Father’s Day Gifts For Mountain Bike Dads

Father's day gifts for mtb dads

These gifts for mountain bike dads are sure to raise your status in the family! Want to solidify your rank as his favorite child or restore the youthful glimmer in his eye (even though nothing can be done about that receding hairline)? All you have to do is choose something that reinforces his love for mountain biking.

All kidding aside – here are a few gift ideas that may help you get something interesting for the old man. We’ve listed our top picks for dad in mountain bike apparel, MTB accessories, tools and components, and of course, mountain bikes.

MTB Apparel – Update dad’s kit!

Five Ten Freerider Pro mountain bike shoes 

Give dad all-day comfort on and off the mountain. We love five tens for mountain biking,. Here’s why. Firstly, the Five Ten Freerider Pro flat pedal biking shoes provide grip and durability for all-mountain and enduro riding. Secondly, an impact-resistant toe box complements the medium-stiff build for a responsive ride. Thirdly, the signature sticky rubber and purpose-built tread pattern keep dad’s feet firmly planted on his pedals. Fourthly, these shoes look as good in the café as on the trail. These shoes are useful gifts for mountain bike dads.

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Wolf Tooth Trucker hat gift for MTB dad

Wolf Tooth Logo Trucker Hat

Keep dad’s face out of the sun and his helmet hair covered! Dad will use this hat before and after epic family mountain bike rides. This hat has a mesh back, curved visor, and plastic snap back.

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columbia watertight rain jacket gift for mountain bike dads

Columbia Watertight II Jacket – Men’s

Dads like to be outside, no matter the weather. Keep dad comfortable with the Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket. Firstly, the Omni-Tech two-layer nylon shell is fully seam-sealed, so it keeps moisture out. Secondly, the air-permeable design allows unwanted perspiration to escape. Finally, the adjustable storm hood with an abrasion-resistant chin guard will keep the elements at bay.

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Fox Racing Ranger Short - Men's gift for dad

Fox Racing Ranger Short – Men’s

The Ranger Short is designed for mountain biking comfort. These shorts hit right at the knee, a perfect length for dad! High stretch fabric provides freedom to pedal.  Importantly, the secure zip pocket for on-trail essential items.

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Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Jersey - Men's dad gift

Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Jersey – Men’s

The Ruckus is Troy Lee’s longest-running jersey design. This 3/4-sleeve top offers warm weather relief for mountain biking dads who crave gravity-disciplines, without compromising fit with pads underneath. The wide, flat neck stays comfortable even with a pack. The fabric provides active moisture wicking and breathability to keep dad dry and cool. The Ruckus even includes two rear zippered stash pockets for snacks and essentials.

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Oakley Frogskins Prizm Sunglasses 

Whether did is hitting the trail, strolling through the city, or soaking up some rays on the beach, these Oakley Frogskins Prizm Sunglasses will keep dad’s eyes safe and stylish.  These sunglasses boost contrast, offer protection from 100% of harmful UV rays and look cool. Sunglasses are some of the most inexpensive and most useful gifts for mountain bike dads.

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helly hansen pants for active dads

Helly Hansen Holmen 5 pocket Pant

Is the dad in your life still wearing pants from 10 years ago? SAME! Get dad some new pants! Your Dad will love these versatile outdoor pants designed to offer full range of motion and great style! The warp stretch twill weave fabric is 100% bluesign® approved and made to be easy to move in.

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Fox Racing Defend D3O Glove - Men's mountain biking gift

Fox Racing Defend D3O Glove – Men’s

The Fox Racing Defend D3O Gloves are built to be aggressive. These tough gloves pair stretch Cordura construction with D30 padding at the knuckles to take the sting out of unfortunate encounters with branches and rocks. Fox’s D30 padding flexes when warmed, so dad’s hands  stay comfortable on the bars and can shift with ease. In the event of an impact, the padding firms up to absorb energy. Importantly, the gloves use Fox’s TruFeel internal texture that offers heightened feel and control of levers.

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Garmin froerunner 945 gift for mountain bike dad

Garmin Forerunner 945 HR

Is dad obsessed with numbers? He needs a Garmin!  If dad wants to improve his athletic performance, nothing beats having quantifiable metrics to monitor and analyze his efforts both during and after mountain biking. Other features include barometric altimeter for tracking elevation changes, GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo sensors for tracking speed and distance, Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate, and training status. Additionally, increased battery life allows dad to train for longer between recharges, lasting up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode, 10 hours in GPS mode with music, or up to 60 hours in UltraTrac mode.

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Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guard

Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guard 

Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guards features neoprene construction with a breathable back panel for all-day comfort. Fit-Lock calf bandwill prevent slippage and the knee cap integrated w/flex panel provides flexibility for full range of pedaling motion. These pads also include abrasion resistant side padding for protection against bike frame & trail features.

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Fox racing grainz utility flannel fathers day

Fox Racing Grainz Utility Flannel

Dads love flannel! The Grainz Utility Flannel by Fox is perfect for the post-ride campfire. Thanks to soft, brushed cotton infused with stretchy spandex, dad can get around freely with all the warmth he needs on cool days.

