Struggling to find a gift for the mountain biker in your life this holiday season? Or maybe you are the mountain biker, and this year, you want gear you’ll actually use. Lucky for you, The Pro’s Closet is home to experienced riders who know what mountain bikers really want. So sit back and relax with your eggnog, hot cocoa, or other holiday-themed beverage, and let me be your guide to this year’s best mountain biking gifts
Wheels and tires
Mountain biking is hard on wheels and tires. Every rider will appreciate some fresh rubber from Maxxis or e*thirteen. If rough and rocky downhill trails are in the picture, a pair of CushCore Pro tire inserts will prevent ride-ending punctures and wheel damage. And if you want to go all-out with upgraded wheels, ENVE AM30s are, in my opinion, the best carbon MTB wheels for the money.
Connect to the bike with a good set of pedals. Flat-pedal riders can add a splash of color and style with the nylon-bodied Race Face Chester, the most popular flat pedal we sell. For the racers and data geeks, Garmin’s Rally XC power meter pedals are the easiest way to add a power meter to any bike. Choose the single-sided XC100 for an affordable power meter or the dual-sided XC200 for the most accurate data.
A shiny new stem is an easy mod that any rider can do. Chromag HiFi stems are cold-forged — affordable and tough enough to handle the abuse of enduro and downhill riding. They’re anodized to add a colorful accent to any bike. Choose between 35mm (HiFi 35) or 31.8mm (HiFi V2) handlebar clamps.
Fox Racing helmets have MIPS linings that reduce rotational impact forces and have earned 5-Star ratings in Virginia Tech University’s helmet tests. You might wonder why there are three Fox helmet options here. The half-shell Speedframe will suit most riders, but the ¾-shell Dropframe provides extra coverage and confidence on rowdier terrain. Enduro racers and bike park riders will love the ventilation and protection of the full-face Proframe.
Swap those stinky cotton t-shirts for a mountain bike jersey that looks good and wicks moisture. The Troy Lee Designs jersey is great for those who want a more casual style, while our own TPC Giordana jersey and the Fox Racing Flexair Delta provide a sportier look with great ventilation for hot days.
Pros, YouTubers, and everyday riders love riding pants. Why? Crash protection, a little warmth for winter rides, and that steezy look, to name a few reasons. MTB pants are the hot new clothing item. The Troy Lee Designs Sprint pants are perfect for downhillers and park rats, while the light and ventilated Fox Racing Flexair pants provide comfort for epic trail rides.
It’s not a matter of if, but when you crash. The latest knee pads are more comfortable than ever, so mountain bikers don’t have to think twice about wearing protection. Fans of downhill legend Sam Hill will love his signature lightweight or heavy-duty sleeve-style pads from 7idp. For classic velcro-strap pads, the POC Joint VPD Air pads are great at disappearing while pedaling.
Photochromic lenses like those on the 100% S3 glasses are perfect for mountain bikers who ride year-round in different light conditions. The big lens provides lots of coverage to protect from sun, dust, and mud, but if you want to go really big, nothing compares to the new and massive POC Devour which are essentially goggles in sunglass form.
There you have it. These are the actual gifts that riders at The Pro’s Closet are hoping for this year, and they’ll please even the pickiest mountain bikers. If you want more gift ideas, be sure to check out our MTB Gift Collection for stocking stuffers and other accessories, apparel, and components.