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The 2021 Mountain Biker's Holiday Gift Guide

Gear, components, and tools to stoke out the mountain biker in your life this holiday season.

The 2021 Mountain Biker's Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and time is ticking before the inventory on primo items is out. Stoke out the mountain biker in your life (or yourself 😉) with the gift of shred. Check out this list of our top picks.

Fox Racing Flexair Pants

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Riding pants are a versatile must have in a mountain biker's closet. The Fox Racing Flexair is one of our go-to's. 

Check out more riding pants at Competitive CyclistJenson USA, and Worldwide Cyclery.

Specialized 2FO Roost Shoe

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We’ve tested numerous flat pedal shoes here at Vital and the 2FO Roost shoe really impressed us. Specialized’s SlipNot rubber delivers faultless grip and a very secure feeling under the foot. The shoe in itself is awesome too!

Check out more flat pedal shoes at Competitive CyclistJenson USA, and Worldwide Cyclery.

Specialized Butcher T9 Tires

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Much like the aforementioned shoes, Specialized Butcher T9 tires have a great new rubber compound that is grippy and will last more than a few runs. Predictable, confidence-inspiring tread pattern and great for any condition.

Check out more tires at Competitive CyclistJenson USA, and Worldwide Cyclery.

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Chill jersey

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After a season or two of riding, it's a good time to get a fresh kit in the rotation. The Skyline Chill jersey is a perfect option for when there’s a chill in the air but all that's needed is a jersey.

Check out more riding jerseys at Jenson USACompetitive Cyclist, and Worldwide Cyclery.

DEITY Deftrap Pedals

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You'll be hard pressed to find a better flat pedal for the price. The DEITY Deftrap was one of our staff picks last year. Bullet proof and affordable!

Check out more flat pedals at Competitive CyclistJenson USA, and Worldwide Cyclery.

OneUp Components EDC Tool Systems

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Having a multitool stashed on the bike – once they have it, they won’t want to go without it again. OneUp's EDC Threadless Carrier is super easy to install and pairs with the EDC V2 Tool System so they'll have a multitool, chainbreaker, tire lever, spoke wrenches, and a small storage compartment for tubeless plugs and a plug tool ready to deploy at a moment's notice.

Check out more tools for the trail at Competitive CyclistJenson USA, and Worldwide Cyclery.

Darn Tough Merino Socks

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Yes. Merino socks are 100% worth it and not a boring gift. Merino wool wicks sweat and resists funky odors, keeping feet and shuttle buddies happy. Plus, Darn Tough has a lifetime warranty with a no-questions-asked replacement policy should their socks ever wear out. Boom!

Check out Darn Tough socks at Backcountry.

Handup Gloves

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Handup gloves are durable, lightweight, breathable, and well liked by many riders.

Check out more gloves at Jenson USACompetitive Cyclist, and Worldwide Cyclery.

Park Tool Torque Wrench

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Owning and using a torque wrench is becoming a necessity as more and more parts are made from carbon fiber. The Park Tool Torque Wrench properly tightens bolts on stems, handlebars, seatposts, and more, preventing expensive components from getting crushed.

Check out more tools for the shop at Jenson USA, Competitive Cyclist, and Worldwide Cyclery.

A Custom Mud Guard

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Design a custom, one-of-a-kind mud guard at Memory Pilot and bring some fun, functional, personal flare to the bike.

Check out more mud guards at Competitive Cyclist and Worldwide Cyclery.

CushCore Tire Inserts

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Rim protection, sidewall support, and vibration damping – a performance trifecta. CushCore Tire Inserts were the top-pick from our comparisons.

Check out more tire liners Worldwide CycleryJenson USA, and Competitive Cyclist.

Specialized Tactic 4 Helmet

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By every objective measure, the Specialized Tactic 4 packs more features and quality into a helmet that costs less than its competitors.

Check out more helmets at Jenson USACompetitive Cyclist, and Worldwide Cyclery.

Troy Lee Designs Stage Helmet

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The Troy Lee Designs Stage offers up some of the best lightweight, full-face protection that is well ventilated and very comfortable. It also includes different thickness liner pads for a personalized fit.

Check out more full-face helmets at Competitive CyclistJenson USA, and Worldwide Cyclery.

RockShox Reverb AXS

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The dropper perfected? It definitely seems like it. Precise and easy to use, albeit at a price. Grab a RockShox Reverb AXS if you can, though. We recommend it.

Check out more AXS components at Competitive Cyclist and Worldwide Cyclery.

Garmin InReach Mini

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Ring, ring. Calling all data dorks and backcountry explores. Track those miles earned and maintain off-the-grid contact with the Garmin InReach Mini, a palm-sized satellite communicator.

Check out more GPS and computers at Jenson USA and Competitive Cyclist.

Kids Ride Shotgun

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Share the love of riding bikes with the next generation of cyclists.

Check out the Kids Ride Shotgun lineup on Amazon.com.

Sprindex Adjustable Coil

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An awesome invention and we recommend it to any rider who uses coil suspension. It enables them to find the perfect spring rate and reap all the benefits of a coil shock. If they like tuning and playing with bike setup, they're going to love this one.

Check out Sprindex Adjustable Coil at Worldwide Cyclery and Competitive Cyclist.

Magura MT7 Pro Brakes

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All the test bikes we've ridden this year had Shimano XT, SRAM Code R, or Code RSC brakes except one with Magura MT7 Pro. Pleasant surprise: they were great! Better power delivery, modulation, performance in wet conditions, and lever pull/feel. A worthwhile upgrade.

Check out more brakes at Competitive CyclistJenson USA, and Worldwide Cyclery.

Vital MTB Gear Club and Shop

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Give the gift of a Vital MTB Gear Club subscription and your favorite mountain biker will receive boxes of 6 to 8 products, hand-selected by Vital MTB editors. For more Vital MTB goodies like this rad “Throwback to the 80’s” Hip Pack, visit the Vital MTB shop.

Gift Cards

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If what they want isn't available right now, get them a Gift Card. Easy! They can get that wishlist item later when it's back in stock.

Grab a gift card from Competitive CyclistJenson USA, or Worldwide Cyclery.

More Gift Ideas

Check out our MTB Deals section and these other Gift Guides for more ideas. 

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