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Fidlock TWIST Bottle 450 and Uni Base Review

Bike design is hard. Sometimes designers make compromises that mean that traditional water bottle mounts just won’t fit. I have a bike with this issue, a size medium Kona Process 153. I needed a solution for carrying water bottles on my bike so I decided to try the Fidlock water bottle system with their strap on Uni Base. I’ll mention right at the top that this is not a cheap solution at $52.99 for the entire kit, but I think you’ll see why it might not be a bad deal for some.

The Fidlock Magic

So what makes Fidlock unique? Fidlock’s most import feature is its TWIST mounting system. The Fidlock base features two mounting post with magnets and a center alignment pin.

The bottle features magnets as well and slots for the mounting post to attach to. The slots feature spring loaded clips which mechanically attach the bottle as the magnets pull it into place.

The bottle, after it has been attached, the bottle is held on mechanically, not by magnets alone. The slots in the mount the allow the bottle to twist off the mounting posts and release. If your confused at this point… watch the video.

UNI Base

Beyond the bottle attachment system the kit that I got, also came with the UNI base. The UNI base allows you to mount the base of the Fidlock system without water bottle mounts. Two rubber, ski straps or “zip ties” allow the base to be attached to any frame tubes with a width of 28–62 mm. The base also features a rubber base to prevent sliding and scratching of the frame.

Mounting the system with this UNI base was quite easy. The rubber zip ties make it easy to cinch the base into position. I went with the smaller bottle option at 450 ml / 15.22 fl oz to allow me a bit more choice in my mounting locations. In the end I found I was able to mount the UNI base to the underside of my top tube and squeeze the bottle between the shock and the top tube and down tube junction. Because you don’t need to slide the bottle forward or back to remove it this mounting makes it very easy to get the bottle in and out.

In Use

So with all its fancy magnets and mounting systems, does this thing actually work? Well yes. It actually works amazingly well. I’ve never lost a bottle and it’s stupid easy to get the bottle on and off.

When I first mounted the system, I mounted it with the bottle on top of my top tube. This exposed the one weakness of the Fidlock system. The bottle can be dislodged by a sideways impact. I found that I was knocking the bottle off as I swung my leg across my bike. Changing the mounting to the bottom of my top tube solved this issue and I haven’t had any problem since.

The straps themselves have held tightly with minimum slippage. It’s nice knowing that if I ever want to move the system to another bike or mounting point the straps are completely reusable. My only complaint with the strap system is that there isn’t a great way to deal with the extra strap length. I’ve ended up tucking mine in underneath the already wrapped portion of strap, but a cleaner solution would be nice.

I was curious how the attachment system would deal with getting dirty and I’m happy to report that I haven’t had any issues even in some pretty muddy conditions. If you are just absolutely mud bogging it might become an issue, but I haven’t been able to make the attachment mechanism fail.

The bottle itself is 15.22 fl oz which is smaller in comparison to a “standard” bottle at 22oz. I’ve found it’s plenty of capacity for a normal 1 hour / 10 mile ride where I can go completely pack-less. And for longer rides, it allows me to pack a single extra bottle instead of 2. The valve is a simple “push/pull” type valve that can be opened and closed with teeth or your hands. I do prefer the Jet Valve in Camelbacks bottles but this valve is completely serviceable.

One bummer of the bottle is that you don’t get a choice of cool colors or designs. The choices are grey or grey. For the premium price it feels like I should be able to choose a color.

Final Thoughts

The Fidlock system isn’t most likely something I’d recommend for everyone. In my mind it’s mainly a problem solver for clearance and attachment point issues. Adding a second water bottle when you only have a single set of bosses? Want to clear a larger bottle? Those are the types of situations where the Fidlock system shines.

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Pros:

  • Super simple attachment
  • Great for clearing tight spots
  • Robust build quality
  • Don’t need existing water bottle mounts

Cons:

  • Price
  • Strap Organization
  • Lack of Color Options

New Bike Roundup First Half Of February 2020

So many new bikes have been announced that we thought we’d wrap up some of the highlights into once place.

Carbon V2 Ibis Ripmo Follows the Alloy Version

Ibis has released an updated version of it’s Ripmo. Following the lead of the Ripmo AF the new V2 Ripmo carbon features the same geometry as it’s alloy brother. However the carbon frame ends up being nearly two pounds lighter. Ibis also says that the carbon layup is stiffer than the alloy version.

