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.
Best gifts for mountain bikers — 17 ideas in 5 minutes
Christmas gift ideas
Good socks make you ride better #truefactMorvelo
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.
A skills camp or coaching session can help boost skillsPhil Hall
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.
For the travelling mountain biker, an Evoc bikebag is a practical gift that also happens to look pretty cool tooEvoc
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.
All the tools you need in a neat, compact packageCrankbrothers
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.
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.
Feed yourself on bike adventures with this teeny-tiny stove from AlpkitAlpkit
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.
This bag has plenty of room for your ride essentials plus places to carry helmets and armourOsprey
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.
Look after your noggin — it’s the only one you’ve got!Fox
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.
Aoife is an experienced journalist, editor and product tester. With 6 years’ experience of reviewing bikes and kit, she’s ridden and rated nearly every women’s road and mountain bike available on the market. She enjoys putting the latest products through their paces, helping riders find the right kit for them and sharing the best advice, hints and tips to help them get the most out of riding.