Gifts For Mountain Bike Kids 10-12 Years Old

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Holiday gifts for 10 year old through 12 year old mountain bike kids

Pre-teen riders are able to see huge progression in technical skills and ride distance if they have the right equipment for the job. Based on our experience with riders this age, we’ve chosen gifts for mountain bike kids 10-12 years old that cater to kids who like to ride in style.

See our choices for pedals, knee pads, and a MIPS helmet as well as others to keep the stoke stocked.

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Holiday gifts for 10 year old to 12 year old mountain bike kids
co-op cycles rev drt 24-inch wheel mountain bike

Co-op Cycles REV DRT Kids’ 24-inch wheel Mountain Bike

Bikes are the favorite gifts of mountain bike kids 10-12 years old! The Co-op Cycles REV DRT bike gives young MTB riders confidence to step up their game. First, wide tires provide superb traction. Second, disc brakes provide confidence-inspiring, responsive braking power in all conditions. Third, 8-speed, 1x gearing keeps shifting simple while offering plenty of options for climbing and cruising. Fourth, the Lightweight 6061 aluminum frame has a suspension fork with 80mm of travel to soak up bumps for enhanced control. Finally, extra-wide, 2.6 in. all-terrain tires soften the little bumps and stick to the trail for a smooth, stable ride.

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arcade belt adventure

Arcade The Ranger Adventure Belt

Kids need belts! If you have never bought an Arcade belt, try it out! It’s a game-changer. These stretchy belts are adjustable and come in kids’ and adult sizes. Every active person should own one. Highly adjustable.  Highly useful and kid approved!

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CamelBak Mini Mule Hydration Backpack  

The CamelBak Kids’ Mini Mule Hydration Backpack will help you rider stay hydrated as they ride paved bike paths or learn the ropes on rolling dirt trails. The 1.5-liter Crux reservoir carry’s plenty of water for longer excursions and a small front pocket provides storage for their snacks. This pack comes in a variety of colors including pink, purple, blue, black and green camo to make every rider happy!

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cleary meerkat 24-inch wheel bike kids gift

Cleary Bikes Meerkat 24-inch Five Speed Bike – Kids’

The Meerkat 24-inch Five Speed Bike is perfect for those rowdy elementary school kids who are itching to get out and burn some energy. Firstly, the internally geared 5-speed hub is tough enough to withstand the rigors of rough riding. With this bike, kids can count on reliable shifting for a smooth ride every time. Secondly, the sealed hydraulic disc brakes offer precise and powerful stopping capabilities.  The Cleary Meerkat is a perfect gift for kids who want to get real about biking, and for those who just want to have a little fun.

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Bell Sidetrack II MIPS Child and Youth Helmet

Bell Sidetrack II MIPS Child and Youth Helmet

Whether your child is riding around the neighborhood or on mountain single track trails, they should be wearing a helmet. The Bell SideTrack II MIPS Helmet has many features that will make your kid want to wear it. First, it features an Ergo Fit dial that makes dialing in the perfect fit quick and easy. 14 vents will help your little rider will stay cool on hot days. It’s so comfortable, your kiddo might even forget that they are wearing it! Second, the Bell SideTrack II is MIPS-equipped which helps redirect impact energy in the event of a crash. This helmet is safe! Third, additional features include a PinchGuard Buckle and a Snap-In Visor. Maybe most important to your discerning mountain bike kid, the Bell SideTrack II MIPS Helmet comes in a wide variety of colors!

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Leatt 3DF Hybrid EXT Junior Knee and Shin Guards mountain biking kids gift

Leatt 3 DF Hybrid EXT Junior Knee and Shin Guards- Kids’

Bloody shins are the worst! The Leatt 3DF Hybrid EXT Junior Knee & Shin Guards combine soft and hard-shell protection. These pads can handle the rowdiest days your little grom will have on their mountain bike. The hard-shell areas deflect impact and make sliding out easier. Meanwhile, the MoistureCool and AirMesh wicking fabrics that make up the sleeve do their part to pull sweat away from your rider’s skin and fight funky odors after a tough ride.

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Fox Racing Ranger Gloves – Youth

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Prevelo alpha four kids bike 24 inch wheels

Prevelo Alpha 4. 24-inch wheel bike

The Alpha Four is an excellent bike for kids moving up to 24 inch wheels. There are many things to love about this bike. First, the Prevelo confidence inspiring low and narrow geometry. Prevelo geometry keeps the rider low, balanced and in control. Second, the lightweight 6061 aluminum frame with custom formed tubing and aluminum alloy fork with chromoly steerer keep the weight manageable. Third, the Tektro front and rear v-brakes make speed control and stopping a breeze. Fourth, the Shimano ALTUS 8-speed drivetrain with SHIMANO Smart cage. This unique pulley cage permits the use of a shorter pulley cage without comprising gear ratio width. Finally, this bike comes 95% assembled. Just install the handlebar, seatpost, front wheel and pedals.

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troy lee design skyline kids mountain biking shorts gift

Troy Lee Design Skyline Short – Kids’ 

From bike parks to alpine trails, the Troy Lee Skyline Short does it all without breaking a sweat. It’s made of a lightweight, breathable, stretchy, and temp-regulating CoolMax fabric built to handle punishing days on the bike, and then boasts a spandex back panel for extra mobility where it’s needed most. Adjustable hook-and-loop waist tabs provide a comfortable fit and accommodate growing kids, while zippered hand pockets keep gear (i.e. snacks) safe for energy-fueled adventures.

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Columbia Watertight Jacket

They may get muddy but at least they’ll stay semi-dry in the Columbia Watertight Jacket. This jacket boasts an Omni-Tech waterproof and breathable membrane and fully taped seams, to keep the water out. The mesh lining keeps the air circulating inside to keep them from getting clammy. The hood fits nicely under a helmet and hook-and-loop cuffs keep sleeves as waterproof as the rest of the jacket. It even has a full array of reflective details for extra nighttime safety.

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marin rift zone 24 inch wheel bike gift for 10 year old

Marin Rift Zone Jr 2022 Kids Mountain Bike

Marin designed the Rift Zone Jr to provide young shredders with a fun full-suspension mountain bike that won’t break the bank. There are so many things to love about this bike. Firstly, the light aluminum frame is equally at home on rolling hills and steep downhill singletrack. Secondly, the 120mm X-Fusion Velvet fork and X-Fusion O2 Pro shock provide a supple and smooth ride. Thirdly, the Deore 1×11 drivetrain provides all the gears your young rider will need to make it up the steepest climbs. Fourthly, the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes provide incredible stopping power when descending those steep chutes. Finally, the bike is rounded out with Marin Tubeless Ready wheels for fewer flats and incredible traction.

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Dakine Axel Beanie  

Keep your little ripper warm and stylish in the Dakine Axel Beanie. Useful for the colder winter months and for evenings around the campfire, the stretchy acrylic fabric stays comfortable no matter what the activity. The flecked yarn adds a unique and fun look.

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mondraker kids mountain bike gift for 12 year old

 Mondraker Leader 24 Kids’ Mountain Bike

The Mondraker Leader 24 kids mountain bike is a good entry-level bike for your mountain bike kids. The Leader 24 features a Stealth Alloy frame. The trademark split brace front end and super neat internal cable routing makes the bike look great. Classic Kenda trail tires and an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain makes riding off-road and up hills a breeze. Downsized forward geometry, Suntour 50mm suspension fork and V-brakes ensure confident handling and deliver the performance you’d expect from a Mondraker.

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stance socks mountain biking kids gift

Stance Columba Sock 3-pack – Kids’

Every mountain bike kid wants stylish socks!  Stance makes comfortable socks that add fun to daily life. Here is a list of what makes Stance socks great. First, the cotton and synthetic blend wicks moisture and dries quickly. Second, the medium cushioning adds comfort and absorbs impact for those long days on the trail. Third, the reinforced heel and toe increase durability. Fewer holes, YAY!  Fourth, the seamless toe closure reduces rubbing. And finally, cool socks are cool!

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Zoic kids mountain bike jersey 10-12 year old gift

Zoic Lucas Bike Jersey – Kids

Keep your mountain bike rider comfortable and stylish in this Zoic Lucas Bike Jersey. Crafted from lightweight polyester, this trail jersey features Zo-Wick properties to pull sweat away from skin on hotter rides. Additionally, the tagless neck to prevents irritating itching from ruining the fun.

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helinox swivel chair gift for teen mtb

Helinox Swivel Camp Chair 

Does you mountain bike loving kid like to keep moving even when sitting? This chair swivel will be a hit! Lightweight folding camp or backpacking chair with swivel seat. This chair sets up quickly and easily with a single shock corded pole structure and folds into a small storage sack. Great for camping or lunch after a ride! This is one of our most used gifts for mountain bike kids 10-12 years old!

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Bell Super 3R MIPS Helmet

When your little ripper starts getting their wheels off the ground it’s nice to know that their cute face is fully protected. The Bell Super 3R MIPS Men’s includes MIPS technology and full-face protection. This helmet is great since you can remove the chin bar for easy rides and snap it on when the trail gets technical or your kid is ready to hit those dirt jumps. See our Bell Super 3 R review for all the details.

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Helly Hansen base layer gift for mountain bike kid

Helly Hansen Jr LIFA Active Set

Keep your active kid warm all winter long. Whether you’re getting out on the mountain bikes, skis or making an epic snow fort, a good base layer can keep the fun rolling. HH® Active is an advanced construction combining LIFA® Stay Dry technology and fast wicking fibers, making it ideal as an all year activity base layer. Staying dry is important in order to stay comfortable.

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7 protectio youth knee pads gift

7 Protection DPI Youth Transition Knee Pads

Is your young rider pushing their limits and building their skills? Falls happen while your young rider is learning. The best way for them to stay protected is to wear knee and elbow protection. The 7iDP Youth Transition Knee Guards are super lightweight knee pads that can be worn all day long. While they are super light, these knee guards don’t compromise on safety. The compression fit is designed to keep weight down and fits higher on the thigh than most pads. An internal silicone strip keeps the pads from slipping down so your young rider can ride with confidence. The breathable sock has a 4-way stretch mesh that maintains airflow for all day comfort.