You will also see a jump in prices with the frameset alone costing $2,999 and complete bikes starting at $4,399. For comparison the Ripmo AF starts complete builds $2,999. Which begs the question, for the $1,400 difference could you drop those 2 pounds where it really counts with a baller wheelset and maybe a couple other upgrades?

Check out the new bike here

Commencal Revises Its Meta TR with the Meta TR SX

The Commencal trail bike got a revision that saw the 29er getting a shock length increase to 55mm instead of 50mm. Bumping the rear travel from 130mm of travel to 140mm. That rear travel is also serviced by Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil. All the other geo numbers stay the same.

Commencal is billing this as a trail bike made for fun. Find out more here.

New Transition Scout

The new Transition Scout is still rocking 27.5 wheels but it has upped it’s rear travel from 130mm to 140mm. Up front the bike moves up to 150mm of travel. The bike is now also only offered in carbon. Now more alloy Scouts, at least for the moment. Along with the travel and materials changes the geometry has been revised with a degree slacker head angle and about a degree steeper seat tube angle. The reach and wheelbase have also been stretched out while the chainstays actually grew by 5mm.

Builds start at $4,499. Check out more here.

Jamis Release New Carbon Hardline and Portal

Though not a secret, Jamis formally announced its new carbon versions of their Patrol and Hardline bikes. Formally only available alloy these new carbon bikes will share the same geometry but reduce the weight by 2 pounds and raise the base price from $2,999 for a complete alloy build up to $4,699 starting price for carbon builds.

You can check out more info here.

Lots of Ebike Stuff

Yeah there was lots of “ebike” stuff. But I’ll save that for later.

New Jamis Faultline Full Suspension Bike

Jamis has released a new full suspension bike 29er trail bike. The Faultline features 115mm of rear suspension and a 130mm up front. The rear suspension is driven by a rocker driven single pivot system. This suspension setup is simpler than Jamis’ more complex 3VO system. While simpler, single pivot designs can still be very effective when engineered well, as Kona, Marin and others have proven.

With this simpler suspension, the Jamis Faultline is targeted a cost conscience buyer. The base Faultline A2 has a $1,749 MSRP and the upgraded A1 comes in at $2,199. This puts it in direct competition with bikes like the Marin Rift Zone and Norco Fluid FS.

Builds

As with any full suspension bike in this price range, the build kit of the Faultline A2 is a set of compromises. Front suspension is handled by a budget SR Suntour XCR 34 fork. The rear suspension, however, is a Rock Shox Deluxe Select R which is a pretty good mid-range shock. Drivetrain is 10 speed Shimano Deore and the brakes are also Shimano MT200 hydraulic disk brakes with 180mm front and 160mm rear rotors.

The A2 Build

The build is rounded out with WTB rims laced to formula hubs and WTB Vigilante 29 x 2.35” front tire and Trail Boss 29 x 2.25” rear tire. The rear wheel is a full boost 12x148mm through axle wheel. This is an area where we have noticed that some bike makers cut corners. The bike also comes equipped with KS dropper post out of the box.

The A1 build at $2199 makes a number of upgrades. The rear shock is the RL model adding a lockout and the fork is upgraded to a Rock Shox 35 Gold RL. Drivetrain duties are taken over by SRAM SX Eagle 12 speed and the brakes get a slight bump to the Shimano MT401 series.

Geometry

We haven’t had a chance to ride a Faultline yet, but by the numbers it looks like this may be a bit more of a conservative bike. With a relatively 67.5 degree head tube angle and conservative reach and wheelbase numbers I would expect the Faultline to feel a bit more upright and sensitive to bar input. The seat angle is reported at 74.5 degrees which is not very steep.

Chainstays are 445mm which is a bit on the longer side. For comparison a Marin Rift Zone’s chainstays are 425mm and the head angle is a full 2 degrees slacker at 65.5 degrees.

Conclusion

On paper the Faultline looks like a bike that someone who likes a more “old school” feel would enjoy. If you’d like to check out the Jamis Faultline in more detail head over to: https://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/faultline-a1.html

Salsa Introduces New Rangefinder Hardtail

Salsa has introduced a new entry level trail hardtail, The Rangefinder. This new hard slots in ever so slightly beneath their long running Timberjack lineup. Available in both 29 and 27.5+ configurations the Rangefinder starts at an entry level price of $1,099.

That entry level price will get you a 10-speed Deore drivetrain, Shimano MT201 2-piston brakes and a SR Suntour XCR 32 120mm air fork. You also do get a Trans-X dropper post, which is a welcome sight to see coming standard on a entry level bike.

