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.
Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS helmet
The Bushwhacker II features a micro-dial to adjust fit, slim straps that don't get in the way, an adjustable visor and 17 vents to keep you cool on the trail.
In addition to these creature comforts, this mountain bike helmet is equipped with the MIPS system to mitigate rotational impacts in the event of a crash.
- Price: £190 / $182 / AU$NA
If the mountain biker in your life is a fan of road trips, Osprey's TrailKit will help them stay organized on the go. This pack has 40 liters of storage capacity, which is enough to hold a day’s worth gear for all your cycling adventures.
Seven zippered compartments carry clothing, shoes, eyewear, a water bottle and whatever else you need for a day on the bike. In addition to these pockets, there’s a helmet carrier that can be deployed from the top of the bag.
- Price: £95 / $120 / AU$131
Fox Factory Transfer Dropper Seatpost
If someone on your holiday list is in need of a dropper this is one to consider.The Fox Transfer dropper seatpost has impressed out team of testers with its smooth operation and reliability.
This cable-operated dropper seatpost comes in 100, 125 and 150mm versions in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters.
- Price: £383 / $343 / AU$399
Wolf Tooth ReMote
If the mountain biker in your life already has a dropper seatpost, the Wolf Tooth ReMote is a great performance upgrade. We scored it a full five stars when we reviewed it earlier in the year.
This US-made lever comes in versions for cable-actuated seatposts as well as the new Sustain kit designed to replace the hydraulic remote on RockShox Reverb droppers.
Crankbrothers Stamp 7 flat pedals
Crankbrothers Stamp 7 pedals come in small and large sizes to fit riders of all shoe sizes.
The small pedals are suitable for riders who wear up to a size US10 / UK9.5 / EU43 cycling shoe. If your feet are larger than that, you should opt for the large version of the Stamp.
Best of all, they’re rebuildable and come with a five-year warranty.
- Size small: £95 / $106 / AU$151
- Size large: £105 / $128 / AU$151
Industry Nine Matchstix thru-axle
It’s a thru-axle. It’s a multi-tool. It’s a clever way to ensure you never hit the trail without the tools you need to get you home again.
The thru-axle lever doubles as a chain tool. The body houses a master link and your choice of four bits. Each tool includes 6, 5, 4, and 3mm hex bits along with T25 and T30 Torx bits, plus a flathead.
MatchStix are available in 100mm and 110mm (Boost) thru-axle versions for RockShox and Fox suspension forks.
- Price: £125 / $160 / AU$210
Shimano ME7 mountain bike shoes
Shimano’s ME7 shoe is a staff favorite for all-around riding. The Torbal sole provides great stiffness while pedaling with just enough flex to remain comfortable when it's time to hike-a-bike.
The Michelin tread provides generous traction and quick-draw lacing and ratcheting buckle are comfortable and easy to adjust.
- Price: £135.99 / $139.99 / AU$175.99
Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5x2.5 WT tires
If we had to stockpile a single tire to last out our riding days, Maxxis' long-standing Minion DHF pattern would probably be our top selection. The simple but hugely versatile design is suitable for everything from trail riding to enduro racing in a wide-range of conditions
The more closely packed center tread rolls well on hardpack despite being able to bite down to traction in all but the deepest mud. The chunky corners grip hard but are predictable when they break free.
- Price: £55 / $75 / AU$88
Blackburn Designs Chamber tubeless floor pump
Blackburn's Chamber tubeless floor pump packs the punch of an air compressor in a lightweight, highly portable package. It's designed to make seating stubborn tubeless tires a breeze.
- Price: £125 / $150 / AU$200
Race Face Charge Sub-Zero knee guards
Why wear leg warmers when you can wear lightweight knee guards that insulate while also protecting you from minor crashes?
That’s exactly what the Race Face Charge Sub-Zero is designed for. The brushed thermal fleece sleeves offer insulation, while the foam panels with Kevlar cover and protect your knees from bumps and scrapes.
Price: £32.99 / $32.41 / AU$56