Gifts For Mountain Bike Dads

Father's day gifts for mtb dads

Updated for 2020 – 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.

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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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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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Dakine Hot Laps 5L Hip Pack

Keep dad’s back cool and dry with the Dakine Hot Laps 5L Waist Bag. This handy pack comes with a 70 oz (2 liter) lumbar hydration reservoir and Phaser bite valve so he can stay hydrated. The internal organizer pockets provide ample space for a multi tool, an extra tube and snacks.

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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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Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR

Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR

This build to order all-mountain ripper is ready to become dad’s new set of wheels. Available in three colors in sizes from Small to XL, the Trek Top Fuel XTR just might earn its spot at the head of the dinner table. XTR is in the name because XTR is on the bike. This is Shimano’s best, and lightest, drivetrain group. Carbon wheels, a carbon frame and Fox Factory suspension will get the old man up and down the hills in style. As per the Trek site, the size medium weighs less than 25lbs! If you want to trim off more, dad has to hit the gym and skip the beers.

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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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Stans DART Tool 

Dad can keep the whole family rolling with the Stans DART Tool. Tubeless tires were supposed to mean the end of flats, but while flats are significantly reduced, they still remain a part of our life with tubeless setups. Stan’s DART Tool aims to make the inevitable tear or large puncture quick to fix by plugging holes and instantly sealing flats.

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Alchemy Arktos 

Transform dad’s ride! The Alchemy Arktos is made to handle all dad can throw at it. The Arktos features the patented dual-linkage suspension platform called “Sine” which resembles a sine wave when graphed. The design creates suspension that is regressive through the first part of the travel to absorb small bumps and provide climbing traction, is progressive in the middle to avoid wallowing on big hits or in hard, fast corners, and is regressive again in the last 15 percent of the stroke so the bike can use all of its rear-wheel travel. It’s efficient, responsive, and provides downhill capabilities unparalleled in today’s crop of modern trail bikes.

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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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Blackburn Chamber HV Floor Pump

Does dad obsess about the tire pressure in his mountain bike tires? The Blackburn Chamber HV Floor Pump boasts massive air volume to make quick work of airing up your family’s mountain bike tires. The large four-inch gauge lets dad know exact pressures in both PSI and Bar measurements. Small touches such as an extra-long hose, a durably oversized main body, a hose keeper, and an alloy cap and lever on the pump head make this floor pump a pleasure to use.

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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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Marmot Anderson Lightweight Flannel Shirt

The Anderson Lightweight Flannel Shirt by Marmot looks as good on the trail as it does playing corn-hole in the backyard. This lightweight double-brushed flannel is the perfect layer for spring or fall afternoons. The CoolMax moisture-management technology gives dad the performance he needs for quick rides and everyday family activities.

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Santa Cruz Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle

If dad is an enduro enthusiast, the Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Air Reserve Complete Bike from Santa Cruz might be the bike for him. Santa Cruz built this bike solely for stopping enduro clocks a tad faster and providing the most aggressive riders with and brawler of a big wheel bike. With some of the longest reach numbers, steepest seat tube angles, and longer wheelbases, this progressive 29er likes to get rowdy.

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Leatt DBX 5.0 All Mountain Jacket for the bike dads

Leatt DBX 5.0 All Mountain Jacket 

The Leatt DBX All-Mountain jacket is made of waterproof and breathable material with adjustable ventilation. It boasts a dirt/water/stain resistant coating to take on any weather conditions you might face. The four-way stretch shell material allows full range of motion. This jacket features a new patent-pending magnetic hood system that keeps the hood magnet fixed over the helmet or fixed at your back so it won’t flap around.

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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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Dakine Dropout Jersey

The Dakine Dropout Jersey features a classic baseball cut with a dropped hem, giving dad the added coverage he needs for ripping tight trails. The Dropout is made with Quick Dry polyester that is designed to disperse moisture for enhanced evaporation, keeping dad dry and comfortable. Bonus: the fabric is finished with Polygiene treatment to fight bacteria build-up so dad’s jersey always smells fresh.

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Mother’s Day Bike Checks – 2020 Edition

Mother's Day Bike Checks - 2020
Mother's Day Bike Checks - 2020

Once again we reached out to moms so they could share their stories and show off their bikes. Everyone’s story is unique, but there are common threads – the freedom that comes from riding a bike, the mental and physical challenges, the rewards of sharing this sport with their children; and living a healthy, active lifestyle. On behalf of the kids, significant others, family, friends, ride club partners, everyone – THANKS MOM!

Nicole Deguise And Her Norco Bikes

Nicole Deguise and her Norco SIght

I am really looking forward to my son and soon-to-be sibling to get into mountain biking with my husband and I! I got into mountain biking 13 years ago as a way to spend more time with my now husband who had moved to BC for the mountain biking! Little did I know that I would fall so much in love with it! I quickly joined an all female mountain biking group to improve my skills and only a few short years later participated in my first enduro here in Squamish “Hot on Your Heels”.

My 18 month old son isn’t too interested in hopping on his Norco Runner since he would rather sit in the Chariot and be pulled by me on my 2020 Norco Fluid VLT 1. This bike has become my saving grace when it comes to keeping fit and on the trails while 5 months pregnant! It’s great at pulling my son to and from daycare and also allows me to get a quick lap in on my local trails.

I can’t wait until baby sibling arrives in September to get back on my favorite bike 2019 Norco Sight Carbon and get back to the North Shore of Vancouver and keep up with my friends!

Nicole Deguise and Norco Fluid VLT1

Sarah Fenton Tippie And Her YT Industries Bikes

Sarah Fenton Tippie and her YT Industries bikes

I’ve mountain biked for the better part of 35 years! I grew up in Deep Cove – North Vancouver, BC; where the first off-road bike shop opened. They rolled these new “fat tire” bikes off the back of the truck from Marin County. I grew up with a hardcore mountain bike influenced lifestyle. And although I never had the urge to race, bikes are in my blood. In 2007, after a decade living abroad in London UK and working in the film business, I was at a party at Crankworx and met my future husband, freeride pioneer Brett Tippie. Sparks flew, and we arranged to go on our first date in the Whistler Bike Park.

Sarah Fenton Tippie dropping in
Sarah Fenton Tippie loves her YT eBike
Sarah Fenton Tippie and Brett Tippie in southern Utah

Before long, we had children, two girls. Jessamy, born in 2008, and Alix, born in 2012; then married (yes in that order) at the top of Whistler Mountain with our DH rigs before all our friends and family. After the ceremony, we rode down to the bottom in a massive party train. Biking gave me my first bite of freedom when I learned to ride a bike at age five. Mountain biking has given me fitness. It had provided an amazing group of friends. It has brought me to my husband. It is everything for us. My younger daughter has some extra needs and it took her a little longer to get the hang of it, but she is now pedaling on her own. I burst into tears seeing that accomplishment! Her smiling face was priceless. My older daughter Jessamy loves to shred, and as a family – mountain biking is a bonding experience creating lifetime memories.

My current bikes: 2019 YT Decoy e-bike (I LOVE my ebike!). A newly built up big bike park shredder, a 2019 YT Tues. I also have a 2016 YT Capra enduro bike.

Carmen Granados And Her Yeti SB6

Carmen Granados and her Yeti mountain bike

I’m a wife and mother of twin boys. I started mountain biking in 2014 with my family and have been enjoying it ever since. We travel a lot due to my husbands work and are fortunate to ride in some really cool places. So far my favorite places to ride have been Colorado and Southern Utah. Mountain biking is a great way for us to spend time together as a family and grow together as riders.

