We’ve written about the best stocking stuffers for the mountain biker in your life (all 10 gifts for under $100!), excellent accessory and tool gift ideas, and a plug-and-play fat bike starter kit for the upcoming cold weather riding season.
But what if the mountain biker in your life has been really good this year? What if they need a truly top-notch holiday gift?
Ok, who am I kidding? You won’t be buying any of these mountain bike components for anybody else, and you can bet your non-riding significant other won’t be dropping the coin on these parts. But if you think you’ve been really good this year, then you’d better treat yo self and pick up one (or all?) of these top-end goodies:
Drivetrain: SRAM Eagle XX1 1×12 – $1,417
By far the most lust-worthy component of the year is SRAM’s blinged-out Eagle XX1 1×12 drivetrain. And with two Olympic gold medals to its name already, there’s a reason that we just can’t stop talking about Eagle! The mountain bike public at large is on board with 12-speed fever too, voting Eagle the most innovative product of 2016.
Eagle comes with a 10-50 tooth 12-speed cassette in gorgeous gold, a variety of chainring options, and updated mechanicals for the rear derailleur. With a 500% gearing range, you should be able to climb even the steepest of hills while still having plenty of top-end speed when the grade turns back down again. Complete weight for the drivetrain is 1,456g.