The best Christmas gift ideas for mountain bikers are in our 2023 festive guide

Christmas gifts for mountain bikers
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When it comes to Christmas gifts for mountain bikers and off-road riders there are tons of options, but it can be overwhelming to make sure you're choosing the perfect Christmas item for the two-wheeled obsessive in your life. With the big day just around the corner, you might be struggling to find that ideal item, but struggle no more, because our 2023 Christmas Gift Guide is here to help.

The Bike Perfect team are all riders ourselves and we have been busy hunting around looking for the best mountain bike clothing, accessories, and tech (mostly goodies we'd like to be opening ourselves on Christmas morning). We've compiled a fine selection of suggested presents that any discerning cyclist in your life will be delighted to open this festive season.

So rather than just doing the obvious gift vouchers route (although I have thrown in a Zwift subscription) read on below for some excellent mountain biking and off-road riding suggested gift ideas, everything from stocking fillers to full-blown presents. I’ve also added a list of the best online cycling retailers below that will also help point you in the right direction too.

Our top picks US

Our top picks UK

1. US Christmas gifts up to $100

Specialized Recon 1.0 Shoes: $54 at Specialized

Specialized Recon 1.0 Shoes: $54 at Specialized
The Recon 1.0 is at an absolute steal of a price over at Specialized right now. At full-price it's a shoe we highlighted in our best gravel shoe guide, but it's a superb all-rounder ready for mountain biking adventures too. Your cycling other half will get Boa dials for micro-accurate tightening and a high-tech feel on the foot. It also shares the same TPU injected nylon sole as the more expensive Recon 2.0 for a decent pedaling stiffness but enough ‘STRIDE’ forefoot flex and a slightly lifted heel for comfortable walking. With a wide selection of colors and sizing, Christmas has come early at this price.

Endura BaaBaa Merino Socks: $24.99 at Endura

Endura BaaBaa Merino Socks: $24.99 at Endura
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without socks, it's a tradition, and these Endura BaaBaa socks will bring a smile to any mountain biker's face on Christmas morning. The BaaBaa's combine the comfort and odor control of merino wool and the moisture management properties of synthetic fibers. They'll keep feet comfortable and dry throughout the coldest of mountain bike adventures, and come in a huge selection of color options too.

Rapha Rainproof Essentials Case: $37 at Rapha

Rapha Rainproof Essentials Case: $37 at Rapha
We all have stuff we like to carry on our rides and this Rapha case is a great option, it's robust with a waterproof coated main body and has an AquaGuard water-repellent zip too. The case features a soft divider to keep cards separate from smartphones, and a zipped pocket for smaller valuables like keys. It can also double up for storage for small tools, and the gloss-printed Rapha logo will also show your loved ones' ride mates that they have a very generous Rapha gifting companion. 

Fox Flexair Syndicate Gloves: $27.99 at Jenson USA

Fox Flexair Syndicate Gloves: $27.99 at Jenson USA
Greg Minnaar may have left the Santa Cruz Syndicate team but they are still the coolest team in downhill mountain biking. Your loved one can channel their inner Jackson Goldstone with the Fox Syndicate gloves. These limited-edition gloves are designed in conjunction with the Syndicate World Cup team and feature a textured TruFeel palm for increased bar feel and increased bar/lever control. The gusseted stretch mesh finger webbing encourages airflow and keeps hands cool and dry.

Zwift Digital Gift Card: $50 at Zwift

Zwift Digital Gift Card: $50 at Zwift
Not all mountain bikers ride in the winter and indoor training on Zwift is a great way to keep up fitness. A Zwift Digital Gift Card allows the Zwifter in your life to pick products in the Zwift Shop, and it never expires, so they can choose what they want on their own time.

Park Tool Heavy Duty Shop Apron: $29.95 at Competitive Cyclist

Park Tool Heavy Duty Shop Apron: $29.95 at Competitive Cyclist
It's maybe not the most exciting of gifts but bike maintenance can be a messy job, but this heavy-duty apron from Park Tool is made from durable cotton canvas and keeps all the dirt and grime off clothes. It also has a nice big Park Tool logo which makes it extra cool as well as functional.