Carmen and her Yeti SB6
Enjoying a break in the Utah desert

I ride an XS Yeti SB6, it was between this and a Yeti Beti Sb5 but ultimately chose this one for its ability to take on any terrain. It climbs extremely well for a long travel bike. I’m running SRAM Eagle XO1 with GX cranks, SRAM Guide R brakes and Maxxis Minion DHF and Aggressor. Fox 36 170MM fork and a Fox DPX2 in the rear.

Instagram:  @the_caro_family
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Tania Gregory And Her Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Tania Gregory and her Trek Top Fuel

Eight years ago, when my husband and I first started dating, he got me into mountain biking. Fast forward to today and we now have a 20 month old son, Lawson, who already loves bikes as much as we do. My favorite person to ride with is my husband and I can’t wait until we are out on the trails with Lawson ripping it up too. Right now he rides in a Thule Yepp on the front of our Trek Farley. Although, after some modifications he is finally tall enough for his balance bike!

Riding bikes has become a huge part of my identity. I race cyclocross, triathlon and mountain bikes, but mountain biking is my favorite. I mountain biked until I was almost 8 months pregnant and I was racing again by the time Lawson was 9 months old. I am happy to know my son will grow up riding bikes and be surrounded by awesome people.

I currently ride a 2020 Trek Top Fuel 9.8. It is actually my 3rd Top Fuel. I think it is the perfect bike for me. I like to race XC, but I also like to send it on the rocky technical descents that we have here in New England. It offers a great balance for someone who wants an efficient climber, speed on the flats and enough travel to smooth out the terrain.

Tania Gregory - Trek Top Fuel rider and racer

Kristen Gross And Her Rocky Mountain Element C70

Kristen Gross and her Rocky Mountain Element C70

I have been a rider through every season of my life. I was that kid careening around the neighborhood with a look like a loose Labrador. I raced through university and it also kept me sane in the early days of my career when all I had time for was work, and riding (maybe). It was there for me when I moved to a new country as a new wife, and there still when I became a new mom. And riding was there for me when I became a widowed mom. Never did I imagine I’d also rely on it to get us through a global pandemic, but here we are! My son and I are finding at least 30 minutes of normal a day on our 2.5 mile loop. Riding helps soothe my racing mind just as well as it revs up a tired soul. It’s good on its own, and wonderful in a group. It spans the difference between opposite ends of many a spectrum. So somehow, it always fits.

Keeping mom's Rocky Mountain Element clean and ready to ride
Riding the Rocky Mountain Edge 14
Nothing but smiles aboard the Rocky Mountain Edge 14

My bike is a 2019 Rocky Mountain C70 Element that I customized with We Are One “Insider” wheels laced to Onyx racing hubs, a full SRAM XX1 golden Eagle drivetrain with Qarq power meter, one-up Everyday Carry tool, RaceFace carbon Next bars, and a Specialized Power saddle. With 2 water bottle cages and a Backcountry Research Mutherload strap, I’m officially pack-less on this whip. I planned to race it at the 2019 BC Bike Race but ended up with a plan-ending concussion a couple of weeks prior. This beautiful bike is ready for the next opportunity. I will be too, my young training partner will make sure of it.

Shannon Kochis And Her Scott 900 RC World Cup

Shannon Kochis - Mother's Day Bike Check

I have a love and passion for riding bikes with my children, community and friends! My favorite bike is the Scott 900 RC World Cup full suspension run with Podium wheels. It’s my favorite bike for all trail conditions! My favorite place to ride is Copper Harbor, Michigan. 2nd place is the Vasa!

It was 2015 when I got Into biking. Some amazing friends that I would see at church took me for a mountain bike ride in the woods. It gave me a sense of freedom I haven’t felt that in a long time. I think when you are a mom, you put that in the back burner naturally and start to forget who you really are. There are always challenges that we face with riding. There is always someone who is going to be better and faster than you. It’s easy to forget the reasons you started in the first place. Making time for biking is essential for my strength mentally, physically and emotionally.

My kids and I ride once a week together. They are always involved with Norte and all the biking fun we have in this community. The greatest feeling is seeing your child finish a race they never thought they could do. I always have a smirk on my face when I listen to their race replay. My kids participate in Mud Sweat and Beers, TC Trails Fest, Ore2shore and Iceman.

Shannon Kochis jumps on her Scott mountain bike

What I love most about biking is – I ride with kids that are faster than me. I look up to them as much they look up to me. I don’t know a sport that has adults and kids that run in the same pack. It’s so good for our kids’ self confidence to be around adults ranging from 30’s to 70’s. I love seeing My children know all the adults around bike community. You don’t need to be good or fast at it. You just need to show up. Kinda like racing, The hardest part is showing up. The rest is history.

Shannon races for City Bike Shop.

Anne Madeo And Her Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 27.5

Anne Madeo - Specialized Stumpjumper

Biking represented freedom to me as a child. It was a way to explore the world and see my friends without relying on my parents for a ride. Mountain biking was a natural outgrowth of that childhood love, expedited by a move to UT and being hit by a car while road biking. After I was hit, I no longer felt safe riding on city streets, but missed the freedom and joy I felt while biking. A few years after I was hit, I started mountain biking by joining group rides, taking lessons and attending clinics. I haven’t looked back. After a year of riding frequently (and breaking a bone or two), I decided it was time to get a new steed and I wanted a significant upgrade.

My current bike is a 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 27.5 that I bought after riding it at a women’s MTB retreat. I don’t feel qualified to evaluate the condition of a bike, so had been reluctant to buy a demo. But, I knew the wrench that worked on the fleet, I trusted her and had really liked the Stumpjumper. It’s a carbon frame (I wanted something light), has 150mm of travel front and rear and stock components including SRAM GX Eagle. I like to ride most everywhere (serious DH trails are probably my least favorite), so wanted a bike that was a quiver killer (probably one of the most overused terms in all of mountain bike reviews).

Although I’ve tried to get the other members of my family (2 sons, ages 13 and 16 and 1 husband, ageless!) interested in mountain biking, I’ve had very limited success with those efforts. So, the majority of my riding is with friends and it’s been pretty awesome.

Anne Madeo - riding in Utah

Anja Mueller And Her Rocky Mountain Altitude C70

Anja Mueller and her Rocky Mountain Altitude C70

I am not sure who is more stoked about the two of us riding matching bikes this year – my 3-year-old daughter Sofie (on a 2019 Rocky Mountain Edge 14) or me, the Mom?! She has been on a bike since before she even walked (and loves it so far!) and just recently switched from a run bike to her pedal bike. We love riding on the North Shore as a family – especially now with everything else closed down.

Mountain biking is the perfect escape for kids and for the parents. Having her on a burlier bike with proper tires makes riding in the woods so much more fun. I am currently on maternity leave with my second child, 10-month-old Greta, so getting out on some good personal mountain bike rides has been too rare for my liking. To compensate I have been trying to up my wheelie game with the Ryan Leech #30daywheelie challenge – I’m on Day 10 – and still have a ways to go. I can’t wait for more rides with my husband, girlfriends, colleagues, and of course my two girls! Time to put #2 on a run bike.

Anja Mueller sending from The North Shore
Mother and daughter on mountain bikes
Maple syrup saddle - Rocky Mountain Bikes

I am currently riding a 2020 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 with an almost fully stock build. Small changes include a Rocky Mountain maple syrup saddle (WTB Deva), some matching RaceFace Next SL cranks, and pink grips (just because). Currently on flats instead of clipless because of the wheelie challenge. I have been on each iteration of the Altitude since 2012 and love it as my go-to bike. It’s playful, has plenty of travel, it’s great on the uphill, and just makes me smile every time I ride.

Thanks to the North Shore Mountain Bike Association and all the volunteers for keeping our North Shore Trails in great shape. Get your membership or trail boost when you ride here!

