Christmas 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.

Mavic Crossride bumbag

The Mavic Crossride bumbag has just enough carrying capacity for rides of a few hours
The Mavic Crossride bumbag has just enough carrying capacity for rides of a few hours

Bumbags give you the freedom to ride without a pack, but still let you take the essentials with you on shorter rides — no wonder most of the BikeRadar team have one or two knocking about for quick blasts in the woods.

The Mavic Crossride always performs well in tests, so we’ve no qualms about recommending getting your mountain biking loved one one of these. Check out our 6 of the best bumbag reviews to see what we thought.

  • £60

Muc-Off bike cleaning kit

Keeping bikes clean helps keep bikes running sweet for years
Keeping bikes clean helps keep bikes running sweet for years

You’re probably well-aware that bikes can cost plenty of money, so it’s worth looking after them so they last longer and don’t need continual maintenance. Cleaning post-ride is step one of looking after your bike.

This Muc-Off kit comes with its best-in-class cleaner, along with brushes, a polish and a bucket to store it all in.

  • £40 / $70 / AU$75

Booicore changing towel

Booicore — it might look odd, but it makes carpark changing so much better
Booicore — it might look odd, but it makes carpark changing so much better

Bear with me here — yes the Booicore looks like a monk’s robe (and may double as a great Halloween outfit next year!), but this relatively simple piece of towelling saves delicate onlookers from the sight of your mountain biking pal’s bare backside when getting changed post ride. 

Its towel material also makes getting changed after a cold, wet ride a lot more pleasant, and potentially saves dirtying the car when one inevitably, one day, forgets a change of clothes.  

  • £31 / approx $40 / approx AU$56

The Mudhugger

The Mudhugger is one of our favourite mudguards
The Mudhugger is one of our favourite mudguards

You’ve probably realised that mountain biking is not an activity that you end up coming back from clean and fresh — and a large part of that is muddy spray from the front wheel

Mudhugger mudguards are among the best out there in our experience, and they don’t break the bank either. They’re easily bought from online, and ship internationally.

  • £18

Fox Proframe helmet

Fox's Proframe helmet marries light weight, ventilation and protection
Fox's Proframe helmet marries light weight, ventilation and protection

Every mountain biker should really wear a helmet when riding off-road, and the Proframe is one of the latest breed of full-face helmets offering tons of protection, without getting too sweaty — making it ideal for big days in big mountains.

The Proframe has plenty of vents, dual density EPS foam and MIPS protection, and an adjustable fit that should suit most head shapes.

  • £225 / $250 / AU$380

Birzman Travel Tool Box

This Birzman tool box has virtually everything you need to keep your bike in tip-top condition
This Birzman tool box has virtually everything you need to keep your bike in tip-top condition

Save for the most involved bits of bike spannering, this Birzman toolkit can pretty much cover off any regular job on a bike, and it packs away neatly into its own box. 

I’ve been using one for three years now — it lives in my van — and the quality of the tools, especially for the price, is very impressive. If only I hadn’t lost the Torx 25 key — oh well!

  • £199 / $250 / AU$353

Schwalbe Magic Mary 

The Magic Mary is a favourite with BikeRadar staffers
The Magic Mary is a favourite with BikeRadar staffers

Tyres are arguably one of the most important components for ensuring a fast, fun and safe ride on your mountain bike, so getting decent rubber on your wheels is vital.

With winter meaning tricky trail conditions, why not treat your riding buddy to something decent to wrap round their wheels? Our reviewers certainly loved it.

The Schwalbe Magic Mary is a consistent top performer, and while there is a multitude of options, for the more skilled rider out there I’d suggest the Addis UltraSoft compound with the Super Gravity casing.

It’s a touch heavier than all but the downhill casing tyre, but there’s buckets of grip and it’s less likely to puncture than some lighter versions. Make sure you select the right wheelsize though!

  • £65 / $98 / AU$123

Clif Bar Nut Butter energy bars

Nut butter filled energy bars? Yes please!
Nut butter filled energy bars? Yes please!

As soon as these landed in the BikeRadar office, they disappeared — mostly down my gullet it seems. The latest bars from Clif are packed with energy and various tasty nut butters, which makes them delicious. My particular favourite is the Chocolate Peanut Butter, because, chocolate.

They’re available individually, but a box of 12 gets some cost savings and means there’s more for your mountain biking friend to nibble on.

  • £24 / $22 / AU$41

Nukeproof Sam Hill Series grips

If Sam Hill lends his name to a product, you know it's gonna be good
If Sam Hill lends his name to a product, you know it's gonna be good

Sam Hill is almost undisputedly one of the greatest mountain bikers of all time, so why not see if some of that magic can rub off into the hands of your mountain biking friend? 

Nukeproof’s grips have a half-waffle design for decent grip levels and are comfortable to ride with. The metal end cap protects the bars whether you drop the bike or bar-drag through the berms.

  • £20 / $30 / AU$37

Evoc Bike Travel Bag

Perhaps the easiest way to safely transport your bike internationally, from Evoc
Perhaps the easiest way to safely transport your bike internationally, from Evoc

Travelling with a bike can be both stressful and a faff in equal measures. Unwieldy boxes and bags are a pain to trawl from baggage carousel to Alpine transfer, and the thought of your bike being damaged by hasty baggage handlers is almost too terrifying to think about.

There are plenty of bike bags and boxes out there, but Evoc seems to have the concept nailed. 

The Bike Travel Bag is easy to tow around, has plenty of space for a bike and all the necessary bits, and offers decent levels of protection without weighing so much that you’re guaranteed to get yourself into excess baggage fee territory — check our review here.

  • £245 / $399 / AU$607
Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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