Specialized 2FO Roost Flat Canvas Shoes: $60 at Jenson USA

Specialized 2FO Roost Flat Canvas Shoes: $60 at Jenson USA
Even the best mountain bike shoes won't last forever and there's a good chance your MTB relation will be very happy opening up a new pair of kicks on Christmas morning. These Specialized 2FO Roost Flat Canvas shoes have a casual look at home out on the trails and at the local post-ride coffee stop. It features a breathable canvas upper, a grippy SlipNot ST rubber sole, and a low-profile toe cap keeping toes protected while maintaining off-bike comfort.

Oakley DRT5 MTB Helmet: $74.99 at Jenson USA

Oakley DRT5 MTB Helmet: $74.99 at Jenson USA
A nice new helmet on Christmas morning is sure to make any mountain biker happy. The Oakley DRT5 is in collaboration with 3x world downhill champion Greg Minnaar. It has MIPS safety technology which helps to reduce potential damage in the event of an impact, and there's an integrated eyewear dock to keep sunglasses locked in place and easily accessible. It has an excellently discounted price so you might want to buy one for yourself too.

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Topeak Mini PT30 Multi-Tool: $51.96 at Competitive Cyclist
Tools are always a great option for a mountain biker at Christmas, and having a lightweight Multi-Tool like the Mini PT30 from Topeak can help with trailside repairs and get your rider rolling again. It has 30 functions including Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, chain tools, and even a serrated knife. Lightweight and versatile, the Mini PT30 is a perfect stocking filler.

2. US Christmas gifts $100 or more

Shokz OpenRun Pro Headphones: $139.95 at Amazon

Shokz OpenRun Pro Headphones: $139.95 at Amazon
Shokz makes some of the best headphones for cycling, and these OpenRun models featured in our Gear of the Year lists last year. They are also a great idea for a Christmas gift, what makes the Shokz so good for cycling is they use bone conduction and leave the ear canal open, so you can listen to music while riding, but still hear your surroundings clearly. The sound quality is great too, and the battery lasts for around 10 hours. 

Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Flat Pedals: $127.99 at Competitive Cyclist

Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Flat Pedals: $127.99 at Competitive Cyclist
The best mountain bike flat pedals don't come much better than the Stamp 7's by Crankbrothers. These lightweight aluminum flats are things of beauty with a range of color options to suit any rider. Behind the stunning looks is a pedal built and ready for rugged durability on the roughest of trails. They have maximum tunability with 10 adjustable pins, and two different sizes to accommodate different foot sizes, so your mountain biking loved one will have a pedal that keeps them more secure than ever. They have a nice discount at Competitive Cyclist so you may want to splash out on the matching Crankbrothers Stamp shoes to match.

Crankbrothers Stamp Shoes: $129.99 at Competitive Cyclist

Crankbrothers Stamp Shoes: $129.99 at Competitive Cyclist
The Crankbrothers Stamp shoes are some of the best-looking flat pedal shoes going, I love the White versions with the classic gum soles, but like its pedal sibling, the good looks are backed up with plenty of performance-enhancing details. Built for use in some of the toughest MTB riding terrain the extra sticky rubber grips like glue to a flat pedal, with the lace-up system designed to fit perfectly and be easily adjustable. Available in a choice of color options and combined with the Crankbrothers Stamp 7 pedals you'll have a happy little MTBer opening up this combo.

Garmin Edge 830: $299.99 at Amazon

Garmin Edge 830: $299.99 at Amazon
You can't go wrong with gifting some cycling tech at Christmas and the Garmin Edge 830 is one of the best GPS cycling computers you can consider, and comes packed with loads of features accessed with a very useful touchscreen. Mountain bike-specific features MTB dynamics include Grit, a measure of the ride’s difficulty, and Flow, which tracks the smoothness of a rider's descending. Performance monitoring provides insights into VO2 max, recovery, training load focus, nutrition, and hydration.