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MTB Accessories

YETI Hopper cooler gift for mountain bike dad

YETI Hopper Flip 12 Cooler with Top Handle

The YETI Hopper Flip 12 Cooler with Top Handle is a great way to bring lunch and beers to the trailhead! Built from the same material used for river rafts, the Hopper Flip 12 is durable. The wide-mouth design secured with a leakproof HydroLok™ zipper means it can host up to 13 cans on ice and won’t make a mess when dad tosses it in the trunk.

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helinox chairs are the perfect gift for families that mountain bike

Helinox Chair

Perfect for a campfire, BBQ, or post-ride parking lot relaxation! Five years ago, we purchased four Helinox chairs (one for each family member) as a Christmas gift. After 5 years of use, we remain impressed with the quality and durability of these chairs. The Helinox chairs are compact and light, taking up about half the space of our old heavy foldable camping chairs. This not only helps when we road trip in the minivan, but also makes it possible to put them into a backpack for short hikes. These chairs assemble easily – our kids can have their chairs built in less than a minute. Read our full review at: https://mtbwithkids.com/helinox-two-camping-chair-review/

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Yeti Rambler mountain bike dad gift

Yeti Rambler 20oz Tumbler

One cup to rule them all. The Yeti Rambler 20oz Tumbler keeps dad’s coffee hot and his beer cold! The double-wall vacuum insulation ensures that dad’s drinks remain at the perfect temperature longer.  This tumbler is perfect for camping or road trips. The stainless steel construction withstands dents and dings.

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NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost Headlight

Sometimes dad needs to get out for a ride after dark. The NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost Headlight has five light levels so dad can choose based on the conditions. The wide beam lens directs the light with even distribution to ensure that upcoming obstacles are seen. The digital display provides battery percent as well as run time, and the Lumina recharges quickly so it’s ready when its needed.

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Kids ride shotgun seat gift for mountain bike dad

Kids Ride Shotgun seat and handlebar set

Dad wants to get junior out on the mountain bike now!  The shotgun combo is the ultimate setup for your mountain bike kid. Not only will you get the shotgun seat and handlebar accessory, you’ll also get our custom mudguard and one of a kind ‘shred til bed’ stem-cap too. This front mounted child seat will work for kids 2 – 5 years old (up to 48lb). The full rubber protection will keep dad’s bike pristine. The Shotgun seat and handlebars are adjustable width and angle to fit all mountain bikes. Installation and removal is a snap with quick release. Read our full article here: https://mtbwithkids.com/shotgun-kids-mountain-bike-seat-review/

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My Medic MyFAK First Aid Kit 

Dads love to keep everyone safe! The My Medic MyFAK (My First Aid Kit) was designed to be adaptive, functional, and indestructible. Importantly, this first aid kit measures 7.5”x6.5”x5” so it can fit in a hydration pack where it’s available when you need it. In addition, this kit comes in basic and advanced, so you can match the supplies with dad’s level of training. See our full MyFAQ Review.

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CamelBak Mule Backcountry dad gift mountain bike

CamelBak Mule 12L Backpack

Is “Be Prepared” your mountain bike dad’s moto? The Mule Hydration Pack is designed to make dad’s mountain bike rides a little sweeter. This pack is big enough to carry 3-liters of water and a day’s worth of snacks and gear. Importantly, the Air Director back panel keeps dad cool by wicking moisture. The stretch overflow pocket lets dad quickly shed layers as needed. Pump and armor gear loops ensure dad is prepared for all rides.

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gopro hero9 camera teen gift

GoPro HERO9 Black Camera 

Help dad fulfill his desire to capture and share his 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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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L

Dad could use a new Black Hole 55L Duffel Bag.  The 55 L Black Hole duffle has plenty of storage capacity for gear-intensive weekend travels or longer trips. The ripstop fabric will withstand wear and tear from endless adventures. It’s also highly water-resistant to keep your stuff dry in case of wet weather. Deployable backpack straps make it easy to carry while wheeling your bike. These duffles are one of our favorite gifts for mountain biking families. Read our full review.

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Mountain Bike Components and Tools

loam pnw dropper post gift for dad

PNW Components Loam Dropper Post

PNW made this post to honor dad’s most adventurous days on the trail. There are so many things to love about this ldropper post. First, the Loam Dropper capitalizes on PNW’s best-in-class reliability in our shortest, lightest, and most customizable package yet. Second, the new Loam also features swappable silicone bands that hug the midcap, giving you the opportunity to match your bike (or mood). The Loam dropper is available in teal, orange, grey, black and red. You should seriously consider getting dad some matching PNW grips, too!

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lezyne digital pressure over drive floor pump gift for mountain biking dad

Lezyne Digital Pressure Over Drive Floor Pump

Dads love tubeless tires. Fewer flats mean more time riding trails! The only problem is getting them to seat properly. Lezyne’s Digital Pressure Over Drive Floor Pump equips your home mechanic with a compressor-esque blast of bead-seating pressure, so the simple act of installing new tires won’t cost dad a trip to the LBS and a 12-pack of microbrews. The Over Drive’s big supplemental can is manually inflatable by toggling a foot lever. When it’s full, pop the lever, throw some shade at your sealant, and hope that your frame does have clearance for the new tires. Dad can also bypass the high-pressure can and use the pump as a regular floor pump while not trying to pin down those evasive beads.

