, and community news that will improve your buying and riding experience. We want you to be as well informed as you are well outfitted.

We hope you don’t even notice all the work we’ve done to make contenderbicycles.com better. Instead, we hope your visit includes a few clicks and a positive experience and leaves you excited to get out and ride.

The OPEN WIDE ENVE Edition Is a Celebration of Adventure

Last week, OPEN put out a blog post informing everyone of another collaboration with ENVE Composites, this time for the OPEN WIDE. Most collaborations we've seen in the past from ENVE, SRAM, or Ultradynamico are largely limited to unique paint colors and left at that. This latest collaboration of the OPEN WIDE ENVE Edition features the new ENVE Adventure fork featuring, among other things, rack mounts on the fork, a first for any OPEN.

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OPEN UP Enve Edition

The OPEN WIDE is unique for its road bike-like weight and geometry. After all, the ability to use a massive 27.5 x 2.4" or 700c x 46mm tire without compromising geometry is no joke. And while their stock colors grey, orange, or turquoise are beautiful in their own right, special edition frames tend to spice things up.

OPEN UP Enve Edition

Every so often, however, OPEN's collaboration frames make a detour in paint and scheme, and the WIDE ENVE Edition follows suit with something truly unique. The green to yellow fade is pure 2021 detailing, but just before the color gradient is unique topographic detail, similar to the Matte Bouron custom-painted bike we had here not long ago. What that bike didn't have, however, is the individually-numbered frame detail by the bottom bracket letting the owner know exactly what frame they have out of 100 frames available worldwide.

OPEN UP Enve Edition

Complementing the limited edition frame is a color-matched fork, utilizing the new ENVE Adventure fork rather than a standard OPEN U-Turn fork. The ENVE Adventure fork features three accessory mounts on each fork leg, axle flip chips to tune your ride, as well as internal dynamo routing for powering lights or electronics. Besides supporting a local company in Utah, the ENVE Adventure fork can fit up to a 29 x 2.3" tire or a larger still 27.5 x 2.6" tire as well. Beautiful and functional.

OPEN UP Enve Edition

Want one for yourself? See the OPEN WIDE ENVE Edition, or contact us by phone or email to discuss a complete build.