Mother’s Day Gifts For Mountain Biking Moms

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Gifts for mountain biking moms
MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS
FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING MOMS

This list of mountain biking gifts for Mother’s Day is a doozy. Among other things, we have helmets, bikes, accessories and apparel. The happiness index in our house is influenced by everyone under our roof – especially mom. And, when we were assembling this list, we were sure to include some simple things that our mom just uses and likes. So in addition to going on a mountain bike ride with mom on Mother’s Day, consider a gift in this list.

Use the jump links to quickly see our recommendations for a category.

MTB Helmets For Moms

The only thing worse than kids crashing is moms crashing. It’s going to happen every once in a while so make sure your family’s moms have a well fitting, modern mountain bike helmet.

Bontrager Mountain Bike Helmet - Mother's Day Gifts

Bontrager Quantum MIPS Bike Helmet

A good trail helmet is hard to find. This is available in 9 colors and offers next level protection. MSRP $104.99

Giro trail helmet - Mother's Day gifts

Giro Verce MIPS Bike Helmet – Women’s

18 vents, MIPS protection, and a Roc Loc Sport system with visor make this Giro helmet a good choice . MSRP $65.00

Full face helmet - Mother's Day gifts for mtb moms

Fox Racing Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet

Available in a good selection of colors and sizes, this lid can help keep mom safe when things get rowdy. MSRP $499.00

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MTB Jerseys For Moms

Don’t hesitate to keep shopping around when browsing through these items. Jerseys are some out our favorite mountain biking gifts for Mother’s Day. Choose your favorite – styles, sizes and colors are endless.

Patagonia MTB jersey - Mother's Day Gifts

Patagonia S​/S Merino Bike Jersey – Women’s

Moisture wicking and breathable Merino Wool blend make this jersey a must-have piece for your mtb mom. MSRP $89.00

Bontrager MTB jersey for mom

Bontrager Rhythm Mountain Tech Tee

Fabric and mesh inserts keep mom cool on long days while a drop-tail in back prevents overexposure while riding. MSRP $59.99

Pearl Izumi women's jersey

Pearl Izumi Summit Jersey – Women’s

A 95% recycled polyester and 5% polyester blend are what makes this mountain bike jersey for mom tick. MSRP $60.00

Bike Maintenance Items

If you’re daft enough to actually wrap one of these gifts and present them to your lady of the house, you deserve a punch in the nose. To be clear, you’re supposed to buy this stuff and do some casual, out-in-the-open bike maintenance.

Shimano Brake Pads

Brake Pads

Find a wide assortment of resin and metal brake pads from the most popular brands. MSRP varies.

brake bleed kits

Brake Bleed Kits

Get what you need to do the job correctly for Shimano, SRAM, and more. MSRP varies

Gifts for mom - mtb tire sealant

Tire Sealant

Keep mom’s tubeless tires full of air. Choose sealant from Stans No Tubes and other brands. MSRP varies.

Dropper Posts

In addition to having kids, having a dropper post for the first time is a life-altering experience. Dropper posts are some of the best mountain biking gifts for Mother’s Day because mom will actually love it more as time goes on. Many bikes come with these, but it’s a somewhat affordable upgrade that will have lasting effects.

Gifts for mtb moms - RockShox dropper

RockShox Reverb Stealth (C1) Dropper Seatpost w/1x Lever

Available in a range of diameters and travel lengths. It’s a hydraulic dropper and has a 2 year warranty. MSRP $399.00

KS Lev Dropper post - Mother's Day gifts

KS LEV Integra Dropper Seatpost

Claimed to be “the only hydraulically locked and air sprung seatpost to feature zero cable movement and up to 175mm of silky-smooth travel”. MSRP $389.00

OneUp dropper post - best gifts for mom

OneUp Components V2 Dropper Post

Having trouble getting your dropper post low enough or past a bend or seam in the seat tube? OneUp may be the way to go. MSRP $199.00 – $209.00

Cross Country Mountain Bikes

Mountain biking with the family is so – much – fun. If your family is just getting started, you don’t have to drop a ton of dough on a bike. It’s ok to start small and build up skills on an entry-level model that’s both functional and affordable.

Norco XC bike - Mother's Day

Cross-Country Bikes from Norco

Choose from many Storm and Charger models. Buy online and have the bike shipped to your local dealer for assembly. MSRP $459.00 and up

Niner mountain bike - gifts for mom

Niner AIR 9 RDO 3-Star Bike 2020

Available in sizes from XS – XL, this is a capable 29er which will get mom hammering the trails while you’re cleaning the garage. MSRP $4,100.00

Enve carbon wheels for mom

Enve M630 Wheels

Carbon is a material girl’s best friend, not diamonds. And, unlike her ring size, you know your baby momma’s wheel size. MSRP $2,100.00 and up

Full-Suspension Trail Bikes For Moms

Bikes make the best mountain biking gifts for Mother’s Day! These are awfully fun to choose. And, we took care to serve up rides with three separate price points.

Giant Stance - gifts for mountain biking moms

Giant Stance 29er

This is a very well-priced bike with an aluminum alloy frame with 1x Eagle drivetrain and full-suspension. Available in red or black. MSRP $1,550

Trek Fuel Ex - mountain bike for mom

Trek Fuel EX 9.7

XS and S sizes have 27.5 inch wheels. M and up have 29 inch wheels. Carbon frame and Fox suspension. A great all-mountain rocket. MSRP $4,099.99

Pivot mountain bike - Mother's Day gifts

Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Team XX1

The average cost for delivering a baby in the US is about $11k. Tell your better half she better start choosing a name. MSRP $11,399.00

Mountain Biking Accessories for Moms

Gloves offer a basic layer of protection when the ole lady takes a digger. A hydration pack will keep her water cool and accessible. Sunglasses are just basics for those who don’t stay inside all day.

Mountain biking gloves for mom

MTB Gloves

There are a lot of different styles available here, over a dozen actually. Basic black is ok, but feel free to choose something a little different. MSRP varies

Osprey hydration pack for mtb moms

Osprey Hydration Packs

Hydration packs have come a long way. Kick that old one to the curb and choose a colorful, comfy, updated model from Osprey. MSRP varies

Sunglasses for mtb moms

Sunglasses

Go cheap or go big. Risk-management is a key aspect of mountain biking, and selecting a decent Mother’s Day gift. MSRP varies

Mountain Biking Shoes for Women

Get the right shoe for how mom likes to ride and what mom likes to ride. We have a choices from SIDI, Bontrager, and Five Ten. Each option offers comfort, stability and performance.

SIDI mtb shoes for women

SIDI Dominator 7 MTB Shoes

If Dorothy had these instead of those dumb ruby slippers, she’d never go home. And she’d be the Wizard of KOM’s.  MSRP $259.99

Bontrager shoes - mountain biking gifts for mom

Bontrager Flatline MTB Shoe

These are to be paired with flat pedals. A Vibram sole keeps ’em grippy on the pins and off. Available in Black or Gravel/Teal. MSRP $129.00

Five Ten mtb shoes for mom

Five Ten Hellcat Pro – Women’s

Your lady may not be a pro, but she may be a hellcat. The shoe’s Stealth rubber is great and 5-10 has fit and comfort dialed in. MSRP $180.00

Mountain Biking Shorts for Women

When it’s safe, rummage through mom’s dresser and find out what size she wears, then surprise her with a new pair of mountain bike shorts. We have a few options to get your started. Basic black is always good, but feel free to browse and find something new from the Shredly brand.

Shredly mtb shorts - gifts for moms

SHREDLY the MTB Short

Baggies for all body types and a relaxed fit that stretches while on the bike. Mom also gets ample pocket space that keeps her riding essentials close at hand.  MSRP $100.00

Bontrager mtb shorts for mom

Tario Women’s Mountain Cycling Short

A technical, lightweight women’s mountain bike short perfect for aggressive riders ready to shred. MSRP $79.99

Presents for mom - POC mtb shorts

POC Essential MTB Shorts – Women’s

Designed with all-day mountain biking in mind, these shorts are cut to fit mom’s attack position, staying comfortable when it matters most. MSRP $100.00

Rain Jackets

Our mom loves her lightweight, easily packable, water-repelling rain jacket. In addition to wearing it while mountain biking, she wears it while strolling through town, on runs, camping, and so on. Choose something that’s not only good looking, but a jacket she’ll use all the time.

Best Mother's Day gifts - Marmot rain jacket

Marmot PreCip Eco Jacket

A packable rain jacket with breathable membrane keeps mom dry and comfortable on the move. Underarm zips let her vent out excess body heat.  MSRP $59.97 – $99.95

MTB gifts for moms - Patagonia rain jacket

Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket 149

Patta-Gucci. There. We said it. Still one of the best brands you can get because of quality, performance, and very good colors. MSRP $149.00

Bontrager Rain Jacket - Mother's Day Gift

Avert Women’s Stormshell Rain Jacket

A super light and packable women’s waterproof shell for when the nastiest storms unexpectedly roll in. Available in Black (black) or “Cardinal” (kind of red). MSRP $199.99

Camping And Road Trip Items 

When we take a mountain biking road trip with the kids, around 50% of the time that involves car-camping. We love, love, love this aspect of the mtb lifestyle. Here’s just a dash of suggestions to help keep mom  happy when things don’t involve a cheap hotel.