Muc-Off Pressure Washer Bundle: $319.99 at Muc-Off

Muc-Off Pressure Washer Bundle: $319.99 at Muc-Off
A clean mountain bike makes for a happy mountain bike and a happy owner. The Muc-Off Pressure Washer Bundle will definitely have your mountain biker bunny-hopping with joy on Christmas morning. The all-in-1 bundle features the bike-specific pressure washer, and three lances to cater for specific cleaning needs. A waterproof Dry Bag is also included, as well as Nano Tech Concentrate, Bio Drivetrain Cleaner, Bike Protect, C3 Dry Lube, and 2x Microfibre Cloths. You also get 15% off your first order, saving you money and making you look super generous.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar: $462.42 at Amazon

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar: $462.42 at Amazon
More Garmin tech that is perfect for mountain bikers this Christmas is the Fenix 6 Pro Solar. It's loaded with state-of-the-art technology, and is a seriously high-performing smartwatch option for cyclists who seek serious data and the highest level of GPS accuracy. It comes with solar charging to boost the battery from the sunlight, and a host of other features like Advanced Sleep Monitoring, Respiration Tracking, Recovery Time, Daily Workout Suggestions, and Pulse Ox Sensor make this a powerhouse of a watch.

Sweet Protection Ronin RIG Reflect Sunglasses: $100 at Evo

Sweet Protection Ronin RIG Reflect Sunglasses: $100 at Evo
Christmas Day will look extra special when looking through these beauties from Sweet Protection. The Ronin RIG Reflect sunglasses feature 2.2mm Toric lenses that offer 100% UV protection in an unrestricted, unblocked field of vision. They also look super stylish and right up there with the best mountain biking sunglasses. You can quickly exchange one impact-resistant lens for another which also has an anti-fog coating. Available in a host of color options and have a $50 discount at Evo.

3. UK Christmas gifts up to £100

POC Lure Long MTB Cycling Socks: £28 at Tredz

POC Lure Long MTB Cycling Socks: £28 at Tredz
I'd actually be disappointed if I did'nt get some socks on Christmas Day, and I'd be very happy with a few pairs of these. The POC Lure have been specifically created for mountain biking, and feature extra padding under the sole for all-day comfort. A longer, 20cm, shaft enhances protection up the shin, while a breathable rib knit gives support and comfort. They come in a huge selection of color options, so your mountain biker will always be matching.

Nukeproof Blackline Jacket: £30 at Chain Reaction

Nukeproof Blackline Jacket: £30 at Chain Reaction
Don't be fooled by the minimalistic style, or the price. The Blackline Softshell jacket from Nukeproof normally retails at £120, and it does it all with its water-resistant, warm, and breathable fabric. Another one I own myself having picked it up in last year's Cyber Monday sales, it's an even better deal now and sure to please the rider in your life.

Mountain Bike Trail Prints: £24.95 at TrailMaps

Mountain Bike Trail Prints: £24.95 at TrailMaps
TrailMaps are brilliant and a superb way for your favorite mountain biker to commemorate their local mountain bike trail, remember an epic day's riding, or provide inspiration for their next mountain bike adventures. These beautifully detailed infographic art prints show mountain bike trails in some of the most popular destinations from around the world including Fort William and Atherton Racings Dyfi Bike Park. There is a huge collection to choose from and these will look great in any cyclist's pain cave.

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Fox Racing Machinist Beanie: £28.99 at Fox Racing
We all love a cozy beanie and this Fox Racing Machinist Beanie allows your rider to rep the Fox Racing brand in minimalist style. It comes in four color choices and is an essential cold weather day item, it's at home in the bike park car park or having those post-ride chill beers in the pub.

Endura Hummvee Cycling Shorts II: £32.99 at Tredz

Endura Hummvee Cycling Shorts II: £32.99 at Tredz
The classic Hummvee by Endura needs no introduction as probably the best MTB shorts ever made. These classic baggies have been around for over 20 years and they've changed little in that time. I've owned several pairs of Hummvee shorts over the years of MTB riding and they've always proven to be rugged, long-lasting, and offer great value for money. Currently half-price at Tredz in loads of sizes and color choices.

