BikeRadar recently reviewed the 2019 Contend SL 1 and awarded the bike an almost perfect 4.5 stars (out of 5), and described the aluminium road bike as having “lovely smooth, comfortable and versatile all-rounder with a great ride”.
Reviewer Simon Withers found that the ride quality is where the Contend truly excels, saying it neatly hit “the sweet spot between performance bike and endurance machine”. The Contend shares a similar geometry to the Defy, however, Simon found the Contend to have “a great sense of poise, power and precision”, especially when sprinting out the saddle.
As an all-round road bike, the Contend didn’t fail to deliver on a variety of surfaces; “The Contend was never less than assured at all times, uphill and down, over rough roads and smooth”. BikeRadar summed up the near perfect review by saying the Contend is “ideal for fun-filled rides over rolling countryside, as you sit in the saddle and spin along at 15-20mph or so”.
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