Whether you’re looking for inspiration for the mountain-bike-loving females in your life, or you’re the woman in question and need to drop a few hints about what you want for Christmas, allow us to help.
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Christmas gift ideas
Socks are the quintessential Christmas gift, and it's a well-known scientifically proven* fact that the louder they are, the more fun you'll have riding. British company Morvelo does a particularly good line in loud socks, and if you like the patterns you can also find jerseys and others bits and pieces to match.
*Might not actually be scientifically proven.
Findra Bobble Hat
Keep your head cosy and hide that post-ride helmet hair with a snug bobble hat.
Knitted in Scotland, and with a perfectly perky bobble on top, this one from Findra has a fleece lining over the ears and comes in a choice of three colours: heather purple, berry or ocean blue.
Coaching session or skills camp
Whether the woman in question is an air-loving park queen, a clock-beating enduro racer, or just someone who’s interested in progressing their skills, a coaching session or a skills camp can make a big difference.
And one of the great things about mountain biking is how accessible and supportive its pro-racers are... so you can even get coaching sessions from champions! Katy Curd, 4X (fourcross) World Champion, offers coaching lessons in and around the Forest of Dean in the UK, for example.
A few examples of camps and coaches are included below, but a quick Google search will throw up more in your area.
- Price: Various
- Ladies AllRide – US based
- Katy Curd – UK-based Elite downhill racer, world champion 4X racer and qualified coach
- Leigh Donovan – US-based world champion downhills racer, MTB and BMX Hall of Fame inductee, and coach!
- Lorraine Blancher – Canada-based national downhill champion, 2017 Crankworx Whip-Off silver medalist plus MTB guide and coach
- Australian Mountain Biking Association women’s development program
Disc brake earrings
Jewellery is a traditional present, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze a bike reference in. These earrings, from the aptly named Cycling Jewellery website, are inspired by disc brake rotors.
- £65. Visit website for information on international shipping.
Evoc Bike Travel Bag
If 2019 involves plans for distant mountain-bike adventures, then a purpose-designed bike bag is a must.
Imagine this. You turn up to the airport, wheeling your suitcase in one hand, your bike bag in the other, and glide through the check-in hall to your desk. Meanwhile, those with their bikes in a cardboard box struggle it onto a trolley or drag it across the floor, hoping there’s no rain at either end that might reduce said box into a soggy mass of wood pulp.
The bike travel bag from Evoc may be a soft bag but offers plenty of protection, and has wheels, which make moving it around a doddle. It’s easy to pack, has a space for everything, and when it’s not in use, it folds down to a smaller size for easy storage. There's also an XL version for the long-wheelbase and/or 29er fans out there.
If you do a lot of travelling with your bike, this will soon make its value back, and there’s also a cheaper model available if your present budget doesn’t quite stretch to this level.
- From £469 / $695/ AU$850
Ideal for post-ride relaxing, these sweaters are comfy and stylish — just the thing for when you want to lounge around and dissect the latest race results with your mountain-biking mates.
Post-ride gear always makes a great gift for bike-lovers, especially if it's well made and has a cool design like these.
- Filth sweater from MucOff: £35. Check the website for international shipping options.
- Buy now from MucOff
- Enduro World Series sweater: £49.99. Check the website for international shipping options.
- Buy now from the Enduro World Series shop
- Troy Lee Peace and Wheelies sweater: £45 / $TBC
- Buy now from Amazon
Crankbrothers Y15 multi-tool
This cleverly compact multi-tool from Crankbrothers has pretty much everything you need for trailside repairs.
At the centre you'll find a selection of hex keys of different sizes, plus Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, as well as Torx keys that slot into place on a bracket on one arm via the magic of magnets. There are also spoke wrenches, a patch kit and a chain tool.
- £34.99 / $39.99 / AU$59.95
Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels
If you want to give a bike a serious ride makeover, then upping the quality of the wheels can make a big weight saving, as well as boost performance.
While they are definitely a splurge present, these carbon wheels from Santa Cruz will make a big difference to your ride feel and, contrary to what a lot of people say, are certainly robust enough to handle hard riding. After all, if Danny McCaskill doesn't kill them when flat landing off walls, then they're clearly pretty tough!
Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty on them too.They come in 27.5in and 29in in a selection of rim widths, with a claimed wheelset weight from 1,587g.
- From £1,599 / $1,599 / AU$2,848
Alpkit Kraku stove
Adventure is always on the agenda for any mountain biker, which makes this stove a great addition to their lightweight bikepacking kit.
Small enough to sit in the palm of your hand, just pop it on the top of a gas canister for hot drinks and food on the mountain top to become a reality. It's constructed from titanium alloy, aluminium and brass, and weighs a minuscule claimed 45g.
Osprey Zealot 15 rucksack
A great trail pack is never a waste of money, and Osprey makes some truly great options.
The Zealot 15 has some handy features, including systems to store a trail shell or full-face helmet and body armour. There's also a tool roll for stashing your trailside repair essentials, as well as plenty of room inside within different sections and room outside with stuff-pockets galore.
- £90 / €110 / $TBC
Troy Lee cap
Caps and beanies are an essential part of a mountain biker's wardrobe. They look cool, provide protection from the elements and hide helmet hair…
While there are a great number of trucker caps on the market, Troy Lee holds a special place in the mountain-biking world as it produces some of the most eye-catching and recognisable kit available.
Fox Women's Proframe Mink full-face helmet
You've only got one head, so you should probably look after it.
The Proframe helmet from Fox is designed to be light and breathable, while still offering downhill full-face helmet levels of protection. The chin bar is integrated, and the vents mean it stays relatively cool. The lightness combined with the wide front means you may even forget you're wearing a full-face.
- £225 / $249.95
Updated 1 November 2018