Best Mother's Day gifts - Patagonia black hole duffel bag

Patagonia Duffel Bags

We use these, and they’re great. We each have our own color so we know whose is whose. Here’s a video on how to attach the straps.  MSRP varies

Beanie for mom

Beanie

Shop for the perfect mom beanie from a selection of over 100. Every color and style in the warm head rainbow is gracefully represented. MSRP varies

Comfy, warm sleeping bag - Mother's Day gifts

Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag – Women’s

Women-specific fit adds insulation in key areas where women typically get chilly. This is comfort rated to a precise 16.7º F. MSRP $117.00 – $126.00

Spikeball game

Spikeball 3-Ball Combo Set

Mom has the option of playing. If you made the mistake of going on too short a ride with the kids, use this to have ’em burn off leftover energy.  MSRP $60.00

Helinox camping chair

Helinox Chairs

We use these, too! Mom, dad, and the kids have their own colors. They are space-saving when all folded up and easy to transport. MSRP varies

Yeti insulated wine mug - gifts for mom

YETI Rambler 10oz Wine Tumbler

Rumor on the street is that this can hold other beverages in addition to mom’s fave cab-sav. Don’t know – never tried. MSRP $24.99

Cameras

Video or it didn’t happen! With these camera gifts, you can document your family’s mtb experiences. Be careful not use them all the time, though. Sometimes, the best memories are solely recorded through your eyeballs and stored in your brain.

Waterproof camera - gift for mountain bike moms

Panasonic LUMIX TS7 Waterproof Camera

Shoot 4k video and stills with this handy bundle of digital goodness. It includes a 128gb storage disc, tripod, and dare we say it – more!  MSRP $297.99

Smartphone tripod

UBeesize Smartphone Tripod

This handy item can be used for family photos out in the bush when a fellow rider or koala is not available to hold a smartphone steadily. MSRP $24.99

GoPro action camera - Mother's Day gift

GoPro Hero 8

Built in stabilization is the highlight of this action camera and the price is really good. Start getting vids of the kids. MSRP $299.00

Oakley DRT5 Mountain Bike Helmet Review

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Oakley, best known for its line of performance sunglasses and protective eyewear, also offers the DRT5 mountain bike helmet. In keeping with their reputation, the helmet is designed to work with their sunglasses. It features a set of clips towards the crown of the head to hold sunglasses, as well as a low front strap system that integrates well with them. MSRP for the Oakley DRT5 is $200.00 USD.

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Sunglasses are secured with nifty clips on the Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet

Our oldest son loves this helmet. And, that’s not always the case. He thinks it’s comfy and stylish. He even ended up with a pair of Oakley sunglasses in order to complete the look and utilize the helmet’s sunglasses storage clips. Our youngest son is 13 and he would wear a medium size Oakley DRT5. A small helmet will fit many kids 10 years old and younger.

Rear view of the Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet

Oakley DRT5 Size Chart

Measure your kid’s head by wrapping a fabric tape measure around their head. If you don’t have one of those, we just used a headphone wire and a ruler. The measurements below are for the circumference.

SmallMediumLarge
20.5 - 22in21.2 - 22.8in22 - 23.6in
The removable sweat wicking band - Oakley DRT5 helmet
That sweet BOA adjustment system in the Oakley DRT5 helmet

Convenience isn’t the only thing that makes this helmet noteworthy. It’s also designed with plenty of protection in place. The outer hard shell, made of polycarbonate, protects the head in case of hard falls. The inner EPS foam helps as well, ensuring that there’s enough of shock cushioning to prevent injuries. Plus, the sides and back of the helmet are longer than those in other Oakley helmet models, increasing the parts of the head that are protected and covered.

Oakley DRT5 MTB Helmet in action on campus

MTB Helmets For Kids

Make sure your kids have proper, well-fitting head protection.

Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads For Kids

Knee pads are another level of protection for young riders.

MTB Knee Pads for Kids

Camelbak LUXE hydration pack for kids

Hydration Packs For Kids

Is your kid big enough to carry their own water and supplies?

MTB Hydration Packs for Kids

Speaking of safety, the helmet was designed to meet MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) regulations. When a rider falls, the outer shell of the helmet slides slightly on the head, keeping rotational injuries at bay and ensuring that the brain remains covered, no matter what happens.

Side view of Oakley DRT5 helmet, side view - action camera base attached
Our rider's Oakley DRT5 mountain bike helmet stays put on the drops

The Oakley DRT5 mountain bike helmet was designed with the help of pro DH mountain biker, Greg Minnaar. The inclusion of plenty of ventilation holes keeps the rider’s head cool on hot days or when exerting themselves on the trail. Other details, like sweat-wicking silicone strips on the forehead, prevent sweat from ending up in the eyes and making it tough to see what lies ahead.

Detail - interior of Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet
Snappy branding on the Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet

The Right Size And An Adjustable Fit – Oakley DRT5 Helmet

As far as fit is concerned, on top of the three different sizes available, small, medium, and large, the helmet includes a 360-degree BOA fit system. This allows for additional size customizations, ensuring that it fits the head perfectly. There’s nothing worse than a helmet that slips in the middle of a ride, forcing you to stop and make adjustments on the fly. That won’t happen with the Oakley DRT5. The built-in adjustable straps make sure of it.

Not only does the helmet include a number of bells and whistles, but it’s also quite stylish. With several colors to choose from, including blackout, Greg Minaar gray, dark brush, and white, all featuring the Oakley logo on the visor section, it’s easy to find one that matches the rest of your gear. The included visor is adjustable, allowing you to block as much light as possible before you need to reach for your trusty (probably Oakley) sunglasses. Plus, you’ll get some admiring looks (because of the helmet and you’re riding skills, of course) as you traverse the trails.

On top of the many safety features and the stylish design, the Oakley DRT5 comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. There’s nothing quite like a company that stands behind their products. With Oakley, you have few worries, other than what lies on the trail ahead.

The Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet

TAIR Ripper Review

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TAIR Cycles offers mountain bikes for kids built with a 14″ carbon frame that can run with 24 inch, 26 inch, or 27.5 wheels. Hailing from Golden, ColoRADo the company’s mission is to “Kick start your child’s riding life with the opportunity to choose or design their bike”.

TAIR Ripper review - featured photo

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If you need more information about TAIR, simply call Tony Tousley at 303.919.3297 or Blair Simpson at 970.988.1454. Either one of these guys will answer your questions and get you on the right path towards the right size wheels and build for your young mountain bikers.

Finding the right bike for your kids is important. That’s what TAIR co-owner and co-founder Tony Tousley told us when we spoke on the phone a few weeks ago. The story behind TAIR’s inception is a common one shared by many companies we have worked with. Existing kids’ mountain bikes just weren’t good enough. Tony said the last big-brand bike he purchased for his child was too heavy and it wasn’t geared correctly. Together with his business partner Blair Simpson, they recognized the need for a carbon frame, high-performance kids’ mountain bike – and they started TAIR.

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TAIR Takes The Term “Growth Cycle” Literally

A TAIR Ripper can have up to 6 years of use with the same child. That means plenty of value for parents while a child gets to ride one of the best cross country mountain bikes for kids on the market.

The color combinations are almost infinite because once your child picks the frame color, she or he has the option to select their own TAIR sticker kit. The company has a vinyl cutter and and owners can choose whatever color material they want. Sticker kits can be changed out for different riders, as long as the frame can make it back to TAIR headquarters.

Head tube badge on the nifty TAIR Ripper
Industrial descent on a TAIR Ripper

Local customers can even assist with building up their own bikes at the shop. TAIR’s, “I design it – I build it – I ride it” experience educates children and parents about a bike’s parts and components. Tony said, “Parents and kids get a lot out of it because the experience helps everyone involved take ownership of the bike to a new level. It strengthens the brand, too”.

As of this writing, in-stock frames will take 10 to 14 days for building up and fulfillment. Estimated lead times to get a fully customized bike is 4-5 weeks.

A Quick Look At The TAIR Ripper

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STANDOVER HEIGHT

Min ~27 inches

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DRIVETRAIN

1 x 12

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WHEEL SIZE

24in, 26in, or 27.5in

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WEIGHT

~21 lbs sans pedals

Front chainring and crank - TAIR Ripper
Race Face stem and carbon bars
Fox dropper on the TAIR Ripper
RockShox REBA air fork lockout adjustment
Vittoria Barzo tire detail
Cassette - TAIR Ripper
TAIR Ripper shifter and brake lever
REBA fork and brake - TAIR Ripper review

Here Are Some Numbers And Angles For The TAIR Ripper

Geometry

Seat Tube Length355 mm / 14 inches
Top Tube Length536 mm/ 21 inches
Chainstay Length420 mm / 16.5 inches
BB Height305 mm / 12 inches (with 26 inch wheels)
Seat Tube Angle73 degrees
Head Tube Angle69.5 degrees
Wheel Base1050 mm / 41 inches (with 26 inch wheels)

Build Specs

Our demo had a Fox Transfer Extreme, external dropper [100mm travel] and a Selle Italia saddle. This is the TAIR Ripper with SRAM GX Eagle build kit.

ForkRockshox Reba SL 26, 27.5 in. 100mm travel
WheelsetSTAN’S CREST MK3 24, 26, 27.5
TiresVittoria Barzo TNT
CassetteSram NX Eagle 12 speed 11-50
Rear DerailleurSram GX Eagle 12 speed
ChainSRAM GX Eagle - 12-Speed
CranksetSRAM NX 155, 165mm
BrakesShimano XT
Trigger ShifterSRAM GX Eagle 12 Speed
ChainringSram NX GXP 32 tooth
Bottom BracketSRAM GXP BB92
HandlebarRace Face Next Carbon
StemRace Face XC
SeatpostRace Face XC Ride
SaddleSDG Fly Jr.
PedalsRace Face Chester
GripsESI Racer’s Edge
Weight~24 lbs without pedals
MSRPVaries. See the TAIR Cycles website.