Ashley Rainey And Her Canfield Balance 27.5

Ashely and her Canfield Balance 27.5

Two years ago I started mountain biking because I thought my dog would enjoy a faster pace than hiking allowed. I was hooked after one ride and dove in quickly, taking as many clinics as I could. I struggled for years to get my son outdoors and become more active with no luck. I was over the moon when he took to mountain biking. At 12, my son has reached the age where he rarely emerges from his room. I cherish our adventures on the trails, which open him up to talking to me. We are extremely fortunate to live in a bike-oriented town. A few blocks from us is a large pump track and we spend hours there sharing our dirt jumper. I love the community of friends I’ve developed through biking. As a single mom, I find their support priceless.

Ashley riding in the PNW
Ashley storming the woods

All-mountain riding is my discipline of choice. I’ll gladly endure a suffer-fest of an uphill grind to hit long steep technical descents. I’ve had my current bike since January. It’s a 2016 Canfield Balance 27.5”. I moved up from a small to a medium frame because I’m 5’4” with legs on the longer side. My previous bike wouldn’t accommodate a long enough dropper to get my saddle out of my way. To shorten up the reach, I added an Industry Nine A35 32mm stem. I use a 170mm dropper and my saddle is a Terry Topo – it’s been my saddle since I started riding. I love the stability of my new bike, I’m more than willing to hit small drops and pop over roots and bumps instead of slowing down to roll over everything like I did on my previous bike. A few other additions on my bike are Spank Oozy Trail 345 wheels with Magic Mary tires, a Cane Creek Helm 170mm fork, Cane Creek Double Barrel air/CS shock (165mm), and a One Up 32T oval ring.

I’m not the bravest rider, but I do love a good endorphin rush, and this bike delivers on giving me more confidence to test my abilities to get a little spicier on the trail. My favorite thing, beside the longer dropper post, is how the bike handles turns! My friends always get an earful at the end of a ride about how much fun the turns were!

Ruth Roeber And Her Trek Bikes

Ruth Roeber and Trek Bicycles

Because I was born in the beautifully chaotic city of Bangkok, I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I moved here for college. However, it wasn’t until I became a mom that biking became a natural extension of my life. We put our kids on Striders as soon as they could walk. When they were old enough to pedal their bikes, mountain biking became a way of life for us.

After breakfast on weekends, we pack our helmets, load the bikes & changing tent, throw lunch in a cooler, put snacks in the kids’ packs, fill the gallon water bottle we keep in our car, etc. This ritual became our family’s rhythm. Now the twins are 14 and they consistently outride me.

We still ride together on weekends, and to be honest, they probably have more fun riding with friends. It’s bittersweet really, but after all, that’s what I hoped for all along—keeping them on bikes on the road less traveled. Our family has traversed five continents together. But in the end, it’s the simple and sweet memories of us sitting and laughing in the trunk of the Subaru all these years after a ride at a local trail that makes motherhood incredibly delightful.

Ruth Roeber mountain biking with her family

I’m lucky to have two amazing bikes: the Trek Procaliber 9.7 pictured above – plus a Trek Stache 9.7. And thanks to my local IMBA chapter (Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association), I have great places to ride them.

Chris Schieffer And Her Ibis Ripmo AXS

Chris Schieffer and her Ibis mountain bike

Mountain Biking is our social life. I love it. My husband loves it. Our kids love it. The dog loves it. We’ve never done many “traditional sports” but we are outside on trails in some capacity whenever we get a chance. We bike as a family, we bike with friends, we bike locally, and we travel to bike. We ride a variety of trails, we race, we ride cross country, enduro, downhill, dirt jumps and everything in between. For the last few years we purchased the MTBParks Pass and made a point to road trip and bike as many bike parks (in the west) as possible (100% worth it, by the way). This year, with the pandemic, it’s going to be different, but it won’t stop us from riding. The only downside of loving bikes is my boys are the same size, so there’s no hand me downs – that means we’re always making a twofer bike purchase, and it gets rather expensive. As a family we have to stagger our bike purchases year after year so it makes sense financially to enjoy our hobby.

Oh my bike, my sweet, sexy bike… this is actually my SECOND Ripmo in a row, and my fourth Ibis – so needless to say, I’m brand loyal in the bike dept. I seek out (and destroy) rugged trails with lots of rocks and drops so I need something that can handle versatile downhill terrain, but is also amazing at climbing because the trails around me are ALL up, and then ALL down. I switched the suspension to DVO all around. Rev Grips get added to all my bikes, because they save my hands during those long park days (which we have many). For the groupo, I finally moved to the Sram Eagle AXS electronic shifting on this build and HOT DAMN, I LOVE it! I also have the Rockshox Reverb AXS dropper and the responsiveness is the best thing ever. The OneUp Components EDC Tool allows me to go on shorter rides without carrying a pack. The last custom piece of this build is the Shredly SUCCI print custom stickers made by STKRD for my frame.

Adrienne Schneider And Her Norco Bikes

Adrienne - Norco eBike

Growing up in Northern Michigan, I moved to Lake Tahoe at 18 to find a bigger playground! After blowing out my knees repeatedly during my ski career, my orthopedic told me I needed to ride bikes to get stronger. I had no experience with bikes without a throttle previously, and he said I wasn’t allowed to get on my moto for a while.

This riding rehab quickly turned into a career that was eventually sidelined by a broken back in Europe at my last World Cup race. After one more season racing nationally and coaching women’s camps, I knew I wanted a child. And it was time. Then, on December 8, 2016 my life changed forever! I would say being a mother easily became the best adventure I have ever been on! Life changes a lot in a beautiful way, and it gives a new meaning to the concept of absolute love.

Mountain biking is something that I love doing and I don’t think that I’ll ever get tired of. It lets me travel to places I would normally never get to, and meet some of the coolest people. And there is no one better to share that life with but Nikolaj.

Adrienne and son are all smiles when mountain biking together
Adrienne and son pause for a photo during a mother and son bike ride
Adrienne and son mountain biking

Norco Bicycles has supported me in my adventures, later becoming a Sales Rep for them. So, you can probably understand why I have more than one bike. My first bike of choice is an Aurum, but I bought a more versatile Range VLT e-Enduro bike last fall. Nikolaj had bikes before he could even walk. He currently rides a Norco Runner 12. With more and more pedaling lately, I’ve added the Norco Sight A1 (27.5) as my current weapon of choice. It‘s an All-Mountain rig with Norco’s Ride Aligned™ technology that has 160mm/150 travel.

Getting your kids hooked on bikes at a young age is the perfect antidote to the addictive draw of Minecraft and other sedentary indoor activities! And there is nothing like passing on the stoke from one generation on down to another.

Lisa Sklar And Her Custom Sklar

Lisa Sklar and her Sklar mountain bike

I like mountain biking because I get to try and keep up with my kids, and my husband gets to try and keep up with me. We live in a great place, Boulder, Colorado. And, mountain biking is a great way to get out there. We especially like camping and biking high up in the Rockies. Plus, I’m the only mom I know whose kid made her a mountain bike. That’s pretty cool!

Lisa Sklar riding her custom built Sklar mountain bike
Custom Sklar Mountain Bike

My bike has 27.5″+ wheels and tires. It has 120mm of front travel. These custom machines offer so many opportunities for great design – whether it be dialing in just the right combination of geometry, fit and component selection. Or, optimizing flex and feel with material selection.

Katrina Strand And Her Transition Patrol

Katrina Strand and her Transition Patrol

It was an easy sell, mountain biking. Nature is my medicine, and it is a great tool to get me there. I come from racing around the world – DH, Enduro and even dabbled in XC. But my favourite is getting lost high in the mountains away from the world, disconnected and free. My daughter Anna loves joining me on the MacRide, and cruising on her run bike. She already has her call to nature, too! Hopefully soon we’ll be adventuring way out there together.

