Christmas presents for mountain biking women

Festive gift inspiration for female shredders

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for the mountain-bike-loving females in your life, or you’re the woman in question and need to drop a few hints about what you want for Christmas, allow us to help.

Cycling socks

Good socks make you ride better #truefact
Good socks make you ride better #truefact

Socks are the quintessential Christmas gift, and it's a well-known scientifically proven* fact that the louder they are, the more fun you'll have riding. British company Morvelo does a particularly good line in loud socks, and if you like the patterns you can also find jerseys and others bits and pieces to match. 

*Might not actually be scientifically proven.

  • £10

Findra Bobble Hat

A super-snug post-ride beanie from Findra
A super-snug post-ride beanie from Findra

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 a fleece lining over the ears and comes in a choice of three colours: heather purple, berry or ocean blue.

  • £30

Coaching session or skills camp

A skills camp or coaching session can help boost skills
A skills camp or coaching session can help boost skills

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

Disc brake earrings

A touch of class
A touch of class

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.

  • £65. Visit website for information on international shipping.

Evoc Bike Travel Bag

For the travelling mountain biker, an Evoc bikebag is a practical gift that also happens to look pretty cool too
For the travelling mountain biker, an Evoc bikebag is a practical gift that also happens to look pretty cool too

If 2019 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 there’s no rain at either end that might reduce said box into a soggy mass of wood pulp.

The bike travel bag from Evoc may be a soft bag but offers plenty of protection, and has 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, it folds down to a smaller size for easy storage. There's also an XL version for the long-wheelbase and/or 29er fans out there. 

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.

  • From £469 / $695/ AU$850

Post-ride sweaters

Cosy and comfy post-ride sweaters for relaxing in
Cosy and comfy post-ride sweaters for relaxing in

Ideal for post-ride relaxing, these sweaters are comfy and stylish — just the thing for when you want to lounge around and dissect the latest race results with your mountain-biking mates.

Post-ride gear always makes a great gift for bike-lovers, especially if it's well made and has a cool design like these.

Filth sweater from MucOff

  • £35. Check the website for international shipping options.

Enduro World Series sweater

  •  £49.99. Check the website for international shipping options.

Troy Lee Peace and Wheelies sweater

  • £45 / $TBC

Crankbrothers Y15 multitool

All the tools you need in a neat, compact package
All the tools you need in a neat, compact package

This cleverly compact multi-tool from Crankbrothers has pretty much everything you need for trailside repairs.

At the centre you'll find a selection of hex keys of different sizes, plus Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, as well as Torx keys that slot into place on a bracket on one arm via the magic of magnets. There are also spoke wrenches, a patch kit and a chain tool.

  • £34.99 / $39.99 / AU$59.95

Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels

As tested by Danny McCaskill, no less
As tested by Danny McCaskill, no less

If you want to give a bike a serious ride makeover, then upping the quality of the wheels can make a big weight saving, as well as boost performance.

While they are definitely a splurge present, these carbon wheels from Santa Cruz will make a big difference to your ride feel and, contrary to what a lot of people say, are certainly robust enough to handle hard riding. After all, if Danny McCaskill doesn't kill them when flat landing off walls, then they're clearly pretty tough!

Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty on them too.They come in 27.5in and 29in in a selection of rim widths, with a claimed wheelset weight from 1,587g.

  • From £1599 / $1599 / AU$2848

Alpkit Kraku stove

Feed yourself on bike adventures with this teeny-tiny stove from Alpkit
Feed yourself on bike adventures with this teeny-tiny stove from Alpkit

Adventure is always on the agenda for any mountain biker, which makes this stove a great addition to their lightweight bikepacking kit.

Small enough to sit in the palm of your hand, just pop it on the top of a gas canister for hot drinks and food on the mountain top to become a reality. It's constructed from titanium alloy, aluminium and brass, and weighs a minuscule claimed 45g.

  • £24

Osprey Zealot 15 rucksack

This bag has plenty of room for your ride essentials plus places to carry helmets and armour
This bag has plenty of room for your ride essentials plus places to carry helmets and armour

A great trail pack is never a waste of money, and Osprey makes some truly great options.

The Zealot 15 has some handy features, including systems to store a trail shell or full-face helmet and body armour. There's also a tool roll for stashing your trailside repair essentials, as well as plenty of room inside within different sections and room outside with stuff-pockets galore.

  • £90 / €110 / $TBC

Troy Lee cap

Caps, along with beanies, are an important part of the mountain bikers wardrobe
Caps, along with beanies, are an important part of the mountain bikers wardrobe

Caps and beanies are an essential part of a mountain biker's wardrobe. They look cool, provide protection from the elements and hide helmet hair…

While there are a great number of trucker caps on the market, Troy Lee holds a special place in the mountain-biking world as it produces some of the most eye-catching and recognisable kit available.

  •  £30

Fox Women's Proframe Mink full-face helmet

Look after your noggin — it's the only one you've got!
Look after your noggin — it's the only one you've got!

You've only got one head, so you should probably look after it.

The Proframe helmet from Fox is designed to be light and breathable, while still offering downhill full-face helmet levels of protection. The chin bar is integrated, and the vents mean it stays relatively cool. The lightness combined with the wide front means you may even forget you're wearing a full-face. 

  • £225 / $249.95

Updated 1 November 2018

Aoife Glass

Women's Cycling Editor
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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