Riding The TAIR Ripper

We were able to demo the TAIR Ripper for a couple of weeks and get two different kids on it. Our demo featured 27.5 inch wheels and it had a standover height of 27.5 inches. The bike weighed in at ~21 lbs. without pedals.

Wheelie on the TAIR Ripper

When TAIR co-founder Tony Tousley told us hot pink was a more popular with the boys than the girls, that proved to be true. Once the demo Ripper arrived, our 13 year old loved it. After we finished building it up, he quickly donned his matching hot pink gloves and took it for a ride around the block. Tuning the fork can easily be done by adjusting the sag with a shock pump. Once you’ve adjusted the reach for the brakes and height of the seat post collar, you’re good to go.

Technical descent on a TAIR Ripper

Having a good suspension set up allows a rider keep that front wheel where it belongs. The RockShox REBA is one of many assets on the TAIR Ripper.

Wall ride with TAIR Ripper
Downhill ride on the TAIR Ripper
Tough climb with the TAIR Ripper

Climbing hills with the TAIR Ripper is where the bike truly shines. The gear range on the SRAM Eagle group and 27.5 wheels enabled our rider to throw his power down on the flat pedals and bust out a climb that he has never ascended before. He got very excited when he realized he was going to punch it out.

TAIR Ripper rocky descent

The bike’s weight allows a rider to punch out miles as she/he gets out of the garage, cruises the neighborhood and meanders over cross-country terrain.

TAIR Ripper on a XC ride

Shifting and braking were second nature to our rider. She was able to move the chain up and down the cassette as the terrain dictated.

Attack position on the TAIR Ripper

Knowing full well that the bike’s components are secondary to the frame, everything worked great for us. Kids are getting used to having droppers on high performance bikes and the Fox Transfer post behaved as intended while on rides with undulating terrain.

TAIR Ripper takes on a switchback

The Vittoria tires performed well on our local singletrack. It was a little dusty and loose in places, and they gripped the turns just fine.

Preparing to descend on a TAIR Ripper

Keeping the Shimano XT brakes Even-Steven while in use, and feet level on the pedals helps tame speed while gravity does its work.

Tear Out Good Times With A TAIR Ripper

If you have a young XC racer or if you plan on taking your kid on long rides, you have to consider the TAIR Ripper. Its small size carbon frame may be the only one on the market – it’s the first and only one we have seen. The bike’s “growth cycle” capabilities will keep it paired with your grom for several years if you purchase it early enough.

Cruising along on the TAIR Ripper

5 Full Face Mountain Biking Helmets For Kids

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full-face mountain biking helmets for kids

Full-face mountain biking helmets for kids: A proper fitting helmet keeps your children safe while they’re riding the trails. A full face mountain biking helmet can offer improved protection. These full face mountain biking helmets for kids are far more advanced than the ones that emerged ten years ago. They are lighter. Hard outer shells with molded interiors made of advanced foam polymers are designed to cushion blows to the head. Yet, the proper fitting helmet is comfortable to wear. On top of that, the helmets featured here come in an array of colors and sizes, all of which should placate even the most meticulous kid, even as the safety features make mom and dad happy.

100% Status Jr. Downhill/BMX Youth Helmet

The 100% Status Jr. Downhill/BMX Youth Helmet is designed for safety. Its exterior consists of lightweight fiberglass, making it comfortable to wear. The interior, most of which is made of EPS foam, also has a removable liner that can be tossed into a washing machine for easy clean up after riding on a hot day. The cheek pads and chinstrap liner are also removable and washable, ensuring that no matter how messy things get, the helmet will look as good as new.

Speaking of the way the helmet looks, it’s available in three color combinations: Kelton Blue, DDay White, and Black Meteor. There are three different sized outer helmets to choose from, youth small, youth medium, and youth large, and the interior section comes in two different sizes for a snug fit. The visor is completely adjustable, and it screws into place so that it won’t come loose while your child is riding. On top of this, the helmet is compatible with a number of different emergency release systems. One of our favorite full-face mountain biking helmets for kids

Leatt GPX 4.5 Junior full face helmet

Leatt GPX 4.5 Junior Helmet

Leatt is well-known for its innovative neck braces. You can read our review for the Leatt Jr. DBX neck brace. And, over the years they have expanded their offerings to include helmets. The Leatt GPX 4.5 Junior Helmet has is made with Leatt’s 360º Turbine Technology. Its purpose is to reduce rotational acceleration to the head and absorb energy during a crash. These features are accomplished through the design and materials.

The helmet’s shell is is 10% smaller than other brands and that can result in up to 20% less rotational forces to the brain, head and neck. Other safety features of the helmet include a breakaway visor and emergency cheek pad removal. Of course it’s compatible with Leatt chest protectors. And, it even includes a kit so you can use your hydration pack – hands free. These kids’ lids are both certified ECE 2205 or DOT and weigh in at 1150g (ECE);  1300g (DOT).

Kids Full Face MTB Helmet, Fly Racing Default

Fly Racing Default Full Face Mountain Biking Helmet For Kids

Fly makes some of the least expensive full-face mountain biking helmets for kids. This option weighs in at about 2.5 lbs and it’s available in several colors and youth sizes. The lightweight design and poly-alloy materials make it as comfortable as some carbon helmets costing at least twice as much. 21 vents help keep riders cool as they bomb their favorite dh trails, jump lines, or bmx tracks.

The padded chin strap is an additional feature that keeps this full face helmet stay put. An easy-to-thread and fasten nylon strap with d-rings are responsible for securing the helmet. When your little womprat starts to stink up this lid from the inside the cheek pads and liner can easily be removed and hand washed. One of our kids wears this full face mountain biking helmet. He really likes it.

Giro Disciple, full-face mtb helmet for kids

Giro Disciple Full Face MTB Helmet

Our oldest son wears one of these full face mtb helmets. You can see photos and read the review of the Giro Disciple here. He likes it because of its techy Hawaiian design and comfort. His mom and dad like it because it’s priced well and has MIPS protection.

The Giro Disciple weighs about 1300 grams and has 14 vents. It’s also ASTM-1952-DH certified which means that it passes the grade for downhill racing in terms of coverage and higher impact levels. It is available in five sizes from XS to XL. The minimum head circumference is 18.5 inches.

Kids Full Face Helmet, Kali Protectives Zoka

Kali Protectives Zoka Full Face Helmet

With an ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene – a type of modern plastic that’s lightweight and durable) outside and an impact foam lined interior, this helmet offers the ultimate level of protection at an affordable price. The Kali Protectives Zoka helmet comes in two different sizes – medium and large – and has an inner liner that’s both removable and washable. There’s also a motorcycle-style visor that can be pushed up or down, depending on the level of sun blocking and additional protection needed.

Your child won’t overheat in the helmet, thanks to the 12 vents included in the overall design. Six of these vents are in the chin area, while the other six are located in various places elsewhere on the helmet. All allow for plenty of airflow on hot days. This Kali helmet also comes in two different color combinations, slash green and black and slash matte red and black, guaranteeing that it will match just about any mountain biking outfit.

Check out our other favorite mountain bike gear and accessories on our Reviews page.

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Mountain Biking (most of) The Whole Enchilada With Kids

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Mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids

Are you considering mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids? The Whole Enchilada is widely recognized as one of the best mountain bike rides in the world. It is located near Moab, Utah. Depending on your research and where you start the ride, you will see its distance is anywhere from 26-35 miles. The long end of this includes an approximate 5 mile section where you pedal back to your car on roads and paved bike paths. The ride is composed of different sections. If conditions allow, you will start at the Burro Pass section and descend through the Hazard County Section, Kokopelli Section, Porcupine Singletrack Section, and the Porcupine Rim Section. If you do this ride in its entirety, you will begin in an alpine environment at an elevation of over 11k feet with aspen groves and stream crossings. At the end of the day, and 7k feet vertical descent – you are back in the desert.

Mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids

NOTE: We rode The Whole Enchilada on October 22nd and even though Burro Pass was technically open, we did not start at the top. Due to recent moisture at the higher elevation, sections of the trail were icy and the local shuttle companies collectively determined that it was not safe. We were dropped off at the top of the Hazard County zone. That’s ok by me. NOT riding on ice is one of my favorite things. I guess we’ll have to do it again next year.

MOAB WEATHER

Wait – You Haven’t Done The Whole Enchilada Before?

I’m a 40-something mountain biking dad living in Salt Lake City and this was my first time riding The Whole Enchilada. What is my problem? Believe me, it’s a long list.

A few years ago, I decided that my first time riding this iconic trail would be with the entire family. How could it not be? If I was to do this ride without my family it would be like me taking a solo trip to Hawaii in the dead of winter. I am not kidding. This is how it would go: I would come back to Salt Lake City all tan and give the kids some crummy sea shells. Then I’d tell them how I started drinking at 9 in the morning, jumped off cliffs right into the ocean, swam with sea turtles as big as my desk, etc. Yeah – this would just not fly. We all ride. And, we all ride together. Mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids was clearly the only way to go.

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To prep for the ride, I got some advice from my step-brother Erik and bike shop friend, Steve. They’ve both ridden the trail more than once and told me to bring plenty of water because it’s a long day out on the bikes. Erik said he ran out of water one time and had to ask for some along the way. Steve told me he didn’t bring enough food once and had a rotten time. You gotta bring the right clothes, too. No one wants to be hot or cold and have over 25 miles to go. I’ve also heard horror stories involving mechanical mishaps and injuries on this trail. Bashed derailleurs and cables, shredded tires, bent wheels, concussions, smashed wrists and broken collar bones were almost expected as part of the ride.

