Best Mountain Bike Gift Ideas – 2012

Holiday Gift Guide

Dream Bikes:

Okay, so the only way you will realistically find one of these under your Christmas tree is if you buy it yourself. But it’s still nice to dream, right? Here are just a few bike selections of some of today’s hottest and most popular bikes as well as a couple thrown in at a lower price point… be a good boy (or girl) and who knows?!

Niner Bikes AIR 9 RDO:
The Niner AIR 9 RDO is their ultimate “thoroughbred”. This is what high-end means. 1125 grams of carbon goodness with sleek lines, internal cable routing and sick paint. Purely for the true hardcore 29er fanatic.
Price: $2099 (frame only)
Complete Bikes: $3299.00 – $4999.00 – $6499.00
Find out more here: Mtbr Editorial Review of the Niner AIR 9 RDO


Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc:
Probably one of the most desired full suspension 29ers on the market today, the Tallboy LTc (long travel carbon) from Santa Cruz is 135mm of VPP suspension that is also “obscenely light”. Quite possibly the ultimate trail bike, there’s a good reason the Tallboy is so popular.
Price: $2698 (frame with Fox Float CTD shock)
Complete builds available from: $4150 to full bling $10,306 (XTR, Enve carbon wheels, etc…)
Find out more here: Mtbr Editorial Review of the Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc


Scott Genius 720 – 650b/27.5:
650b/27.5 is the new hotness and Scott Sports is a big player in the game. From World Cup wins to offering 650b in aluminum AND carbon, the Genius 720 is a mid to high end version of the newly redesigned Genius platform featuring 150mm of all mountain travel. Experience 650b for yourself and see if it’s hype or not. Scott makes 6 different models in the Genius 700 series, including a women’s specific version.
Price: $4499.99 (complete bike)
Find out more here: Mtbr Previews the Scott Genius 720


Norco Sight Killer B – 650b:
Norco is another company that is fully on board with the 650b concept. So much so, that they are building two different trail bikes with the new wheel size. The Sight Killer B features 140mm of travel and we had a chance to test ride one and found it to be plenty of travel for our uses. If you really want more, Norco makes the Range 650b with 160mm or travel as well.
Price: $4985 B-1, $3665 B-2, $2480 B-3
Find out more here: Norco Sight Killer B and Range 650B at Interbike


Surly Krampus – 29+:
So, this bike is not really available until next Spring, but we wanted to include it here since it really is one of the more interesting bikes we’ve seen up close this year. Fitting in somewhere between a 29er and fat bike, the Surly Krampus calls itself “29+”. And of course, being a Surly, the 4130 CroMoly provides a nimble and lively feel!
Price: approx. $1950 for complete bike
Find out more here: Mtbr’s First Look at the Surly Krampus from SaddleDrive


Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29:
The Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29 is one of the most popular bikes on our site and it features Specialized’s M5 aluminum frame with an 80mm Rock Shox Reba RL fork and SRAM 2×10 drivetrain. It is an XC racer that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Price: $2200 (complete bike)
Find out more here: Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29 User Reviews


Budget Pick: Diamondback Overdrive Comp:
Available in 5 models, the Overdrive hardtail 29er from Diamondback is one of the most popular 29ers on our site. The Comp is equipped with SRAM X-5 drivetrain and Avid brakes. Read what other riders and owners think of this bargain bike!
Price: $1100.00 (complete bike!)
Find out more here: Diamondback Overdrive Comp User Reviews



We hope you find this list helpful. If YOU have a good gift suggestion for your #1 mountain biker that isn’t listed here, let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading, Happy Holidays!

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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