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Gifts For Mountain Biking Kids 6-9

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Holiday gifts for mountain bikers - 6 year olds to 9 year olds

Gifts for mountain biking kids 6-9 can still be simple and have a reasonable price tag. That’s why we’ve included 6 of them for $50 or less. But, if you’re on the prowl for a new kids’ bike, we can feed the habit and offer up four options from real brands at $500 or less. Enjoy this price range because when your kids get into the next size up, things are going to get very scary.

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Holiday gifts for mountain bike kids age 6 to age 9
prevelo alpha three kids mountain bike

Alpha Three 20″ Kids’ Bike 

Prevelo designed the Alpha Three 20-inch Complete Bike just for kids. Firstly, the geometry will keep your kid low to the ground for stability and confidence. Secondly, the Shimano Smart Cage reduces the odds of impacting the derailleur without minimizing the usable gear range. Thirdly, the Alpha Three includes 8 gears to set them up to ride different terrain without over-complicating the process. Fourthly, Shimano’s Acera RapidFire Plus levers are designed for smaller hands that may struggle with twist shifters. In addition, this bike is also equipped with Tektro brake levers that make controlling the V-brakes, and therefore the speed, easy. This is absolutely one of our favorite gifts for mountain biking kids 6-9 years old.

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Helinox camp chair kids mini gift

Helinox Chair One Mini Camp Chair

Whether they are sitting around the campfire or just relaxing after a mountain bike ride, your kid needs a chair of their own. The Helinox Chair One Mini Camp Chair is a practical and packable camp chair your kid will love!  This chair weighs just over a pound and packs down small. Helinox Chair One Mini Camp Chair has the same shock cord DAC aluminum poles and stretch-free polyester fabric as other Helinox models. It is strong and durable. It is quick and easy to set up and packs down small into an included storage bag that fits in the palm of your hand.

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Spank Spoon Grom Grips 

These Spank grips add safety and style to you grom’s ride. Spank’s Spoon Grom Grips come in a 100mm length, designed specifically for kids. The diamond grid pattern makes a great grip, giving kids comfortable control of their bikes. They weigh in at less than 100g per set, and include lock rings and plastic bar ends. Available in a variety of fun colors.

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Cleary Bikes Owl 20-inch 3 speed Bike - Kids gift

Cleary Bikes Owl 20-inch 3 speed Bike – Kids’

Watch your kid’s confidence and coordination improve as they master gears with the Cleary Bikes Owl 20in 3 Speed Kids’ Bike. Cleary designs bikes that have lots of features to love. First, the Owl frame and fork are lightweight and built to withstand anything your kid can dish out. Second, the geometry is optimized to ideally respond to steering inputs while remaining stable. Third, there are only three gears, so it isn’t overwhelming. The Cleary Bikes Owl best fits young adventurers with an inseam measurement between 19 and 23in. In conclusion, the lightweight construction and reliable components create a bike that’s ready to guide your little shredder around the neighborhood and on the trails.

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CamelBak Kids' Mini M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack mountain bike kids gift

CamelBak Kids’ Mini M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack

The CamelBak Kids’ Mini Mule Hydration Backpack will help your young rider stay hydrated as they ride paved bike paths or learn the ropes on rolling dirt trails. The 1.5-liter Crux reservoir carries plenty of water for longer excursions. Importantly, the small front pocket provides storage for snacks. This kids mountain biking pack comes in a variety of colors including pink, purple, blue, black and green camo to make every rider happy!

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Woom Vienna Bell 

The Vienna bell is easy for your young rider to reach with the thumb while keeping their hands safely on the grips. The Vienna bell is like a high-quality brass instrument with its vibrant, sustaining sound that can be heard clearly, even in a noisy environment. Suitable for handlebar diameters from 19 mm – 22.2 mm.

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kids bikes woom 4 gift

Woom 4 

The Woom 4 is an excellent  light 20” wheel bike that can be your kids first introduction to gears. Specifically, the Woom 4 includes a SRAM X4 8-gear shifter to help your rider tackle varying terrain and grades. The 8 gears and light Kenda off-road tires make it a great bike for exploring and longer rides. Importantly, the Mini V-Brakes with levers suitable for small hands make stopping safely easy. This bike was designed for ages 6 to 9 years with a height of 45″-51”inches. All in all, the Woom 4 is an excellent choice.

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marmot trestle sleeping bag mountain bike kid gift

Marmot Trestles 30 Sleeping Bag: 30F Synthetic – Kids’

The Marmot Kids’ Trestles Junior 30 Sleeping Bag will keep your little camper cozy. Your mountain bike kid will love this sleeping bag. First, it’s super-colorful and loaded up with cozy Spirafil insulation that works even if it gets soda spilled on it. Second, the Marmot Trestles 30 Sleeping Bag is rugged with a polyester shell and DWR coating. Third, this bag includes two side zippers to make getting in and out a breeze. Finally, the comfortable 3D hood will keep your kid warm, even if the nights get chilly.

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shadow conspiracy knee pads for kids

Shadow Conspiracy Super Slim V2 Junior Knee Pads

The Shadow Conspiracy Super Slim V2 Junior Knee Pads have all the same great features as the Super Slim V2 knee pads but in a smaller package. Designed for kids aged 6-12 in mind, the Super Slim V2 Jr knee pads are form-fitting.  The ergonomic shape gives optimized performance and protection while still being lightweight, flexible, and slim enough to fit under pants. These pads have a strategically placed EVA whip pad to protect the inner knee area. Additionally, an elasticized cuff with a silicone print will prevent slippage and keep the pads securely positioned.

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Cannondale Trail 20 Kids mountain bike

Cannondale Trail 20 Kids’ Bike

When your kid is ready to take to the trails for off-road adventures, the Cannondale Trail 20 might be the bike for them. This kids’ mountain bike features a lightweight aluminum alloy frame and smooth suspension fork. The handlebar, grips, brake levers, saddle and cranks are designed to fit young riders.  Importantly, Cannondale designed the Trail 20 with a lower range gear ratio to make it easier to start pedaling and climb hills.

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Troy Lee Designs Air Gloves – Youth

Troy Lee Designs Kids’ Air Gloves are made to keep kids comfortable through warm days on the trail. These colorful gloves are made of lightweight and stretchy spandex protect their hands and dry fast. The hook-and-loop cuff keeps gloves on and the double-layer synthetic leather palm provides lightweight cushioning and breathability. Troy Lee adds a silicone print on the palm and first two fingers, improving grip on the bars, brakes and shifters.

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rocky mountain bike 20-inch kids gift

Rocky Mountain Edge Jr 20-inch Bike 2021

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Ride Concepts Livewire Mountain Bike Shoes - Kids gift

Ride Concepts Livewire Mountain Bike Shoes – Kids’

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co-op cycles Rev 20-inch gift for mountain bike kids

Co-op Cycles REV 20 6-Speed Plus Kids’ Bike

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Fox Youth Defend MTB Shorts 

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Bell Sidetrack II MIPS Child and Youth Helmet

Bell Sidetrack II MIPS Child and Youth Helmet

Whether your child is riding around the neighborhood or on mountain singletrack trails, they should be wearing a helmet. The Bell SideTrack II MIPS Helmet has many features that will make your kid want to wear it. First, it features an Ergo Fit dial that makes dialing in the perfect fit quick and easy. 14 vents will help your little rider will stay cool on hot days. It’s so comfortable, your kiddo might even forget that they are wearing it! Second, the Bell SideTrack II is MIPS-equipped which helps redirect impact energy in the event of a crash. This helmet is safe! Third, additional features include a PinchGuard Buckle and a Snap-In Visor. Maybe most important to your discerning mountain bike kid, the Bell SideTrack II MIPS Helmet comes in a wide variety of colors!

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Mondraker Leader 20 kids gifts

Mondraker Leader 20 Mountain Bike 2021

The 2021 Mondraker Leader 20 kids’ mountain bike features a Stealth Alloy frame to make it light and fast.  Firstly, this is a good-looking bike with trademark split brace front end and super neat internal cable routing. There’s even space and bolts for a bottle cage! Secondly, kid-sized components ensure that your little one will be comfortable and confident in no time. Thirdly, the Shimano 7-speed drivetrain ensures a wide range of gears for flats and rolling hills. Fourthly, classic Kenda trail tires give easy all-terrain speed. Finally, the lightweight alloy fork and V-brakes ensure sweet singletrack handling and deliver the performance you’d expect from a Mondraker.

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Jr Helly Hansen LIFA Active Set

Jr Helly Hansen LIFA Active Set

Keep your active kid warm all winter long. Whether you’re getting out on the mountain bikes, skis or making an epic snow fort, a good base layer can keep the fun rolling. HH® Active is an advanced construction combining LIFA® Stay Dry technology and fast wicking fibers, making it ideal as an all year activity base layer. Staying dry is important in order to stay comfortable.

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Gifts For Mountain Biking Teens in 2021

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Holiday gifts for mountain biking teens

This list of gifts for mountain biking teens features full-sized bikes from Niner, Santa Cruz, Salsa, Ibis, and Diamondback; shoes from Five Ten; a Bike Tools multi-tool, and an Evoc hip pack. Our sixteen-year-old tends to break stuff because of how he rides and where he rides so we’ve even included a wheelset from Industry Nine.

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Holiday gifts for mountain biking teens
ENO doublenest hammock gift for teenagers

ENO DoubleNest Printed Hammock

ENO DoubleNest Printed Hammock

Hammocking is in! Give the gift of relaxation in the great outdoors. Your MTB teen will love this ultra-lightweight and -compact Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Print Hammock. Constructed with a breathable and quick-drying nylon fabric, this hammock is small enough to bring to the park or camping. It is easy to set up. This hammock is a great way to relax with friends after their favorite mountain bike ride! These hammocks come in loads of vibrant colors and patterns to make your teen happy!

