If you’ve been scratching your head trying to think of the perfect gift for the mountain biker in your life you’ve come to the right place. Here’s an assortment of items across various price points that are bound to make any rider happy.
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Mavic Crossride bumbag
The Mavic Crossride bumbag has just enough carrying capacity for rides of a few hoursSteve Behr / Immediate Media
Bumbags give you the freedom to ride without a pack, but still let you take the essentials with you on shorter rides — no wonder most of the BikeRadar team have one or two knocking about for quick blasts in the woods.
The Mavic Crossride always performs well in tests, so we’ve no qualms about recommending getting your mountain biking loved one one of these. Check out our 6 of the best bumbag reviews to see what we thought.
Keeping bikes clean helps keep bikes running sweet for yearsMuc Off
You’re probably well-aware that bikes can cost plenty of money, so it’s worth looking after them so they last longer and don’t need continual maintenance. Cleaning post-ride is step one of looking after your bike.
This Muc-Off kit comes with its best-in-class cleaner, along with brushes, a polish and a bucket to store it all in.
Booicore — it might look odd, but it makes carpark changing so much betterBooicore
Bear with me here — yes the Booicore looks like a monk’s robe (and may double as a great Halloween outfit next year!), but this relatively simple piece of towelling saves delicate onlookers from the sight of your mountain biking pal’s bare backside when getting changed post ride.
Its towel material also makes getting changed after a cold, wet ride a lot more pleasant, and potentially saves dirtying the car when one inevitably, one day, forgets a change of clothes.
Fox’s Proframe helmet marries light weight, ventilation and protectionMBUK
Every mountain biker should really wear a helmet when riding off-road, and the Proframe is one of the latest breed of full-face helmets offering tons of protection, without getting too sweaty — making it ideal for big days in big mountains.
The Proframe has plenty of vents, dual density EPS foam and MIPS protection, and an adjustable fit that should suit most head shapes.
The Schwalbe Magic Mary is a consistent top performer, and while there is a multitude of options, for the more skilled rider out there I’d suggest the Addis UltraSoft compound with the Super Gravity casing.
It’s a touch heavier than all but the downhill casing tyre, but there’s buckets of grip and it’s less likely to puncture than some lighter versions. Make sure you select the right wheelsize though!
Nut butter filled energy bars? Yes please!Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
As soon as these landed in the BikeRadar office, they disappeared — mostly down my gullet it seems. The latest bars from Clif are packed with energy and various tasty nut butters, which makes them delicious. My particular favourite is the Chocolate Peanut Butter, because, chocolate.
They’re available individually, but a box of 12 gets some cost savings and means there’s more for your mountain biking friend to nibble on.
Perhaps the easiest way to safely transport your bike internationally, from EvocDavid Caudery / Immediate Media
Travelling with a bike can be both stressful and a faff in equal measures. Unwieldy boxes and bags are a pain to trawl from baggage carousel to Alpine transfer, and the thought of your bike being damaged by hasty baggage handlers is almost too terrifying to think about.
There are plenty of bike bags and boxes out there, but Evoc seems to have the concept nailed.
The Bike Travel Bag is easy to tow around, has plenty of space for a bike and all the necessary bits, and offers decent levels of protection without weighing so much that you’re guaranteed to get yourself into excess baggage fee territory — check our review here.