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Park Tool’s Professional Tool Kit

Give dad the ultimate bike tool kit. Park Tool’s Professional Tool Kit includes 88 different tools so dad can complete repairs and bike maintenance at home. This kit includes a huge array of wrenches and chain tools galore. The included case will help dad keep everything organized. Tools are always appreciated gifts for mountain bike dads.

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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 dads. 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 dad can ride with confidence. These pedals come in a variety of colors!

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Mountain Bikes dad will love!

The Santa Cruz 5010 4 CR Bike fathers day gift for dad

Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon S Mountain Bike

Your dad definitely wants this bike. The Santa Cruz 5010 4 Carbon S bike flies downhill, climbs efficiently, and loves to jump and rail corners. This full-suspension mountain bike has a poppy feel that makes even the most mundane rides feel like they’re loaded with fun. It has a Carbon C frame that uses 140mm of travel on the front, 130mm of travel on the rear, and nimble 27.5″ wheels. The frame features a lower-link VPPTM configuration that leaves you feeling like there’s a lot more travel at hand on the rear. The frame also has internal cable routing, integrated frame protection, and a threaded bottom bracket.

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Yeti SB150 C-Series C2 mountain bike for dad

Yeti SB150 C-Series C2 Mountain Bike

Does dad love enduro racing? If so, this bike may be just the ticket! The Yeti SB150 C-Series C2 Bike is capable, stable, efficient, and astonishingly fast. It has a forward bias frame that gives racers the room they need and centers them on the bike. The SB150 has a C-Series carbon frame that provides 170mm of travel on the front and 150mm of travel on the rear. 29″ wheels, a 77° seat tube angle, and 64.5° head angle make this a beast on the trails. The frame also features Boost spacing, internal cable routing, an in-frame water bottle mount, ISCG-05 mount, and is coil shock compatible. The C2 version of the Yeti SB150 comes with a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. This includes a cassette that has a hill-crushing 10-52T gear range that makes climbing and pedaling through rough terrain a breeze. SRAM Code R 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes provide confidence-inspiring stopping power so you can descend under control. DT Swiss E1900 wheels are paired with Maxxis tires that can be set up tubeless for a smoother ride, better traction, and fewer flats. With the Fox Transfer dropper post, you’ll be able to quickly lift and lower your saddle with the press of a lever.


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Salsa Rangefinder Deore 12-speed 29 Bike gift for MTB dad

Salsa Rangefinder Deore 12-speed 29″ Mountain Bike

The Salsa Rangefinder Deore 12-speed 29er is ready for singletrack, doubletrack and even bikepacking trips. There are many great things about this bike. First, the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame provides lightweight performance for the trails. Second, the 120 mm suspension fork is great for absorbing bumpy terrain. Third, the included TranzX dropper post can adjust your saddle at the press of a button to tackle steep descents and technical terrain. Finally, hydraulic brakes offer confident stopping power.


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The Best Mountain Bike Helmets For NICA Riders

The best mountain bike helmets for NICA athletes, riders, racers and kids

Best Mountain Bike Helmets For NICA Riders – The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States.  As of 2020, NICA had 13,433 coaches who are working with over 25,000 student­-athletes from nearly 1100 high schools in the United States.

Best helmets for NICA mountain bike kids

Although there is an element of competition and racing, the purpose of NICA is to support student-athletes in the development of strong body, mind, and character through their efforts on the bike.

American kids in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to join a NICA mountain biking team. Participating on a NICA team leads to making new mountain biking friends and having even more fun on bikes. NICA is a great experience for young riders.  Here are 10 bikes that may work for your young rider as they become a NICA racer.

Here is an overview of our top 10 helmets for NICA racers.

If your rider enjoys multiple mountain biking disciplines, you might want to check out Best Helmets for Mountain Biking Kids, Best Helmets for Enduro Kids, and Best Full Face Helmets for Kids.

Troy Lee Designs A! - helmet for NICA kids

Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Helmet

The A1 MIPS Helmet provides bomber protection in a lightweight package. Importantly, Troy Lee designed this helmet with extended protection at the back of the head and around the temples. TLD also steps up the safety with the inclusion of the Multi-Directional Impact Protection (MIPS) system. In addition, the A1 MIPS boasts a total of 16 large vents to encourage constant air movement to keep your rider cool. Finally, the A1 MIPS helmet also incorporates a three-position adjustable retention system for a custom, easily dialed fit.

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Giro Montaro MIPS helmet for NICA kids

Giro Montaro/Montara MIPS Helmet

One of our favorite bike helmets for NICA kids. Firstly, Giro’s Montaro (and Montara) MIPS has a deep shape with extended coverage along the lower part of the head. Secondly the reliable In-Mold construction and MIPS system to keep your rider protected in case of a spill. Thirdly, the Montaro/Montara Helmet will keep you rider’s head cool and comfortable with 16 vents and plush padding to keep air moving and sweat away from the eyes. Finally, Giro’s Roc Loc Air fit system will ensure your NICA racer gets just the right fit quickly.

