2017 Mtbr Holiday Gift Guide

20 great gift ideas for the mountain biker in your life

Holiday Gift Guide

2017 Mtbr Holiday Gift Guide

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Mavic XA Pro Shoes

A new shoe in the line, Mavic’s XA Pro is adventure inspired and ready to ride or walk. A carbon composite internal plate provides pedaling efficiency, while Contagrip rubber on the sole gives traction in wet or dry conditions. The upper’s thermal bonded construction combines multiple layers without overlaps, reducing weight, and creating a snag-free profile. And lightweight anti-rip material on top keeps trail dirt out and is easy to clean. It also has a molded toe cap for better protection from rock strikes. Price: $180 | More info: shop.mavic.com

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Maxxis Minion DHR II Tire

Among Mtbr’s top tire picks for all-around trail riding, the Minion DHR II takes its shoulder knob design from the equally loved Minion DHF, and then beefs them up for rear wheel duty. That’s resulted in better cornering traction without significant drop-off in braking performance or acceleration thanks to a heavily ramped and siped fast rolling center tread. Size options run the full gamut from 26×2.4 all the way to 27.5×2.8 and 29×2.4 Wide Trail. Price: $92 | More info: www.maxxis.com

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Ergon GE1 Grips

The best inexpensive MTB upgrade? New grips are never a bad choice. Indeed, that new grip feeling can make your bike feel new again, too. The Ergon GE1’s ergonomic shape is subtly contoured to provide greater control whether climbing or descending, while its dual-compound designed is aimed to improve damping, comfort, and durability. Price: $35 | More info: ergonbike.myshopify.com

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Stan’s Tire Sealant

The product that effectively started the tubeless revolution in mountain biking has all but eliminated the need for tubes — or high tire pressure. Just two ounces of Stan’s can repair tire punctures up to 1/4″ in size. While you’re shopping, grab a tire sealant injector, some tubeless valves, and a roll of rim tape. Price: $28 per quart | More info: www.notubes.com

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We Are One Agent Carbon Wheelset

Handmade in Canada, these reasonably priced tubeless-ready composite hoops with a hookless bead come in 29er or 27.5 configurations. Key highlights include a shallow 25mm rim depth for better trail feel, a stout 3.5mm lip to better withstand impacts, and an internal rim width of 30mm that allows for tires between 2.35-2.6. Spokes are angled drilled at 5 degrees, which helps decrease fatigue on nipples. Wheelset weight is 1890 grams including tubeless valves. Price: $1650 | More info: www.weareone.bike

Saris SuperClamp EX 2 Bike Rack

Saris SuperClamp EX 2 Bike Rack

With its robust construction, eye-catching style and compact design that carries two bikes on a single bar, the SuperClamp is your bike’s new BFF. Whether you’re hauling beefy mountain bikes, eBikes or an assortment of bicycles, the SuperClamp’s dual shepherd’s hooks promise all bikes a truly secure ride without touching the bike’s frame. And thanks to the SuperClamp’s tilting feature, there’s no more unloading bikes to let the dog out of the back. Simply tilt down and release the hound. It also features integrated locks, a built-in bottle opener, safety-enhancing reflectors, and it’s made in Madison, Wisconsin. Price: $470 | More info: www.saris.com

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Blackburn Chamber Tubeless Floor Pump

Skip the noisy compressor — but still make tubeless tire inflation easier with this multi-chamber floor pump from Blackburn. Just pressurize the chamber, then with a simple flip of the switch, all that air floods into the tire, giving it no option but to seal and air up. Once the tire’s in place, flip the switch back to bypass the chamber and you can top it up accurately thanks to a giant, easy-to-read gauge. This pump also has one of the best handles we’ve ever encountered, mimicking a standard set of handlebars instead of the flimsy construction you find with most other floor pump handles. Price: $150 | More info: www.blackburndesign.com

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Time ATAC MX 12 Pedals

With cold weather riding season upon us, it’s a good time to use a winter-friendly pedal. If you fat bike or generally ride trails in any weather (often with bulky booties) the Time MX line is a great choice, with its self-cleaning design and wide platform. Built for enduro, trail, or fat bike riding, the ATAC MX 12 features an oversized titanium axle and carbon body. The ATAC system ensures positive cleat engagement, while its open system clears mud and debris easily. Bottom line, this pedal’s low weight, large platform, and durable construction make it a very versatile tool for all types of riding. Price: $400 | More info: www.time-sport.com

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Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand and Heavy Duty Shop Apron

This repair stand and shop apron set are a great addition to any home workshop. The PCS-10 work stand is designed to quickly fold small, adjust in height, and clamp a huge variety of tubing and tubing sizes. The unique three-point leg system creates an extremely solid base capable of handling nearly any bike. The SA-3 apron is made from heavy 10oz cotton canvas with two rows of reinforced pockets for stashing pens, parts, and tools. The special cross back design removes pressure from the neck for all day comfort. Price: $220 | More info: www.parktool.com

Woom 3 Pedal Bike

Woom 3 Pedal Bike

The woom 3 is all about offering a lower ride height in a lightweight, high-performance package for the growing rider. The low center of gravity of this comparably small triangle frame in conjunction with the high cockpit deliver a stable, good-natured geometry that helps children improve their riding skills. The bike has a front and rear V-brake and no coaster (foot) brake. Bell and kickstand are also included. Price: $369 | More info: us.woombikes.com

