Do you have an MTB woman in your life, and you’re stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? Well, we're here to help get you through this festive season, to put a smile on her face, and a spring in her pedal.
The supermarkets began stocking the selection boxes back in September, giving us all the false illusion that we have plenty of time to grab those essential gifts for the shredders in our lives. With just a few weeks to go until Christmas Gift Judgement Day, we thought we’d give you a little nudge in the right direction with some ideas that’ll secure your comfy spot in her good books.
Ferda Girls sticker pack
Unless you've been living under a rock this summer, there's no doubt you've been signing this tune as you've been out riding with your mates.
Micayla Gatto's "Ferda Girls" music video is a sensational parody, a shout-out to all female mountain bikers who live to shred and who are fed up of the gender stereotypes. Show some support and get her some stickers to adorn her ride.
ASSOS Women's Chamois Cream
Take care of her delicate derriere with the new ASSOS women's specific chamois cream.
Proven to reduce chaffing and irritation from miles in the saddle, this chamois cream is designed specifically for the pH balance of women and helps prevent inflammation and even ingrowing hairs! We loved the stuff and still use it to this day.
Hackney GT Betty jersey
Created from the passion for cycling, Hackney GT are famed for their quirky designs and exclusivity.
This year, we've seen the introduction of their new MTB jerseys and we are loving the "Betty" - it's bold, it's bright and it totally channels your inner animal when you're going hard on those trails with a relentless ferocity. Made from a thick and breathable polyester, this jersey is ideal for anything the British weather has to throw at it.
"Dirt Don't Hurt" - women's vest
We can't help but love the mountain bike lifestyle and, of course, that means wearing our bikes on our sleeves - literally.
This Etsy find is a total must for the post-ride or for the casual wear. Available in a number of different colours, it's a simple hand-printed cotton vest displaying a motto that we can all live by "dirt don't hurt".
DMR Death Grip
Don't forget her bike needs gifts too!
The DMR Deathgrips have gone down a storm in mountain biking. With a waffle, knurl and mushroom texture all blended into one grip, your hand is comfortable and well planted throughout the ride.
Not only are DMR Deathgrips available in a variety of great colours, but you can also get them in a thick or thin width.
Primal Riding Socks
It just wouldn't be Christmas without socks, would it?
We love Primal's selection of riding socks. Not only are they made out of performance inspired fabrics, but the designs are brilliant and fun too!
Crank Brothers Stamp pedals
There's been a lot of research and development going into the revamp of crank brother's flat pedals. Now, there's a whole range of their Stamp collection, varying in price points and in sizes between large and small.
Their Stamp 7 model is available in red or black and in two different sizes. With ten adjustable pins on both sides and a slightly concave profile, these pedals are lightweight and offer optimum contact with your shoes.
Wee Cog Slider saddlebag
If you're going out on a quick blast and don't fancy taking a pack with you, then the Slider saddlebag from Wee Cog is perfect.
We were blown away earlier this year with their road and mountain bike bags which are strong, durable and totally discrete as it nestles neatly under the saddle. Large enough to contain the essentials, inner tube, tools and energy bar, this saddlebag is a faithful mountain bike companion.
Available in a number of colours, the Slider is compatible for dropper posts, although there are other model options for road and fixed seatpost. The Slider saddlebag is available here for £28.
ION Rascal MTB shoes
If your special someone likes to clip-in on the bike, then take a look at these Rascals from ION Sports.
Winner of innovation and design awards, these mountain bike shoes are hardwearing, protective and comfortable to wear both on and off the bike. You can read the full review here.
Madison Zena jacket
Madison's new AW17 mountain bike collection for women is a definite winner. Famed for their high-quality weatherproof riding kit, the British brand has continued to strengthen their sterling reputation.
The new Zena waterproof jacket is available in three striking colours; pink, purple and black. It's form-fitting, comfortable and looks so casual that it's totally passable for casual wear too!
Hope Carbon Handlebar
Can you imagine this carbon handlebar adorning the front her steed?
Made from tried and tested carbon, this bar is 780mm wide, with a 20mm rise and 31.8mm diameter. They weigh an incredible 225g and they look seriously slick.
Timber! mountain bike bell
Ok, we know that bells aren't considered "cool" in the mountain bike community. If you come across another rider or walker on the trial, it's common to just call out and hope they hear you.
The Timber! mountain bike bell is pretty cool though. It's cable actuated so when the trigger is pressed, the cable slackens on the bell and it'll ring out using the momentum and roughness of the terrain. Flip the trigger again and the cable tightens and the ringing stops. Easy.
Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts
You can't go wrong with a good pair of trail shorts and Troy Lee Designs' Ruckus shorts are just the ticket.
Available in three flat colours, these shorts are understated, simple and built for trail shredding. They have an ajustable wasitband to dial in the perfect fit and are coated in a water repellent membrane.
Fox Deny Flannel shirt
Are you even a mountain biker if you don't wear plaid?
This flannel shirt from Fox is a total winner with us. It's stylish and effortlessly cool, perfect for the post-ride and everyday wear, oh, and the added hood feature makes it extra cosy in the winter.
Park Tool Home Mechanic Starter Kit
No mountain biker should be without a trusted set of tools to help keep the bike running smooth.
Park Tool is the obvious go-to option for most bike shops and training centres because they're reliable, high-quality and last an age. This home starter kit is ideal for those of you looking to get your hands a little dirty taking care of the basics.
Giro Montara MIPS helmet
Protect her pretty head with a Giro Montara trail helmet and their new 2018 colours have arrived just in time for Christmas.
The smooth matt outer shell sits atop MIPS technology inner casing and anti-microbial padding. There's full camera mount integration and the Montara is fully compatible with goggles too.
Hope women's shirt
If the Hope Tech bling is a little beyond your budget, or you're looking for a stocking filler, then check out this women's t-shirt. Show your love for the British brand and wear this tee on the trails or around town.
Specialized 2FO Flat Shoes
Specialized bikes have been giving the women's MTB market a lot of attention in recent years. With more female specific bikes and kit on offer, we can't help but get a little excited.
The 2FO flat shoes are designed using body specific geometry. They are constructed from robust and durable rubber which encases the foot and protects it from an impact. The grippy flat sole keeps your foot firmly planted on the pedal and the rubber sole deforms to the platform pins. Tried and tested by TWC and we love them!
Cytech Home Mechanics Course
Give her the gift of knowledge this Christmas with a 2 day home mechanics course from Cytech.
This course will teach you all the essentials and basics for maintaining and tuning your bike. Taking place in a relaxed classroom environment, the Home Mechanics course will give you that much needed confidence boost to be able to tinker and improve your riding performance. More information about the course, and how to book can be found here.
How far into her good books do you want to get?
The new Hero6 edition from GoPro is kitted with the latest media technology. She'll become her own hero and superstar of home movies, but can also use it for a essential training. Video footage is one of the best coaching tools to have as you can slow down your jump, watch your body position and analyse areas for improvements.
It's voice controlled, has a touch screen, robust and waterproof. It's the action camera and media centre for all outdoor adventurers. For more information, head over to their website here.
Scott Contessa Genius
If money is no issue, and you want her to feel like a Queen of the Mountains, then splash out on the stunning new Scott Contessa Genius.
It's playful and poppy, but don't be deceived by the women's specific title as this bike means business. A whopping 150mm front/rear travel, boost hub spacing and improved pedal clearance makes this machine a total dream.
It's elegant and stylish, with a number of build options to suit the rider and the budget. We had some serious fun riding this beauty in Switzerland.