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Fox Speedframe MIPS Bike Helmet for NICA racers

Fox Racing Speedframe MIPS Helmet

The Speedframe MIPS is sleek, stylish, and protective. MIPS technology reduces rotational forces in the event of a crash. The Speedframe comes in a wide variety of colors to make every rider happy. This helmet has an easily adjustable multi-position, goggle-compatible visor for changing light conditions. Additionally, its super comfortable because of the 360-degree fit system that dials in an exact fit.

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POC Tactal mountain bike helmet

POC Tectal Helmet

The POC Tectal is designed with extensive coverage along the temples and rear of the helmet increases protection to vulnerable areas. Overall, this helmet is super safe. POC designed the Tectal for safety. This helmet has the following safety certifications: EN 1078, CPSC 12.03, and AS/NZ 2063:2008. Unquestionably, the Tectal helmet is also comfortable – it includes range of vents to ensure air stays moving throughout the helmet. You can adjust the fit by a simple turn of the dial at the back of the helmet.

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Oakley DRT5 MIPS Bike Helmet for NICA riders

Oakley DRT5 MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet

The Oakley DRT5 MIPS Bike Helmet is a full-featured half-shell helmet your NICA racer will love. This MTB helmet is low-profile and form-fitting.  The 360° BOA system gently yet firmly holds the helmet in place. The MIPS tech will decrease forces in case of a crash.  The Oakley DRT5 MIPS Bike Helmet has a nifty sunglass attachment to stash your shades securely when not in use.

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Leatt MTB All-Mountain 3.0 Helmet NICA rider

Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain helmet

The Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain helmet combines 360 ° Turbine Technology and Armourgel® cushioning material. These technologies deliver premium protection in case of a tumble. The Armourgel® energy absorbing material is flexible in its natural state but hardens on impact. The 18 vents provide maximum ventilation to keep your NICA rider’s head dry and cool. The Fidlock® magnetic closure system offers precise custom fitting with the turn of a dial.

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Bell 4Forty MIPS mountain bike helmet for kids

Bell 4Forty MIPS Helmet

The Bell 4Forty is a great option for your NICA racer. This stylish helmet has 15 generous vents to keep your rider cool on long climbs. It also comes equipped with a built-in sweat guide, to keep drips out of your racer’s eyes. This helmet is also designed for safety. The full hardshell exterior protects while MIPS technology reduces rotational forces to protect your rider’s brain. Additionally, the 4Forty boasts extended rear coverage for protecting the back of the head. Finally, the adjustable fit with a rubberized, over-molded dial makes it easy to lock into the perfect fit.

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Smith Session mountain bike helmet for NICA athletes

Smith Session MIPS Bike Helmet

The Session is an excellent bike helmets for NICA racers. Firstly, itis designed using patented Koroyd-style construction to be super light yet strong. Secondly, fifteen large airports and internal channeling create airflow for ventilation. Thirdly, the Session MIPS Bike Helmet comes with a focus on adjustability with the VaporFit™ Adjustable Fit System. Finally, the Smith Session MIPS helmet includes an adjustable 3-point visor and sunglass and goggle integration.

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Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS helmet for NICA racers

Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS Helmet

The Bushwhacker II MIPS Helmet is a lightweight, well-ventilated helmet with MIPS technology to dissipate angled or rotational crash forces w protecting your kid’s head. Your rider will stay cool with Sweet Protection’s Superficial Temporal Artery Cooling Channels andnumerous exhaust ports at the backside of the helmet. The Occigrip mechanism provides quick adjustment with the twist of a rear-mounted dial.

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Mountain Biking Knee Pads For Kids

The best mountain biking knee pads for kids
The best mountain biking knee pads for kids

Our favorite mountain biking knee pads for kids: The six different knee pads for kids reviewed here, all have one thing in common – they are specifically built for young mountain bikers. Many use the same technology as adult mountain bike knee pads, only on a smaller scale. The features, from the level of protection to things like the use of breathable fabrics, are the same. However, these knee pads will fit your children properly.

When it comes to safety gear, the fit is incredibly important, since levels of protection can be lost when things like knee pads are too large. Are you ready to find your child’s next set of mountain bike knee pads? One of these five might just do the trick. Want to use your elbow pads on the kids’ knees? Try it. You may already have a good solution at home.

Mountain Biking Knee Pads For Kids Comparison Chart

ProductBest forMSRPBuy from
Fox Racing Launch D30 Knee Guard - Kids’Enduro, Downhill, Freeride$74.95Backcountry
G-Form Pro X3 Knee Pad - YouthCross-Country, Trail$51.96Competitive Cyclist
G-Form Rugged Knee-Shin Guard - Kid’sCross-Country, Trail$79.98Backcountry
Leatt 3DF 5.0 Knee Guard - Kid’sEnduro, Downhill, Freeride$69.99BTO
Seven iDP - Transition Knee Pad youthCross-Country, Enduro$59.99Competitive Cyclist
Troy Lee Designs - Speed Knee Sleeve (Youth)Enduro, Downhill, Freeride$49.00BTO Sports
Fox Racing Launch, mtb knee pads for kids

