With the holiday season fast approaching we wanted to make gift buying that much easier for cyclists and those who love them enough to put up with their many idiosyncrasies.
First up are gifts for mountain bikers. From stocking stuffers to big ticket items, we’ve got something for everyone.
RockShox Reverb seatpost – $370
Dropper seatposts aren’t cheap, but they can dramatically improve your riding, by getting the saddle out of the way for tricky descents. The RockShox Reverb is our favorite seatpost. Its hydraulic lever is easy to use and have proven to be extremely reliable.
Shimano XT Trail pedals – $109
Shimano’s clipless pedals are great investment for any rider. They’re not the lightest option on the market, but they get high marks for durability. The Shimano XT Trail pedals feature an alloy body that provides just enough platform to support your foot in case you can’t clip in, or come unclipped during a technical section of trail.
SRAM’s XX1 and XO1 drivetrains are changing the way many mountain bikers think about drivetrains. This less-is-more approach is appealing to many riders, but it’s also an expensive upgrade. You can test the waters by setting your existing drivetrain up with a single chainring. Race Face makes Narrow-Wide chainrings, which aid in chain retention, in a variety of tooth counts.
Don’t let winter get in the way of having a good time on the trail. Giro’s Blaze 2 winter gloves have just enough padding to keep your digits warm without feeling cumbersome. There are warmer, bulkier alternatives available. These mits are a good investment for chilly spring and autumn riding and cold but not frigid winter excursions.
If money is less of a concern than outright performance, the new RockShox PIKE suspension fork delivers the goods in a light yet impressively stiff package. The PIKE is available in models for all three wheel sizes and in travel ranges from 150-160mm. This fork is a worthy upgrade for any trail bike.