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jbl speaker best gift for mountain biking teens

JBL Clip 4 Speaker

Your teen mountain biker will love the JBL Clip 4 Portable Speaker. They’ll enjoy playing their music while getting ready at the trailhead or chilling after a ride. This little speaker is rechargeable and delivers up to 10 hrs. of playtime on a single charge. It’s also durable and waterproof in case of unexpected adventure. JBL Clip 4 Portable Speaker offers Bluetooth® wireless ease. The built-in carabiner clip makes it easy to hang the speaker just about anywhere.

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wolf tooth trucker hat teen gift for mountain biking teens

Wolf Tooth Logo Flat Bill Trucker Hat

Your teen could use a new hat!  They will love this Wold Tooth six-panel mesh back trucker style cap with adjustable snapback. The round flat visor will keep the sun off their face and keep them looking fresh.

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Tifosi Optics Davos Sunglasses mountain bike teen gift

Tifosi Optics Davos Sunglasses

The Tifosi Optics Davos Sunglasses deliver high-quality performance at an affordable price. Your teen mountain biker will appreciate the large lens design and sporty wrap to ensure unobstructed vision. Vents in the lenses prevent fog buildup during grueling climbs or finish line sprints. Fully adjustable nose and ear pads allow your NICA racer to dial in the perfect fit. Additionally, they’re made with hydrophilic rubber so they actually get grippier when wet, meaning they won’t slip even on the sweatiest rides.

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Dakine Hotlaps 5L hip pack teen gift MTB

Dakine Hotlaps 5L Hip Pack 

Many teens don’t want to wear a backpack when they ride. The Dakine Hotlaps 5L hip pack may be the answer. This bag comes with a 2L, lumbar-shaped hydration reservoir to keep your NICA rider hydrated. As a huge bonus, it has plenty of space to store all their riding essentials. The cargo pocket features organization so your teen can store their phone, tools, and food neatly.

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Niterider Lumina 1000 Boost Bike Light 

Give your teen the light they need to have safe and fun night ride adventures with the Niterider Lumina 1000.  The NiteRider offers a solution to fading light and shorter days with the Lumina 1000 Boost Headlight. This handy light transitions from the road to the trail with ease, and packs in the illumination with a whopping 1000 lumens of steady light that lasts for an hour, and battery-saving options that can keep your rider going on long cruises after dusk. The Lumina 1000 boasts Cree LEDs that bring crisp, clean light to the path ahead, and seven different settings. The Lumina 1000 comes with a rechargeable battery and USB cable.

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Industry Nine's 101 Enduro S 27.5in Boost Wheelset mountain bike gift

Industry Nine’s 101 Enduro S 27.5inch Boost Wheelset 

Industry Nine’s 101 Enduro S 27.5in Boost Wheelset combines the rugged reliability that your young rider needs with a price point that won’t break the bank. I9’s hubs feature a two-toothed six-pawl design which engages constantly for quick power. They’re laced up to I9’s beefy Enduro S rim, providing a solid platform to tackle the toughest trails and the sharpest rocks.

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blackburn u-lock for MTB teen gift

Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 U-Lock Double Deadbolt w/120cm cable  

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Fox Speedframe MIPS Helmet gift for teen mountain biker

Fox Speedframe MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet 

The Fox Speedframe Helmet is Fox’s newest half-shell trail helmet. This helmet has lots of features for both you and your teen to love. First, the Speedframe incorporates MIPS, Multi-directional Impact Protection System, which protects the head from rotational forces during impacts. Second, a 360-degree fit system allows easy adjustments to dial in the perfect fit. Third, a moisture-wicking liner provides comfort and is also washable. To top it off, Fox threw in a goggle compatible, 3-position visor.

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Dakine Knee Pads for Kids

DAKINE Anthem Knee Pads 

DAKINE Anthem knee pads offer 3D-molded, CE-certified foam front and side padding provide reliable protection and pre-curved patterning for a natural fit. The hook-and-loop attachment makes for easy on/off. Silicone gripper elastic stays in place and offers 4-way stretch. The abrasion-resistant aramid fibers stand up to abuse. Thankfully, these pads include Polygiene® odor control.

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Park Tool’s MT 20 Multi-tool

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Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals gift for MTB teen

Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals  

New pedals are colorful gifts for mountain biking teens. Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals are made of strong yet lightweight composite. Riders can choose between the large or small sizes based on their shoe size. This will provide for the most optimal shoe to pedal interface possible. Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals also have premium bearings and a solid chromoly spindle so your teen can ride with confidence. These pedals come in a variety of colors!

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gopro hero9 camera teen gift

GoPro HERO9 Black Camera 

Help your teen fulfill their desire to capture and share their mountain biking adventures. The GoPro HERO9 Black Camera makes it easier than ever before to capture professional footage in the outdoors. This action cam is waterproof rated to 33ft of submersion and features high-definition video at 4k60 or 5k30 and up to 23.6MP photos. Thanks to advanced processing power, this action camera includes HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization and a real-time TimeWarp 3.0 feature that stitches video together for ridiculously smooth time-lapse videos.

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Five Ten Sleuth DLX Mountain Bike Shoes

Five Ten Sleuth DLX Mountain Bike Shoes

These stylish shoes make a seamless transition from the trails to the city. New MTB shoes are great gifts for mountain biking teens. These come in both men’s and women’s sizes and are favorite gifts for mountain biking teens. The Sleuth DLX PU Mountain Bike Shoes blend casual sneaker style with a pedal-gripping Stealth rubber sole. Your teen can easily transition from school to the local pump track and their favorite singletrack with these shoes, The DLX model gives you a bit more grip than the standard Sleuths. The polyurethane-coated leather adds durability and weather resistance to keep them looking fresh for several seasons.

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My Medic The Solo First Aid Kit 

Give your teen the tools they need to deal with accidents and emergencies on the trail. Small waterproof and lightweight, the Solo First Aid Kit comes in a small bag (4”x1.5”x6”) that will fit perfectly in most backpacks or hip-packs. Includes essentials like lip balm, sunscreen, antibiotic cream, hand sanitizer, hydrocortisone cream, gloves, tweezers, EMT shears, a whistle, paracord, Tylenol, Benadryl, Advil, band-aids in multiple sizes, Liquid Skin®, gauze, and more.

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Niner mountain bike air 9 gift for mountain biking teens

Niner 2021 Air 9 2-Star Hardtail Mountain Bike

The Air 9 aluminum hardtail blends the agility and efficiency of an XC bike with the versatility and capability of a rowdy trail bike. To start, the Niner 2021 Air 9 2-Star Hardtail Mountain Bike’s geometry puts the rider in the sweet, balanced spot on the bike. The roomy cockpit has a comfortable reach giving your teen rider quick handling and plenty of maneuverability to fly through rock gardens and corners. Additionally, the slack, 68-degree head tube angle and long-wheelbase contribute stability and self-confidence when dropping into the steepest lines. Components include Race Face bar and stem, SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain, Marzocchi Bomber Z2 Rail suspension fork, and Niner Alloy wheels with Boost Spacing.

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salsa timberjack mountain bike gift for teenage MTB

Salsa Timberjack SLX 27.5+ Mountain Bike

Make your teen’s MTB dreams come true with the Salsa Timberjack SLX 27.5+ bike. There are so many reasons to love this affordable mountain bike. Firstly, the top-shelf double/triple-butted 6061-T6 aluminum main triangle creates a light, responsive, durable frame with a great trail feel. Secondly, the 2nd generation Timberjack geometry is longer, lower, and slacker to make riding down steep hills fun and stable. Thirdly, the long reach and steep seat tube balance weight distribution for efficient pedaling. Fourthly, 130 mm of suspension travel and 2.8 in. tires smooth out the trail. BONUS: the Salsa Timberjack SLX 27.5+ includes a TranzX dropper seat post!

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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon S gift for mountain biking teens

Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon R Mountain Bike

A new bike tops our list of gifts for mountain biking teens. The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon R mountain bike is an adult-sized bike that will fit teens with an inseam of at least 27.1 inches. Your teen will turn obstacles into jumps with this short-travel shredder. This mountain bike includes many features to love. First, the 5010 has a progressive geometry with a slacker head tube and longer reach. Second, the steep 77-degree seat tube makes pedaling comfortable, Third, the Sant Cruz lower-link VPP suspension has a smooth predictable feel. Fourth, this 27.5 wheel bike was built with SRAM GX Eagle group with a wide range 10 – 52t cassette.

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Ibis Ripley Deore gift for mountain biking teens

 Ibis Ripley Deore Mountain Bike

The Ibis Ripley Deore is an adult-sized mountain bike that will fit kids with an inseam of at least 28 inches. The Ripley Deore Mountain Bike has newly formulated geometry capable of quick-rolling power and nimble control. First, the steep seat tube angle improves comfort and pedaling efficiency. Next, the slightly slacker headtube improves descending stability. Additionally, short chainstays keep things lively and playful. The DW-link suspension for small-bump compliance and supple support. The Ibis Ripley Deore is a speedy 29er that climbs like an XC bike, descends like a trail bike.

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diamondback atroz 3 gift for mountain biking teens

Diamondback Atroz 3 Mountain Bike

Does your teen want a full-suspension trail bike designed for versatile riding through the seasons? The Diamondback Atroz 3 is a sleek way to explore the trails without sacrificing any performance to stay within budget. This mountain bike has lots of great features. Firstly, the hand-built 4-Inch travel Aluminum Alloy full-suspension frame is super strong. Secondly, the SRAM SX 1X12-speed drivetrain provides a wide range of gears. Thirdly, Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes boast excellent speed modulation. Fourthly, the RockShox Recon Rl 130mm fork and Monarch R Air shock provide plenty of trail-smoothing MTB travel.

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Gifts for Mountain Bike Kids Ages 1-3

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Cycling and mountain biking gifts for kids 1-3 years old

Looking for the mountain bike gifts for toddlers? If your kiddo prefers outside to inside, we’ve got you covered! Make your kid’s #newbikeday or pick up a few things that will help ’em hit the trails in safe and stylish comfort. Check out our favorite gifts for adventurous toddlers below.