Endura Believe Jersey: £54.99 at Endura

Endura Believe Jersey: £54.99 at Endura
Endura loves a festive-themed MTB jersey and after last year's skulls and gingerbread freak-out, they are back with a UFO x Santa mash-up jersey. This year the team Endura Custom has drawn inspiration from The Dechmont Woods Incident, a famous UFO abduction case, that happened near Endura's HQ in Scotland. So if you know of a mountain biking UFO enthusiast this could be the perfect gift for you. 

Atherton Bikes Original Sweatshirt: £40 at Atherton Bikes

Atherton Bikes Original Sweatshirt: £40 at Atherton Bikes
The Atherton's are legends of the game and currently tearing it up with their stunning range of mountain bikes that have seen the brand claim the World Downhill MTB champs with its rider Charlie Hatton, and also delivered Rachel Atherton to a triumphant World Cup return this year too. The Atherton Racing clothing range is pretty stylish too and the original sweatshirt features the brand's logo, and will draw the nods of recognition from fellow mountain bikers wherever you are.

Five Ten Freerider Pro Shoes: £60.00 at Evans

Five Ten Freerider Pro Shoes: £60.00 at Evans
Another winner that will have your recipient thinking you're very generous is the Five Ten Freerider Pro, our top-rated best flat pedal shoe. Bike Perfect editor, Rich, gave it 5 out of 5 in his review and they are currently half price, so a Christmas present steal for the rider in your life, with a nice big discount, you might want to buy your mountain biker some nice new flat MTB pedals to go with them.

Nukeproof Neutron EVO Flat Pedals: £34.99 at Chain Reaction

Nukeproof Neutron EVO Flat Pedals: £34.99 at Chain Reaction
As if by magic, we have some of the best flat mountain bike pedals around from Nukeproof and its Neutron EVO (Electron EVO) Flat Pedals. They are available in just about any color going and are lightweight, tipping the scales at just 354g for the pair. Featuring a nylon-reinforced composite body and sealed cartridge bearings which makes them super-tough, smooth-spinning, and rock-solid underfoot. 

Five Ten Sleuth DLX flat pedal shoes: £64.97 at Go Outdoors

Five Ten Sleuth DLX flat pedal shoes: £64.97 at Go Outdoors
Another big favorite of mine is these Five Ten Sleuth DLX shoes, they not only perform brilliantly on the trails, but look great as a casual shoe post-ride down the pub, or being the coolest dad on the school run. At Go Outdoors you need a membership card to benefit from this discounted deal, and it costs £5, but you also get an extra 15% off when using code COLD15, which makes this a better than half-price, absolute Christmas bargain. 

Altura Icon Rocket Insulated Packable Gilet: £26.99 at Cycle Store

Altura Icon Rocket Insulated Packable Gilet: £26.99 at Cycle Store
A perfect winter gift for your cycling other half or even yourself. I own this myself and it's highly recommended especially at its current bargain price. It's insulated and features Pertex Microlight windproof fabric with a thermal fleece fabric around the chest and lower back to provide excellent core warmth. DWR coating along with a dual-ended water-resistant zip protects from showers and muck. There are plenty of other matching Altura items that match, discounted at Cycle Store too, if you're feeling extra generous.

Altura Esker Waterproof Jacket: £39 at Cycle Store

Altura Esker Waterproof Jacket: £39 at Cycle Store
This had an original RRP of £130 so at this price it makes you as far removed from the Grinch as you could possibly be. The Altura Esker Men's Packable Jacket has superb waterproofing capabilities thanks to its offers 5k waterproof and breathability rating with fully taped seams in a lightweight outer layer, ideal for the filthiest of riding days or the best bikepacking adventures. Designed to be easily stored away in your bar bag or rear pocket, it's built for versatility and the relaxed fit also makes this a great outer shell for the walker or hiking adventurer.