Fox Racing Launch Pro Knee Guard – Kid’s

Available in all black, except for the trademark white fox silhouette logo, the Fox Racing Launch Pro Knee Guard allows your kids to make a positive impact on the trail in more ways than one. These knee guards have two hook and loop straps, one at the top, the other at the bottom, allowing for a customized, yet comfortable fit. Made of a lightweight neoprene fabric that’s breathable, yet strong enough to provide a good first layer of protection, these pads are comfortable to wear no matter the temperature on the trails. Right at the knee, there’s an embedded plastic cup that protects the joint and absorbs the force of the fall. It’s built to withstand an impact, keeping your child’s knee as safe as possible. There’s also a layer of built-in Kevlar (yes, the same material used in bullet-proof vests) that provides plenty of protection as well. Sleek and anatomically correct, these knee guards are a force to be reckoned with.

GForm knee and shin pads for kids

G-Form Rugged Knee-Shin Guard – Kid’s

If your kids need a little extra protection on the trails or prefer a single device that covers both their shins and knees at the same time, then you’ll love the G-Form Rugged Knee-Shin Guard. Living up to its name and purpose, these knee pads extend from the upper thigh to the ankle, with a hard-shell protective area ranging from right above the knee to the bottom of the shin, protecting an entire swath of the leg. Compression fabric – not fasteners – hold the guard comfortably in place, and make it machine washable. The protective guard is very flexible, allowing your child freedom of movement while riding, but at the same time, it’s designed to harden upon impact, preventing injury. These knee guards are CE-certified and meet a number of safety requirements. Plus, the fabric wicks away moisture and includes a breathable mesh panel at the back of the knee.

MTB Helmets For Kids

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

Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

100% R-Core mountain biking shorts for kids

MTB Shorts And Pants For Kids

Comfortable, purpose-designed apparel for your groms.

MTB Shorts and Pants for Kids

Camelbak LUXE hydration pack for kids

Hydration Packs For Kids

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

MTB Hydration Packs for Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

G-Form Pro X3 Knee Pad

The G-Form Pro-X3 Knee Guards are built with proprietary SmartFlex technology that hardens on impact. These pads are flexible while we’re riding but extra strong during those learning moments. The moisture-wicking fabric sheds sweat quickly to keep your rider comfortable and dry. The silicone grip keeps the pads comfortably in place.

Leatt 3DF knee pads for mtb kids

Leatt 3DF 5.0 Knee Guard – Kid’s

The Leatt 3DF 5.0 Knee Guards come in one size and fasten with a hook and loop that’s easily adjustable. The snappy black and white color combo matches everything from mountain bikes to other protective gear, ensuring that your young rider will look nice and be safe while on the trails. Lightweight, these protective pads come in at a mere 400 grams (that’s .88 of a pound, for the record), so they won’t weigh your child down in an uncomfortable manner. This doesn’t mean that the pads are light on safety however, as they include an abrasion-resistant outer layer, as well as inner impact foam that cushions blows. On top of that, the foam is ventilated, preventing moisture, like sweat, from building up and becoming uncomfortable. This keeps the pad securely in place as well. The cuffs are designed to help them in place while riding, and the odor-resistant fabric ensures that the guards won’t smell up your car after a long ride.

7idp Transition Knee Pad - Youth

Seven iDP – Transition Knee Pad youth

With two different sizes to choose from – youth small/medium and youth large/extra-large, as well as a compression fit fabric with built-in four-way stretch mesh and a base layer of poly and spandex, the Seven iDP Transition Knee Pads will fit kids of all sizes. These pads come in black with the Seven iDP logo in blue right below where the knee hits. Unlike other knee guards, this pair covers most of the leg, ranging from mid-thigh to mid-shin, with the protective layers of foam located in the knee region. The double-layer custom foam is designed to conform to your rider’s legs, making them comfortable to wear, as well as less likely to slip mid-ride. On top of this, the foam is breathable, keeping the knee pads lightweight while allowing for plenty of airflow. When off, these knee pads roll up and are easy to stash in a gear bag.

Troy Lee Designs - Youth Speed Sleeve

Troy Lee Designs – Speed Knee Sleeve (Youth)

Made by one of the best-known names in the business, the Troy Lee Designs Speed Knee Sleeve is designed specifically for young mountain bikers. Troy Lee, son of motorcycle racer Larry Lee, opened up the business in 1981, giving them almost 40 years’ worth of experience in creating protective equipment for mountain bikers and other athletes. What does this mean for you? It means that these knee sleeves are among the best on the market. Available in two different sizes, either youth medium or youth large, these knee guards come in a snappy black and white combination with some red accents. They have silicone gripper bands that keep them comfortably in place, as well as 360-degree seamless comfort. You won’t have to hear your kids complain about uncomfortable seams ever again. As far as safety is concerned, the D30 padded insert and abrasion-resistant cover provide plenty of protection.

Keeping your kids safe during mountain biking requires the use of multiple types of protective equipment – including knee pads. These pads, also called knee guards, are designed to handle many different bumps, from those that occur while riding too close to trees and rocks, to the ones that happen when your young one falls off of the bike. You need to find the right knee pads that are designed with young riders in mind since the circumference of their legs are often smaller. Adult pads won’t fit properly and may slip or slide down mid-trail, causing plenty of problems.

