Are you on the search for a perfect gift for the mountain biker in your life? Well, you’re in luck! We ride hard year-round, and test out a ton of mtb equipment while we’re at it. So, who better to turn to for advice about finding that amazing mountain bike gift?!
To help you cross off your gift list, we’ve pulled together our team’s wish-list of components any shredder would love to unwrap! From those special “wow” gifts, to awesome gear that’ll fit in a stocking, we’ve got you covered!
(Plus, check below for 3 extra ideas for mountain bike stocking stuffers for all the mtb fanatics on your list!)
Here’s our top 10 wish-list-worthy gifts:
Gift for the Mountain Biker You Want to “Wow!”
If you’re looking to get that epic “wow” from the shredder in your life, the latest generation EN305 rims are a sure win! Industry Nine's most popular wheelset has been re-invented to improve overall ride experience and offer superior protection from pinch flats and impact damage. Designed for those who dream of all-day suffer fests and push the limits of the mtb sport, this wheelset is sure to excite even the most trail-hardy mountain bike rider on your gift list.
When it comes to control with no compromises, the Shimano XTR Brakeset is unparalleled. Featuring titanium hardware and 4-piston calipers, these brakes truly deliver an unbeatable experience on any trail. While designed to handle serious riding, almost any cyclist, of any skill level, is sure to be blown away by this gift! With tool-free reach adjust and Shimano’s Rider-Tuned stopping power, these brakes set the standard for modern mountain bikes.
Mountain Bike Gifts Under $150
Give the gift of a confident and safe ride, at all hours of the day, with the Bontrager Ion Pro RT! This USB-rechargeable front light features 5 lighting modes each suited for dawn, dusk, or well into the dark of night. Illuminated with a 1300 lumen, high-powered CREE LED, it provides a beam that will light up the full width of any road or trail. Compact and adjustable, it’s easy to securely mount onto the handlebars of any bike.
Hailed as the most “shred-ready” helmet on the market, the Fox Speedframe MIPS helmet is a must-have for the serious shredder on your list! Fox has packed in super-premium features (things usually only seen in pro-level helmets), but kept it at an easy-on-the-wallet price point. Offering an advanced MIPS liner, goggle-compatible 3-position visor, and legendary, pro-designed 360-degree fit, the Speedframe is one of the best values for any cyclist.
For the bikers that like to take the scenic route, a premium, light-weight pack is a must! Osprey has long been known for the best-fitting, feature-rich, mountain bike-specific packs. From sleek hip packs, to their made-to-haul and still-stay-slim backpacks, Osprey has a pack to fit every rider’s style.
I9 is a popular brand around here, and there's a good reason for it. From wheels, stems, and more, everything they make is machined, anodized, and assembled entirely in Industry Nine's Asheville, NC facility. Using practices honed in over a decade of CNC manufacturing, Nine’s A-Series stems offer a svelte design of equal form and function not found elsewhere. Their unyielding Industry Nine A35 stem sneaks in just over the $150 mark, but we feel it’s well worth the extra, and it's at the top of many of our wish-lists!
Mountain Bike Gifts under $50
Ok, you read that right... this one is actually a little more than $50... But, hear us out. These pedals perform just as well (if not better) than many that cost 3x or more. So, trust us here, the extra $4.99 is worth going a little over a $50 budget. ;) With a focus on ride quality, increased foot support, added stability, leading traction, and the ability to skim over rocks, all offered in 10 colors…these pedals are an easy, affordable, and awesome gift to impress your mountain biker!
Created from a new and unique rubber compound, 100% made in Germany, these grips offer previously unknown grip and rebound performance. Soft, yet defined and precise, the GE1 grips are a game changer for aggressive-style riders. The downhill and Enduro-tested design can even help prevent common issues of excessive arm pump and grip stress. Plus, they’ll fit nicely in most stockings, too!
Crankbrothers enjoy a long-held reputation of producing the highest-quality, lifetime-warranted bike tools on the market. Their M20 Multitool is no exception and any cyclist would love to add this to their pack! Featuring 20, high-tensile strength steel, multi-tools, this one set gives the rider all the tools needed for the most common trail-side repairs. Plus, it includes an integrated tire plug tool with spare tire plugs that are kept handy in a storage case mounted directly on the tool.
Another great choice to give the gift of not getting stuck out on the trail, the EDC Lite Tool features the 9 most-needed tools to handle minor bike repairs with ease. Designed to be lightweight and tuck away into the stem/steerer tube, it’s the perfect gift for every cyclist!
Plus, here's 3 of our Sedona Favorites that we’re stuffing into our own stockings this year:
100% mountain biker approved, our special-recipe hot sauce is a legend among Sedona-shredders! We put the same love into our hot sauce as we do our bikes. Locally sourced, with great flavor and a balance of heat - it’ll fit nice and snug into the stocking of any spicy trail-lover!
Know someone who dreams of shredding the red? Help them plan that dream Sedona mountain bike ride with the latest maps from Beartooth Publishing! Since 1998, Beartooth has been the source for the most up-to-date trail maps of the Sedona area. They’re dedicated to personally riding each new or re-routed trail, and faithfully ensuring we all know how to get around as the trails change year to year.
Give the gift of some sweet Sedona gear! Fill those stockings with... socks! Complete with our awesome logo and flaunting Sedona’s brilliant colors, it’s a great gift to celebrate the excitement of mountain biking in Sedona!
We hope our gift ideas have inspired you to wrap up something awesome for the shredder in your life!
If you’re still not sure what to get, or your cyclist giftee is a bit picky, you can never go wrong with a Thunder Mountain Bike’s Gift Card! While it’s not a creative choice, it will ensure that they get exactly what they want! No matter what you choose, we know they’ll be stoked to unwrap a thoughtful, mountain bike gift this year.
Cheers and happy trails through the Holidays!