Cyclocross season is winding down in much of the U.S. and that means the holiday season, or Crossmas, is upon us. With Thanksgiving relatively late this year, we got on top of things and put together the first of our 2019 Holiday Gift Guides a bit early this year.
We take a look at some items we have personally used and reviewed during the past year we think could make good gifts for the favorite cyclocross and/or gravel enthusiast in your life. Our first guide has a mix of tech items, bikes, stocking stuffers and clothes.
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An Upgrade for the Up-and-Coming Cyclist
Let’s be honest. Who really looks forward to the holidays the most? It’s the younger ones. Maybe that’s because they’re thankful for missing school, or are lucky to anticipate opening gifts.
What better gift can a young cyclist receive than a high-performance upgrade to a race-worthy off-road machine? Thankfully for you, the gift giver, there are so many good off-road options for kids these days, with drop or flat bars.
European-based readers are lucky to have access to the excellent Islabikes and its Luath cyclocross bikes in 24″, 26″ and 700c wheel options. They’re proportionately-sized drop-bar bikes for racers ready for gears and drop bars.
We recently reviewed the Woom Off 5, and were impressed by the do-it-all nature and its sub-19-pound weight, all for $679.
For young rippers inclined to tackle both technical terrain and some cyclocross racing, flat bar, front-suspended options like the Prevelo Zulu Heir series ($799-1599) and Cleary Bikes Scout 24 ($850) are compelling options. Both have impressed our younger testers and offer features us adults come to expect, like 1x drivetrains, clutch derailleurs, hydraulic disc brakes and suspension forks with lockouts.
Bikes might be hard to wrap or put under a tree, but they offer joy, memories, confidence, exercise, independence and far more utility than the average toy.
If you can afford it, it’s a gift that’s hard to beat.