Need more kids MTB accessories? Check out our Bike and Gear Reviews page.

Best Jerseys for Mountain Bike Kids

Best mountain bike jerseys for kids
Best mountain bike jerseys for kids

Best Jerseys for Mountain Bike Kids – Does your kid need a mountain bike jersey? Although a bike specific jersey is not as important as a helmet and gloves, there are some benefits to wearing a sports-performance mountain bike jersey while out on the trails.

  1. Quick drying, wicking fabrics and ‘breathable’ mesh panels help your kid stay comfortable and cool while riding hard. Some also offer built-in body odor control.
  2. Mountain bike specific jerseys are designed to wear over body armor including chest and elbow pads to keep your rider safe.
  3. Your little mountain bikers will enjoy looking “official” like mom and dad in their MTB jersey.

Here is an overview of our top 9 jersey picks for mountain biking kids.

Fox Racing youth Ranger mountain bike jersey for kids

Fox Racing Youth Ranger Short Sleeve Jersey

Fox Racing’s Youth Ranger Jersey offers all of the functional features that you’d expect from an adult jersey. Firstly, the quick-drying body and mesh vents maintain dry comfort during long hill climbs. Secondly, a media cord loop keeps headphone wires tidy. Thirdly, a lift pass pocket offers safe storage for tickets to ride. And finally, reflective details have been added to enhance visibility on darker rides. Your kid will like this jersey.

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Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short-Sleeve Jersey - kids mountain bike jersey

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Jersey – Kids

The Troy Lee Designs’ Skyline Boys Jersey is made of breathable polyester fabric with a relaxed fit to promote comfort. Added stretch promotes uncompromising range of motion. Importantly, the side stash pocket will hold a lift pass or snack. The drop-tail hem provides extra coverage. In summary, the skyline is one of the best jerseys for mountain bike kids.

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Specialized Trail Short-Sleeve Jersey - kids

Specialized Trail Short-Sleeve Kids Mountain Bike Jersey 

The Specialized Trail Short-Sleeve Jersey for youth offers everything you need in a kids’ mountain bike jersy. This comfortable jersey is comfortable and quick-drying to keep your little mountain biker cool throughout their ride. Bonus – this jersey boasts Deflect UV 50+ fabric that protects from the sun’s harsh rays.

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Fly Racing - 22.5 Kinetic Mesh Jersey (Youth)

Fly Racing – 22.5 Kinetic Mesh Jersey (Youth)

The Fly Racing 22.5 Kinetic Mesh youth jersey will keep your MTB kid cool this summer. The dual-mesh construction allows massive airflow while filtering out the dirt. This youth jersey features a tagless comfort-stretch collar. It was designed with multi-panel construction for maximum performance and comfortable fit.

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Pearl Izumi youth mtb jersey

PEARL iZUMi Jr Summit Top – Kids’

What happens when you take all the features of our Summit jersey and make it in Junior sizes? The next generation of shredders benefit from the same performance you expect from us, ensuring that they’ll be comfortable and have a great experience on the bike. The Junior Summit Top is constructed from lightweight, breathable, and fast-drying Transfer fabric.

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Troy Lee Designs youth Sprint mtb jersey

Troy Lee Designs Sprint Jersey – Kids’

Troy Lee’s Sprint Kids’ Jersey is made of lightweight polyester that wicks moisture off your rider’s body, facilitating an utterly cool and dry feel, even in warmer conditions. Specifically, this jersey is designed for pint-sized gravity riding with a technical fit featuring a dropped rear end to protect them from flinging mud and moisture on the trail.

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The Best Enduro Helmets For Kids

Best Enduro Helmets for Kids

These enduro helmets for kids were selected because they are specifically designed for the multi-race format. The enduro mountain bike race format is gaining popularity from coast-to-coast and this means a growing need for the right type of gear.

Best Enduro Helmets for Kids

Several well-known manufacturers are designing enduro specific helmets which allow riders to either remove the chin bar, or use a light, well-ventilated one-piece helmet without compromising rigorous standards for safety. Our family has used these helmets for years because of the safety and comfort they provide. Please be sure to get a helmet that fits your kid(s) properly. Too loose of a fit is downright dangerous. Too tight is uncomfortable.

If your little ripper rides many types of trails, you might want to check out Best Helmets for Mountain Biking Kids, Best Helmets for NICA Riders, and Best Full Face Helmets for Kids.

Here is an overview of our top 6 helmets for mountain biking kids that focus on Enduro riding or racing. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Bell Super DH enduro helmet

Bell Super DH MIPS Helmet

The Bell Super DH MIPS helmet is a great choice for enduro racers because it combines top notch safety with a protective chin-bar which attaches and removes easily with no tools. Most important, Bell designed the Super DH MIPS to be super safe in the event of a crash with MIPS Spherical built into the helmet between two different layers of dual density EPS foam. In addition, the GoggleGuide adjustable visor system allows your rider utilize goggles. The Super DH MIPS helmet has 19 vents with an additional 4 chin-bar vents and 2 brow ports to keep your rider cool and collected.