On the flip side there are still a few old vestiges that we’d rather see disappear. Both the base build and the upgraded SX Eagle build come with a 10 x 141 mm QR rear hub. At this point it feels like 12 x 148 mm rear through axles should be ubiquitous. 29″ versions of the bike come with WTB Trail Boss G2 Comp 29 x 2.6″ tires, while the 27.5+ versions are fitted with the WTB Range Comp 27.5 x 2.8″ tire.

Geometry

The geometry of the Rangefinder is pretty conservative. The headtube angle is a relatively steep 68.5 degrees and the chainstays are a relatively long 439mm. The seat tube angle falls right in with most hardtails at 74.6 degrees and the reach on a size medium is relatively spacious at 444.4mm.

Features

The Rangefinder frame comes with two water bottle mounts in the front triangle, plus additional mounts on the underside of the down tube and on the top of the top tube. This allows the Rangefinder to accommodate extra tool / supply storage including bolt-on top tube bags such as Salsa’s own EXP Top Tube Bag. Thee frame also features internal cable routing for the rear derailleur, dropper post and rear brakes.

Even with these features as I look at the Salsa lineup between the the Rangefinder and the Timberjack I’d have to favor the base build Timberjack for most buyers as a recommendation. The Timberjack, for $150 extra in price gives you a 130mm fork and alternator dropouts in the rear that allow you to run singlespeed, QR or through-axle along with adjustable geometry. You also get a degree and a half slacker head tube angle and 19mm shorter chainstays.

Some riders may find the Rangefinder a more comfortable bike to start on, but I would encourage thinking about your options up just a tiny bit in the Salsa lineup.

Waterfly Hip-Pack Review: Can a Budget Hip-Pack Work?

In the world of mountain biking we quickly become accustom to buying MTB specific products. We have our own shoes, our own shirts, our own sunglasses etc. So can a hip pack not specifically designed for mountain biking compete with purpose designed products such as the Dakine Hotlaps? We put this question to the test when Waterfly sent us their two bottle fanny pack.

As listed on Amazon the “Waterfly Fanny Pack with Water Bottle Holder Unisex Hiking Waist Packs for Walking Running Lumbar Pack fit for iPhone iPod Samsung Phones” is $20.99 as apposed to the usual $50 – $100 that you expect to spend with a better known brand. We just be calling it “The Waterfly Hip-Pack” from now on. As a side note, you will also have an actual product name to tell people about when they ask you what you are carrying.

Product Features

The Waterfly Hip-Pack features two waterbottle holders on either end of the pack. These have elastic and the top for retention and mesh contruction for the bottle pocket. The bottles are also held in by cinch straps that come down accross the bottles or cinch the pocket closed if there is no bottle present. These cinch straps work very well to give the pack and bottles and “glued to your body” feel when riding.

The center pack feature 3 different compartments constructed from water resistant nylon. Each have a zipper closure. The zippers have proven robust. The compartments also have internal mesh organization pockets and a key clip. The sheer volume of this hip pack is enormous. It is wide enough to fit long items like a shock pump and deep enough to fit bulky items like a handheld GPS.

The back and strap of any hip-pack are critical to creating a comfortable load bearing system. The Waterfly Hip-Pack uses a corrugated venting material that provides padding and venting on the back and sides The straps themselves are nice and wide and the buckle system tightens by pulling out on each side and retention clips help to take up the extra strap length.

Other small details include a reflective patch with a loop for attaching a rear light, a carrying handle and a hidden opening between the back padding and the pack that can be used to tuck in the straps or stow a larger piece of clothing in an emergency.

In Use

I have to say, coming from a brand that I had never heard of, my expectations were low. Out of the box though, I was pleasantly surprised by the initial fit and finish of the product. The fabric while lightweight seemed tough and in most places the stitching looked pretty good. The only area where visually I wasn’t 100% happy with the pack was the top of the water bottle holders the edges in my opinion could use a little bit more of a finished edge. But, that being said there haven’t been any durability issues in that area. The buckles function the same as something like an Osprey Savu, but don’t have the same heavy duty feel.

Riding with the Waterfly Hippack has been surprisingly comfortable. The cinch straps around the water bottles hold the pack even when heavily loaded close to the body. They also double to secure the water bottles and I have yet to lose a bottle while carrying this pack.

As mentioned before the space in this hip pack is cavernous. I can fit the kitchen sink in the pack and is doesn’t have that tight around my stomach feel. The suspension is the honestly the best of any hip pack I have tried. The zippered pockets have functioned well and I haven’t broken any of them which is a good sign.

