Best Mountain Bike Gift Ideas – 2012

Holiday Gift Guide

Bike Lights:

If you like to night ride or commute during winter, LED bike lights will come in handy. LED technology and battery technology have come along way and you can get a single lighting unit that is bright, self contained and holds plenty of charge. Any one of these bike lights will light your way. Be sure to read the FULL Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout with side-by-side comparisons, specs, beam patterns and lumens per dollar analysis!

Light & Motion Taz 1200:
The Light & Motion Taz 1200 has excellent brightness and beam pattern, a rugged head unit design, it is now useable for helmet, the handlebar mounting is now removable and can be aimed left to right, it is water proof up to 30 feet under water and the beam pattern is wide with a wide option lens included in the package.
Price: $299.00
Find out more here: Mtbr Light Shootout featuring the Light & Motion Taz 1200


Gemini Olympia:
The Gemini Olympia has a big, bright and clean beam pattern and has excellent construction. The light head weighs a scant 85 grams and packs a powerful punch! It also has impressive programmability which gives it a lot of range for different applications.
Price: $300.00
Find out more here: Mtbr Light Shootout featuring the Gemini Olympia


Lupine Piko 3:
The Lupine Piko 3 now boasts 900 lumens (more than previous versions) and it’s real world is actually higher! It is a great helmet light with the light mounting in the front and the battery can be mounted on the back of the helmet. It has a 2 hour run time which is excellent for its size and if you are into looks, the Lupine Piko 3 comes in black, blue or red.
Price: $365.00
Find out more here: Mtbr Light Shootout featuring the Lupine Piko 3


Full Beam Fusion Speed LED:
Francis calls the Full Beam Fusion Speed LED a “ground-breaking light”. Why? Because it uses a speed sensor magnet on the wheel to vary the light intensity with the speed of the bike. The faster you go, the brighter the light is. It’s all configurable so the rider can define what ‘fast’ is and how responsive the light changes intensity. This kind of variable brightness can save battery and extend run time.
Price: $650.00
Find out more here: Mtbr Light Shootout featuring the Full Beam Fusion Speed LED

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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