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Leatt 3.0 DBX enduro helmet for kids

Leatt – DBX 3.0 Enduro Helmet

Leatt is already well-known for their neck braces, but they offer several other items in the protective gear marketplace. To begin with, the Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro Helmet features the patented 360º Turbine Technology to significantly reduce rotational acceleration impact forces. Importantly, this helmet is AS/NZS 2063:2008, EN1078, CPSC 1203 certified and tested. Certainly, the Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro helmet is stylish and lightweight. The chin-bar on this model is removable, too

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ixs full face enduro helmet for kids

iXS Trigger Full Face Helmet

The iXS Trigger Full Face helmet is one of the lightest enduro full-face helmets. The Trigger helmet provides all-round protection with patented in-mold technology due to the direct fusion of the helmet shell to the internal EPS material. Additionally, your young rider will rider benefit from increased structural strength, reduced weight & volume, and increased ventilation. The numerous ventilation openings have been strategically angled and positioned to offer superior air circulation and supply a continuous cooling system. The iXS Trigger allows you to adjust the fit for both for verticle tilt and circumference, guaranteeing a comfortable fit for any head.  Lastly, the Fidlock magnetic buckle makes for quick, efficient closure and release without compromising safety.

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Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS enduro helmet

Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Helmet

Troy Lee Designs enters the enduro mtb specific helmet category with their Stage MIPS helmet. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. In a nutshell, this means during impact, a MIPS helmet is designed and constructed to limit the rotational forces during specific collisions. Although the chin bar is not removable on the TLD Stage helmet, do not expect any sacrifices for comfort. The helmet has 25 total vents. We especially like the oversized vents in the chin bar.

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Fox Racing Proframe enduro helmet

Fox Racing Proframe Helmet

Fox Racing’s MIPS-equipped Proframe Helmet provides DH-level protection with a super-light design to make enduro racing more enjoyable. Accordingly, Fox has included 24 Big Bore vents to increase airflow and help your rider to feel cool on the climbs. The Proframe’s shell includes dual density EPS and a MIPS inner basket for top of the line protection.

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100 Percent Aircraft mountain bike helmet

100% Aircraft DH MIPS Helmet

The 100% Aircraft MIPS Helmet has a carbon and KEVLAR shell that delivers light-weight protection. Basically, the MIPS inner basket is designed to absorb brain-damaging rotational energy created in certain crashes. The Aircarft MIPS helmet will keep your rider cool with 25 vents and break-away cheek pads for a consistent flow of air into and out of the shell. This helmet includes a soft, washable liner as well as an adjustable visor.

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Giro Switchblade enduro helmet

Giro Switchblade MIPS Helmet

Giro’s Switchblade MIPS Helmet has a removable chin-bar that snaps on and off quickly. The Switchblade includes excellent ventilation from Giro’s Wind Tunnel design. Giro’s tried-and-true Roc Loc Air fit system makes fit alterations a breeze. The MIPS technology will absorb the brain-damaging rotational energy created in certain crashes without compromising the helmet’s lightness.

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HelmetShell Material / Impact FoamHead Circumference RangeCertificationsClaimed Weight
Bell Super DH MIPS HelmetPolycarbonate/EPS and EPP foam20.5-25.6 inchesASTM F1952-00, ASTM F2032-06, CE EN1078, CPSC Bicycle850g
Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro Full-FacePolycarbonate/3D in-molded20.9-25.52 inchesCPSC, EN 1078750 g
Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPSPolylite / dual-density EPS co-molded with EPP21.4-24-4 inchesCPSC 1203, CE EN1078, ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, AS/NZS 2063-2008680 g
Fox Racing ProframePolycarbonate/EPS20.5-25.25 inchesASTM735g
100% Aircraft DH MIPScarbon, KEVLAR® composite20.9-24.4 inchesASTM, CPSC, CE, AS/NZ?
Giro Switchblade MIPS HelmetPolycarbonate/EPS20-25.5 inchesCPSC, EN-1078, ASTM-1952-DH?
iXS Trigger Full Face HelmetDouble-Inmould and 360° Inmould shellSizes: SM = 54-58cm, ML = 58-62cm head circumferenceEN1078, CPSC, KC, ASTM595g

Full Face Mountain Biking Helmets For Kids

Best full-face mountain biking helmets for kids

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

Kali Protectives Zoka Kids full face mountain bike helmet

Kali Protectives Zoka Full-Face Helmet – Kids’

Your young rider will love the Zoka Full-Face Helmet. The Zoka is a great choice, whether they’re tackling new trails, enjoying downhill laps, or racing BMX. Its full-face design offers optimal protection, including EN 1078 and CPSC certifications for safety. The adjustable moto-style visor lets them find their perfect tilt. The anti-odor pads keep everything fresh. This helmet comes in sizes that will fit heads that are 19.7 inches to 20.9 inches.  The Kali Protectives Zoka also comes with additional padding if your kiddo likes a snugger feel. One of our favorite full-face mountain biking helmets for kids.