IMPORTANT: If you’re considering mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids, we stress that an adventurous adult with both good fitness and at least intermediate mountain biking skills pre-ride the Whole Enchilada. This way, you can properly gauge your younger riders’ fitness and skills to see if you will have a successful outing. You can just do the lower sections of the trail solo in order to assess if those in your group will be safe and have a good time. You should also closely examine the embedded map to get an understanding of the elevation.

How To Overpack For Riding The Whole Enchilada

I knew my role on the ride would be that of the Sherpa after considering some of the dreadful things noted above. The comfort and safety of my clientele are paramount. If conditions allow- we will achieve our goals of summiting and return to base camp in tact. If my clients don’t enjoy the adventure, I don’t get return visits. On most long mountain bike rides with the family, I usually bring a normal sized hydration pack with a 2 liter bladder, lunch, a couple of energy bars, some tools and a spare tube.

This time around I overpacked on purpose. A 30L Backpack. You read that right. When I Googled the brand and model, the autosearch didn’t return ‘daypack”. It said ‘backpack’. If push came to shove, I could have attached a sleeping bag and bivouac to the thing. It’s absolutely huge.

Here is a list of everything I put in the pack.

  • 3L water bladder
  • 1 extra 25oz stainless steel water bottle
  • 1 12oz energy drink
  • Rain jacket
  • Long sleeve dry fit shirt
  • Knee pads
  • Elbow pads
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic tire irons
  • 2 spare tubes
  • Multi tool
  • Small roll of utility tape
  • Energy bars and other snacks
  • A ham sandwich with cheese, lettuce, mayo and mustard
  • Extra USB battery for phones and cord
  • Bike light

This thing weighed a ton. I deserve a stupid medal. Literally, a “Stupid” medal. The best part about this is that in order to save weight, I took the car key off my key ring and left the other 8 keys in mini van. Pure. Genius.

Everyone in my family has a proper full-suspension mountain bike with tubeless tires and a dropper. We all have helmets with removable chin bars.

Riding The Whole Enchilada With A Ten Year Old

My biggest concern was riding with my 10-year old. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a skilled kid. He can do a lot of technical moves I won’t even try. But you have to agree that 10 is on the young side for this one. Take a close look at the embedded map and you’ll see there are a few demanding climbs. His resume is pretty good, though. Prior to our Whole Enchilada trip, he did about a 23 mile all-mountain ride from Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley to the bottom of the PCMR’s Canyons base area. He’s also done the Wasatch Crest a couple of times. He definitely has the chops. This was his longest ride and I just wanted the experience to be a good one.

When we finished the last leg of dirt and hit the pavement for the ride back into town, he finished the ride like a boss. There is a bike path that follows the Colorado River for a bit. We even have this section of pavement on our list of best Moab mtb rides for families and beginners.

Camelbak LUXE hydration pack for kids

Hydration Packs For Kids

Is your kid big enough to carry their own water and supplies?

MTB Hydration Packs for Kids

Trail MTB Helmets

Now that you have a young mountain biker, get a lid on that kid.

Trail Helmets For MTB Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads For Kids

If you ride a bike, you’re gonna fall down. Just sayin’.

MTB Knee Pads for Kids

We are ready for this mountain biking bucket list experience

Shuttles For The Whole Enchilada

You can self-shuttle this if you have the resources. Most people don’t. Plan ahead and book as soon as you can. There are several options in Moab for booking a shuttle to ride The Whole Enchilada.

Whole Enchilada Shuttle Co.
www.wholeenchiladashuttles.com
435-260-2534

Coyote Shuttle
www.coyoteshuttle.com
435-260-2097

Porcupine Shuttle Company
www.porcupineshuttle.com
435-260-0896

Moab Bike Shops

Poison Spider Bicycles
www.poisonspiderbicycles.com
497 N Main St • Moab, Utah
800-635-1792

Chile Pepper Bike Shop
www.chilebikes.com
702 South Main St. • Moab, Utah
435-259-4688

Rim Cyclery
www.rimcyclery.com
94 West 100 North • Moab, Utah
435-259-5333

Getting Started For The Day

We had to be at the shuttle drop off at 9:45 on Sunday morning. This was Bike Church at its finest. People from around the world sharing a common faith and knocking something big off the bucket list. There were riders from as far away as Australia and the United Kingdom. It always makes me happy how this wonderful activity brings us all together.

After our driver got all the bikes loaded, we were off. We headed out town and headed southeast for a few miles and then made the left turn onto La Sal Loop Road. The drive up into the mountains was great. Think about it. You start off in beautiful, red rock Moab and make the way up to a true alpine environment. The sage bushes and red dirt magically transforms to pine trees and granite right before your eyes. The elevation gain will make your ears pop a couple of times as you’re whisked to the trailhead.

As mentioned above, we started at the Hazard County section due to ice up higher at Burro Pass. I was keen to bring along some cash so our youngest could tip our driver and tell her thank you on our family’s behalf. We were finally on our way.

Getting ready to ride the Whole Enchilada trail - Hazard County trailhead

Hazard County Section

This section of the ride started off on single track and it quickly led to a bit of a climb. There were a couple of stretches where we had to get off our bikes due to the grade and/or terrain and walk. This took about 15 minutes of climbing to get to where the first downhill section began.

As you start downhill, it’s hard not to stop and just look around. You’re cruising along at elevation and marveling at the expansive palate of colors ahead. We rode this in October and our immediate surroundings were composed of greens and yellows. But off the range in the distance, you could see the massive vistas my home state is famous for. Riding this section of trail is kind of trenched and rutted, but most of it is still wide enough you don’t have to be concerned about clipping a pedal. There are switchbacks and rock gardens. Nothing too technical, but you have to be an intermediate mountain biker to take on this initial section of The Whole Enchilada. Our youngest handled this part of the trail with ease.

Horsing around at a trail junction on the Whole Enchilada mtb trail - Moab
Here's mom riding the Whole Enchilada

Kokopelli Section

Nothing out of the ordinary here. This section of trail is mainly wide dirt and double-track. Its purpose is to play the role of a connector and transition you to the Porcupine sections. There’s a small climb in this zone. Overall, it’s pretty easy going and nothing technical.

Kid giving The Notch a go on the Whole Enchilada
Tyge sends a drop while riding The Whole Enchilada in Moab
Sending a drop on The Whole Enchilada mtb trail - Moab, UT
Wyatt sends a drop while riding The Whole Enchilada near Moab, Utah

Upper Porcupine Singletrack (UPS) And Lower Porcupine Singletrack (LPS) 

This is where the fun really started for us. You’re out of the alpine environment and on top of a big sandstone slab more popularly known as southern Utah. Enjoy the mileage as you work your way across terrain that defines this trail. There are several technical sections that you can session over and over. You will find drops and playgrounds for jibs. There are a few tricky climbs, too. I had to walk my bike several times.

Being elevated above the Colorado River along the very last singletrack section is stunning. Before you know it, you’re at the level of the river and headed back into town.

Gorgeous views are all over the place on the Whole Enchilada trail in Moab
On the way back to Moab after completing The Whole Enchilada

This Is An Epic Mountain Bike Ride For Your Family 

Our ride took just under eight hours and we really soaked up the experience. We took a lot of breaks for resting, eating, and staying hydrated. The sun was out and the wind was calm so the kids could session climbs, drops and jibs. If you’re fortunate enough to give this ride a shot with your family, it’s could easily be one of the best experiences on the bikes your clan will ever share together. It’s as difficult as it is fun and we’d like to hear from you on our Instagram post if you’ve done the ride with your family.

Norco Sight 27.5 Review

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Norco Sight 27.5 review, a full-suspension mountain bike for kids

Norco Sight 27.5 Review: Norco follows a philosophy based on “unlimited riding potential.” This line of thinking influences all of their products, from bikes for adults to those designed for young riders like the Norco Sight 27.5. Designed to fill in the gap between mountain bikes for kids and those that are the right size for small adults, the Sight 27.5 might be just what your kid needs when they take to the trails.

Norco Sight 27.5 review, a full-suspension mountain bike for kids

How Online Ordering From Norco Works 

Norco allows you to purchase online, and your local bike shop is still part of the equation. As part of the checkout process, YOU select the dealer where the bike will be shipped and they will assemble the bike. Following a successful online transaction, your confirmation email will include a verification code. You’ll need this verification code, valid ID and credit card used for the transaction when you pick up your bike. Nervous about ordering a bike online? Don’t be. The crux of the move is just making sure you get the measurements right. Just make sure your kid’s inseam is at least the standover height of the bike and your child’s height matches the bike’s recommended range.

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Who Is The Norco Sight 27.5 Built For? 

This full-suspension mountain bike for kids will fit groms 4ft 9in tall through 5ft 2in tall. We recommend this bike for all-mountain riding, technical trail riding, jumps and drops, enduro and downhill.

