Singletrack is sweet, and gravel is great too. We’ve tested a ton of mountain bike and gravel gear over the past couple of seasons, and these are some of our favorite gifts for gravel cyclists that are perfect for holiday giving. So treat yourself or the rider you love to quality gravel cycling gear from clothing and shoes to bikes and accessories.
1. Specialized Diverge Expert Carbon Gravel Bike
The Specialized Diverge gravel bike is a popular choice, in large part because there are so many build options available ranging from fast to fun. On the fast end, there’s the Diverge Expert, featuring a carbon frame and wheels, plus wireless shifting. And for those who just want to have fun and build fitness during the MTB off-season, there’s the very affordable Diverge Elite E5 with an alloy frame and Shimano 10-speed drivetrain.
All Diverge models fit tires up to 47mm wide, perfect for slashing those singletrack shortcuts. Read our review of the Specialized Diverge Expert Carbon Gravel Bike.
2. Velocio Utility Bib
A quality bib chamois is the gift that keeps giving, and it’s hard to beat the comfort and fit of the Velocio Utility bib chamois. The lightweight compression fabric is designed to breathe well for summer gravel rides and it’s thin enough to wear under a pair of baggies without feeling stuffy. Of course the real star here is the Velocio Signature dual-density chamois for all-day comfort on rough gravel and chunky singletrack.
3. Smith Trace MIPS Helmet
- MSRP: $250 (sale: $150)
- Buy from Smith Optics
The Smith Trace MIPS is a lightweight and versatile helmet with MIPS and Koroyd protection. It’s a great helmet for road, gravel and even cross-country riding. Air flows easily through the 18 vents and is comfortable on long rides. Available in 10 colorways and conveniently, many of the Smith Split MAG sunglasses match perfectly.
Read our Smith Trace Helmet review.
4. Pearl Izumi Women’s Attack AmFIB Lite Jacket
Two words: warm AND breathable. That’s pretty much all you need to know about the Pearl Izumi Attack AmFIB Lite jacket. It’s thoughtfully designed with a windproof, water-resistant layer up front where the elements are at their worst, and breathable in the back so you sweat less. Other standout features include a front zippered pocket, three stretchy back pockets, and reflective logos for when the ride goes into overtime.
5. REI Co-op Junction Bike Handlebar Bag
- MSRP: $39.95
- Buy from REI
Who wants practical and minimal gifts? Mountain bikers that like “stuff” and mountain bikers that don’t like stuff need this bag!
For starters it holds all your stuff on rides, keeps things organized, and is padded in case it’s cookies you’re riding around with. The Co-op Junction handlebar bag works as a cross-body bag off the bike too, which means one less bag to buy. We also like the matching Co-op stem bag ($29.95) and top tube bag ($29.95) if you are planning on taking more stuff along on your gravel rides.
Read our review of the REI Co-op Junction Bike Bags.
6. Five Ten Kestrel Boa Shoes
- MSRP: $230
- Buy from Five Ten
We like when our (expensive) mountain bike gear can do double duty and perform on both gravel and singletrack. And you’ll surely get your money’s worth out of the Five Ten Kestrel Boa shoes if you like to ride gravel, XC, and downcountry. The clipless shoe is stiff but has protective features and Stealth rubber in true Five Ten fashion. Speaking of fashion, aside from black, the other available color options for men and women are sure to turn some heads!
Read our Five Ten Kestrel Boa Shoes Review
7. PNW Components Coast Gravel Handlebar
- MSRP: $59
- Buy from PNW Components
The PNW Coast Gravel Handlebars are at least 20% wider than the average road/gravel drop-bars, giving gravel riders more control in the drops. A shorter stem like the PNW Coast stem ($69) complements these wide bars nicely, and don’t forget to add a pop of color with the bar tape ($17.40 sale price).
Read our PNW Coast Gravel Handlebar review.
8. Fox 32 TC Factory Gravel Suspension Fork
- MSRP: $949 (Performance model starting at $769)
- Buy from Jenson USA
The longer you’re riding the more those bumps and vibrations add up, so let this 1,226g, Kashima-coated and gravel-tuned suspension fork take some of the beating. The Fox 32 TC comes in 40mm and 50mm travel options.
Read our Fox 32 TC Factory Gravel Fork review.
9. PDW Cloud Cap Gravel Pump + CO2 Inflator
- MSRP: $89
- Buy from Amazon
This fancy pump from Portland Design Works comes with it’s own gift bag. Well ok, it’s a carrying case, so you should probably still wrap this up if gifting! The sleek, all-metal design is easy to use and comes with a built-in CO2 inflator.
Read about this pump and the 6 Mini Trail Pumps we tested this summer.
10. WTB Raddler Gravel Tire
Now here’s a rad gift for the rad gravel biker in your life. The WTB Raddler rolls fast like a semi-slick mountain bike tire that’s not afraid of chunk. Available in two widths, 700x44c and 700x40c (tested).
Read our WTB Raddler Gravel Tire review.
11. Craft Pro Gravel Bike Shorts
- Price: $139.99
- Buy from Craft Sports
The Craft Pro Gravel Bike Shorts offers a relaxed style fit for gravel adventures. At the waist and bottom the stretchy materials feel fitted so nothing gets caught on the saddle, and the fit is more relaxed toward the thigh and knee area for easy movement. The adjustable waist ribbon makes for quick adjustments and the two zipped front pockets can easily fit an iPhone. But our favorite thing about these shorts is the Mush tunnel at the back where you can stash a jacket, gloves, snack, etc.
12. Craft Pro Gravel Bike Wind Jersey
- Price: $139.99
- Buy from Craft Sports
The Craft Pro Gravel Bike Wind Jersey has a sporty fit that works well on its own, or on top of a baselayer for the coldest days. It delivers excellent ventilation on the back and under arms while a windproof breathable front layer helps with those cold chilly winds. The four open back pockets are excellent to carry snacks, a jacket, a water bottle or whatever your heart desires.
13. Peak Design Everyday Case and Bike Mount
- Price: $59.95 for the case, $69.95 for the bike mount
- Buy from Peak Design.
The Peak Design Everyday Case is a great choice on its own, with its sleek design and outdoorsy colors. But the real magic comes from mounting it to your bars with the Peak Design Bike Mount. The phone to bar connection is rock solid, ready for the roughest gravel roads. Get that phone out of your pocket and use it to navigate and snap lots of pics on those gravel biking adventures.
Read our Peak Design Everyday Case review.
14. Knog Blinder 900 Bike Light
This candy-bar-size, all-in-one light can be used on a helmet or handlebars. Either way it’s reassuring to have when those gravel rides go just a bit longer than you were planning. The optics of the Knog Blinder are “optimized for road riding,” essentially throwing a wider beam pattern than most singletrack-focused mountain bike lights.
Read our Knog Blinder 900 Bike Light review.
15. Giro Tracker Flat Pedal Bike Shoe
These lightweight and breathable shoes are an excellent choice for road, gravel, and post-ride strolling around town. The BOA lacing system is a cinch to use and keeps with the overall streamlined aesthetics. Four different colorways are available for the men’s shoe and three for the women’s shoe.
Read our Giro Tracker Flat Pedal Bike Shoe Review.
16. Specialized x Fjällräven hybrid trousers
These hybrid pants with an elastic waistband work great for shoulder season trail and gravel riding. Minimal tech features like zippered pockets, articulated knees, and reflective details make these pants a simple (and affordable, while they’re on sale) gift! Three colors, men’s and women’s styles available.