I’m in love with my Transition Patrol. It is my everything bike. Up, down, all around, great in the park, and capable of all day epics too. I have it spec’d with Fox Shox, Shimano, Maxxis and Chromag – all the best.

Katrina and her daughter out for a ride

Website:  Strand Training
Instagram:  @katrinastrand
Buy the Transition Scout:  EVO
Mentions:  Transition | Fox Head | Fox MTB Suspension | Maxxis | Shimano | Chromag | Evolution Bike Shop | RideWrap

Traci Thompson And Her Scott Genius

Traci Thompson - Mother's Day 2020

I grew up spending lots of time in the outdoors: camping, hiking, boating and wandering around in the desert looking for dinosaur bones. I was in 6th grade when my parents bought mountain bikes for our family. We had lots of adventures on our bikes – one especially memorable ride led to us finding and adopting a puppy that some jerk had dropped in the desert to die. Mountain biking made us tougher. Although my sister and I grew up doing gymnastics, we were challenged by this new sport. My dad had to use his favorite catchphrase: “No Sniveling” on more than on occasion. I have some excellent memories of the type 2 fun that we had as a family on our mountain bikes. As an adult, I love mountain biking with my kids for many reasons. First, I love the challenge. There are always opportunities to improve in mountain biking. Mountain biking gives us the chance to do things that scare us and work toward small goals. Second, I like stress relief that comes from being in nature and staying in the moment. Everyone feels happier after a ride! Finally, I enjoy spending time with my family and making memories. We have lots of adventures that we’ll never forget like the time we were caught in a flash flood or the time our youngest kid crashed into a cactus when we were 8-miles into a 16-mile loop trail. Mountain biking memories are the best!

Traci - Guacamole trail near St. George, Utah
Traci Thompson - Riding in Whistler, BC

I’ve had this bike for a few years but its proven all-mountain geometry and set up have been a lot of fun everywhere I ride. All the boys in the family has carbon frames, but with the modifications I’ve made, my bike is the lightest. It weighs less than 30 lbs. I upgraded the drivetrain to a 1x and added Stans wheels. The external RockShox dropper is easy to maintain and the Scott TwinLoc remote lets me adjust my suspension without my hands leaving the bars.

Kasey Wierzba And Her Norco Revolver

Kasey Wierzba and her Norco Revolver

Sometimes a mom just needs to get lost. Lost from the hustle, lost from the daily grind. A mom needs to get lost in the moment with nothing but a dirt trail ahead. This is why I love mountain biking. If I’m training for a race, it gives me a focus and a means to direct energy in a positive way. If I’m riding with Liam, my 11 year old, it’s a back and forth of fun competition. He chases me up the climbs and I follow him on crazy, gnarly stuff as he tells me “no ride arounds, mom.” Riding with my little dude, Adrien (7), is all about exploration. Just this week we were riding in one of my favorite areas and he lead me to a natural spring which I had no idea existed!

Kasey Wierzba takes a break on her Norco Revolver
Trying to keep up with Kasey Wierzba and her Norco Revolver
Long distance call on a long distance bike

I ride a Norco Revolver hardtail while I’m cross country racing. This bike is a little whip. It’s really light, responsive and it feels like a natural extension of my own body. It’s a race machine; high modulus carbon 29er decked out with Sram XO components and a RockShox Sid ultimate. The super light Stans Podium SRD wheels float up any climb. For a hardtail, this bike can take a lot without beating me up. I can roll through rock gardens and down rooted steeps without loosing control. In a straight away I can lock out the front shock, stand up and jam. I’m not a total tech geek, but when you build up a bike that just fits and feels so good it’s completely worth it.

Mentions:  Norte Youth Cycling

Jerel Wilson And Her Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Jerel Wilson and her Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Mountain biking allows me to escape and become part of nature. It gives me the opportunity to feel alive, challenge myself in rock gardens and take calculated risks that often give me butterflies in my stomach – like sending it. I love hitting the trails with my kids (3 and 5) and my colleagues at NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) the most. Getting the opportunity to lead beginner women’s rides through the Trek Women’s Advocacy program as well as training volunteers in communities all across the nation working to get #morekidsonbikes through NICA programming shows me time and time again the power of bicycles and how wonderful mountain biking communities are across the nation. It’s a community I am proud to be part of and I hope that both my girls will become lifelong cyclists.

Crushing rocks with the Trek Top Fuel 9.8
Jerel leads her kids through the forest on her Trek Top Fuel
Jerel enjoying the woods - on bikes

My 2020 Trek Top Fuel 9.8 comes sweetly spec’d and ready to roll right out of the box and it’s even set up tubeless. It flies over EVERYTHING without beating you up so you have energy to play with the little ones or jump on that Zoom call after your mid-day ride. This bike has made me a better technical rider, especially in the rock gardens and is wicked fast on all the flow trails. Smiles for miles!

Photo Credits:  Deborah Hage
Mentions:  TORC, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists

Mother’s Day Gifts For Mountain Biking Moms

Gifts for mountain biking moms

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

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

MTB Helmets For Moms

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

Bontrager Mountain Bike Helmet - Mother's Day Gifts

Bontrager Quantum MIPS Bike Helmet

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

Giro trail helmet - Mother's Day gifts

Giro Verce MIPS Bike Helmet – Women’s

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

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

Fox Racing Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet

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

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MTB Jerseys For Moms

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

Patagonia MTB jersey - Mother's Day Gifts

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

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

Bontrager MTB jersey for mom

Bontrager Rhythm Mountain Tech Tee

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

Pearl Izumi women's jersey

Pearl Izumi Summit Jersey – Women’s

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

Bike Maintenance Items

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

Shimano Brake Pads

Brake Pads

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

brake bleed kits

Brake Bleed Kits

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

Gifts for mom - mtb tire sealant

Tire Sealant

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

Dropper Posts

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

Gifts for mtb moms - RockShox dropper

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

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

KS Lev Dropper post - Mother's Day gifts

KS LEV Integra Dropper Seatpost

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

OneUp dropper post - best gifts for mom

OneUp Components V2 Dropper Post

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

Cross Country Mountain Bikes

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

Norco XC bike - Mother's Day

Cross-Country Bikes from Norco

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

Niner mountain bike - gifts for mom

Niner AIR 9 RDO 3-Star Bike 2020

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

Enve carbon wheels for mom

Enve M630 Wheels

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

Full-Suspension Trail Bikes For Moms

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

Giant Stance - gifts for mountain biking moms

Giant Stance 29er

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

Trek Fuel Ex - mountain bike for mom

Trek Fuel EX 9.7

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

Pivot mountain bike - Mother's Day gifts

Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Team XX1

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

Mountain Biking Accessories for Moms

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

Mountain biking gloves for mom

MTB Gloves

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

Osprey hydration pack for mtb moms

Osprey Hydration Packs

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

Sunglasses for mtb moms


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

Mountain Biking Shoes for Women

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

SIDI mtb shoes for women

SIDI Dominator 7 MTB Shoes

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

Bontrager shoes - mountain biking gifts for mom

Bontrager Flatline MTB Shoe

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

Five Ten mtb shoes for mom

Five Ten Hellcat Pro – Women’s

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

Mountain Biking Shorts for Women

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

Shredly mtb shorts - gifts for moms


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

Bontrager mtb shorts for mom

Tario Women’s Mountain Cycling Short

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

Presents for mom - POC mtb shorts

POC Essential MTB Shorts – Women’s

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

Rain Jackets

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

Best Mother's Day gifts - Marmot rain jacket

Marmot PreCip Eco Jacket

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

MTB gifts for moms - Patagonia rain jacket

Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket 149

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

Bontrager Rain Jacket - Mother's Day Gift

Avert Women’s Stormshell Rain Jacket

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

Camping And Road Trip Items 

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

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

Patagonia Duffel Bags

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

Beanie for mom


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

Comfy, warm sleeping bag - Mother's Day gifts

Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag – Women’s

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

Spikeball game

Spikeball 3-Ball Combo Set

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

Helinox camping chair

Helinox Chairs

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

Yeti insulated wine mug - gifts for mom

YETI Rambler 10oz Wine Tumbler

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


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

Waterproof camera - gift for mountain bike moms

Panasonic LUMIX TS7 Waterproof Camera

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

Smartphone tripod

UBeesize Smartphone Tripod

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

GoPro action camera - Mother's Day gift

GoPro Hero 8

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

Trax MTB Towing Device Review

Trax MTB towing device attached to a mountain bike

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

Trax MTB towing device attached to a mountain bike

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

The Trax MTB towing device is small and light

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

Manufacturer Videos From Trax MTB

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

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

Installing the Trax MTB towing device

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

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

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

Father towing son with the Trax MTB towing device

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

Meet Allen Tran – Registered Dietician And High Performance Chef

Allen Tran - MS, RD, CSSD

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

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

Allen Tran - MS, RD, CSSD

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTBK: Kind of a late introduction to Moab.

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

MTBK: That was just Slickrock?

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

High performance chef, Allen Tran, mountain biking in Moab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTBK: Will you cook multiple dishes for one sitting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norco Sight 27.5 Preview

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

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

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

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

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Whistler’s Lord Of The Squirrels, An Epic Family Mountain Bike Ride

Lord Of The Squirrels - Whistler family mountain bike ride

Whistler’s Lord Of The Squirrels

Part of an epic family mountain bike ride in British Columbia

Lord Of The Squirrels – A minor obsession

From the instant I heard about the new trails Into The Mystic, On The Rocks, and Lord Of The Squirrels – I kind of obsessed over riding them this summer with my wife and kids. The trails opened near the end of summer 2017 and they showed off a part of Whistler we have not seen before. Some trails were well established in the lower Mt. Sproatt area, but this ride takes you up through the forest and almost above treeline.

The trails were built by WORCA (Whistler Off Road Cycling Association) with support from the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Another organization, the Trails Planning Working Group, is municipal committee designed to bring all the collaborators together. Dan Raymond was hired to be the project manager for the Lord Of The Squirrels.

Be Prepared For This Ride

This is not your typical family bike ride. It is in the wilderness and climbs on Into The Mystic and On The Rocks are strenuous. Depending on where you start this ride, the elevation gain is significant. We started pedaling from our condo at we ascended about 3,500 feet! When you do this ride with your kids, it’s important to be aware of your capabilities.

Our youngest is 11 years old and already great on the pedals. But in order to ensure his enjoyment and success on Into The Mystic, we did a few training rides in Park City before we left on our trip.

We knew what type of food to bring as well as how much. We all filled our hydration packs to capacity and made sure our bikes were in good condition. Just to be safe, in addition to the basics, I brought along an extra derailleur cable, spare tubes and and extra battery with an additional SD card for the action camera. My wife brought along an extra USB battery pack if a phone ran out of juice. We were dressed in appropriate clothing and to make sure it did not rain – we packed light rain jackets.

Be prepared to ride Lord Of The Squirrels with your kids
Bring plenty of food and water for this epic mountain bike ride.
Family at the Lord Of The Squirrels trail in Whistler
We were keen to pack rain jackets and check the weather.
Lord Of The Squirrels map - MTB with Kids route

How We Got To Into The Mystic

To start, we began from the Aspens on Blackcomb condos and went through the Whistler Village. We then hopped on the Valley Trail at the golf course to get to Rainbow Park. From Rainbow Park, here are the trails we used to get arrive at Into the Mystic:

  • Whip Me Snip Me
  • Danimal
  • Hot Dog Alley
  • Scotia Creek Access Road
  • Sirloin
  • Darwin
  • Flank

Take a minute and donate to WORCA right now. They are one of the groups responsible for making trails like this happen. And, because of contributions from families like yours and mine, WORCA can build more trails so families can make more memories and enjoy the outdoors together.

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Into The Mystic

This Is A Long, Tough Climb – Even Without Kids

The beginning of this trail welcomes you with a marquis constructed from logs and a steel plate sign with the name of the trail cut from it. It’s like you’re at the start of a life-sized board game or a ride at an amusement park. Pedaling starts off easy enough, but you’re soon ascending along one of the most beautifully crafted climb trails in middle earth.

Family photo at the Into The Mystic trailhead
The kids explore a creek on the Into The Mystic Trail
Almost to the top of Into The Mystic

Fit riders will make easy work of this in a couple of hours or so. The trail is not a bunched up string of switchbacks and that makes it a pleasure to climb. We saw a kid who was similar age to our 11 year old on this trail pedaling with his dad. He was crushing the climb and we did not catch them.

Mother and son doing some hike-a-bike on Into The Mystic

About two-thirds of the way up on Into The Mystic you come across a platform with benches and railing adjacent to a creek down a small canyon path. Chains have been bolted in the rock so you can make your way down to a creek in the canyon. The kids went down for an explore and to see if they could catch a chat with Gollum. We took a long break here so we could rest and refuel. Three of us had to do plenty of resting and hike-a-bike on Into The Mystice, while our oldest son pedaled the entire trail. When you’re near the end of Into The Mystic, the trees become sparse. You start to notice more rocks, small grounds of grass and more open space.

Pond on the Whistler's Into The Mystic Trail

On The Rocks

On The Rocks Could Be The Star Of The Show On This Ride

You are on the edge of the tree line and the environment is quite is over-the-top. Vivid wildflowers, exposed rock and a palette of greenery complement your immediate surroundings. I think it’s similar to when a PNW native sees Moab in-person for the first time.

On The Rocks is a spectacular trail in Whistler

Off to the distance you can see several other peaks adorned with snow and glaciers. The start of this trail is more climbing, but once you reach about 5,900 feet – most of the hard pedaling is over. Our youngest took a few rests on the first part of this trail. Good thing – because I certainly needed the breaks as well.

On The Rocks
Doing a snow crossing On The Rocks

Snow fields are fun!

Once you start descending On The Rocks, you may encounter snow fields you will have to ride through or ferry your bike across. All four in the family ended up with wet feet and squeaky brakes. Overall, I think we encountered a total of 10 areas where the trail was snow covered. This was a fair trade-off because the trail had only been opened for two days and we were due to leave town in the morning. There are also several small ponds and basins filled with runoff. I don’t know how many of these qualify as lakes, but they are one of the highlights of the ride.

Tyge riding On The Rocks

Lord Of The Squirrels

Slow but steady

It took us a whopping six hours to get to the Lord Of The Squirrels trailhead from our condo. Please take this into consideration if you are planning on doing this ride with your kids. With the exception of our 15 year old, who can be considered an expert mountain biker, I think the rest of us are intermediate to strong intermediate mountain bikers regarding fitness, skill and and mettle. And it must be said that if my wife had her way – we would only ride uphill. We took it real slow the entire day by taking too many breaks to count, gigs of photos and made sure no one got hangry.


After getting through the last couple of snow fields, Lord Of The Squirrels is a downhill romp through the woods. It’s very enjoyable because after we encountered about 6 other riders on the trail – it was all ours. We were expecting a lot more people due to the recent opening.

The trail is aptly rated as intermediate so no one had to get off the pedals and walk the rock rolls, roots, bridges and tech sections. All of the trails features were enjoyed by the family from top-to-bottom. The trail is only over a year old. The dirt has not settled. The roots are still raw and untidy. If you have experienced new trail in this region, you know the sound your tires make – and the density of the trail surface. It’s a lot of fun.