The Norco Sight 27.5 is for kids who like to ride dh, enduro, all-mountain and tech
Norco Sight 27.5 review - enjoying the last of the snow

The Norco Sight 27.5 At A Glance 

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STANDOVER HEIGHT

25.59 inches

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DRIVETRAIN

1 x 12

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WHEEL SIZE

27.5 inches

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WEIGHT

~33lbs sans pedals

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HEIGHT RANGE

4ft 9in – 5ft 2in

Geometry And Components – Norco Sight 27.5

Featuring an aluminum-alloy frame that allows for plenty of stability without weighing the rider down, the Norco Sight 27.5 is comparable to Norco’s other models with one difference – the size. The bike uses the company’s 6061 aluminum-alloy frame with a kid-sized geometry to fit 27.5-inch wheel. Throw in 140mm of rear travel and 150mm in the front, and this allows the frame to compress when things get rough. This is in-line with the rest of the bike’s specs of the bike, which has it perfectly aligned for kids whose skills have outpaced their smaller bikes, yet aren’t quite ready for what an adult-sized model has to offer. We would also be remiss to mention that the color scheme of this bike would make Enzo Ferrari downright giddy. It just looks like it wants to be turned loose and go fast.

The Sight’s geometry demonstrates this as well, with a 395mm reach, 576mm stack, and 425mm chainstay length. The head tube angle comes in at 63.5º, and the fork offset is 37mm. The height of the bottom bracket is 342mm, and the rise/drop of the bottom bracket comes in a -15. Thanks to the 125mm recommended seat post drop and a 165mm crank length, it’s clear that this bike is designed to be comfortable for young riders while climbing and descending – and performing at a high level.

Immediately following the frame in the pecking order of the bike’s build, we have the suspension system. The RockShox Pike fork [Charger, 150mm Travel] and RockShox Deluxe R Select Debonair 2 shock [140mm travel] are responsible for ironing out bumps and minimizing the abrupt effects of gravity and hard surfaces.

Those Maxxis Minion tires tho!
Shimano rear brake detail
Compression adjustment knob, Pike fork - Norco Sight 27.5

Norco’s Proprietary Online Bike Set-Up System

Thanks to Norco’s Ride AlignedTM system, the bike can be set up properly for each specific rider. How does this work? The tuning system essentially customizes the bike, based on the rider’s measurements and ability. Stability and balance are the system’s main goals, and it achieves this by using the metrics of the rider who the bike is intended for. Ride Aligned is not only a tuning system, it is a holistic, rider-center design system bringing all aspects from geometry, fit, suspension and setup together. The results are a mountain bike designed using suspension kinematics and the company’s proprietary app-based technology for all of the specs of a custom system without the price tag.

On top of the Ride Aligned system, the Norco Sight 27.5 is built with a youth-tuned suspension system, designed in part because the company understands that young riders prefer bikes with lighter springs and less dampening power. The dropper post is also sized for lightweight riders. A standard dropper post built for adults won’t compress when the biker is less than 90 lbs. However, the one on the Sight is specifically made to do just this – providing your lightweight rider with a post that’s designed just for them.

Build Chart For The 2020 Norco Sight 27.5

Among our favorite features for the Sight 27.5 are the dropper, Pike fork, and SDG goodies.

Frame6061 Aluminum Frame, 140mm Travel
ForkRockShox Pike, Charger, 150mm Travel, 37mm offset
ShockRockShox Deluxe R Select Debonair 2
Dropper PostTransX Light Action Dropper, 120mm, 1x lever
BrakesShimano BR-MT500 hydraulic, 180mm
ShifterSRAM SX Trigger
DerailleurSRAM SX Eagle
CassetteSRAM PG 1210 Eagle
CranksSRAM SX Eagle PowerSpline, 165 mm
RimsWTB STP I25, tubeless ready
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 27.5×2.3”, Folding, Skinwall
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR 27.5×2.3” Folding, Skinwall
Weight~33lbs without pedals
Buy-Direct PriceNorco Website

Similar to the Norco Fluid FS 1 24, the Sight 27.5 ships with a SDG Jr. Pro component package. Composed of kid-sized pedals, bars, saddle and grips – this accessory package is also available as and upgrade for any kids’ mountain bike. You can purchase it in color options: black, blue, green and pink from Amazon | Competitive Cyclist | Jenson USA

RockShox Pike fork on a kids' mountain bike!
Dropper lever on the Norco Sight 27.5
Norco Sight 27.5 - drivetrain and pedal detail
RockShox shock and linkage - Norco Sight 27.5

Norco Sight 27.5 Geometry

Norco Sight 27.5 geometry illustration

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Travel (mm front/mm rear):150/140
Reach:395
Stack:576
Head Tube Angle:63.5
Fork Offset:37
Seat Tube Length:350
Effective Seat Tube Angle:76.7
Rear Centre Length:425
Bottom Bracket Rise/Drop:-15
Bottom Bracket Height:342
Horizontal Top Tube:531
Wheel Base:1141
Stand Over:650
Head Tube Length:100
Trail:137
Recommended Seat Post Drop:125
Maximum Post Insertion:180
Stem Length:35
Crank Length:165
Tire Size:27.5" diam x 2.35" - 2.6" wide

Riding the Norco Sight 27.5

Our rider was very excited to get on this bike because he was eager to see how the suspension measured up against other bikes he has been on. The very first thing we did was get the air fork and shock dialed-in. The fork doesn’t have a lock-out feature, but we always carry a shock pump with us to make sure we tune the goodies to fit the terrain du jour.

Our rider gets the Norco Sight 27.5 off a drop and in the air

Intermediate through advanced mountain bikers will know what the Norco Sight 27.5 is capable of. And, when your kid gets used to the bike’s geometry, fun and progression will ensue.

The Norco Sight 27.5 can wheelie if you can.

You don’t have to be at a world-class bike park to enjoy riding a world-class mountain bike. The Sight 27.5 is suitable for suburban fun as well.

Norco Sight 27.5 review - rock roll
Taking on a corner with the Norco Sight 27.5

After getting the initial set up of the Sight taken care of, we were able to get on several rides with it. All of the components selected for this build are a very good fit. We loved tinkering with tire pressure and suspension tuning based on where we were riding. Learning to corner well on the bike didn’t take too long. The bike’s geometry allows the proper sized rider to stand up on the pedals, shift his/her weight correctly and guide it along the desired path.

Why take the elevator when you can take the stairs?

The Norco Sight 27.5 is a gravity-agnostic mountain bike for your riotous and unrestrained juveniles. It makes no difference if they’re blasting the roots and rocks of the PNW or the local university campus. The RockShox suspension package can bear the gnar.

Pedaling the Norco Sight 27.5 is a comfy experience

Of course the Sight 27.5 is a purpose-built mountain bike for the gravity-minded demographic, but it was an apt pedaler as well. The Eagle drivetrain dutifully got our kid where he needed to be and kept him on the straight and narrow when conditions dictated steady power and balance. If you don’t already have them, we strongly encourage you to pick up a decent pair of shoes to go along with the SDG pedals. The pedals have small screws/pins that extend from the platform and grip the sole of your rider’s shoes.

Steppy terrain is not a an issue with the Norco Sight 27.5
Norco Sight 27.5 review - wall ride

Riding in Moab is similar to riding a big, concrete skate park and following a decrease in air pressure, the Maxxis tires on the Sight 27.5 gripped the sandstone like Pooh and the honey jar. Getting the ergonomics correct for our rider was a snap. We adjusted the rotation and position of the levers: dropper, brakes, shifter so our womp rat could operate them safely and properly. One finger on each brake lever at the correct angle, the dropper lever and trigger shifter were also moved so he could easily reach them when split-second decisions needed to be made.

In our review, the Norco Sight 27.5 can compete for the all-around title

A good sense of balance doesn’t come with the Norco Sight 27.5 – that’s achieved through a lot of practice. But your kid will be eager to get out on the bike again and again due to its good looks and overall great build.

The suspension package on the Norco Sight 27.5 is meant for technical terrain

When riding technical terrain, you can make several adjustments to the Norco Sight 27.5 to fit your kid’s weight, riding ability and style.

The Norco Sight 27.5 Is Built For Your Kid

We really like having choices based on the type of mountain biking our family enjoys the most. If your child prefers terrain where a durable, full-suspension bike with mid-range travel is required, you’re not going to need to look beyond the Norco Sight 27.5. A kid-specific geometry, strong aluminum-alloy frame, burly wheel set, and proven components from industry leaders have all come together to provide a capable machine. Aside from the bike’s great looks, it’s a mini-downhill trail stomper that’s going to make anyone who rides it smile, hoot, and holler.

Does Your Kid Need A Slightly Smaller Bike?

Norco also offers the Fluid FS 1 24. This bike is suited for the same crowd as the Sight 27.5 but its geometry is designed for younger/smaller mountain bikers. The Fluid 24 is built to fit kids appox. 9-12 years old and the bike has a 22.4 inch standover height.

Trax MTB Towing Device Review

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Trax MTB towing device attached to a mountain bike

Trax MTB Towing Device Review: Easy to install and effective without adding a lot of additional weight, the Trax MTB system was designed and developed in Spain – and helps you safely tow another mountain bike behind you. The main part of the system attaches to the seat post of the front bike, with a Kevlar cable that ends in a loop system connected to the stem of the rear bike. Whether you want to ensure that your young mountain biker stays close behind you, or need to tow a broken bike (complete with rider, of course), the Trax MTB does the job. Buy this item direct from Trax MTB. As of this review, MSRP is €38 / $41.55 USD.

Trax MTB towing device attached to a mountain bike

To attach the Trax MTB to the bike doing the towing, you just need three zip ties. The device needs to be mounted to to seat post of the towing bike. There are three included with the device. Even better, the Trax MTB connects the bike being towed with a simple loop that takes mere seconds to attach and remove. You may not even have to stop mid-ride to unhook the bikes. Whether you want to take a break from towing the mountain bike behind you or the terrain warrants some hike-a-bike, the simple loop is easy to unhook. The rider of the rear bike just needs to pull up on the loop, removing its hold on the stem, and the spring-loaded cable will automatically retract.