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100 percent status kids full face mountain bike helmet

100% Status Jr. Downhill/BMX Youth Helmet

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

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

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fox youth rampage full face mountain bike helmet kids

Fox Racing Youth Rampage Full Face Helmet

There’s a reason by the Fox Racing Rampage Youth Helmet has such an important (and winning) pedigree – it combines safety features with lightweight construction in several snappy colors, such as atomic punch, indigo and olive green. Available in sizes youth small an youth large, the Rampage Youth leaves no safety “stone” unturned. There’s liquid in between the inner EPS foam lining and the outer shell, protecting the brain from impacts. The magnetic visor is designed to detach during a crash, thus keeping landings from being even more damaging.

The helmet comes with mesh screens protect the face from insects and kicked up debris while riding, and there are intake and outtake ports located at various points to allow for plenty of comfortable airflow. Speaking of comfort, the inner liner is completely washable, and it wicks away moisture.

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7 protection M1 Youth Helmet kids full face helmet

7 Protection M1 Youth Full Face MTB Helmet

Doe your kiddo race BMX, rip the downhill, or love to get big air? If so, this might be the helmet for them! The M1 Youth Helmet provides full face protection for BMX racing or when your favorite shredder hits the bike park. This full-face helmet has a lightweight polycarbonate shell.  The large eye port offers an optimal field of vision. Additionally, seventeen air vents make for high breathability. The M1 Youth full-face helmet was thoroughly tested beyond CE, CPSC, and AS standards.

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MTB Helmets For Kids

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

Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads For Kids

Knee pads are another level of protection for young riders.

MTB Knee Pads for Kids

Camelbak LUXE hydration pack for kids

Hydration Packs For Kids

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

MTB Hydration Packs for Kids

SixSixOne Reset Youth MIPS Helmet

SixSixOne Reset Youth MIPS Full Face Helmet

If you’re looking for maximum protection for your young mountain biker, consider a full-face helmet. Full-face helmets are perfect for downhill mountain biking, BMX racing and some enduro riding. The SixSixOne Reset Youth MIPS Helmet brings MIPS technology to a full-face helmet with a budget-friendly price-point. The MIPS E2 Brain Protection System provides a low friction layer designed to reduce rotational motion transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head. First, the helmet features a lightweight ABS shell. Second, it features large angular vents for enhanced air intake and heat exhaust. Third,  the large sculpted eyeport provides great vision and goggle compatibility.

What Is MIPS? What Does MIPS Do?

MIPS, which is short for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System is found inside of helmets designed for mountain biking and other pursuits. You can tell which helmets come with a MIPS system because they have a yellow dot on them, usually on the back, that often contains the system’s initials.

Why is MIPS important? The system kicks in during a crash, protecting the brain from rotational forces, particularly during angled impacts. These rotational forces are dangerous because they can tear brain tissue, leading to swelling, bleeding, and increased pressure. According to studies, most crashes lead to an angled impact, yet many traditional (non-MIPS) helmets aren’t tested for them. As a result, preventable brain injuries can occur, which is why it’s best to wear a MIPS helmet.

The system consists of a BPS, or Brain Protection System, usually hidden behind additional padding. The system allows the head to move inside of the helmet during a crash. When your head is stationary and unable to move, all of the rotational force produced by the crash is transferred to the brain. With MIPS, these forces are dampened, thus preventing brain injuries.

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The Best Mountain Biking Shorts And Pants For Kids

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
Fasthouse Crossline 2.0 Shorts - Kids’$80.00EVO
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.

Fasthouse Crossline 2.0 Shorts - Kids' mountain bike shorts

FasthouseCrossline 2.0 Shorts – Kids’

The Fasthouse Crossline 2.0 Shorts are outfitted with details that have you coming back for more. COOLMAX® Cool/Dry Fabric with stretch will keep your young rider comfortable in the saddle.  Zip pockets keep your ripper’s phone and snacks safe. The exterior hook and loop waist adjusters will ensure a perfect fit.

Available in black, camo and gray, with sizing in youth 22-28. MSRP of $80.00 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 - Kinetic Mesh Pants (Youth)$109.95BTO 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 - Kinetic Mesh Pants (Youth)

Fly Racing Kinetic Mesh Mountain Biking Pants For Kids

Fly Racing Kinetic Mesh pants are designed for maximal cooling airflow without sacrificing durability. These pants are made with a comfortable mesh liner to keep your young rider comfortable and cool. Importantly, the multi-directional stretch-rib panels provide ultimate flexibility. The ergonomically pre-shaped knee accommodates most knee pads.  The ratcheting closure allows for adjustability and custom fit.

Fly Racing Kinetic Mesh MTB pants are available in four color combinations and sizes from 22-26. MSRP of $109.95 USD.

VelociRAX Bike Rack Review

Velocirax Bike Rack Review

VelociRAX Bike Rack Review from MTB with Kids: 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

Raising and Lowering

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

Got Anti-Rattle?

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

Loading and Unloading

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. However, 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. This means your e-Bikes can be easily and safely transported via a beautifully designed rack. Note that VelociRAX recommends removing each bike’s battery during transportation. 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.

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

Bike size requirements

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. 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

The last word

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 overhead. It’s priced right, too. Compare it against other vertical racks. 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.