Whether you’re looking for inspiration for the mountain-bike-loving woman in your life, or you’re the woman in question and want to drop some serious hints about what you ACTUALLY want for Christmas, allow us to help.
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Get your gift lists at the ready! Or maybe send this to your significant other/family/friends to provide inspiration or a subtle hint.
Road cyclists may be all about the #sockdoping, but they don’t get all the fun. A loud pair of socks completes any mountain bike outfit.
Also, socks are the quintessential Christmas gift, so if you’re likely to be getting a pair anyway, you might as well get a pair that will go with your kit!
- Stance Fusion Flortex Crew socks: £13.99, available from Flare Clothing Co
- Morvelo Series Stripe Socks: £10, available from Morvelo
DHaRCo ladies gravity flamingo jersey
The long-sleeved jersey is a staple garment in any mountain biker's wardrobe. It’s good for cool weather, cold weather with a base layer, popping over body armour when you hit the park or just ragging around your local trails.
And if it’s a staple item, you want something that’s going to stand out. How about a jersey emblazoned with flamingoes?!
The totally tropical print from Australian-based clothing company DHaRCo features a cheerful print on the front and back, plus moisture-wicking fabric made from recycled polyester with a relaxed cut and a little pocket for stowing essentials.
- Price: £52 / $65 / AU$75
- More info:DHaRCo clothing
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 fleece lining over the ears and comes in a choice of three colours: heather purple, berry, or ocean blue.
- Price: £30
- More info:Findra
Hope Tech 3 E4 brakes
You can’t go wrong with the gift of some decent bike parts, and new wheels, rubber or brakes are all top choices.
The Tech 3 E4 from Hope are rated as among the best you can buy, with plenty of adjustment on the lever so you can tweak it to get the feel just right. Four pistons per brake caliper give plenty of stopping power and is known for being very reliable, while Hope offers excellent after-sales service.
The brakes also come in a range of bright colours, so you can choose to clash or coordinate as you feel.
- Price: £155/£165 / $250.50 / AU$TBC
- More info: Hope Tech
- Available from Wiggle for £139.49, Evans Cycles for £148.99, Merlin Cycles for £139.50, Jensons USA for $169.95
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
- Air Maidens – UK based skills coaching plus enduro and freeride event
- 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.
- Price: £TBC
- Available from Cycling Jewellery
Specialized 2FO shoes
The new 2FO shoes (which stands for ‘foot out, flat out’) have a grippier sole, better traction in the mud, and dry quicker when it gets wet. They’ve also got an inner neoprene cuff that keeps drafts and dirt out, and warmth in.
We’ve already been testing them and we’re impressed so far... look out for a full review shortly!
- Price: £100 / $110 / AU$160
- More info: Specialized
Fizik Luna X5 saddle
A comfortable perch is not to be underestimated, and giving the gift of comfort is something that’s worth much more than money.
Fizik has designed this saddle from scratch; this isn’t just a men’s saddle with a different shape. To get the right fit and flex, including the very flexible wings to each side, Fizik engineered a completely new shell and rail setup.
Those wings are designed to move with you when you pedal, rather than catching and chafing on your upper legs.
It comes in two different width fittings, and if you’re not sure which to go for Fizik recommends you use its ‘spine concept evo’ app, which you can download to make sure you get the right fit.
- Price: £89.99 / $99 / AU$TBC
- More info:Fizik
- Available from Starbike
Evoc Bike Travel Bag Pro
If 2018 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 that there’s no rain at either end that might reduce said box into a soggy mass of wood pulp.
The Pro bag from Evoc may be a soft bag but offers plenty of protection, and has detachable 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 folds down to a smaller size for easy storage.
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.
- Price: £469 / $599 / AU$850
- More info:Evoc Sports
- Available from Jenson USA, 10% off at Chain Reaction Cycles, 10% off at Pro Bike Kit, 10% off at Wiggle
What to wear when you’re not riding? A T-shirt that shows your love of riding, of course.
Post-ride gear makes a great gift, especially if it's well made with a cool design. There are plenty to choose from out there, so we’ve selected a few of our favourites.
- Glower Clothing ‘I see mountains’ jumper: £45
- Pedal Pushers ‘Mountains’ T-shirt: $24.99
- Flare Clothing baseball T-shirt: £30
- Velo Sister Chainfox T-shirt: £29.99
Ferda Girls sticker pack
One of our absolute favourite films of the last year is the 2017 Dirt Diaries winner #FerdaGirls with Micayla Gatto and IFHT Films.
It. Kicks. Ass.
So proclaim it loud and proud with this sticker set, perfect for laptops, books, bikes, vans... wherever you want. They are available in black or white out.
And hey IFHT… T-shirt maybe?
- Price: CAN$12.50 shipping included, ships internationally
- Available from the IFHT shop
Crankbrothers Y15 multitool
This cleverly compact multi-tool from Crankbrothers has pretty much everything you need for trailside repairs.
At the centre you have a selection of hex keys of different sizes, with more sizes plus Phillips and flathead screwdrivers as well as Torx keys that slot into place on a bracket on one arm of the hex key set via the magic of magnets. There are also spoke wrenches, a patch kit and a chain tool.
- Price: £TB / $39.99 / AU$59.95
- More info:Crankbrothers
Updated 1 November 2017