The only significant wear that I have inflicted in my testing period is a small hole from my “butt buzzing” the pack on my rear tire. This is just kind of a by product of carrying hip packs on a 29er in general and not anything specific to this pack.

Final Thoughts

To answer the question posed in the title, Yes, a budget hip-pack can work. Now the question is, is it a good investment? I’m unsure. Looking at packs such as Osprey you’ll have lifetime warranty and a proven brand standing behind the product. That has some value to most people, the question is if it’s something you need for something like a hip-pack solution. The answer will vary for different users.

As far as functionality of hip-packs go, I don’t think anyone has a corner on the market. The Waterfly Hip-Pack performs on the trail well. You’ll have to decide for yourself if the name brand is worth the extra cost.

Waterfly Provided This Pack For Review

Pros:

  • Great storage volume
  • Low price
  • Holds tight to your body

Cons:

  • Not from a known, name brand.
  • Buckles don’t have quite the same quality.
  • Some durability concerns
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New Aluminum Jeffsey With Updated Geometry for 2020

YT recently refreshed their 2020 bikes, but noticeably absent was a refreshed Jeffsey aluminium version. Year after year the Jeffsey aluminium has presented a compelling value for the budget conscience trail / enduro bike buyer. Well the Jeffsey aluminum is now back and it has undated geometry, bringing it back in sync with it’s carbon counterpart.

Both 29″ and 27.5″ versions of the bike are available in a single base build. Unlike some other manufacturers that offer higher component specs to those that still want a metal frame, YT has opted to make this a decidedly budget build. That being said, the Jeffsey spec is no slouch and will punch above its price tag in many respects.

Suspension

In regards to suspension, a RockShox Yari RC is up front in either 160mm (27.5″) or 150mm (29″). The balance of the suspension is handled by a RockShox Deluxe Select rear shock with 160mm (27.5″) or 150mm (29″) of travel. The rear suspension also includes a flip chip that makes the head angle 0.5 degrees steeper and raises the bottom bracket.

Components

YT tends to use branded parts such as a Raceface cockpit and DT Swiss M1900 wheels. However, for the dropper post YT has opted to go with a house branded YT Postman with small and medium bikes receiving 125 mm drop, larges 150 mm drop and XL – XXL getting 170 mm of drop.

Braking and drivetrain are all handled by SRAM. Guide T 4-piston brakes provide the stopping power. The lowest end, SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain is provided. This may be a disappointment to some but you have to remember that we are talking about a $2,299.00 bike and I think YT has placed a priority on suspension and brakes in their spec. Which I think will serve most riders this bike is geared towards well.

Geometry

As mentioned earlier the geo now matches the carbon version of the Jeffsey. You get a head tube angle of 66 degrees and seat tube angle of 77 degrees. The reach on a medium is 450mm and chainstays are 435 mm. On the XL and XXL an extra 5mm is added to the chainstays in an effort to keep the bike more balanced for larger riders.

The YT Jeffsey aluminum looks to again provide a really great value to bike buyers looking for an affordable full suspension bike. It does however have stiffer competition with other manufacturers such as Ibis with their RIPMO AF throwing their hat in the ring. Find out more at: https://yt-industries.com

New Marzocchi Coil Fork and Conversion

Marzocchi has a long history with coil forks and they are bringing back the magic with a new BOMBER Z1 Coil suspension fork. The new fork shares the 36mm chassis and the GRIP damper from the air sprung Z1. But, it swaps out the air spring for a new coil system.

The new coil is an ultra-lightweight tempered silicon-chromium steel spring. Even with this “ultra-lightweight” coil the starting weight is 2,525g which is fair bit heavier than the air sprung equivalent. It is availible in both 29 and 27.5 configurations with travel that can be adjusted in 10mm increments from 150-180mm (depending on wheel size) via included internal spacers.

Beyond your damper settings and your selected spring rate when you purchase the fork, you do get an external preload adjuster to adjust sag and firmness off the top. The spring side also includes an integrated air assist for progressivity and bottom out control. This is pre-configured and not adjustable.

The fork is available in 4 spring rates. Marzocchi provides a guide for choosing the right one.

It is priced at $749.00. There will also be a conversion kit for the air sprung Z1 available for $175.00.

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SixSixOne Reset MIPS Helmet Review

The longer I’ve been riding and the more injuries I have seen on the trail, the more have been convinced that the two most important things to protect are your brain and your neck while mountain biking. Broken collarbones, arms and legs will all heal and usually full function will be restored. But, a traumatic brain injury can change you forever. That’s why I was excited when SixSixOne announced that they were adding MIPS technology to their Reset full face helmet.

