Gifts For NICA Mountain Bike Racers in 2020

Gifts for NICA racers, kids and athletes

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The number of high school and middle school NICA racers has been growing steadily over the last few years. If your state does not have a league, they may soon. This list of gifts for NICA mountain bike racers covers some of the essentials for staying safe and having a good time.

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PNW Loam Grips nica gift mountain bike

PNW Components Loam Grips

Keep your teen’s hands feeling fresh with PNW Components’ Loam Grips. The Loam Grip features two contrasting patterns that play an important ergonomic role. Thin strips run horizontally across the grip’s surface for enhanced traction and supple feel. The thicker mountain pattern helps support the pad of your hand. Best of all, these grips come in a wide variety of colors (orange, blue, teal, green, grey, red, black, purple and brown) allowing you to customize your ride. (If your teen has a dropper post, you’ll want to seriously consider adding a matching loam lever).

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dakine shuttle pack NICA mountain bike gift

Dakine Shuttle 6L Backpack 

The Dakine Shuttle 6L Hydration Pack has a lightweight, streamlined design that your NICA rider will hardly notice while zooming singletrack and rippping berms. The 70oz Hydrapak reservoir holds enough water for a training session or race and the the Phaser bite valve allows hands-free drinking so your racer stays hydrated without stopping. The internal pump sleeve offers space for a pump, spare tubes, and tire levers in case a quick change is needed. The breathable air mesh shoulder straps and back panel help your rider stay cool while training or racing.

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Spurcycle Bike Bell 

Your NICA rider probably frequents trails that host multiple user groups — cyclists, runners, hikers, equestrians, etc. Use of a quality bell can easily help them avoid unwanted conflict. The Spurcycle Bell is crafted from premium brass and stainless steel in the USA. This durable bell has a distinctive, yet pleasant tone that resonates up to three times as long as most bells. This bell made the  list of best gifts For NICA mountain bike racers because it will come in hand several times per ride.

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Niner Air 9 29 2-Star Mountain Bike for NICA racer

Niner Air 29 2-Star Mountain Bike

The Niner Air 9 29 2-Star Mountain Bike is worthy racing partner and perfect for long trail rides in the backcountry. First, the 29-inch wheels will roll over obstacles quickly and smoothly. Second, the modern progressive geometry yields agile and confident handling. Third, the Niner Air 9 29 2-Star Mountain is built with a hydroformed aluminum frame to provide a lightweight ride with excellent trail feel. Fourth, the Marzocchi fork gives 120mm of trail-taming travel. A SRAM SX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain provides a massive gear range. This hard-tail mountain bike bike is chock full of value.

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Smith Session MIPS Bike Helmet  

Have fun, be safe! The Smith Session MIPS Helmet will keep your NICA racer safe with a combination of Smiths Koroyd technology and MIPS. The modern and sleek style gives just a little more coverage than most cross-country helmets. For total comfort, Smith equips the Session with 15 optimized vents that channel air in, and AirEvac at the front edge that sends cool air underneath your sunglasses to keep your lenses as fog-free as possible on long, sweaty climbs.

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best knee pads for NICA riders holiday gift

G-Form Pro-X Knee Pads – Kids’ 

Your NICA rider may not think they need extra protection on the trails, but it sure is nice to have it when they don’t clear a line as well as they planned. G-Form’s Pro-X Knee Pads are thin and light and allow full range of motion, but provide a good amount of protection in the event of a crash. These pads are backed by a stretchy, breathable sleeve that makes it easy to pull on and off. As an added bonus, you can throw the Pro-X in any machine washer to ward off odors without causing damage.

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Lezyne Twin Kit CO2 NICA gift

Lezyne Twin Kit

Has your NICA rider experienced a flat yet? Having a quick CO2 inflation tool can decrease the time to get back on the trail. The biggest drawback to most CO2 inflators is that once a cartridge is used, well, it’s used. Sadly, sometimes we forget to replace them after they’ve been used. The Lezyne Twin Kit addresses this by including two 16 gram CO2 cartridges. This kit also includes a pair of easy-on-your-rims nylon tire levers and the indispensable Twin Speed Drive CO2 inflator. Lezyne’s Twin Speed Drive is compatible with both Schrader and Presta valves, so you don’t have to worry about carrying an adapter with you.

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Shimano XTR PD-M9120 Pedals

Give the gift pf pedaling efficiency! Shimano XTR PD-M9120 Pedals feature a large platform that offers additional support while bombing down a rocky descent and a little more security against rock strikes. These pedals are super light and shed mud expertly.