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Holiday gifts for mountain biking kids ages 3 - 5
dk nano balance bike gift for 1 year old

DK 2021 Nano Balance Bike

The DK Nano Balance bike has been designed from the ground up to meet the needs of little riders. This balance bike boasts an adjustable seat height. The height from top of the seat to the ground is adjustable from 11.75 inches to 14.25 inches. The Nano has a steel frame with an integrated foot platform. The 12-inch wheels have inflatable tires. A balance bike will help your child will learn the fundamentals of balance and bicycle control, making the transition to a pedal bike much easier.

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Specialized MIPS Mio Toddler Helmet mtb gift

Specialized MIPS Mio Toddler Helmet

When your toddler is old enough to sit in a trailer, ride in a child seat mounted on your bike, or able to ride a balance bike, they should wear a helmet. The Specialized Mio MIPS Youth Helmet is perfect for toddlers for many reasons. First, this helmet features a magnetic buckle for ease of use. Second, the bright bold graphics will make them want to wear it. Third, the Mio helmet features the Headset SC fit system that makes it easy to dial in the perfect fit.  Fourth, the in-molded shell improves the strength and reduces the weight of the helmet. It is MIPS-equipped which helps manage certain impact energies. Finally, the Mio has lots of additional features including reflective webbing to increase visibility and an integrated visor to shelter the eyes from the sun. This helmet is toddler sized which works for children about up to age three.

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Strider sport 12 balance bike for toddlers

Strider 12 Sport Kids’ Balance Bike 

The Strider Sport offers young riders a great opportunity to build essential skills for biking. The Strider will help your child learn to successfully balance on a bike. Because this bike does no have pedals or cranks, your kiddo can balance and glide forward with ease. Importantly, the Strider Sport features smaller diameter handlebar for better control, ultra-light one-piece wheels that are durable and never need air. The bar and seat clamps provide additional adjustment to accommodate height. Recommended for ages: 18 months- 5 years old.

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klean kanteen sippy cup gift

Klean Kanteen Kid Classic Sippy 12 oz

The Klean Kanteen Classic stainless steel 12 oz sippy cup and water bottle is designed with kids in mind. There are several design details that set this cup apart from the rest. Firstly, the spill-proof sippy cap with dust cover keeps the juice in the cup and not on your kid. Secondly, the swivel metal loop can be easily attached to a stroller or bag. Thirdly, it is designed to play hard, with a chip-resistant finish. Fourthly, the narrow profile fits little hands perfectly. Finally, interchangeable caps transition as kids grow up, providing a lifetime of use.

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prevelo alpha zero balance bike

Prevelo Alpha Zero Balance Bike

The Alpha Zero balance bike is the perfect ride to help little ones learn to balance before they jump on a pedal bike. This balance bike has so many amazing features. First, the Alpha Zero is made of aluminum alloy making it durable and lightweight. Second, the Tektro rear V-brakes with small reach brake levers make it easy to stop. Third, the front and rear hubs with low-profile rounded hex bolts won’t hurt little legs should they happen to bump against them while learning. Fourth, the seat post is adjustable from 11-to-14.5-inches right out of the box, making it ideal for 18-month-old kids and older. Finally, burly Kenda tires provide smooth-rolling performance that can even go off road.

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rei rainwall rain jackt for mountain bike toddlers

REI Co-op Rainwall Toddler Rain Jacket

We can’t think of anything more fun than riding your bike through puddles! This rain jeacket is build to last! First, the REI Co-op Rainwall rain jacket is made of ripstop nylon. Second, the shell is waterproof and windproof to 60+ mph and sealed seams help block inclement weather. Third, the 3-panel hood has a rain brim, hook-and-loop adjustment tab in back and elastic on the sides of the opening. Fourth, elastic cuffs and front stormflap seal out the elements and the droptail hem extends coverage. This jacket is one of our favorite mountain bike gifts for toddlers.

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Woom 1 balance bike - yellow toddler gift

Woom 1 12-inch wheel Balance Bike 

The Woom 1 balance bike is designed to enable toddlers to easily hop on and roll away. Firstly, the Woom 1 is made of light, high-quality AA 6061 aluminum. This bike only weighs 6.6 pounds. Secondly, beginner geometry with 12″ wheels lead to easy handling. Thirdly, the very low entry and low sitting position combine with a long wheelbase to provide good balance and more riding fun. Additionally, your kiddo can even learn to brake with mini v brakes created to fit very small hands. Even if a child has only just started to walk, the Woom 1 helps them to gain confidence and a sense of balance on two wheels.

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strider toddlet 12 balance bike snow skis gift

Strider 12 Snow Skis – Kids’

Transform your kid’s Strider 12 balance bike into a snow-friendly shred sled! The Strider 12 Snow Skis can provide tons of fun. Your young rider will improve their riding balance and stability on the slopes all winter long. Why get these skis? First, with the skis attached, your child’s bike gets more year-round use. Second, the no-tool installation attaches skis to each wheel with a secure buckle and strap system (included). Third, these durable plastic skis are lightweight to glide easily in powder and down sledding hills, yet built to withstand toddler-level thrashing. These skis are compatible with Strider 12 Classic, Strider 12 Sport and Strider 12 Pro balance bikes (not included).

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Zippy Rooz toddler little kids gloves gift

ZippyRooz Toddler Full Long Finger Bike Gloves

Keep your young rider’s hands comfortable and protected! Zippyrooz Toddler & Little Kids Full Long Finger Bike Gloves are made to fit the smallest riders. These gloves are well designed to meet your kids riding needs. First, the minimal padding on the palm ensures easier grip but still offers protection. Second, these gloves will keep little fingers warm in cooler temperatures and are breathable enough for warmer days. Finally, these gloves boast soft thumb material for wiping running noses.

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strider bike rocking base for toddlers

Strider Bike Rocking Base

A perfect gift for the youngest riders! Transform your child’s Strider Bike into a rocking-horse bike with the Strider Bike Rocking Base. Made from durable plastic, this base is designed to work with Strider Bikes. This base will turn a strider bike into fun, low-to-the-ground, indoor rocking bike. Importantly, it is easy to install a strider to the base in seconds. Bonus! This toy requires no batteries and won’t make any annoying sounds!

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early rider limited charger balance bike

Early Rider Limited Charger Balance Bike

The Early Rider Limited Charger is built to inspire outside play. This balance bike has 12-inch wheels. The 11.6-inch stand-over height and 12.2-inch seat height will fit the littlest riders. There is lots to love about this little bike. First, the 2-inch-wide Vee Speedster urban tires offer a plush ride. Second, the quality aluminum construction and cold-forged dropouts will hold up to years of use as your kid grows. Third, internal cable routing and mounts on the seat-stays let you add a rear brake when your little shredder is ready. Your 1, 2 or 3 year old kid will be rolling in no time!

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Shred til Bed Alphabet Book gift kids

Shred Til Bed – The MTB Animal Alphabet Book

What do you do when it’s too dark to ride? Read a book about mountain biking, of course! Shred til bed is an animal alphabet book for your mountain bike kid. Young riders will love the illustrated A-Z animals in the book. Older kids (and kids at heart) will enjoy seeing their favorite MTB features in hard-cover print.

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burley mykick balabe bike for toddlers

Burley Kids’ MyKick Balance Bike

The Burley Kids’ MyKick Balance Bike gives kids a head start in learning how to balance on two wheels. The seatpost and handlebars are adjustable, allowing you to change the fit as they grow. Its 12-inch tires are rubber with flat-free technology. The MyKick Balance Bike is available in red , green or pink.

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helly hansen base layer gift set

Helly Hansen K LIFA Merino Base Layer Set

Give the gift of warmth! Nothing ends a day of outside play more quickly than getting cold. Keep the fun going with the Helly Hansen K LIFA Merino Base Layer Set.  Helly Hansen’s warmest kids’ base layer set combines unique Lifa® wicking technology with merino’s natural warmth. The 2-layer construction to keep active kids dry and warm. HH Lifa® technology wicks away moisture while merino wool creates breathable insulation.

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Gifts for Mountain Bike Kids Ages 3-5

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Holiday gifts for mountain biking 3 year-olds through five year-olds

Looking for the best gifts for mountain bike kids ages 3-5? Let the hassles of gift buying for your budding mountain biker float away – just like that entire roll of toilet paper he flushed down the toilet.

Make your kid’s #newbikeday or pick up a few things that will help ’em hit the trails in safe and stylish comfort. Choose from a rad-looking water bottle, a classic Strider balance bike, or the best mountain bike shoes for kids around – the Five Ten Freerider VCS.

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Holiday gifts for mountain biking kids ages 3 - 5
Strider 14 Balance Bike kids gift 3-5 years old

Strider 14 Sport Balance Bike

The Strider 14 Balance Bike will play a major role in fostering your little one’s love for fun on two wheels. Strider’s 14 Sport Balance Bike can be a perfect entry level bike for kids of the appropriate size. The Strider 14 Sport Balance Bike will fit kids with inseams of 16-23 inches. The adjustable seat post and handlebar reach will ensure the right fit as your kid grows with the bike. It can also allow continued progression for riders who have outgrown their 12in wheels. The steel frame and fork are durable. This balance bike includes foot-pegs behind the bottom of the triangle for coasting fun.

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Shred til Bed Alphabet Book gift kids

Shred Til Bed – The MTB Animal Alphabet Book

What do you do when it’s too dark to ride? Read a book about mountain biking, of course! Shred til bed is an animal alphabet book for your mountain bike kid. Young riders will love the illustrated A-Z animals in the book. Older kids (and kids at heart) will enjoy seeing their favorite MTB features in hard-cover print.

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woom bike training cones game gift

Woom Training Set 

This set of 10 cones can be used to create a fun course in your driveway, street, park or any other place where children like to ride bikes. The cones are super light, easy to store and a great way to teach children better skills and improved bike handling.

