THE LOAM WOLF’S
2022 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
16 SUGGESTIONS FOR THE EVERYDAY MOUNTAIN BIKER
Finding the right holiday gift can be hard. This mountain bike gift guide has been curated by the team here at The Loam Wolf to bring you some of the best gift ideas for the mountain biker in your family. These mountain bike gifts range in price from $10 to $2,900 and everything in between. Whether it is a new jacket, helmet, toolkit, or even a new frame, find the right mountain bike gift below!
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SCHWALBE EDDY CURRENT EMTB TIRES
With a tread pattern inspired by motocross, Schwalbe developed an eMTB specific tire. The tire features V-grooves in the center and side knobs for precision in the corners. Schwalbe’s eMTB tires all use the Addix Soft compounds as they believe it offers the optimal blend of damping and grip, while still rolling fast enough to minimize efficiency losses.
- Reliable cornering grip paired with high braking traction.
- Excellent transmission of steering corrections through long grip edges, even when less weight is on the front wheel in ascents. The result: Understeer is more controllable.
- Maximum propulsion and braking traction through massive blocks that transmit sufficient power to the ground, even on the steepest climbs.
- Hard wearing thanks to large-volume center studs.
CRANKBROTHER MALLET E PEDAL
The Mallet E is Crank Bros answer for the trail rider and enduro racer looking for the bombproof durability and uncompromising stability of the Mallet DH pedal. The concave platform with six adjustable pins offers sure-footed stability when rock gardens are trying their best to pitch you over the bars. Traction pads provide a non-slip surface for securely locating the clip-in mechanism after a dismount.
- Tough aluminum body
- Four sided mud-shedding entry
- 15/20 degrees of entry
BLACKBURN PRO PLUGGER CO2 KIT
Haven’t had a flat in years?! Well, they are part of the game and Blackburn has made it easy to be prepared with the Pro Plugger CO2 kit. The kit mounts on the underside of your water bottle cage, giving it a very sleek appearance and practicality. The Pro Plugger CO2 Kit comes with tire plugs, co2, presta inflator head, and mounting screws. These few items could keep you or a loved one from having to walk home!
- 3 tire plugs
- 1 CO2 cartridge
- Inflator head
FOX RACING PROFRAME RS HELMET
With the most recent updates, the Fox Proframe helmet finds itself once again in a mountain bike gift guide. The Proframe RS Helmet takes the lightweight breathability of the standard Proframe and takes it to the next level of safety and performance. Featuring the all-new Mips Integra Split protection system, this helmet is designed to meet the needs of all-mountain riders and enduro racers. The increased ventilation and decreased surface contact of the helmet keep riders cool on long rides, while the Ionic+ and anti-microbial liner and multi-sized cheek pads provide optimized comfort and fit. Give your loved one the gift of safety.
- BOA micro-adjustable fit
- Fidlock magnetic closure system
- 3-position adjustable visor
- Removable GoPro mount
SMITH SQUAD GOGGLE
The Smith Squad MTB goggle offers crystal-clear vision and eye protection when descents demand it. Wear them with a full face or go “full enduro” by wearing with your open face lid! With maximum ventilation and a design that integrates with most helmets, these goggles are an easy choice.
- ChromaPop anti-fog lenses
- Cylindrical Carbonic lens protection for impact resistance
- Open ventilation eliminate fog
- Tear-off compatible
LEATT AIRFLEX PRO KNEE GUARD
The Leatt AirFlex Knee Guard Pro offers impact protection without hindering ride performance. Rather than thick foam and breakable plastic, these knee guards opt for a non-Newtonian gel. When you’re riding, the gel and flexible material move with your legs, allowing you to flow freely downhill. But when you hit the ground, the gel stiffens up, protecting your knees and the surrounding area from impact. In terms of comfort and protection, these are some of our favorite knee pads.
- Low weight
- Weather resistant
It wouldn’t be a Gift Guide if we didn’t plug some of our own merch. We’ve got just about everything you could want. Custom jerseys made in California, short sleeve and long sleeve shirts, hoodies and even bike accessories like frame protectors and mud guards. Head to the store to check everything and use code “giftguide” to save 20% on your order. Thanks for looking!