The SixSixOne Reset MIPS helmet is not just another full face helmet. I think it’s important to note up front that this helmet retails for only $149. That kind of price-point won’t get you even near a full face MIPS helmet from many other manufactures.

Features

For the uninitiated, MIPS is a rotational force reduction system that is designed to reduce the chances of concussion during a impact. While some may argue that MIPS doesn’t make a big difference, I would argue that any advantage I can get to avoiding a concussion is well worth it and the $149 price tag makes it a no-brainer (pun intended). The Reset helmet is one of the first full face helmets to integrate the new E2 MIPS system, designed specifically for Full-Face helmets.

The E2 MIPS Liner

E2 MIPS liner is a soft, cap-like insert that acts as a low-friction layer between the head and the helmet. The E2 liner is made up of two multi-directional, stretch fabric layers sewn together around a thin, plastic foil. This gives the helmet a soft, padded feel on the inside.

The Resets ABS shell features grated vents in the chin/face guard along with angular venting around the helmet. The visor is pretty large and has a somewhat unique narrower shape. The visor does tilt to allow for goggles to be stowed on the top of the helmet. I found that in the “down” position the visor just barely came into my field of view.

The chin strap is a traditional, d-ring type of attachment. It features some extra padding beyond the strap itself. There is also a small button to retain the excess length.

The weight of the size medium Reset Mips is a respectable 1055g. This is not as feathery as something like a Fox Proframe at a claimed weight of 750g. But, actually comes in lighter than something like the Leatt DBX 3.0 DH helmet at 1160g.

In Use

So with all its affordability and great features how is the 661 Reset MIPS to use? In a word, it’s great. The Reset is a true downhill rated full face helmet that is intended for high speed riding. With this requirement it does not vent as well as a non-downhill rated full face, such as the Bell Super 2 which was the last full face I was using. However, you are definitively getting another level of protection with this helmet and the venting has been good enough to not deter me from wearing it even when pedaling hard around dirt jumps. I even took this helmet on a high country adventure in Telluride where I did about 1700 feet of climbing. For that type of a climb, I did remove my helmet for portions of the climbing since it was a boring fire road slog.

The fit of the helmet was true to the sizing guide. The Rest MIPS comes in sizes XXS to XXL so this helmet will work for everyone from small kids to people with very large heads. I’ve liked this helmet so much that I picked up an XS for my five year old. The helmets are scaled down correctly. You don’t end up with and overly elongated chin area or other oddities as you size down.

The chin strap is nicely padded. I have found it comfortable while wearing for long periods. I grew to like the d-ring chin strap even though I was unsure about it at first. D-rings make it easier to cinch down to exactly the right size and after it’s in place it isn’t going anywhere.

Padded D-Ring Chin Strap

It also fits my goggles without issue and provides me with good visibility into my peripheral vision. The only part of my vision that I found obscured at all was a bit of my upper vision by the visor. This however doesn’t seem like a big loss to me as almost everything I need to see is always down or to the sides.

Rear Venting

The lining is very comfortable and the cheek pads hold the helmet in position well. On the topic of the lining, I found that when I sweat in this helmet it didn’t get that moist, gross feeling that I’ve had in some helmets. I’ll credit that partially to the venting design, and partially to the fact the much of our testing was in relatively dry mountain conditions in Colorado. The helmets doesn’t have multiple cheek pad sizes or removable cheek pads.

Front Venting

I did find that under very hot/heavy breathing the front venting could be a little bit more open. However this is always a trade-off between greater protection and greater breathability.

Final Thoughts

I really couldn’t be happier with the SixSixOne Reset MIPS helmet. Using one for this entire past park season has been absolutely great and I have no reason to not use it next season. Thankfully I didn’t drag my head across the ground this past year so it should be ready to run as soon as the lifts start running.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Comfortable and Wide Range of Sizes
  • MIPS Protection
  • Good Ventilation

Cons:

  • Chin Bar Could Breath Better

Mag-Tank™ From Revelate Review

The Mag-Tank™ from Revelate has come up with an ingenious solution to stowing gear securely on your bike while still leaving that gear easily accessible. The solution in this case is magnets. The Mag-Tank’s main selling point is it’s easy open latch and we’ll explore in this review if magnets really can make a top tube feed bag both secure and convenient.