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Zippy Rooz toddler little kids gloves gift

ZippyRooz Toddler & Little Kids Full Long Finger Bike Gloves

Keep your young rider’s hands comfortable and protected! ZippyRooz Toddler & Little Kids Full Long Finger Bike Gloves are made to fit the smallest riders. These gloves are well designed to meet your kids riding needs. First, the minimal padding on the palm ensures easier grip but still offers protection. Second, these gloves will keep little fingers warm in cooler temperatures and are breathable enough for warmer days. Finally, these gloves boast soft thumb material for wiping running noses.

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prevelo zulu one kids mountain bike gift

Prevelo Zulu One Kids’ Bike 

The Prevelo Zulu One packs high performance mountain bike features into a tiny 14-inch wheel size package. Prevelo carefully chooses each component to provide the best performance and fit for young riders ready to tear up the trails. Zulu One features confidence inspiring low and narrow geometry to keep your rider low, balanced and in control. The Zulu One includes bonus short seat post for additional height adjustment. The Tektro front and rear hydraulic disc brakes with reach adjustable short levers will help your rider stay in control. The Zulu One is definitely on of our favorite gifts for mountain bike kids ages 3-5.

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Five Ten Freerider VCS Mountain Bike Shoes – Kids’ 

The Five Ten Freerider VCS mountain bike shoes have Stealth Marathon rubber, helping your little ripper’s feet to stick to platform pedals. The colorful suede and synthetic mesh uppers breathe well. See our full Five Ten Freerider Kids review for lots of details. Your kiddo will love these shoes!

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Little Nutty MIPS kids helmet mountain bike gift

Nutcase Little Nutty Bike Helmet – Kids 

Your little rider will be excited to wear the colorful Nutcase Little Nutty MIPS kids’ bike helmet. The smooth injection-molded ABS shell is securely fitted over EPS protective inner foam for impact protection. This helmet has been updated with the added safety of MIPS. MIPS is a low-friction layer inside the helmet that will reduce rotational motion to the brain during impact. The internal pads and chin strap pad will keep your mountain biking kid comfortable. The quick-release magnetic chin strap is built for easy operation. Additionally, he rear spin dial allows you to dial in a custom fit.

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Kids’ Steens Mountain 1/4 Snap Fleece Pull-over

Your young rider likes to get outside no matter the temperature. This popular Columbia fleece has a fresh look. Your kiddo will feel comfortable in this soft pullover.  The adjustable snap-up neckline provides adaptable coverage. The hand pockets hold small treasures and warm cold hands.

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mondraker 16-inch wheel kids mountain bike

Mondraker Leader 16-inch Kids Bike 2021

Has your kid mastered the balance bike? 16-inch wheels provide a great transition between a 12-inch bike and a 20-inch bike. The Mondraker 2021 Leader 16-inch kids bike might be a good fit for their next ride! Mondraker’s Leader has a stealth alloy frame to be light and strong. This stylish bike includes internal cable routing.  Kid-sized components ensure that your little one will be comfortable and build confidence quickly. The Shimano 6-speed drivetrain ensures a wide range of gears for flats and rolling hills.

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Fox Youth Ranger Kids’ Jersey 

Fox designed the Youth Ranger Jersey to give kids the same level of performance and that legendary Fox look that the adults get. The TRUDRI polyester main body will keep your rider comfortable with superior moisture wicking. Zippered stash pocket lets your little ripper tuck away small essentials.

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Yeti Rambler Jr Kids water bottle gift

YETI Rambler Jr. Vacuum Water Bottle – Kids’ – 12 fl. oz.

Hydration is important!  Whether your adventurous kiddo needs hot cocoa to warm-up or ice water to cool down, this bottle has them covered. The kids’ 12 fl. oz. YETI Rambler Jr. vacuum water bottle is made from super strong stainless steel for your little wild ones. The durable construction and double-wall vacuum insulation keep beverages cold or hot while preventing condensation. Importantly, the YETI Rambler Jr. vacuum bottle is also leak-resistant and dishwasher safe.

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woom bikes woom 2 kids 12 inch bike

Woom 2 Kids’ Bike 

The Woom 2 was developed exclusively for children that are new to or have only recently begun pedaling. Short cranks and a low bottom bracket to enable your child to always put their feet on the ground without losing balance. This bike represents the ideal link between the balance bike and a pedal bike and enables fast learning of the movement process – even without training wheels.

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mini shades kids mountain bike sunglasses

Minishades Classic Kids Polarized Sunglasses 

Polarized lenses offer 100% UV protection and reduce 99% of visible glare for increased visual acuity and decreased eye strain. These glasses are BPA-, lead-, PVC-, and phthalate-free and impact-resistant and virtually indestructible. These sunglasses are some of the most stylish gifts for mountain bike kids ages 3-5.

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cleary 12-inch kids pedal bike

Cleary Bikes Gecko 12-inch Single Speed Freewheel Bike – Kids’

When your young rider has mastered the balance bike and is looking to move up to a pedal-powered version, consider the Cleary Bikes Gecko 12in Single Speed Kids’ Freewheel Bike. Cleary Bikes builds the Gecko to fit riders with 14- to 18-inch inseams. The easy-to-pull V-brakes provide strong stopping power and speed modulation while your grom builds cycling skills. The Gecko also comes complete with a junior race-style synthetic leather saddle that reduces friction and chafing for an extra comfortable ride. The Gecko bike has long-lasting durability to fuel your rider’s passion for all things two wheels.

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prevelo alpha 2 kids bike gift

Prevelo Alpha Two – 16-inch wheel bike

The 16-inch Alpha Two is the perfect bike for 4- to 6-year-olds whether they are just learning to ride or are mastering the trails. The Prevelo Alpha Two includes so many excellent features. Firstly, the low and narrow geometry is confidence-inspiring. Prevelo geometry keeps the rider low, balanced, and in control. Secondly, this bike is made of a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame with custom formed tubing. Thirdly, this bike is specifically designed for kids including small reach brake levers and hubs with low profile rounded hex bolts and no harsh edged nuts for little legs to knock against. Finally, Prevelo Alpha Two ships with a bonus short seat post for additional height adjustment.

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skida alpine kids hat gift

Skida Alpine Hat – Kids’

Skida makes great hats!  This pint-sized hat is perfect for warming your mini-me on cold days. Alpine hats are thin enough to fit under a helmet! The polyester blend is light, warm, and stretchy for comfort. The fleece lining keeps the heat in. Your kiddo will love the bold prints keep your kiddo easy to spot in the crowd. This hat is built to fit most kids from two to eight years old.

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VelociRAX Bike Rack Review

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Velocirax Bike Rack Review

Vertical bike racks are becoming more popular and the latest brand to hit the mountain bike market is VelociRAX. What makes offerings from VelociRAX stand out is each unit’s damper assisted hinge. The dampers allow the rack, without bikes or fully loaded, to gently descend to a level where the bikes can be removed or set into the rack. As of this writing, models vary in price from $699.00 [3 bikes] – $895.00 [7 bikes] USD. Models that transport four, five, and six bikes are also available.

Velocirax Bike Rack Review

We tested a 4x model and from the get-go it stood out as a sturdy, durable rack. Like all vertical bike racks, there is a mast that extends from the center of the vehicle hitch at a 90º angle and there are 2 crossbars parallel to the ground. The higher bar has baskets where the front wheels of each bike are secured. A bike’s rear wheel is fastened to the lower bar. Strong but pliable rubber straps are used to affix a bike’s wheels to the rack with studs attached to each bar.

The rack’s c-hoops or baskets are designed very well and only the front tires were making contact with the baskets – not the wheels’ rims. As opposed to hitch tray racks, we did not have to arrange our bikes in a certain order to prevent the brake levers from contacting another bike’s saddle, frame or rear wheel. This is one of the most appealing features of owning a vertically oriented bike rack. The bikes will not touch each other and therefore, bike’s can’t strike each other while being transported and cause damage.

C-loop for front wheel - Velocirax

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Velocirax - Lever for releasing the bike rack mast

To lower and raise the rack, you have to press a lever on the mast. An empty rack requires a bit of effort to get it it lowered because it is not weighted with bikes. Bikes are intended to be loaded when the rack is in its lowered position because you won’t have to lift them and this will help you access and affix the straps to the c-hoops for the front wheels, and crossbar for the rear wheels. Note that you have to load bikes from left-to-right so the wheels and bars “stack” at the proper slanted angle.

Top half of a loaded Velocirax bike rack
Anti-rattle adjustment bolt / Velocirax bike rack
Anti-rattle system for the Velocirax mountain bike rack

Another great feature we like with the VelociRAX is the anti-rattle bolt. This prevents the rack from clunking around in the hitch. Simply use a 17mm socket to tighten the bolt at the bottom of the hitch assembly and the rack will not bounce around. We’ve done a little traveling on dirt roads and everything remained tight and in-place. An additional benefit of the anti-rattle bolt is that a pin [with a lock] is used to attach the main assembly to your vehicle’s 2-inch hitch. The rack also features a loop on the mast so you can thread a cable lock or chain lock for protection against theft.

Loading a mountain bike into the Velocirax 4x vertical bike rack

When it comes to loading and unloading bikes, the VelociRAX outshines all the other brands on the market. You really can just wheel the bikes in and out of the rack. Once the bikes are secured to the crossbars, you simply push the rack into its upright position by applying pressure to where the top tube of a bike meets the stem and walk forward. Just think about it – your gangly kids can finally assist with loading and unloading bikes, And, they’ll probably like it.

A front wheel cradled in the Velocirax bike rack
Fastened front wheel in a Velocirax 4x bike rack
Loop for a bike lock on the Velocirax bike rack

Originally we thought that the rack was on the heavy side, but when we spoke with one of the VelociRAX owners, he told us that the racks are rated to carry up to 55 lbs. of bike per slot. Although VelociRAX recommends removing each bike’s battery during transportation, this means your e-Bikes can be easily and safely transported via a beautifully designed rack. Below, you can see the additional safety bolt that should be used when driving. It will ensure the mast stays in place during highway and off-road travel.