Haibike SDURO AllMtn 5.0

Haibike SDURO AllMtn 5.0

Featuring a powerful and reliable 500W Yamaha PW drivetrain that feels pure and natural while riding, the SDURO AllMtn 5.0 is equipped with a well-balanced aluminum frame and offers 150mm Suntour Aion suspension and a smooth shifting 10-speed Shimano SLX drivetrain. Price: $3699 | More info: www.haibike.com

Ryan Leech’s Mountain Bike Skills Coaching Membership

Ryan Leech MTB Skills Coaching

Give someone (or yourself) the gift of shred these holidays. Checkout this exclusive gift for Mtbr readers from internationally renowned rider and coach, Ryan Leech. Get instant access to 4 fun MTB skills courses to improve your fitness and riding. Plus you’ll also score a coupon code valued at $19 to use towards a premium course of your choice. Learn to bunnyhop, manual, wheelie or jump, or improve your cornering or balance skills. Practice your skills anywhere, anytime, with step-by-step online video tutorials, backed up with technique feedback from real riders. It’s like having your own skills coach 24/7. Price: See offer | More info: learn.ryanleech.com

1upUSA Heavy Duty Double 2" Silver Bike Rack

1upUSA Heavy Duty Double 2″ Silver Bike Rack

This easy-to-use rack fits 2” receivers, weighs just 46 pounds, and has a total carrying capacity of up to 200 pounds, or 50 pounds per bike. It comes as a fixed 2-bike system (second tray cannot be removed), and can be increased to 4 bikes with additional add-ons sold separately. It fits 16”–29” wheels up to 3.1” wide, and you can get a spacer kit for tires wider than 3.1”. The rapid tilt and folding mechanism creates a smaller overall footprint, and rack arms close to secure tires without touching the frame. Price: $529 | More info: www.1up-usa.com

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Spank Spike 800 Vibrocore Handlebar

Developed with input from World Cup pros Mick and Tracey Hannah, the Spike 800 Vibrocore bars are designed to combat hand-arm numbness and arm-pump thanks to Spank’s proprietary Vibrocore technology where a foam core is injected into the bar’s center. This helps dampen sustained high frequency vibrations, which lead to discomfort. This 800mm wide bar can be cut down to 740mm, and comes in a variety of colors and rises. Price: $100 | More info: spank-ind.com

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EVOC FR Trail Hydration Pack

Constructed of durable Nylon 210/D Ripstop PU Coated material, the FR Trail is designed to be an all-day hydration pack with the added benefit of back protection in case of a crash. The back-protection system can also be detached and worn separately. Other features include a helmet carrying flap, wide tool compartment opening, integrated rain cover, and room for up to a 3L bladder, which is sold separately. Price: $200-$220 | More info: www.evocusa.com

ENVE M735 Carbon Mountain Wheelset

ENVE M735 Carbon Mountain Wheelset

Ride optimized, incredibly strong, and debuting what ENVE calls its most effective and lightest anti-flat system, featuring the patent pending Protective Rim Strip. These wheels will give downhill oriented riders a new freedom to set their tire pressure for cornering and rock garden stability without sacrificing confidence to smash track speeds without compromise. Price: $2900 | More info: enve.com

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BikeYoke REVIVE Dropper Post

Among the most highly regarded dropper posts on the market, the German-designed REVIVE has a reputation for long term durability and ease of service. You can even bleed it yourself without removing the post from your bike. Unlike many of the popular seatpost designs that rely on an internal floating piston to separate oil from air, the REVIVE does not use an IFP, and instead only requires two dynamic seals in the hydraulic circuit. The lack of an IFP also results in an exceptionally smooth action. Available in travel lengths of 125mm, 160mm, and 180mm for 31.6 and 30.9 seatpost diameters. Price: from $380 | More info: www.bikeyoke.de

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PUSH Complete Lower Leg Service Kit

The PUSH Industries Complete Lower Leg Service Kit allows any home mechanic to completely overhaul their suspension fork. With enough oil for multiple services and easy-to-follow instructions, PUSH has empowered home mechanics while at the same time providing them with a valid reason to spend more time holed up in their man-cave. Price: $105 | More info: www.pushindustries.com

Küat Pivot

Küat Pivot

Love riding but also love post-ride tailgating? Now you can have both. The Pivot allows your bike rack to effortlessly swing away, providing ample clearance for tailgates, rear gates, or just increasing your hatchback access. Weight limit is 250 pounds. It fits 2″ hitches only, and has a 90-degree swing away. Price: $295 | More info: kuatracks.com

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evoTrip Chile MTB Vacation

With the tallest mountains in the Southern Hemisphere, the Andes are host to a burgeoning mountain bike scene. When you factor in the amazing scenery and sunsets, delicious food and fine local wine, welcoming culture, and top notch terrain, this 8-day/7-night excursion could well be the trip of a lifetime. The evoTrip Chile provides access to adventure in this rapidly developing mountain biking paradise, including some of the trails featured in the Enduro World Series. It all happens from a comfy basecamp at the plush Rocanegra Mountain Lodge. Just know that the Chile mountain bike trip is recommended only for intermediate to advanced riders, and evo requires that you bring your own bike and are able to set it up on your own. Price: See website for more details | More info: www.evo.com

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.



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