$54 – $59
$10 | ON SALE
SPECIALIZED TRAIL WIND JACKET
The Trail Wind Shell from Specialized is a wind resistant recycled polyester riding jacket with minimal water resistance. This shell packs up to be very small, making it easy to bring on any ride just in case the weather turns ugly. Clean, simple styling make the Trail Wind Shell an exceptional piece both for riding and wearing out on the town.
- Sizes XS-XXL
- Offered in 3 colors
- 91% Nylon, 9% Spandex
- Under Helmet Integrated Hood
RIDE CONCEPTS TALLAC CLIP BOA
The Tallac Clip BOA combines advanced off-road footwear technology with bike-specific performance to offer a trail shoe designed to outlast the biggest epics. The Tallac introduces Ride Concepts partnership with Cordura®. The stitch-free, fully welded upper is breathable and lightweight, but also trail-tough and protective.
- Tough Cordura Fabric
- BOA Closure system
- D3O High Impact Zone to absorb impacts
100 PERCENT BRISKER GLOVE
The Brisker gloves are lightly insulated gloves that have saved knuckles in more ways than one. They aren’t thick necessarily, but have just enough padding to protect from unexpected tree punches. Moisture wicking microfiber interior is comfy and a soft thumb makes for easy noise or glass wipes. A single layer Clarino palm maintains comfort and bar feel, and integrated tech threads make these gloves smart phone friendly.
- Neoprene cuff
- Moisture wicking microfiber interior
- Tech threads in fingers keep you connected
FOX RACING FLEXAIR NEOSHELL WATER JACKET
Looking for a jacket that will keep you on the trails all winter long? The Fox NeoShell Rain Jacket uses the Polartec NeoShell fabric, a breathable waterproof fabric that protects from the worst downpours while reducing heat and sweat buildup inside. A helmet compatible hood keeps water from running down your back, and large under-arm vents keep you cool on during the ascent.
- Breathable rain jacket
- Drawcord on lower hem to keep out elements
- Adjustable cuffs at arm openings
SPECIALIZED ENDURO FRAMESET
One of our favorite bikes from our 2022 Enduro Bike Round-up the Enduro is a wildly capable bike. With 170mm of suspension travel front and rear and a 63.9 degree head angle (Low BB setting) this bike is ready for any EWS track thrown at it. Tackling technical, steep descents is where this bike shines, but that is not surprising considering the suspension kinematics are borrowed straight from Specialized’s downhill bike, the Demo. What is surprising is the pedaling/climbing efficiency of this long-legged machine. The Enduro is truly the downhill bike that pedals!
- 170mm rear wheel travel
- SWAT door for in-frame storage
- FACT carbon, stiff and responsive
FEEDBACK SPORTS TEAM EDITION TOOL KIT
The Team Edition Tool Kit from Feedback is a piece of kit that we take everywhere. We’ve been running the same kit for the last few years and it’s never let us down. Without a doubt, the mountain biker in your family will thank you many times over for this toolkit.
- Allen Wrenches – 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6mm
- Torx® Wrenches – T25/T27/T30
- 6 & 8mm L-handle Allen Wrenches
- Magnetic-Tipped Screwdrivers – Flat blade 3 & 4.5mm; JIS Phillips #2
- Shimano Crank Cap Tool
- 15mm Pedal Wrench
- 15mm Bolt-on Axle Nut Tool
- Steel Core Tire Levers (2)
- Spoke Multi-Wrench
- Valve Extender Wrench
- Valve Core Tools – Schrader and Presta
- Rotor Truing Tools
- Precision Chain Pin Press
- Cassette and Disc Brake Rotor Lockring Wrench
- Cassette Pliers
- Cable Cutter and Cable Crimper
- Master Link Pliers
- Chain Tool 2.0
- And several more…
Known for their long-lasting, quiet and highly compatible chains, KMC has been the choice for many riders when replacing drivetrain parts. KMC offers chains for all aspects of riding. Whether you are looking for a single speed chain or 7 to 12 speed chain, KMC has it. They even offer e-bike specific chains that offer maximum durability.
- Top-tier bike chain for road, mountain, and gravel bikes
- Many options for color, speed, and price point
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