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Bike rack assembly safety pin - closed
Bike rack assembly safety pin - installed

All of the bikes in our family range from 27.5 inch to 29 inch wheel sizes, but VelociRAX boasts that their racks will accommodate wheel sizes as small as 20 inch. There’s a great FAQ/Info page that we strongly suggest you read on the VelociRAX website. It should answer all of your questions.

The rack even pivots so the mast will lower all the way to the ground and be completely out of the way. This was especially useful during our test period because we went camping and wanted to access the entire rear cargo area of our van. The baskets will make contact with the ground when the rack is in this position, so if you don’t want to scratch them, throw down a blanket or jackets to protect them.

Velocirax review - loaded 4x rack

We’re very impressed with the VelociRAX vertical bike rack. In our opinion, the company did their research and came up with a unique solution for making the chore of loading and unloading bikes easier. The dampers allow the rack to smoothly lower and raise, eliminating the need for one to lift a bike to a height so it’s crown can be set in a mount or its front wheel placed in a basket. It’s priced right, too. Compare it against other vertical racks – and you’ll see that a durable, easy-to-use rack that can carry up to 7 bikes costs a lot less than what you may expect.

Mountain Biking The Slickrock Trail In Moab, Utah

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Riding Moab's Slickrock Trail with Kids

Overview of Moab’s Slickrock Trail

Many bikers consider this one of the best trails in the world. And, although this trail is often rated “high technical” difficulty, it does not require the same skills needed to ride over roots and on sharp turns through some alpine trails. This scenic trail is mostly on Navajo sandstone, which is a tacky surface for bike tires. We learned the name “slickrock” was given to the area by people riding horses with metal shoes.

This ride is on a mesa and it features beautiful landscapes. If you haven’t been on terrain like this, it is fun and unique sandstone mountain biking

The transitions between climbing and descending can be tricky. Watch for cactus. Be mindful of the exposure. We suggest a skilled adult with at least intermediate skills pre-ride this trail before determining if your kids are ready for it.

Riding Moab's Slickrock Trail with Kids

Getting To The Slickrock Trail In Moab: [1] Head east on E Center St toward S 100 E/S 1st E St (0.4 mi). [2] Turn right onto Fourth E St (0.4 mi) [3] Turn left onto Mill Creek Dr (0.5 mi) [3] Continue straight onto Sand Flats Rd (2.3 mi). There will be a toll booth. The parking lot for the Slickrock trailhead will be on your left.

Riding The Slickrock Trail With Kids

When our kids rode this trail for the first time, our youngest was on a heavy 20-inch mountain bike with v-brakes, heavy entry-level spring fork, and tires with tubes. His hands were as tired as his legs when we finished – but what an accomplishment!

Climbing the Slickrock Trail is really fun because the rock is grippy. Once you become comfortable, you’ll be amazed at how you can ride up climbs that look way too steep. The key is keeping your front tire on the ground and pedaling smoothly. We taught the kids to zig-zag up the steeper slopes that were wide enough and they can make almost every climb.

Slickrock Trail Practice Loop with Kids

The Slickrock Trail is made up of many short and steep undulating climbs and descents. The trail is easy to follow – white dots and arrows painted right on the rock. The views are breathtaking. A quarter mile from the parking lot, you’ll hit the 1.7-mile practice loop. This is a great introduction to riding on sandstone. You can just ride this loop, or add it to the full Slickrock Trail. It will add a mile and re-connects with the main trail.

At 2 miles, you’ll get to the loop part of the lollipop – you can ride either way, but we have only ridden it clockwise by taking a left at the fork.

Out And About On The Slickrock Trail With Family

Moab Slickrock Trail with Kids
Family Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah - Slickrock Trail

Along the way, there are optional short spurs that will take you to the edge of the cliff. These only add a bit to the length the ride – and add a lot to the overall experience of the trail. We took breaks at each overlook.

There are a few places where you have to ride/walk through sand. And many, many places to take breaks and enjoy the view.

Keep an eye out for potholes with sand and cactus. One time we rode this trail, our youngest managed to fall off his bike right into a pothole filled with cactus about mid-way through the trail. It was awful. His butt and leg were full of cactus barbs. After we removed as many of the barbs as we could, he demonstrated his toughness and completed the remainder of the ride. For a while he rode so slowly that I thought we might die out there, but we made it! If you’re wondering about the best way to remove cactus barbs, it turns out Elmer’s school glue works well. We initially used duct tape.

Landscapes are big while mountain biking in Moab, Utah

Being Prepared For The Slickrock Trail

Depending on the time of year, you want to make sure you have plenty of water and snacks for the ride. Bring proper clothing, tools, sunscreen and your camera! Your kids may want to take a lot of breaks because there are several long climbs where both kids and adults may need to hike-a-bike. It can also be quite windy. And, of course, be sure you check the weather so you don’t get stuck in a rainstorm several miles from the trailhead.

The Best Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

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The Best MTB Helmets for kids

Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids – Helmets are obviously useful to keep your young mountain biker safe on the trails. If you want your little rider to consistently wear their helmet, you’ll want to be sure it fits well and feels comfortable.

The Best MTB Helmets for kids

If your kiddo likes how the helmet looks, that will help, too. A few notes to keep in mind:

  • Size: To ensure the best fit, it’s recommended to measure your child’s head circumference with a tape measure just above the ears. You can then check this measurement against the listed size.
  • Adjustability: As you can generally expect your kiddo to have a growth spurt just following an expensive clothing/gear purchase, it may be a good idea to get a helmet that can be adjusted using a dial. This will keep your kid comfortable in his helmet for a bit and save you some cash for a while.
  • Ventilation: Having enough ventilation is important if you want your child to enjoy riding in the heat.

Here is an overview of our top 8 helmets for mountain biking kids. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

If your little ripper enjoys multiple mountain biking disciplines, you might want to check out Best Helmets for NICA Riders, Best Helmets for Enduro Kids, and Best Full Face Helmets for Kids.

Specialized Shuffle MIPS mountain bike helmet for kids

Specialized Shuffle LED Standard Buckle MIPS Helmet – Kids’

Hit the trails or ride around the neighborhood with your young ones, while keeping them safe with the Shuffle LED Standard Buckle MIPS Helmet. A hybrid shell construction offers increased protection, and the added MIPS system helps protect against certain impacts and rotational forces. The Headset SX system keeps the helmet snug and is easy for kids to use to get a perfect fit. You’ll also love the LED light on the back of the helmet that keeps your kiddo visible on their way back home.

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POC ito Omne Spin Kid's Mountain Bike Helmet

POCito Omne Spin Helmet – Kids’

Your little shredder inherited your love of two wheels, and with the POCito Omne Spin, they can sport matching protection while sharing your passion. Informed by the adult version, the Omne Air Spin, the youth version features a 360-degree size adjustment system that makes it easy to find the perfect fit even as they grow. EPS foam provides all-around protection, while vents draw air through the helmet for efficient cooling on warm days.

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Lazer Gekko MIPS mtb helmet for kids

Lazer Gekko MIPS Helmet

When your young rider is ready to roll, it can be nearly impossible to get them to sit still long enough to tighten a helmet. Lazer’s Gekko MIPS Helmet provides a kid-friendly fit system to get your rider on the road quickly and safely. The AutoFit retention provides an even and secure fit without needing to fiddle with a dial, so they can get on their way with less hassle. Inside the helmet, the MIPS layer provides extra peace of mind as it helps dissipate forces of rotational impact. Finally, the pinch-free chin buckle helps avoid grumbles as your little shredder finally heads off on the trail.

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Bike helmets for kids - Giro Scamp with MIPS

Giro Scamp MIPS Helmet

Giro designed the Scamp MIPS Helmet to offer top notch protection to the smallest riders. They use the same In-Mold polycarbonate shell and EPS foam liner in the Scamp as in its adult helmets, and includes MIPS technology. MIPS refers to technology added to absorb the brain-damaging rotational energy created in certain crashes. Another key point is the Roc Loc fit adjustment system. Roc Loc makes fit adjustments quick and easy. Your kid will also like the bright colors and sporty look of this helmet.

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POC Pocito Crank - kids bike helmet

POC POCito Crane Helmet – Kids’

POC POCcito Crane Kids’ Helmet uses dual polystyrene and EPS foams provide a solid combination of low-speed and high-impact protection. Additionally, POCito includes moisture-wicking padding and passive ventilation to keeps your rider’s head from getting overly sweaty. Your kid will love the POCCito’s classic street style on the trail or at the skatepark.

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Giro Tremor MIPS bike helmet for kids

Giro Tremor MIPS Helmet – Kids’

The Giro Tremor MIPS Helmet offers Giro’s best technology, sized down for smaller riders. Firstly, the Temor MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system) can redirect energy and provide more protection in certain styles of impacts. Secondly, the inside padding is easy to remove and wash after a hot day on the trail. Finally, the Tremor includes a RocLoc fit system for fast and secure fit adjustments.

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Bell Super 3R MIPS Helmet

Although the Bell Super 3r MIPS helmet is designed for adults, it will fit heads sized 20-24.4 inches. We love having one helmet that will work for cross country riding and provide some extra protection when trails gets sketchy. This helmet is well ventilated without compromising the helmet’s structural integrity.  Importantly the design includes a Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS). MIPS technology helps absorb and diffuse indirect or oblique forces. During certain crashes, this slim layer rotates slightly to absorb rotational forces. See our full Bell Super 3r MIPS helmet review for more details. Note: this helmet is sometimes listed as “men’s” or “women’s” but the only difference is color.