The Trax MTB towing device is small and light

We thought we could find some reusable ties, but after doing a quick search on Amazon, we could not find any. You need to thread 5mm wide ties through the device and the only reusable ties we could find were too wide. You do have to break the ties to remove the device from your bike, so be careful not to damage your seat post.

Manufacturer Videos From Trax MTB

Here are a couple of great videos that demonstrate how the Trax MTB system is used.

If you have a dropper, and if you have the room, we suggest mounting the Trax MTB device to the lower part of the post that goes in the seat tube. Don’t mount the Trax MTB device to the upper part of the dropper post, the part of the post that travels up and down. You could scratch/damage your dropper or crush the towing device.

Installing the Trax MTB towing device

Weighing a mere 170 grams (a little over 1/3 of a pound), the Trax MTB won’t weigh you or your fellow rider down. It’s easy to remove from the lead bike and stash in a go-bag or hydration pack with your other gear, as the lightweight and small size prevent the device from taking up too much space.

A simple three-flange adaptable system holds it to the seat post of the lead bike. It fits posts between 27.2 to 31.6 mm. Plus, no tools are required to install the Trax MTB. Sturdy? Light? Easy to install? Yes. Yes. And, yes.

The Trax MTB system is designed to tow a maximum of 200 pounds, bike and rider included. When it’s engaged, the front rider should stay at or below the recommended 6mph speed, simply for safety reasons. The cable extends 2.2 meters, or a little over 7 feet, keeping the riders at a safe distance from one another.

Father towing son with the Trax MTB towing device

If you enjoyed our Trax MTB Towing Device Review, check out our Bike and Gear Reviews page.

Meet Allen Tran – Registered Dietician And High Performance Chef

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Allen Tran - MS, RD, CSSD

I was super stoked to talk with chef Allen Tran, MS, RD, CSSD. Our family knows Allen because when he was a student at the University of Utah, he worked with my lovely wife Traci at the University’s College of Health. Last week, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Allen couldn’t find any rice at local stores, so he posted on Facebook that he would trade some home-grown sourdough starter for a large portion of uncooked rice. We were able to facilitate the trade and catch up. 

Jump to: Allen’s background and career | Cooking and nutrition banter

Allen Tran - MS, RD, CSSD

Allen’s first job following school in 2013 was working as Head Chef for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team based in Park City, Utah. He recently switched jobs and will be the Head Chef for the Boston Red Sox once Major League Baseball resumes.

We’ve been fortunate to interview some great athletes over the years and this chat is no different. Allen is at the top of food chain when it comes to offering practical tips for an important component of the mtb-lifestyle.

MTBK: Tell our readers a bit about who you are and what you do.

I grew up in a family that loves food – we were always cooking. Being Chinese-American we were mostly only cooking Asian food at home. I wanted to learn a little bit more or wanted to eat the western food that all my friends were eating. I watched a lot of Food Network growing up and so I learned how to dip my foot into the western cooking or European cooking kind of type stuff and cooked for my family there and that grew in the interest to initially pursue it in college. When I went to college, I worked at local restaurants to get actual experience but also took some classes in nutrition. After my first run in college, I worked in the restaurant industry for three to four years in Napa Valley where a lot of nice restaurants are. That was good, cool work, but you kinda get burnt out from the high end fine dining restaurants there. Anyway, I was a basketball player and soccer player in high school, swam for the swim team – lots of athletics. I lived in California, then got invited to go on a trip to Moab. I never mountain biked before, but I went out to Moab and did the Slickrock trail and the The Whole Enchilada. It was pretty cool to do that.

MTBK: What year was that? And what kind of bike did you have?

I had a 1996 Specialized Stump jumper that broke badly, and that didn’t have enough gears. I did this in 2009 or 2010.

MTBK: Kind of a late introduction to Moab.

For sure. And, we did all the mistakes. These were my high school childhood friends that got into mountain biking and they wanted to invite me into tag along. We went like in the middle of July in Moab, which was the worst decision ever. We drank all our water and still had an hour left before we finally got back to our car.

MTBK: That was just Slickrock?

Yeah, that was just Slickrock. Not really knowing, like balance on the bike and that kind of stuff, there’s some tricks to it for sure. But yeah, that kind of cultivated the love of the red rocks. And at that point, I was dabbling in wanting to go to grad school and I realized the University Utah had a great nutrition program specifically, a sports nutrition program. I could go to school there and be close to Moab, so it was pretty cool. I earned my MS in nutrition but then had to do some overlap of classes in the Exercise and Sports Science Departments. and that led me to use some hours at Peak and meet Traci. I worked with her for a short time before getting hired by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams. I worked there from 2013 all the way up through the Sochi Olympic in 2014 and the Korea Olympics in 2018 doing a lot of work there from cooking directly to doing consults with the athletes and everything in between in terms of anything that’s really the food, supplements, fitness goals for athletes either building muscle or losing weight or iron deficiencies for the ladies anything that revolves around nutrition and performance with those athletes. As of two months ago, I got hired by the Boston Red Sox. That’s a completely different sport. Doing work there in terms of teaching those guys how to tie in their nutrition with what happens on the field and getting the most out of their time, and training and effort out there.

High performance chef, Allen Tran, mountain biking in Moab

MTBK: Let’s back up a sec. And how in the world did you land your job with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team and what were your initial job duties and responsibilities? You said you were cooking a bit, but a lot of it was consulting.

Sometimes things just happen. I knew there was the facility up in Park City, the Center of Excellence where all the skiers train in the summer when they’re not skiing, getting healthy for the winter season. I just went up there just to see what they were doing. I met the dietician who was also a chef as well. He cooked and did a lot more stuff with the nutrition side, doing consults, kind of like what you would see in like a clinic. But what ended up happening was that after I got to see the facility and a couple weeks went by – it turns out that guy got hired by another team and he left. And so, that lead to a job opening and I had just about graduated then. It was perfect timing for me to come right in. And they also needed someone that not only knew the nutrition but also knew how to cook and able to practically manage kitchen. I had both that experience and I was able to hit the ground running.

MTBK: The baseball season isn’t underway yet due to the coronavirus. Have you cooked for the ballplayers beyond your tryout/interview meals?

I just happen to get hired right in the middle of the spring training. So, they’re not in Boston. They’re in Florida, where they do their spring training. I expected to come back to Boston and then start cooking with the team right around opening day, but opening day was right around the time when the outbreak really got really intense. So, things got put on hold. I’ve yet to cook for the players, except for the three that sat in on my interview to give their two cents. I haven’t really cooked for them yet. But I know I’m good. So, it shouldn’t be a problem.

MTBK: What do you do for an interview like this? I mean, do you supply a menu that could span a month, a couple weeks?

Ultimately, they wanted just four dishes that spanned my culinary perspective. The interview was basically, “Cook four things. You have four hours to do it. And the players will come in as well as the front office of management, and they’ll taste it and see what they think.” Which is ironically, what the ski team did as well. That time they didn’t tell me ahead of time. They just gave me an hour. They’re like, “Oh, yeah, just go in the kitchen and cook something and we’ll see how you handle yourself in the kitchen.” And I was like, “I’m wearing a suit right now. I didn’t really expect this, but whatever.”

MTBK: Do you recall what you made for both interviews?

The ski team didn’t really give me any preparation and they didn’t really have any ingredients in their kitchen. The previous dietitian had already left the team so there wasn’t really much except for basic snacks. I just made French toast with some yogurt and added fruit. It was something really quick but they liked it. For the Red Sox, it was it was more complicated. You have to be aware that the team is composed of athletes from all over the world. I had to make one dish that was specifically Latin- or Dominican-influenced and so I cooked some beans and rice as well as some braised pork. Another dish was a barbecue dish. It did with sweet potatoes and pulled pork. I did some salmon with asparagus. The last dish was Asian stir-fried beef and broccoli. I had a wide range of flavors that kind of gives my perspective, without being fancy at all. Because ultimately, it doesn’t really matter how fancy food is – most athletes just want simple food, done well.

MTBK: Was it the same with the ski team too? Because I’d imagine they may be a bit more well-traveled because a lot of the season is in Europe.

Yes. But specifically, when you think about it that way, when you go to Europe, you’re eating European food almost every day if you’re not getting food cooked for you. You get a lot of homesickness. It becomes more important to cook the basics. Their favorite meals were any type of Mexican. So, if I can do a rice bowl or I can get my hands on some tortillas, I can make burritos. That stuff was huge. And a lot of European food is not spicy at all so if I could bring over some hot sauce and some really spicy foods, that would be a huge hit.

MTBK: What do you think are going to be favorites with the ballplayers?

I think the ballplayers run on routines. A lot of athletes have a routine base in terms of preparing for practices and games; so, things are really simple sometimes. Given the options for those who are adventurous, they like Thai food, Indian or barbecue. Others may just have regular meat and potatoes, pasta and sauce, and veggies.

MTBK: Will you cook multiple dishes for one sitting?

Yeah because the team has about 40 players – and there’s different needs for different positions. A designated hitter who’s built to hit home runs. Then, there are the infielders who need to be quick and fast. And then you have the catchers and the pitchers who have to expend a lot of energy through the whole game. You have to give all of them the nutrients they need. For those that are doing a lot of work, they need a lot of carbs. For those that are trying to build muscle, they need a lot of protein. And those in the middle need something in the middle.