Exiting the trail, you’re back near the start of Into The Mystic. Depending on where you started from, you may have a bit of ride to get to home base. On the way back our 15 year old was not done. He broke off for a bit to give Cheap Thrills a whirl.

Our Final Thoughts

This ride is beautiful. I hope I have the opportunity to compare it to others around the world while riding with my family. For me, it was hard and you have to work for it. That helps keep it sustainable and special. The bike park is awesome, but Lord Of The Squirrels is just a different kind of awesome on the other side of town. When your heart is pumping and your legs don’t want to climb anymore, you just look around at where you are and take it in.

Exiting Lord Of The Squirrels

The Best Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

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.

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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Bell Sidetrack youth bike helmet

Bell Sidetrack Helmet – Kids’

Bell’s Sidetrack Helmet for youth protects smaller heads with the same extended coverage and In-Mold shell of the adult Stoker version. Specifically, the Sidetrack includes a PinchGuard Buckle design and ErgoDial fit system to  ensure the fit is comfortable and safe.

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Kali Protectives Chakra kids bike helmet

Kali Protectives Chakra Youth Helmet – Kids’

The Kali Protectives Chakra Youth Helmet is made of an ultra-lightweight in-mold polycarbonate shell and an EPS liner. The Chakra Helmet is shaped with extended coverage off the back and comes in multiple colors. In addition this helmet features adequate ventilation, an integrated visor, and dial fit adjustment.

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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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TLD A1 mountain bike helmet for kids

Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Helmet (youth)

The Youth A1 helmet from Troy Lee Designs is designed with top of the line protection including an EPS impact liner and MIPS – Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. Concurrently, TLD gave the A1 16 large air vents to keep your mountain biker cool on the trails.  The ultra-plush quick-dry comfort liner is removable and washable for long-term comfort.

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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
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 SidetrackIn-Mold Polycarbonate / EPS20-22.5 inchesCE EN 1078, CPSC1 year
Kali Protectives Chakra YouthPolycarbonate / EPS20.5-22.5 inches
Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS YouthPolycarbonate / EPS19-20.78 inchesCPSC 1203, CE EN 107B, AS/NZS 2063 certified3 year warranty
Bell Super 3R MIPSPolycarbonate / EPS20-24.4 inchesCE EN 1078, CPSC1 year

Isabella Naughton Interview

Isabella Naughton interview

Isabella Naughton learned how to go fast early in life via our good old friend gravity, and gas powered motors. Now as a member of the 2020 Liv Racing Team, she is ready for this year’s EWS season. Isabella tells us how she transitioned from skiing to mountain biking, highlights from her 2019 season, and more.

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Isabella Naughton - American enduro racer

Photo by Seb Schieck – Facebook

MTBK: Talk about growing up and how bikes became a part of your life.

Isabella: Both my parents raced professionally, downhill mountain bikes. My dad was actually in the first X Games and he won the downhill. I kind of grew up around racing. When I learned how to ride a bike, my parents put me in moto gear and just sent me down a hill. That’s how I figured out how to ride a bike – but I didn’t like to ride bikes at all, I just never wanted to. I grew up ski racing and I feel like “Why would I want to pedal up a hill?” So, I didn’t really like riding bikes until about four years ago.

MTBK: That’s common with younger people, but you were almost 16 years old.

Isabella: My sophomore year of high school was when I was actually started to like it.

MTBK: How did that happen?

Isabella: My mom took me to an enduro race, and I enjoyed it. Then I raced NICA because of people wanting me to, and then I just began to like it. I mean, my ski racing was kind of ending just because it’s hard to be a professional ski racer out of Arizona.

MTBK: Other than skiing, tell me about the other sports and activities that contributed to your biking abilities.

Isabella: I raced off-road modified trophy karts with the Lucas Oil off road racing series.

Isabella Naughton - American mountain biker

Photo by Chris Vezina @vezina11

MTBK: How old were you when you got into the mod-kart discipline?

Isabella: I started driving Go-karts when I was probably five or six on the pavement. And when I was eight, I was able to start doing the karts and I started in Junior I and then went up to Junior II and then I think I was probably 14 or 15 when I went into the modified karts.

MTBK: So, were there any other girls in the races?

Isabella: Yeah. There was a few of us. We were we were all pretty close in the racing because there was only three or four of us racing ever. But I was actually the first girl to podium in the Modified Karts in the 2014 national series. So, that was cool.

MTBK: Some athletes say motor sports cancel out some of the risk or fear in mountain biking. Can you expand on that based on your background?

Isabella: It was skiing for me more than motor sports. Specifically ski racing – racing downhill you go fast: 60, 65, 70 miles per hour. You’re on these two boards and then you’re in a skin suit just going straight down the hill as fast as you can. I think that just doing that and having that being like, “I can do this” has contributed to me thinking, “Well, if I can do that I can go fast downhill on a bicycle” because you’re never going that fast on the bicycle. There’s no way you can go 70 miles per hour in a downhill or enduro race. I raced ski cross also for a little bit which is like BMX just on skis. Just having to conquer those fears on skis contributed to being able to do the same on a bike.

MTBK: Do people fear being in a car with you because you’ve been going fast your entire life?

Isabella: Actually, I’ve had my friends tell me they trust me way more than anybody else. So, I feel like that’s a good thing.

Isabella Naughton riding in Switzerland

Photo by Sven Martin @svenmartinphoto

MTBK: Where is your favorite place to mountain bike?

Isabella: Definitely Revelstoke. It was the best riding I’ve ever done. Ever. We rode up this road or you could shuttle up the road. The trails were just super fun. It’s like Whistler, but without all the people. I don’t even know how to explain it. It was just really fun.

MTBK: You are on the American Trophy of Nations team last year. Tell me a bit about that and riding with Lauren Bingham and Anna Newkirk.

Isabella: That experience was really cool for me. It’s different, being able to ride with two other people at the same time and your times are the same as their times pretty much it all gets combined together. Racing by yourself is different, because you’re racing with a clock, but racing with somebody in front of you, it’s like, just try and keep up with them kind of thing. And that was really cool to have Anna in front of me, and try and keep up with her. And then have Lauren behind me making sure she doesn’t catch up to me. It was a really cool experience being able to ride with people the whole time and not just ride for yourself, but ride for others.

MTBK: How did you figure out the sequence of who would go first, who would be in the middle and who would play the role of caboose?

Isabella: It definitely depended on the trail because there were some stages that required more pedaling, and Lauren is really good at that. We tried different things when we were pre-riding. And then we determined our order based on how we felt on each day.

MTBK: What were stages like? Was it just as nerve racking as any other race as far as being at the bottom and watching other times come in or knowing where you stood, and what you had to do in order to move up in the ranks?

Isabella: Yeah. It was definitely nerve racking. That was the last race of the year for me and I was definitely on the more tired side. I knew I wasn’t performing. I mean, I was trying to. I was definitely giving it the best that I could give it. But I went to Zermatt, Switzerland the week before and I could just tell I was tired because I wasn’t expecting to travel to Europe for these last few races. I mean, that’s not an excuse or anything but it was definitely nerve racking because I just wanted to perform well for me and then for my team. Just being the trails in Europe are so much different than riding here. A lot of it is hiking trails that have tight switchback corners and I wasn’t very good at that. It was stressful having to figure out how to ride different terrain in a short amount of time.

Isabella Naughton, left

Photo by Sven Martin @svenmartinphoto

MTBK: Do you have any favorite athletes past or present that have inspired you or continue to inspire you?

Isabella: All the women on Liv-racing are incredible people. They inspire me every day to work harder. The women on Liv-racing are definitely my favorite athletes right now.

MTBK: Tell me about your first mountain bike coaches – who were your coaches and what you recall doing to improve your skills?

Isabella: Definitely my parents and my NICA coach was Dustin Philips. He started the NICA team at our high school and he really did a lot to make me better and help the other athletes and team members get better.