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HelmetShell Material / Impact FoamHead Circumference RangeCertificationsManufacturer Warranty
Lazer Gekko MIPS HelmetPolycarbonate20in-22 inchesCE, CPSC, AS1 year
Specialized Shuffle LED Standard Buckle MIPS Helmet - Kids’20.5in-22.5 inches1 year
POCito Omne Spin Helmet - Kids’Polycarbonate19.7-24 inchesCE EN 1078, CPSE 12 03, AZ/NZS 20631 year
Woom Kids’ HelmetPolycarbonate / EPS18.9-23.6 inches
Giro Tremor MIPSPolycarbonate / EPS19.75- 21.75 inches1 year
Giro Scamp MIPSPolycarbonate / EPS18.75-21.75 inches1 year
POC POCito CranePolycarbonate / Polystyrene and EPS impact foams20.1-21.3 inchesCPSC
Bell Super 3R MIPSPolycarbonate / EPS20-24.4 inchesCE EN 1078, CPSC1 year

The Best Mountain Biking Shorts And Pants For Kids

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The best mountain biking shorts and pants for kids
The best mountain biking shorts and pants for kids

Our favorite mountain biking shorts and pants for kids: Before buying your child’s mountain bike gear, there are a few things to keep in mind. Determine the type of riding they do, and when. This could resolve whether they need more protection, or perhaps less. It may determine if they need mountain biking shorts or mountain biking pants that provide maximum flexibility when changing positions – standing on the pedals or sitting on the saddle. The weather could dictate what they’ll eventually prefer to use while out and about. Shorts may be perfect for the summer, but mountain biking pants might be a wiser choice during the colder months or when riding technical terrain. Finally, other features to consider are length, the number of pockets, how fit is adjusted, and the availability of padding or chamois.

Not all mountain biking shorts and pants for kids are created equal. Here are a few for your consideration.

Mountain Biking Shorts For Kids Comparison Chart

ProductMSRPBuy from
100% - R-Core MTB Shorts - Youth$79.00BTO Sports
Troy Lee Designs Skyline Youth MTB Shorts$65.00Competitive Cyclist
Kids Dakine Prodigy Bike Shorts$60.00EVO
Fox Youth Defend S MTB Shorts 2019$79.95Jenson USA
Zoic Boys Ether Jr Cycling Shorts$50.00Amazon
Troy Lee Designs Youth MTB Shorts$80.00Competitive Cyclist
Pearl Izumi Junior Canyon Shorts$60.00Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi mountain biking shorts for mtb kids

Pearl Izumi Junior Canyon Shorts

This mountain biking short has all the fit, style and function of mountain bike shorts from our adult range, not to mention being durable enough to handle additional off-the-bike adventures. They feature a sewn-in liner short with our Junior 1:1® Chamois, for enough breathability and support for long ride adventures.

Zoic youth Ether MTB shorts

Zoic Youth Ether MTB Shorts

Zoic’s Ether Jr Shorts are a good choice for the kids. Made of 96% polyester, 5% spandex (gusset: 87% nylon/ 13% spandex), the DuraFlex fabric stretches when they move and has integrated Air Flow mesh ventilation panels below the back waistband. It resists abrasion, too. The 6-pocket shorts include zippered pockets and a nifty headphone routing for media players. Elastic rear waistband and hook-and-loop side adjusters allow room for growth.

Available in colors: Digi Camo, Green Camo, and Grey Micro. Sizes S/M/L/XL. MSRP $50.00 USD.

TLD Skyline shorts for mountain biking kids

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts

From bike parks to alpine trails, the Troy Lee Skyline Short does it all without breaking a sweat. It’s made of a lightweight, breathable, stretchy, and temp-regulating CoolMax fabric built to handle punishing days on the bike, and then boasts a spandex back panel for extra mobility where it’s needed most. Adjustable hook-and-loop waist tabs provide a comfortable fit and accommodate growing kids, while zippered hand pockets keep gear (i. e. snacks) safe for energy-fueled adventures.

Fox youth Defend mountain biking shorts for kids

Fox Youth Defend MTB Shorts

Combining durability and 4-way stretch, the Fox Youth Defend MTB shorts keeps your kids agile on tough climbs and covered on rapid descents with its TruMotion all-way stretch for increased mobility. Made of 94% polyester and 6% elastane, it features body-mapped laser perforated areas on the front and back to keep you cool. The durable water resistant finish keeps away water, dirt, and debris. Ratchet closure provide a secure fit and allows quick on-the-fly adjustments. Zippered pockets complete this classic.

Available in Red or Black in even sizes 22-28. $79.95 USD MSRP.

100% R-Core mountain biking shorts for kids

100% R-Core Mountain Biking Shorts For Kids

Perfect for a downhill run when paired with knee pads, this durable yet lightweight selection is made of durable water repellent (DWR) 600D fabric and its 4-way stretch woven paneling increases maneuverability and comfort. These mtb shorts come in black only with stretch-mesh venting to increase airflow and mobility. Adjustable closures and a zippered pocket are included, too. Other features include a silicone print on the inner waistband to minimize slippage, an internal mesh lining to minimize chafing and add comfort, and fade resistant sublimated graphics.

The R-Core shorts come in even sizes from 22 to 28. MSRP of $79.00 USD.

Troy Lee Designs Sprint Shorts - mountain biking shorts for kids

Troy Lee Designs Sprint Mountain Biking Shorts For Kids

You may be hesitant to drop him off at the local trailhead or bike park, but the Boys’ Sprint Short by Troy Lee Designs affords you peace of mind in the face of inevitable spills and nasty falls. That’s because Troy Lee Designs reinforced them around the backside to handle abrasion, should he slide out on the trail or overshoot a jump in the park. The rest of the short is constructed from a burly polyester fabric with added stretch that conforms to his every move, whether he’s pumping around the park or dropping into technical trail sections.

Dakine MTB Shorts for Kids

Dakine Prodigy Youth MTB Shorts

Coming in light at 7 ounces, but strong and durable, the Dakine Prodigy bike shorts for kids is great for trail riding. The 4-stretch woven fabric offers unrestricted movement while the double-stitched construction adds durability. This pair is made of 92% polyester, 8% spandex and meets the Bluesign® criteria for sustainability. It’s quick drying, moisture-wicking, and comes with interior single-snap waist adjusters for a perfect fit. Front hand pockets complete the loose-fit style.

Available in a single color of Star Gazer, with sizing in Small (waist sizes 20-22), Medium (size 25-26) and Large (size 26-28). MSRP of $60.00 USD.

Mountain Biking Pants For Kids Comparison Chart

ProductMSRPBuy from
Fly Racing Kinetic Youth Pants$99.95Jenson USA
Fasthouse Fastline 2.0 Youth MTB Pants$99.00Jenson USA
Fly Racing - 2019 F-16 Pants (Youth)$59.96BTO Sports
Fox Youth Defend MTB Pants$99.95Competitive Cyclist
DHaRCO Gravity Pants - Kids’$95.00EVO
Dharco MTB Pants for Kids

DHaRCO Gravity Pants – Kids’

For the gravitationally-inclined youngster, it can be hard to find a pair of pants that fits right and is comfortable to wear on long trail rides and while using padding. The DHaRCO Gravity Pants are here to fix that. They’re stretchy, durable, resistant to mud and water, and tailored to perfectly accommodate the needs of a seriously trail-thrashing kiddo.

Fox Racing Defend Youth Mountain Biking Pants

Fox Youth Defend Mountain Biking Pants

Ride with confidence whether you go all-mountain, enduro, or downhill riding with Fox Youth Defend MTB Pants. This pair is perfect for aggressive riding with a 4-way stretch construction, targeted ventilation, and durable water-resistant coating. TruMotion all-way stretch fabric gives increased mobility, and the ratchet closure provides a secure fit and easy on-the-fly adjustment, while zippered hand pockets keeps your items secure. At 65% polyester, 27% polyamide nylon, 8% elastane, the durable water resistant finish sheds moisture, dirt, and debris.

Fasthouse mountain biking pants for kids

Fasthouse Fastline 2.0 Youth Pants

FastHouse Youth Fastline 2 MTB PantsLive life in the FastlineYour new favorite riding pants are here. Introducing the FastHouse Youth Fastline 2 MTB Pants, a durable, stretchy and great-looking pant that you’ll feel right at home in when you shred the bike park. Constructed of 400D polyester on the body and 600D polyester on the seat area, these pants were built to be durable. The Youth Fastline 2 Pants have four-way stretch panels for improved movement and also have a short-length inner liner for comfort.

Fly Racing Kinetic mountain biking pants for kids

Fly Racing Kinetic Mountain Biking Pants For Kids

Respected for its track cred and its maker’s solid reputation, and developed using stylish materials and innovations, the Fly Racing Kinetic Youth Pants 20’ could be a must-have. Updated for 2020 with various features including new, tapered lower and longer inseams on select sizes – this better fitting option still has all the features the Kinetic is known for such as its ultra-durable and breathable multi-panel 600D construction upper pants, and lightweight P200 4-way stretch material. It also retains the essentials such as the exclusive zipper lock system and ergonomically pre-shaped knee designed to accommodate most types of knee pads.

Available in Black in even sizes from 18 to 24. Priced at $99.95 MSRP USD.

Fly Racing F-16 MTB pants for kids

Fly Racing F-16 Mountain Biking Pants For Kids

Fly Racing’s F-16 line gets you ready for the ride. The material they use is 600D polyester for strength and outstanding durability. The look is clean, sleek, and relaxed. Multi-directional stretch ribbing gives the needed flexibility, and the mesh comfort liner keeps your mtb kid cool. Other features include ergonomically pre-shaped knees that accommodates most knee protection. Other features included soft-flex protective knee badges, and adjustable waist belt for a custom fit. An infamous YKK® branded main zipper guarantees maximum durability.

This item is available in a variety of color combinations to suit every taste in even sizes from 18-26. MSRP of $79.95 USD.

Tim McChesney Interview

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Tim McChesney Interview - professional freeskier and avid mountain biker
Tim McChesney Interview - professional freeskier and avid mountain biker

Tim McChesney knows gravity is season agnostic. If you feel the same, chances are good that you look forward to seeing Tim and his co-workers on screen every year as autumn yields to winter and the ski industry releases their annual bounty of inspirational flicks. Of course Tim’s profession mandates chasing snow, but the last time we crossed paths with him, it was at the old Rampage site in Virgin, Utah on mountain bikes.

