2015 Holiday Gift Guide: For the crazy competitive cross-country racer

When low weight, speed and efficiency are what matters most

Cross Country Holiday Gift Guide

Vee Tire

Vee Rail Tracker Tire

Built with XC racing in mind, Vee’s 120 tpi Rail Tracker has low profile center knobs for fast rolling, but plenty of side knob grip when you’re blasting though tight turns. Available in 2.0 and 2.2 for 29” and 27.5, with both standard and tubeless ready versions. Price: $53 | More info at veetireco.com

FOX Fork

FOX 32 Suspension Fork

If it’s good enough for former XC world champions Julien Absalon and Catharine Pendrel, the FOX 32 is good enough for the cross-country racer in you life. FOX’s lightest fork platform features lockout mode for increased efficiency, and a new FIT4 three position damper for improved control. Available in 26, 27.5 and 29-inch models with optional Kashima coating and travel ranging from 100mm to 150mm. Price: $850 | More info at www.ridefox.com

Kask Rex Helmet

Kask Rex Helmet

Italy’s Kask has a dedicated cross-country helmet (the Vertigo XC), but we prefer the Rex for its greater amount of head coverage on the side and back. Top line features include 20 vents for max ventilation, a ratcheting adjustable visor, and a leather chin strap for increased comfort. There’s also a protective polycarbonate layer that covers the shell on the top, on the base ring and the back. Seems like a no brainer when you are buying this to protect the brain of a loved one. Price: $200 (available starting in January 2016) | More info at www.kask.it

AbsoluteBlack Oval Chainring

AbsoluteBlack Oval Chainring

There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence that oval chainrings can make you faster. They’ve certainly worked well for that Chris Froome guy. During the power portion of you pedal stroke, the ring acts like a normal round ring, but the oval shape lessens resistance when your foot is coming over the top. Britain-based AbsoluteBlack has a vast suite of oval ring offerings with compatibility with SRAM and Shimano drivetrains. Price: From $66 | More info at www.absoluteblack.cc

Showers Pass

Showers Pass Bamboo-Merino Henley Shirt

You need something to wear after the race, right? You might as well be comfortable and look good. Enter the Showers Pass Bamboo-Merino Henley Shirt. The bamboo fibers are soft and cool to the skin. Merino wool provides warmth and keeps stink at bay, even if you skip the post-race shower in favor of a trip to the brew pub. Price: $95 | More info at www.showerspass.com

This article is part of Mtbr’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. For more gift ideas and holiday guides, CLICK HERE.


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 Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, 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 kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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