Meals made with an Indian simmer sauce are easy and taste great

MTBK: Let’s move on to some stay-at-home topics. What’s the science behind why a good diet is important to your immune system other than just “healthy foods are good for you”. Can you explain why.

Healthy foods are good for you because your body has a lot of processes that are happening behind-the-scenes that you might not be aware of. For instance, your liver has to work, your digestive system has to work, your blood has to pump, your heart has to beat, your brain has to be functional. All that stuff has to work in the background. And in order for that to happen, you need fuel – just like putting gas in the gas tank. You can have an awesome car, but if you don’t have gas, you can’t even turn it on so that’s the basis of everything. And so, if you put in bad fuel you’ll get bad performance. And performance isn’t just like what happens out on the trails when mountain biking. It’s also about trying to be healthy, fighting off infection and living a good life.

MTBK: Are there any foods or meals that you think people should know about?

I think right now all kinds of pantry stuff is definitely trendy because people are stuck at home. There’s stuff like one pot pasta, which is pretty cool. Traditionally, you would cook pasta in a big pot of water where you’d have to wait for the water to boil. It takes a long time relatively. But you can put everything in one pan and a little bit of water. Because you use much less water, that water becomes really starchy and kind of thick. That becomes a sauce and then you put the veggies and the meat in there. They all kind of come together in one pot. And you only have to clean one pot, which is pretty cool.

MTBK: Do you have any tips for how families can begin to improve their eating habits and change the way they eat? Because now that a lot of people are spending more time at home together, this is the perfect time. Everybody in the family can be all-in.

It’s important to know that this is a skill that’s going be useful whether or not we’re quarantined – especially for younger families with kids. It’s a skill that your kids will use their whole life- through grade school, high school, college and beyond as a working adult. And so, all the stuff that is being learned in the kitchen right now – you can spin this in a positive way. This is what grandmas used to teach their grandkids in the kitchen. Maybe that doesn’t happen as much now in our modern times. But with this quarantine, we can turn the clock back a little bit and get this opportunity to cook together, learn how to hold a knife, use a knife, use a kitchen, use pots, pans and even like more technology now like instant pots and slow cookers and the oven and all that stuff getting hands-on in the kitchen. It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone. The other thing is that it may seem overwhelming depending on where you’re coming from. So, if you don’t have a history of cooking a lot, then don’t get overwhelmed. Just find two or three basic recipes that you can perfect. And really, when you look at cooking skills and culinary skills in general, most recipes come from five or six fundamental skills.

You have to learn how to sauté. You have to learn how to braise. You should probably learn how to grill. Baking is its own little category if you want to go on to that. So, if you can perfect those skills, then you could pretty much spin that into any other kind of protein or any other kind of dish. That’s how I would start out. And if you’re overwhelmed from that, just choose to perfect pasta with meat sauce and veggies. Find some recipes online that don’t seem too overwhelming and try it out. I think the biggest thing with habit change, whether it’s cooking, exercising, or really doing anything, is that it might seem awkward at first. Learning anything new is awkward at first. There may be some mistakes. That’s fine. You still get to eat unless you really burn it. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

MTBK: I won’t ask to share your favorite recipes, but what are your trusted online cooking resources?

Everyone seems to have a blog these days and you could probably find a good recipe on anything. I cynically say that like everything’s already been blogged. Every idea has already been blogged and there’s some good and bad recipes, but I would trust the New York Times and America’s Test Kitchen, Food52, and Serious Eats. And on the YouTube side, there’s some good recipes from Bon Appétit. They have a really entertaining YouTube channel as well – super fun for the quarantine time. Binging with Babish. That’s a catchy title, but that guy is a pretty good cook and very good filmmaker.

New York Times – Cooking
Web: cooking.nytimes.com
Facebook: nytcooking
Instagram: @nytcooking

America’s Test Kitchen
Web: americastestkitchen.com
Facebook: americastestkitchen
Instagram: @testkitchen

Serious Eats
Web: seriouseats.com
Facebook: seriouseats
Instagram: @seriouseats

Bon Appétit – YouTube
YouTube: Bon Appétit
Facebook: bonappetitmag
Instagram: @bonappetitmag

Binging with Babish – YouTube
YouTube: Binging with Babish
Facebook: BingingWithBabish
Instagram: @bingingwithbabish

Food52.com
Web: Food52.com
Facebook: food52
Instagram: @food52

MTBK: Do you have any suggestions for simple, healthy meals that kids will actually eat and enjoy?

Healthy doesn’t have to mean “not tasty.” Use our melting pot. People want to eat Asian food, Thai food, Mexican foods, barbecue, southern food, all that stuff. All those things can be kind of turned into some meals that seem appealing especially for those that are a little more adventurous. Earlier when I talked about by cooking demo, most people are pretty familiar with stir fry, but stir fry can be as simple as one veggie, one protein and then over rice with a good sauce. It’s pretty simple and you swap in whatever you’d like. Put beef in there, you can put chicken in there or you can go vegetarian and put tofu in there. And the sauce – there’s a lot of convenient shortcuts that are targeted for busy people in the grocery store. Teriyaki sauce can be put really on anything stir fried and it’s good. You want to do Indian food? There’s similar sauces that have everything that you need. Just dump it in there and simmer up. You have either Thai or Indian food right there. As long as the ingredients have some protein components and some sort of veggie component, that’s an excellent way to start.

MTBK: Do you have suggestions for replacing foods high in carbs because a lot of us haven’t been very active over the last few weeks?

It’s a sliding scale based on your activity. If you’re doing a really long bike ride, you need a lot of carbs and a lot of fast burning carbs. If you’re not doing as much activity, then you don’t need as much or you shift towards whole grain, high fiber foods that have a little bit more slow burning effects. If you’re not doing as much then you can either directly replace the amount of carbs that you’re eating with hopefully a larger portion of veggies or fruits that have fiber in there. Or, you could swap out potatoes for sweet potatoes. Replace brown rice fore white rice or use whole wheat bread instead of white bread.

MTBK: People are trying to limit trips to the store. What are some vegetables that will stay fresh longer?

Brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, all those things stay fresher longer. You can even make things that spoil faster last longer if they’re wrapped in a paper towel and then put in a bag that keeps it from getting too wet. That is what accelerates it getting spoiled. Do this with spinach, Swiss chard, any of the leafy vegetables. Take a paper towel, wet it, wring out most of the excess moisture and then kind of roll like a burrito. Then put it in whatever plastic bag it was already in. And so, that would kind of keep it humid in that little tiny bag environment but also be careful it is not too soggy. You want it to kind of be humid, but not wet. Peppers are also fresh vegetables that stay fresh pretty long as long as you don’t cut them. Frozen vegetables are a great nutrition-wise. They’re basically the same as fresh. You can get frozen vegetables of all different kinds from asparagus, artichoke hearts, all that kind of stuff that can be frozen.

MTBK: What spices do you recommend to have in every kitchen?

Cajun seasoning is pretty versatile. You can put it on veggies. You can put on potatoes when you roast them; eggs in the morning. Chili powder or Mexican inspired spice is very good for obviously making Mexican food. You make a fajita with just onions, peppers and some sort of protein, dump in some taco seasoning or chili seasoning and you basically have the beginnings of a rice bowl right there. You can have a curry powder, which is pretty basic. But I think those simmer sauces are really easy for those that. Simmer sauces for the Indian food as well as Thai food. Those both exist out there and those are really easy for the busy or kind of beginner level cook. On the Asian side, teriyaki sauce is kind of all-in-one. While you’re cooking, just taste your food along the way to see if it’s on track for it to taste good. I think that’s the biggest tip for anyone cooking, just taste the food before your serve it. Once you serve it, it might be too late to adjust it.

MTBK: What’s the nutritional magic behind beans and rice?

Without getting too deep into science, proteins are made of amino acids. If you think of proteins as words, amino acids are the individual letters. Animal proteins have all the letters that you need for a complete protein. In our example, beans have half of certain letters and rice have certain letters. When you combine them together, you get a full word. So, if you think of alphabet and words, that’s the magic right there. This is why many countries around the world have staples of beans and rice. In the Latin community, they eat pinto beans and black beans with rice. In India and the Middle East, you have chickpeas and rice. In Asia, you obviously have soy beans and rice. In Southern cooking, you have jambalaya.

MTBK: What are the benefits of cooking with olive oil versus trans fats.

Olive oil is one of the best foods for heart health. There’s healthy fats and then there’s not so healthy fats. Olive oil you put in that healthy fat kind of category, especially if it’s extra virgin kind. And canola oil is probably also in that healthy side. You want to avoid trans fats, shortening or margarine. That kind of stuff is not so good compared to the olive oil, canola oil to some degree, coconut oil. And then if you’re going to have butter at least have like grass fed butter versus just the normal butter you might find in other grocery stores.

Good for you, granola
Roasted sweet potatoes have less carbs and starch than russet potatoes
Beans and rice are an excellent source of plant-based protein
Choose salmon for healthy fats

MTBK: Talk about fish for a moment and why wild caught seafood may be preferable to farmed.

Healthy fats are in salmon, sardines and anchovies. But salmon in particular has healthy fats that are really good for the heart as well as the joints. For young people [like a toddler], the healthy fats is salmon are important for your brain and eye development. Those fats are in wild caught seafood in bigger quantities than farmed. And if you have the choice, wild caught is good. Farmed is fine as well. It’s not the end of the world if you’re eating farmed Atlantic salmon. It’s still a healthy protein. But you might not get as many of those healthy omega three fats from farmed fish.