Top tube bags while not always familiar to trail riders have been around for a long time in the bike touring and bike packing scene. As more riders look to get equipment off their backs and onto their bikes the top tube is an obvious location to consider.

Attachment

The Mag-Tank™ attaches with two Velcro straps. One around the spacers in between the stem and the head tube and the other around the top tube itself. The Velcro straps make for a surprisingly secure fit and once attached, I didn’t run into any issues with the bag moving or sliding around. So far the Velcro has held up well, though I do worry that it may wear out over time. I think it would be nice to see a potentially longer wearing attachment method such as a ratcheting strap.

The Bag

The base and sides of the bag are heavily reinforced which aids in the bag staying securely in place and holding its shape well. The outer covering fabric comes in multiple colors and it water resistant but not waterproof. Because of the top cover attachment and latching method, full waterproofing is not possible. That being said I’ve never had an issue with water getting into the bag.

Inside the bag the fabric is bright yellow to provide more contrast when hunting for items. Behind that fabric is a bit of padding. It’s not ultra cushy, but I have hauled my camera in this bag without any ill effects.

Of course the key feature of this bag is the latch. The magnetic buckle uses a combination of magnets to alight the latch and then a mechanical engagement secures the connection and takes the load. In my testing I never had it open on accident and it is truly a one handed operation. I was quite amazed how well it works and I have zero complaints about how it latches and opens.

The only disadvantage really that I can find to this quick opening system is that the bag is not fully sealed when the bag is close. Since the flap is only latched at one location there is a slight bit of room very small objects to to ingress or egress out of the bag. If you goal though is to carry items larger than a peanut though I don’t think you’ll run into trouble.

How Much Does It Hold?

My reason for buying this bag was to carry my Panasonic GX85 camera and camera accessories for taking photos rapidly while riding. The bag works great in that role it fits the camera with a 12-32mm lens with room to spare for other bits and bobs.

In a more traditional scenario this bag combined with a few other on bike attachment points will allow you ditch the pack for more rides. I can easily fit:

  • My Phone
  • GoPro
  • Tubeless Plug Kit
  • Wallet
  • Energy Bar
  • A MultiTool

Conclusion

The Mag-Tank is not cheap. At $59.00 you are paying a premium for the closing method. However that closing method is pretty clutch. If you need on bike quick access to what’s in your top-tube bag the Mag-Tank is going to be hard to beat.

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Pros:

  • Super fast opening and closing
  • Great size
  • Tough fabrics and materials

Cons:

  • Price
  • Not waterproof
  • Velcro may not last forever especially in more muddy enviroments

5 Mountain Bike Stocking Stuffers

What to get the shred-head in your life? We’ve got some great gift ideas that the mountain biker in your life will be sure to love. All of these picks are designed to work with a wide variety of bikes and appeal to a wide range of mountain bikers. Without further ado let’s get into our picks!

#1 – Genuine Innovations Tubeless Repair Kit – $5.99

This affordable kit has saved me on multiple occasions. A tubeless plug can turn a bad day back into a good day very quickly. No mountain biker should be without one. The Genuine Innovations kit comes with plugger tool and 5 “sides of bacon”. It weighs almost nothing and will fit almost anywhere.

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#2 – HandUp ColDER Weather Gloves – $34.00

These cold weather gloves are the perfect thing to keep the stoke going as the weather gets colder. The HandUp ColDER gloves not only provide great insulation, they also have a fun and playful style. You can check out our full review of these gloves over here: Handup Winter Glove Review.

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#3 – Camelback Podium Water Bottles – $11.00

Every mountain biker needs water. The Camelback podium is out favorite water bottle. These are several models and colors to choose from, but the killer feature (the jet valve) is included on every one. You can read more about what makes these bottles great. These bottles are great stocking stuffers and you can even fill them up with a few Christmas treats!

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#4 – Columbia Trail Summit™ Beanie II – $25.00

Instead of buying some goofy holiday themed stocking cap, pick up this highly functional Columbia Beanie that fits perfectly underneath a helmet for cold weather riding. I use this hat on cold weather rides all the time and it provide just the right amount of insulation to keep me comfortable. If I do get too warm, it’s highly packable and slips into a pack or jacket pocket with ease.

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#5 – Topeak Hexus X Multi-Tool – $18.69

The followup to one of our favorite Mutli-Tools that we reviewed here this multitool provides any rider with all the tools needed for basic repairs and adjusts. It include tire levers, a chain tool that actually works, presta core tool, spoke wrenches and all the basic drivers you could need. This tool provides a great bang for your buck.

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