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Shimano’s SH-AM5 Cycling Shoes

NICA racers will enjoy the benefits of improved pedaling efficiency from being clipped in. Shimano’s SH-AM5 Cycling Shoes are comfy and stylish. Your high school racer will appreciate the durable synthetic leather upper with mesh to keep their feet safe from errant trail debris without giving up breathability. The high-grip rubber sole with toe and heel traction tread improve grip on those hike-a-bike adventures. These shoes are excellent gifts for NICA riders.

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Cannondale Trail 6 hardtail mountain bike NICA gift

Cannondale Trail 6 Mountain Bike – 2021

The Cannondale Trail 6 hardtail mountain bike is built to handle anything NICA races can provide. Your NICA rider will appreciate the light alloy frame. Made of Durable SmartForm C3 alloy, this frame delivers an exceptionally lightweight, efficient and smooth ride. The SR Suntour XCM fork offers 100 mm of travel for smooth suspension. The Shimano M315 Rapidfire Plus 2 x 8-speed shifting provides plenty of gears while delivering smooth, efficient shifting. The Shimano hydraulic disc brakes provide great stopping power and speed control.

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dakine jersey for high school mountain bike riders

Dakine Dropout Short Sleeve Jersey

Your NICA rider could use a stylish new jersey. The simplicity of the Dakine Dropout S/S Jersey delivers everything they need in a simple t-shirt inspired profile. It’s all about a relaxed comfortable fit thanks to raglan sleeves and a biking-specific bottom hem (a little longer in back). Dakine makes the Dropout Jersey with moisture-wicking, quick-dry polyester enhanced with Polygiene® odor control tech so your NICA rider can go straight from the dirt to post-ride socializing. Choose from solid colors or standout prints.

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Yeti Cycles Hayden Jersey - Women's mountain bike gift

Yeti Cycles Hayden Jersey – Women’s

Your teen NICA rider will appreciate the Stone Cold fabric of the Yeti Cycles Hayden Jersey. This fabric that actively cools the rider, so they stay comfortable when they are hitting the trails. As an added bonus, the fabric is combined with a Polygiene anti-odor treatment that won’t wash out. Additionally, DriRelease underarm panels work to keep your rider dry. This jersey provides UPF-20 protection.

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Tifosi Optics Davos Polarized Sunglasses

These sunglasses provide race-ready performance that won’t break the bank. These sunglasses will protect your rider’s eyes from the sun and dust in their NICA races and practices. The large lens design and sporty wrap ensure unobstructed vision so they can spot everything on the trail, and vents in the lenses prevent fog buildup during grueling climbs or in humid environments. Fully adjustable nose and ear pads allow your racer to dial in the perfect fit. One of the best gifts for NICA riders.

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santa cruz bicycles chameleon nica gift

Santa Cruz Chameleon 27.5 R Complete Mountain Bike

The Santa Cruz Chameleon 27.5 R Complete Mountain Bike is a versatile hardtail your NICA rider will love. To start, a 67.1-degree head tube angle provides confidence at higher speeds. Additionally longer front end and  short chainstays provide an agile, playful feel.. The 27.5+ tires maximize traction and compliance over rough trails. Not to mention the 130mm FOX Rhythm Fork that soaks up the rocks and roots. Interchangeable dropouts allow you to swap 27.5+ for 29in wheels. Importantly, the aluminum frame optimizes strength-to-weight at lower cost than carbon.

  • SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain delivers 1×12 gear range at reasonable cost

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Pivot Mach 4 SL Carbon Pro X01 Eagle Mountain Bike

Pivot’s engineers designed the Mach 4 SL Carbon Pro X01 Eagle Mountain Bike for cross country riders who love to head out for long, challenging rides. The new Mach 4 SL’s longer and slacker geometry adds more stability on descents, so you can take on steeper drops, and chunkier rock gardens. While the Mach 4 SL still carries on with the coveted DW-link, Pivot’s designers opt for a new vertical shock layout. This allows a more compact frame design that uses less material in order to shed weight, and improved integration for Fox Live Valve, should you opt to upgrade the rear-end. This new shock layout offers 4-inches of supple suspension, ideal for gobbling up variable trail terrain, and quieting harsh chatter on the straightaways. The extra-small frame can accommodate riders as small as four-foot-ten.

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