MTBK: What about snacks when people are out riding bikes? Do you have any go-to favorites that you buy from the store or make at home?

You have convenient foods like Clif Bars, ProBars, and the Honey Stingers. All that stuff is convenient because it’s in a package, it’s not going bad; it’s not going to melt like a candy bar would. Other favorites are just whole foods that again won’t go bad or smush in your bag. A banana by itself it might get smushed. But if you take an apple that’s probably okay. A cutie oranges or a clementine work too. There’s a reason why trail mix is so popular. Trail mix has the nuts which has the healthy fats and the protein and the dried fruit which is the carbs. It’s affordable, it’s dried and tastes good, and doesn’t take up too much space.

MTBK: Did you prepare home-made snacks for the ski team?

Granola was a favorite. I would make from scratch because it had a higher amount of nuts. And that became their trail mix. It’s fun to make, and it makes the entire house smell good.

MTBK: What about energy drinks and how they affect a younger person. Can you offer an opinion on those products?

The problem with energy drinks is the caffeine. I don’t think young kids are drinking a lot of coffee or espresso shots, but you’re getting the same amount in these energy drinks. Most kids have pretty high energy without them. When you add artificial energy, it may become hard to focus mentally. But when you come down and when the caffeine wears off, then you’re like in this state where you can hit this wall and bonk. Many athletes don’t use the energy drinks who sponsor them. When you see them on tv, they actually get what they call “blanks”, which are filled with water. So, it’s one thing to get the sponsorship, but they’re not really using the product.

MTBK: Is there anything else you’d like to say regarding food, nutrition and mountain biking?

There’s all kinds of different mountain biking. You have the endurance athletes riding cross-country and then there’s the gravity riders that wanna just huck it. But at the end of the day, you want to ride at your best and it’s important to fuel. I think a lot of times people don’t bring enough with them or take enough breaks to eat before they hammer. It might be okay for the first hour or two, but if you have a long ride, you have to think about fueling right from the get-go and having a good breakfast even before you even get on the saddle.

MTBK: Traci recognized pretty quickly that when we introduced mountain biking to the kids, it’s not our ride. It’s about the kids – it’s their ride. Every few minutes, when they wanted to stop for a break and have a snack, you do it.

It’s definitely a long-term investment that leads to happiness. There’s no more hitting the blacks. It’s about making sure the kids have a good time.

Elbow Pads For MTB Kids

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The best mountain biking elbow pads for kids
The best mountain biking elbow pads for kids

Like knee pads for kids, elbow pads are an important part of kid’s mountain biking gear. They protect the elbows in case of a fall by limiting scrapes and other superficial (yet painful) injuries from occurring. The newest elbow pads for mtb kids are available in a series of stylish colors, and made of very lightweight, yet strong materials, these elbow pads will defy all of your child’s objections. The five models reviewed here are all well-recommended, as well as designed by some of the best-known names in mountain biking safety gear. Your child will actually want to wear them, or at least, not complain as much about them before taking to the trails.

Mountain Biking Goggles For Kids Comparison Chart

ProductMSRPBuy from
G-Form Pro-X2 Elbow Pads - Youth$40.00REI
Leatt - Contour Elbow Guards (Youth)$49.00BTO Sports
IXS - Carve Evo+ Elbow Armor (Bicycle) (Youth)$99.00BTO Sports
Leatt 3DF 5.0 Jr. Elbow Guard - Kids$59.95Backcountry
Fox Racing Youth Titan Race Elbow Guards$26.95Amazon
G-Form youth mtb elbow pads

G-Form Pro-X2 Elbow Pads – Youth

Check out the G-Form Pro-X2 Elbow pads for kids. These guards cover a good part of the arm, stretching from the middle of their lower arms to a length halfway to their shoulders, making them perform like a rash guard as well as an elbow pad. Most of the protection is focused on the elbow portion, which is covered by a soft, flexible foam that hardens instantly on contact. This ensures that the elbow pads are lightweight and breathable, yet provide the necessary level of protection when your child needs it the most. Not only do these elbow pads stay in place thanks to the compression sleeves with silicone grippers on either end, but they also look great as well.

Leatt Contour elbow pads for mtb kids

Leatt – Contour Elbow Guards (Youth)

Comfort and style combine in the Leatt Contour Elbow Guards. Initially designed for MX bikes, these pads are similar to styles designed for adults, only they come in a youth size, allowing your child to wear a set just like those worn by their idols. The patterned gray on black sleeves stretches from the wrists all of the way to a spot just shy of the shoulder, with a slim fit that easily slides on under a mountain bike jersey. The compression sleeves help the elbow guards stay in place while providing extra protection in case your child falls or gets too close to a boulder or tree branch on the trail. The protective hard shell near the elbow is made of Leatt’s patented HDPE High-Density Poly Ethylene material, while the rest is made of their MoistureCool wicking fabric. Under the hard shell casing is a layer of Leatt 3DF impact foam, providing even more protection.

Giro Disciple full face helmet - manufacturer photo - three quarter view

Full-Face MTB Helmets

Pair your neck brace with the proper helmet.

Full-Face MTB Helmets For Kids

Trail MTB Helmets

Now that you have a bike, get a lid on that kid.

Trail Helmets For MTB Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads For Kids

If you ride a bike, you’re gonna fall down. Just sayin’.

MTB Knee Pads for Kids

IXS elbow pads for mountain biking kids

IXS – Carve Evo+ Elbow Armor (Youth)

Available in three different sizes (youth small through youth large), as well as two different color combinations, it’s easy to find a pair of IXS Carve Evo + Elbow Armor that your child will want to wear. No matter the size, these elbow pads feature LoopLock fasteners that keep them firmly in place, as well as silicone grippers for an additional level of support. Once they’re on, unless your child wants them off, these elbow pads aren’t going anywhere. Color choices include gray or camel, both with the IXS logo in a darker print that helps it stand out. These elbow pads are extremely lightweight, coming in at a mere 270 grams (or half of a pound) for the entire set. With safety features that include the use of IXS’s patented X-Matter material for maximum absorption no matter how hard the fall and an open-cell foam cover that also cushions the blow, these elbow pads mean business.

Fox Racing youth Titan elbow pads for kids

Fox Racing Youth Titan Race Elbow Guards

With a patented Posi-lock strap system to hold them in place, as well as additional Velcro fasteners, these Fox Racing Youth Titan Race elbow guards won’t slip or slide off of your child’s elbows mid-trail. That alone raises the odds that your child will want to wear them. Available in a cool black and white color combination, they’ll match all of your young rider’s other gear. The white inner liner consists of bio-foam that not only provides plenty of padding in case of a fall but is also vented, allowing for maximum airflow. Sweat is less likely to gather under your child’s elbow pads, even on the hottest days. Combined, both pads weigh a mere seven ounces, making them among some of the lightest mountain bike gear out there. The level of protection is high, thanks to the exterior shell. Plus, the fit is spot-on, simply because Fox designed them for young riders. These elbow guards easily tick all of the boxes.

Leatt 3DF youth elbow pads - kids mtb protection

Leatt 3DF 5.0 Jr. Elbow Guard – Kids

Another pair by Leatt, one of the best-known names in the mountain bike protective gear game, the 3DF 5.0 Jr. elbow guards are made exclusively for kids. Some of the many safety features include the use of 3D Airfit foam padding that can withstand a big impact while remaining lightweight and breathable and an Aramid outer layer that keeps scrapes at bay. These elbow guards come in a cool black color with the Leatt logo in a contrasting stark white, and the ultra-slim profile makes them comfortable to wear on longer rides. There are silicone grips at the wrist and upper arm, ensuring that the compression sleeve portion (which is made of moisture-wicking fabric) doesn’t slip out of place mid-ride. Very lightweight, the pair combined comes in at 350 grams or three-quarters of a pound, ensuring that they won’t add much to the overall heft of your child’s protective gear. Plus, these elbow guards meet the EN1621-1 safety certification and even come with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Norco Sight 27.5 Preview

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Norco Sight 27.5 Preview, a full-suspension mountain bike for kids

View the full Norco Sight 27.5 review now. We’re in the middle of creating the full review for the 2020 Norco Sight 27.5. To hold you over until then, we thought we’d offer you a preview while it’s still in stock at the Norco online store. The current MSRP is $2,799.00 USD. Norco allows you to purchase online and have the bike shipped to your local dealer where it will be professionally built up and handed over to the grom of your choice. Here is how it works.

Our kid enjoyed this bike because it fit well with the technical terrain he likes to ride. These full-suspension kids’ mountain bikes are designed to fit riders who are 4ft 9in – 5ft 2in tall. Of course the bike has 27.5in wheels and its standover height is 650mm / 25.59in. Nervous about buying the bike online? Don’t be. Just be sure to measure your kid correctly. The standover height of the bike is the same as your child’s inseam. That’s the key determinant for getting the right size bike.

Main features of the build include a 140mm travel aluminum-alloy frame paired with a RockShox Pike (150mm of travel). A smooth-shifting SRAM Eagle drivetrain, Shimano disc brakes, and Maxxis tires round out the bike’s personality. The bike weighs around 34lbs so it’s best suited for aggressive terrain. That didn’t stop our womp rat from banging out some technical climbs though. He was able to pedal up a sketchy section of the Big Chief Loop near Moab for the first time ever.

Keep on the lookout for our full review to be published within the next few days. And if you don’t already – please follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Sign up for our emails on the home page, too. It helps us keep you up-to-date with reviews, tips for riding with kids, trail and destination info.