MTBK: So, was it just physical training or was he a good sports psychologist as well?

Isabella: He got me just stop overthinking things and just ride my bike. Now, I’m being coached by Jared Becker and he raced professional BMX and now he races XC. He’s super strong and so he’s my fitness coach and then he also helps me work on skills.

MTBK: What did you focus on during winter training? Because you’re in Arizona, you get to ride all year round. And so, I imagine you don’t spend a lot of time off the bike.

Isabella: I got home from Italy and I took about a month off probably. Then, I started in the gym. Being in Flagstaff, it still makes it kind of hard sometimes during the week to ride. I did spend a little bit of time on the trainer or I just bundled up because I want to solely sit on the trainer. So, I’d go ride in the cold and then on the weekends or halfway through the week, I’d drive down the Phoenix and ride. This offseason has been really good. It’s only been my first offseason where I’ve had a structured plan right off the start and knew what I was doing in October versus trying to start training in January.

MTBK: What about skiing? how many times have you gone skiing in the last few months?

Isabella: Zero. It’s weird for me and this is what I say to everyone but I don’t want to. There’s just too many people coming up and skiing and it’s kind of scary. There’s hundreds of people and you don’t want to get ran over by people who don’t know what they’re doing.

MTBK: So, it’s more of a risk management issue than anything?

Isabella: Yeah. And then it’s just weird. Growing up ski racing I was up there four to five days a week training. And I would get up there some mornings I’d be on the trail at 7am when the trail got open to the public at 9am and we would just be doing training runs. And it’s weird for me to go up and just ski groomers. If there was a good powder day, I probably go up there. But again, it’s just weird. I don’t really have a ton of interest in skiing groomers.

MTBK: What are your biggest events on the schedule for this year?

Isabella: The Enduro World Series races. I am not going to the first two in South America, but I’m hoping to do the rest. I’m hoping to do the rest of that series and try and win that overall for my last year in U21 women.

MTBK: Are you going to the remaining Crankworx events?

Isabella: Just Whistler, which is an EWS race, but it’s during Crankworx. I’d like maybe to do some more of those in the future. I think those will be fun.

Isabella Naughton sends it at Northstar

Photo by Sven Martin @svenmartinphoto

MTBK: It seems like your skill set seems well suited for the Queen of Crankworx. Can you get around on the pump track well?

Isabella: I’ve raced BMX in the past, and it’s something I like to do. But it’s definitely something I want to get better at before I try and go race it. But I really like Dual Slalom. I want to start doing that more.

MTBK: What about Formation? Do you have any interest in doing that?

Isabella: They’re all crazy. It would take a lot to get me to do that. It’s something that I would think would be so cool to participate in but I need to work on some stuff first.

MTBK: What are some highlights from last season and a couple things that you’d want to improve on that may have slipped through the spokes based on experience from last year?

Isabella: My highlight was winning the EWS Continental U21 overall. And then getting to to three of the EWS events: Whistler, Northstar and Vermont. I was second in Whistler and Northstar. And then being able to go to Europe for the first time.

MTBK: Northstar looked crazy last year. Was it as gnarly as it looked on screen?

Isabella: It was crazy. I like that riding because it’s pretty similar to Flagstaff. Chunky and rocky.

2020 Liv Racing Team

Photo by Jeff Clark @jeffclarkphotographs

MTBK: Talk about representing the Liv-Racing Team this year.

Isabella: It’s been a dream come true because I don’t think I’d be necessarily getting to do what I was doing if I wasn’t a part of the team. Just being able to represent women, women’s cycling, and just women in sports in general. And in an environment that really wants to improve women’s cycling. That’s all Liv-Racing is about. They make their bikes. They’re not painted with Liv from a Giant Bike. It’s a completely different mold and frame. Everything’s different from the Giant bike to the Liv bike and I think that’s cool because you don’t see that in anybody else’s women’s branded bikes. They’re just painted for the most part. It’s cool to be a part of something that is really focused on getting women more involved in the sport.

MTBK: What bikes are you riding this season?

Isabella: My enduro bike is the Liv Hail. That’s 170mm front and 160mm rear 27.5 inch wheels. My trail bike is the Intrigue Liv in three which is 160mm travel in the front and 140mm in the rear. I also have the cross country bike. It’s the Peak. That is 131mm front and 120mm rear travel. Last, I have the Envy, one of Liv’s road bikes. I’ve got it all covered.

MTBK: What’s the extent of your bike mechanic skills? I mean, being around the vehicles at such a young age and stuff and having your parents into bikes, are you mechanically inclined?

Isabella: I’m not awesome at it. But I can do things like change a tire, take my bike apart, put it in the bike bag, fly somewhere, put it back together, I can do those kind of things.

MTBK: Do you coach when you have the time?

Isabella: I’m helping coach with NICA teams when I can. I’m a Level 1 coach for them. I like to go ride with my local Flagstaff high team and then I’ll come down to Phoenix and ride with the Boulder Creek team.

MTBK: Are you in school now?

Isabella: I’m taking two online classes through the community college right now. I’m taking biology and nutrition, just the pre-reqs that you need for the nursing degree. I would like to get my nursing degree eventually.

MTBK: Do you have any advice for parents who have kids who are getting into racing?

Isabella: Just don’t make your kid ride their bike if they don’t want to ride kind. This is funny because I didn’t want to ride and now here we are. I love riding now, though. Just don’t force it because then they just get burnt out and then they really don’t want to do it. Just allow your kids to progress at their own pave. Avoid pushing them too hard, too fast.

MTBK: What do you want to earn this year?

Isabella: I definitely want to win the EWS Continental overall again this year. And then I’d like to try and win the EWS U21 overall for my last year in U21 before I move to pro.

MTBK: Thank you very much for talking with us. Any shout outs?

Isabella: Obviously, both my parents – Amber and Robert. And then coaches Jared Becker, Dustin Phillips and the Flagstaff high mountain bike team and Boulder Creek mountain bike team. My sponsors are the Giant Factory Off Road Team, Liv Cycling, Fox Suspension, Shimano, HT Components, 100%, Jaybird, Maxxis Tires, Park Tool, Go Pro, MRP, ODI Grips, and Honey Stinger. And my uncle, he calls himself the mayor of Naughville.

Mountain Bike Deals for NICA Racers – Spring 2020

Best deals for NICA and high school mountain bikers

Mountain Bike Deals for NICA riders: Who is excited to get out on the dirt and ride mountain bikes? We are!

Are you searching for mountain bike deals for your NICA rider? At time of publication, each XC mountain bike on our list is  10-43% off MSRP! These XC bikes have been chosen to be a great fit for teen and pre-teen NICA riders (and perhaps coaches and parents as well!)

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) provides a way for kids to continue to  enjoy outdoor adventures and learning new skills on their mountain bikes with their peers.  Last year, nearly 30,000 student-athletes participated in NICA mountain bike events.

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Best deals for NICA and high school mountain bikers

If your mountain biking kid grew a few inches over the winter, you may be thinking about picking up a new ride for their NICA racing season. Our list includes hard-tail and full suspension cross country mountain bikes.  Here is our short list of some of the best mountain bike deals for NICA riders available now.

Hardtail Mountain Bikes For High School Kids

Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon Carbon 29 S Mountain Bike NICA teen

Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon Carbon 29 S Mountain Bike – 13% off!

The Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon Carbon 29 S Mountain Bike has a long heritage as hardtail that can adapt to everything from NICA racing to ripping hot laps at your local trails. With moderately slack geometry, this bike handles tricky descents and aggressive climbs. The “S” build kit gives your teen NICA rider a trustworthy selection of parts. Notably, the120-millimeter Fox Performance 34 Fork for absorption of rocks and roots on the trail. SRAM’s GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain gives you a massive gear range. The package is rounded out with a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper.

The Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon Carbon 29 S mountain bike is currently available in sizes S-XL with a minimum stand-over height of 27.4 inches.

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Orbea Alma M30 29” Carbon Mountain Bike 2019 NICA

Orbea Alma M30 29″ Carbon Mountain Bike – 35% off!

The Orbea Alma M30 is a light cross-country carbon hardtail mountain bike. Orbea’s unique 4×4 Technology will keep your rider comfortable for long rides. The Orbea Alma 29 M30 is stocked with an impressive build kit that’ll suit your teen’s needs. The RockShox Reba RL Air fork features 100mm of buttery smooth suspension travel. The SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain provides your NICA racer with an efficient 11-50 1×12 gear range. To top it off, the Orbea/Race Face cockpit is a perfect balance of quality, strength, and performance.

The Orbea Alma M30 mountain bike is currently only available in small and XL with a minimum stand-over height of 28.1 inches.

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Trek Stache 7 XC NICA Mountain Bike

Trek Stache Mountain Bike – 24% off!

The Trek Stache 7 is a playful 29+ aluminum hardtail.  Above all, the Stache has a capable build. To begin with, the RockShox Yari RL fork provides 120mm of travel. Undoubtably, your NICA rider will appreciate the dropper post to make the steep stuff a little less sketchy. In addition, your teen will love the SRAM NX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain with a larger 50-tooth cog for easier climbing. The Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc brakes for reliable all-weather stopping power even when the trail gets wild. The Stache 7 blends value and performance with big fun.

The Trek Stache 7 mountain bike is currently only available in small and medium with a minimum stand-over height of 28.3 inches.

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Ibis DV9 GX Eagle Mountain Bike XC hardtail

Ibis DV9 GX Eagle Mountain Bike – 15% off!

Ibis’ DV9 GX Eagle Mountain Bike is an excellent hardtail for NICA practices and races. This mountain bike has many great features. Firstly, the carbon frame is light, stiff, and comfortable. Secondly, the geometry balances nimbleness and stability with a slacker 67.4° head tube angle to add descending confidence. Thirdly, the boost axle spacing increases the stiffness of the 29-inch wheels. Finally, internal routing lets you route a stealth dropper post in the future.

Ibis’ DV9 GX Eagle Mountain Bike mountain bike is currently only available in medium with a minimum stand-over height of 29.9 inches.

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Niner Air 9 RDO Eagle Jenson USA Exclusive Build XC NICA

Niner Air 9 RDO Eagle Jenson USA Exclusive Build – 43% off!

The Niner Air 9 RDO is a full-on 29er hardtail XC race machine. Firstly, the Air 9 RDO frame features Niner’s Race Day Optimized carbon fiber frame. Secondly, the Air 9’s 1 x 12 SRAM GX Eagle drive train can get your teen through any grade of terrain with ease. Thirdly, the Race Face cockpit is wide and low, offering optimal control on the trail. Fourthly, Race Face Alloy wheels have a low rotating weight and terrific integrity. Finally, the Fox Float 34 Rhythm fork will smooth out those tricky NICA obstacles. At 43% off this is one of our most amazing mountain bike deals for NICA riders!

The Niner Air 9 RDO Eagle Jenson USA Exclusive Build mountain bike is currently only available in medium and XL with a minimum stand-over height of 29 inches

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Orbea Alma H50 29” 2019 Mountain Bike for teen NICA riders

Orbea Alma H50 29” 2019 Mountain Bike – 40% 0ff!

Orbea designed the Alma to be a light, fast, and affordable XC race ready mountain bike. This bike is the most affordable  of our mountain bike deals for NICA riders. To begin with, this bike is built on a high-grade aluminum frame and features some nice components. For instance, the Rockshox 30 Silver air fork provides 100mm of travel to handle bumps with ease. The Mach1 wheelset is tubeless ready. Significantly, the Shimano SLX group provides your NICA racer with an efficient gear range to get through any terrain.  Finally, Shimano’s hydraulic disc brakes give your teen NICA rider optimal stopping control.

The Orbea Alma H50 29” mountain bike is currently only available in small with a minimum stand-over height of 28.1 inches.

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Norco Charger 1 XC Mountain Bike for teen NICA riacers

Norco Charger 1 XC Mountain Bike – 20% off!

The Norco Charger 1has a custom-formed 6061 aluminum frame with double-butted top tube reduces weight without sacrificing stiffness. Undeniably, Norco’s design gives your NICA rider a quick and responsive ride feel. To begin with, the 12 Speed SRAM NX Eagle provides plenty of range. The RockShox Judy Gold RL gives 100mm travel soaks up trail bumps, reduces chatter and enhances rider comfort. The hydraulic disc brakes provide exceptional modulation in all weather conditions. Available in 27.5” or 29” options, the Charger is designed for serious fun on the trails.

The Norco Charger 1 mountain bike is currently only available in XXS, small and medium with a minimum stand-over height of 27.7 inches.

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Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Deals for High School Kids

Yeti Cycles SB100 Beti GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike NICA

Yeti Cycles SB100 Beti GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike – 30% off!

The Yeti SB 100 Beti GX Eagle is a full suspension XC mountain bike that’s perfect for NICA racers. There are many things to love about this bike: Firstly, the Beti’s shock is specifically tuned for lighter riders. Secondly, the 4in of smooth, highly efficient Switch Infinity suspension will smooth out the bumps.  Thirdly, the carbon frame is strong and stiff with 67.8° head tube angle to balance agility with trail composure. Fourthly, SRAM’s GX Eagle drivetrain offers 12 gears to match all types of trails. As an added bonus, this bike comes with a dropper post!

The Yeti SB 100 Beti GX Eagle mountain bike is currently only available in small with a minimum stand-over height of 28.5 inches.

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Pivot Mach 429SL Carbon 29 Race X01 Eagle Mountain Bike - 2018 teen NICA rider

Pivot Mach 429SL Carbon 29 Race X01 Eagle Mountain Bike (2018) – 30% off!

Pivot’s 2018 Mach 429SL Carbon 29 Race X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is a full suspension ride built for XC speed. Significantly, the Mach 429SL has 100-millimeters of DW-link suspension to eat up obstacles. The Mach 429 SL lightweight hollow-core carbon fiber frame was engineered for maximum structural strength, with minimal material. The Fox Float DPS Kashima coated shock has been fine-tuned specifically for this frame. It uses a Fox 34 Performance fork that offers 120mm of travel to match the rear shock. Above all, the Mach 29SL compiles an assortment of GX Eagle components for a massive gear range and snappy shifting.30% off makes this an awesome mountain bike deal for NICA racers.

Pivot’s 2018 Mach 429SL Carbon 29 Race X01 Eagle Complete mountain bike is currently only available in medium with a minimum stand-over height of 29.6 inches.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy C S Reserve Complete Mountain Bike 2019 NICA XC race bike

Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy C S Reserve Complete Mountain Bike (2019) – 30% off!

The Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy C S Reserve Complete Mountain Bike is XC racer approved. Santa Cruz has created a bike with lots to admire. Firstly, the C carbon frame is super lightweight. Secondly, the Tallboy CS Reserve comes with a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain. Your NICA rider will appreciate the wide gearing range. Thirdly, Santa Cruz’s famous VPP suspension is marched with a Fox Float Performance DPS shock and Fox Float Performance Fork to provide the perfect amount of travel. Fourthly, Santa Cruz’s Carbon Reserve wheels are strong and impact resistant without being uncomfortably stiff. Finally, this bike comes with a RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Seatpost to make riding trails comfortable.

The Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy C S Reserve Complete mountain bike is currently only available in medium with a minimum stand-over height of 27.8 inches.

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