We owe a big thanks to Tim for taking the time to talk to us and kinda-sorta going beyond the skis and snow.

Tim McChesney - mtb jump
Where did you grow up and how old were you when you started skiing? I was born in Minnesota. When I was five-and-a-half, we moved to Bozeman and that’s where I kind of figured out what skiing was. We used to ski at Bridger Bowl. I moved to Utah when I was 17 to try and pursue a professional career in skiing and just be located around the industry. I've been in Utah ever since. When did you start mountain biking? I started mountain biking around 4 summers ago. We have pretty sweet mountain biking up in Big Sky and I went five or six times but didn’t really get into it. Living in Park City, everyone is always mountain biking and I finally decided it’s time to invest in a bike. I think I rode it every single day for the rest of that summer. What are some of the mental parallels you have discovered in skiing and biking? I think mountain biking is the closest thing to skiing for me. A lot of it is because you are moving so fast and the decision making is very similar. Just like the slightest little movement can change your whole line. You’re constantly focused and it’s similar to skiing for me in that your decisions have to be super quick and precise or it could end pretty horribly. Do you like lift-served mountain biking or is it always pedaling for you? I like it all honestly. I try to do a good mix of resort, shuttle laps, bike parks and short pedals or even huge adventure rides. Getting far out there has been cool because I started exploring some of the zones that I spend a lot time skiing in. A lot of them have these old beat-up trails. The craziest one I did was last year. We started in American Fork Canyon and rode from American Fork all the way over to the Wasatch Crest Trail. Then we rode down Mill Creek back to my house. We saw the whole Wasatch Range where I ski. That was awesome. I think it was about 9 hours and it was around 60 miles. There was a lot of hiking mixed into it because a lot of the trails are not purpose-built for mountain biking.
Faction skis from EVO
Lange ski boots from REI
Oyuki gloves from EVO
Where are your favorite places to ride bikes now? I love the whole Park City area, just because you can go on a 20-mile ride and ride so many different trails. Gnarly trails, smooth stuff, good cross-country riding – it's all such a good mix. Do you run or hit the weight room to keep in shape? I don’t really do anything and as I’ve gotten older and I see the affects of that. I really feel that the more time I spend on my bike leading up to the winter – the stronger I am on my skis right after that. Usually the first couple of weeks of ski season I’m beat up and sore and tired every day, but if I just spend a ton of time on my bike leading in to the season, my legs feel great right after that. That’s been one of the positive effects of biking for me. For mountain biking – tubeless tires, 29-inch wheels, carbon frames, and other advances in tech have really changed the game. What are some of the innovations you’ve seen in the ski world over the last few years? Some of the bindings I’ve been using have some pretty crazy advancements because I do a lot of backcountry skiing. I like to have a touring binding that I can also ski pretty hard on and not worry about them. I use a binding called the CAST touring system which is a new technology that makes it so you can have a solid touring binding with pins, but then ski on a full downhill binding once you descend. That’s changed so much in my skiing and probably the best technical advancement I’ve noticed. Ski boots have definitely gotten so much better as far as having a touring ski boot that you can ski the resort every single day on and just have a warm ski boot for every day. What new developments do you see on the horizon for the ski market? People are trying to make skis lighter, stronger, and more durable. But overall, skis are skis and they honestly don't change a ton every year. Whereas the mountain bikes, someone comes out with a new bike with different geometry or lighter parts, stronger wheels and so on. Whereas if you ski, and you've skied five or ten years ago, you really wouldn't find huge differences in them.
Pro freeskier Tim McChesney mountain biking
Have you ever helped with product development or testing? I've done product development with Faction skis. I've been with them for almost 10 years now. They started as the new guys in town and now they've grown to be a huge ski brand. I think this is the ninth or tenth winter I have helped with developing some of their skis. I give feedback to whatever I'm spending most of the time on. Just like what I think about flex patterns for different models for varying conditions and durability. I spend a lot of time on these products compared to a regular consumer, so they like to know what's going on with the products and how the cores are holding up. Woodward Park City opened just over a year ago. Any thoughts on that venue? It’s awesome. I've been to a couple different locations and I was really looking forward to the Park City one opening for winter reasons and of course summer reasons. I think we lost a lot of local freestyle bike terrain and Woodward has built some awesome bike park trails. I really want to do a backflip on a bike at some point in my life. My goal is to go to Woodward and do it a couple of times into the foam pit. If that goes well, I'll eventually move to dirt, but we’ll see how it goes into the foam pit first. Have you ever used a foam pit for your skiing? I haven’t done any of that. It’s fun to go up and build your own jumps and features. A good powder landing is still as good as a foam pit. Have you ever coached or mentored young skiers? I coached in person for a program called Access Freeride. Me and a bunch of friends all worked for them for a couple seasons with some awesome kids who have done well at X Games and other competitions. It's pretty cool to see. We coached Colby Stevenson. He won two X Games medals last year.
Tim McChesney - pro freeskier on the mountain bike
What were your first big breaks that led to you getting attention from sponsors? I started out by doing a lot of slopestyle competitions and I ended up winning the Aspen Open. That was so long ago, but it was a big step for me. I did a lot of the film stuff early on, too. Successful action sport athletes can choose to compete, create content for social media/film, or a combination of both. Do you believe there are negative aspects to this model? I did a lot of competitions growing up and I wasn't really having a ton of success after a year or two. I just kind of got sick of traveling to events with horrible conditions and having to ski. I had some other film opportunities that I wanted to pursue and it's awesome to take that path because you're kind of just more enjoying it, doing your own program, and hanging out with some good friends. Like social media as well these days – it's pretty fun to go out and produce content and post it.
If there was a gnarly mountain bike invitational for skiers only, K.C. Deane would be invited; you'd be invited, but who else would there? Who else is a formidable mountain biker from your department? My good friend Lucas Wachs rips on a bike. Sage Cattabriga-Alosa is an awesome biker. All these freeskiers that don't have anything going on in the summers just spend all summer biking. You gave an interview about 6 years ago where you said you're getting old. Do you think you're a better skier now than you were 6 years ago? In different aspects – yes. I’ve focused pretty much all my energy on backcountry skiing. That's one of the things that really takes a lot of experience and time in order to be safe; knowing how to get around and where to go basically. In that aspect I would say I'm better than I was. There's also other aspects of the sport that I was better at back then. It’s a change basically – like an evolution of my skiing. But 6 years ago, I could go to a training park and do a lot more tricks than I could probably do right now. That’s just because I spend more time skiing in the backcountry than in the parks these days.
Tim McChesney trades in the skis for mountain biking during the summer in Park City, UT
What do you think about the Little Cottonwood Canyon Gondola project? I spend so much time up there, but haven't been following their plans closely. But I can definitely say whatever they can do to help with the traffic – I am all for it. Things are just getting crazy up there. Would you be for, or against an initiative where skiers have to pay to access Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon? That's a hard one. I'm not sure about that. If it would limit the numbers of cars going up there every day? Then yeah, I would be for it. I guess Solitude has been charging and I don’t know how effective that’s been. I mean this is such a pinch with Salt Lake City being so close and then only 2 skiers in each car up this tiny little canyon. There has to be something done with the amount of user groups going up there these days. What are your thoughts on IKON and EPIC passes? I don’t really get that argument. I don't think that EPIC and IKON pass are really changing it that much. I think people will ski no matter what. People who are going on ski vacations spend all this money to come ski and they're going to buy lift tickets regardless. I know it probably increases the numbers somewhat. What are your favorite resources for tracking storms? Ha! I spend far too much time looking at the weather during the winter. I'm on my computer looking at forecasts for Utah, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, I use Open Snow the website and app a lot and then I'll see where the storms are heading then kind of dive deeper by looking at SNOTEL, NOAA and pretty much every resource you can think of. What's the right blend of work, fun, and meeting your obligations to your sponsors? With skiing, you want to make video projects from your season. You want to be proud of the work, obviously. But you’ve got to remember that you're going out there and skiing with your friends. It's always fun, but it does get stressful sometimes – trying to get certain shots or the weather is just not cooperating and you drive 13 hours to Canada and get rained on and pretty much drive straight back. When things don't go how you want, I try to just brush that off and move on to the next trip or next day of skiing.
Do you have any film projects in the works right now? We’re filming a team movie for Faction this winter. What happens behind the scenes when getting footage for a project like this? Does the production team do recon or do you guys just pretty much know where to go depending on the weather? Definitely tons of recon. That helps a lot with like the whole filming side of things. You can waste so much time looking around while you have a hired film crew ready to film. If you have some objectives and the logistics figured out – you go to the location and get the shots. That's the best way to do it. A lot of times it’s usually some of us getting out on snowmobiles, then ski touring to get to different locations. The Utah To BC film from the Faction Collective dropped a few weeks ago. Do you have memorable moments from getting the work done? I’ve been pitching Faction to spend some time in Utah and finally they said “We'll fly Etienne Mérel out there.” Everything we were getting in Utah was snowmobile based, pretty much. It was awesome and we were able to get out everywhere, no problem. As soon as travel restrictions are over, where's the first place you're going? Will it be a ski trip or a surf trip? I guess that depends on the timing of everything. I'm definitely looking forward to getting back to Japan. We’re having a killer season right now and it's been a little hard watching everyone see some epic powder over there and being stuck over here. They've gotten more snow than they know what to do with. What do you have in the quiver this year for ski equipment? I spend most of my time on the Faction Prodigy 4.0. I ski that in a 185 length. I use Look Bindings and Lange Boots. I stay warm and dry with Saga Outerwear. Oyuki Japan is my glove sponsor. I’m also an EVO ambassador. Thanks a lot for your time, Tim. We can't wait to run into you again – wherever that may be. Yeah, definitely. Hopefully you guys have a good winter.

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Vinny Mauro
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Rocko Menzyk
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