Gift ideas for mountain bikers

10 affordable to extravagant presents for trail shredders

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 Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS
The Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS

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

Osprey TrailKit

A place for everything and everything in its place inside the Osprey TrailKit
A place for everything and everything in its place inside the Osprey TrailKit

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 clothingshoes, 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

The Fox Transfer dropper seatpost is smooth and reliable
The Fox Transfer dropper seatpost is smooth and reliable

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

Wolf Tooth's ReMote is a great dropper seatpost upgrade
Wolf Tooth's ReMote is a great dropper seatpost upgrade

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. 

The ReMote and ReMote Sustain come in versions with 22.2mm handlebar clamps as well as direct mount versions for SRAM and Shimano brake levers. 

  • Pricing starts at: £55 / $60 / AU$95

Crankbrothers Stamp 7 flat pedals

Crankbrothers Stamp 7 platform pedals come in two sizes
Crankbrothers Stamp 7 platform pedals come in two sizes

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

Keep your tools at the ready with Industry Nine's MatchStix thru-axle
Keep your tools at the ready with Industry Nine's 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 mountain bike shoes
Shimano's 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

The Maxxis DHF is a tyre that's worth stockpiling
The Maxxis DHF is a tyre that's worth stockpiling

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

The Blackburn Designs Chamber tubeless floor pump
The 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

The Race Face Charge Sub-Zero does more than just keep your knees warm
The Race Face Charge Sub-Zero does more than just keep your knees warm

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

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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