Peatys Complete Bicycle Cleaning Kit: £59.99 at Tredz

Peatys Complete Bicycle Cleaning Kit: £59.99 at Tredz
Another great gift idea that I'd be very happy to open up on Christmas morning is the Peatys Complete Bicycle Cleaning Kit. Cleaning your bike can become an obsession and we all like to look after our pride and joy with the best cleaning products. Peatys is renowned for its quality products from degreasers to lubes, they perform brilliantly. This kit has everything required to turn the filthiest of bikes into a sparkling ride-ready rig including Loam foam, foaming degreaser, Linklube all-weather lube, Bog brush, drivetrain brush, bamboo bicycle cleaning cloth, and wham heavy-duty box with removable parts tray for easy storage.

4. UK Christmas gifts £100 or more

Kask Elemento Helmet: £302 at Sigma

Kask Elemento Helmet: £302 at Sigma
The eagled-eyed may have spotted Pauline Ferrand-Prévot wearing the Kask Elemento helmet to victory in the XCO and XCC MTB World Championships at Glentress in Scotland earlier this year. It's aimed to be a multi-discipline helmet at home at an MTB World Cup or equally capable in cyclocross, gravel, or road events. It performed superbly on test and the ventilation alongside the advanced safety technology make it one of the best cycling helmets around.

Garmin Varia RTL515 Rearview Radar/TailLight: £130 at Amazon

Garmin Varia RTL515 Rearview Radar/TailLight: £130 at Amazon
Another great lighting option with fantastic safety measures is the Garmin Varia RTL515 Rearview Radar and Tail Light. This is without a doubt one of the best lights for night riding on the market. The Varia works with most Garmin bike computers or smartphones and provides sound and vibration alerts, plus bold graphics to inform you of the speed and position of any vehicles that are approaching from behind. Its sensor stretches to 140 meters and has a visibility range of up to a mile. I use this myself and can't recommend it enough.

Wahoo Elemnt Roam Computer: £179 at Evans

Wahoo Elemnt Roam Computer: £179 at Evans
The Wahoo Elemnt Roam has everything a rider will need from the best MTB GPS computer. Featuring advanced technology with improved navigation, a vibrant color screen, and better integration. Perfect for those who wish to head further off the beaten track, onboard mapping means that no matter how far you explore, you'll be able to get back safely. 

GoPro Hero 11 Black: £299 at GoPro

GoPro Hero 11 Black: £299 at GoPro
We all like to record our best mountain bike rides to look back and pester our friends with our riding prowess. The GoPro Hero 11 is one of the leading action sports cameras, and it features awesome footage quality with a 5.3K video and boasts a new image sensor for stunning photo resolution up to an incredible 27MP. Any mountain biker opening this on Christmas Day will be happily stepping up to do the Christmas Day dishes.

Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Helmet: £149.99 at Leisure Lakes

Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Helmet: £149.99 at Leisure Lakes
Put this under the tree for your downhill-loving mountain biker and they'll be very happy. You'll be happy with the price too, as it's currently half-price at Leisure Lakes. This stunning signature Camo Army Green version looks very slick and is available sized XS-XXL. If Camo isn't your rider's thing, there is a huge selection of cool colorways that are also carrying nice discounts for Christmas. With the money saved, you might want to splash out on a new pair of the best mountain bike goggles too.

100% Armega Forecast MTB Goggle: £134 at Leisure Lakes

100% Armega Forecast MTB Goggle: £134 at Leisure Lakes
The best mountain bike goggles should deliver maximum mud-free vision, the 100% Armega Forecast goggles have a complete mud system that is designed to operate seamlessly in the worst conditions. These goggles have a wider film and it deliver smoother film pulls, and work together with the 100% Forecast Shield that attaches to ensure maximum clarity. 

Quick links to buy Christmas gifts for mountain bikers

Already looking for something in particular or our gifts for mountain biker's suggestions not quite hitting the mark? Then you might want to check what the large online retailers have to offer. Here are the sites where you'll regularly find quality mountain biking products, and often offer discounts as a bonus.

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Paul Brett
Staff writer

Based in Edinburgh, Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.


Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm