Gear

Essential Mountain Biking Accessories

How prepared are you really for your next mountain bike excursion? If you invested in a quality bike, it should perform well even on rough tracks and in challenging conditions. That doesn’t mean you can venture out without the proper gear, preparation and yes, the best mountain biking accessories and parts modern technology makes possible.

Discovering the Best Mountain Bikes Accessories for every Mountain Biker

MTB Accessories Essential List:

 

CYCPLUS Portable Air Compressor

Any mountain biking trip could result in a flat tire. Get the latest in air compressor technology with this mini air inflator from CYCPLUS. This is an electrical pump which means minimal effort for you.

Specifications

Size: 2.1”x 2.1”x 7”
Weight: 336g / 12.3oz
Battery: 2000mAh
Battery life: 7 hours if used as a flashlight

Features

This is much more than simply an inflator since it can also serve as a power bank to charge your phone and as a light to help you work at night. It’s also appropriate to inflate other items such as basketballs so it’s an investment for the whole family’s sports.

You can inflate up to 150psi and the LCD screen can be set to different unit values:
Psi
Bar
Kpa
Kg/cm²
Your purchase comes with a customized mount so you can easily fix it to your bike.

Performance

The inflator is surprisingly powerful for its size, as it can even inflate medium-sized cars’ tires. It can pump your bike’s tire from empty within two minutes. Even the light is impressive at 80lumens. The one year warranty also speaks of the components used. Thanks to smart tech you can set your desired pressure level and it will stop automatically when reached. Automation is a sign of the best accessories for mountain bikes in the 21st century.

Just note that it’s not waterproof so keep it covered in heavy rain conditions. The tube tends to heat up quickly. Just give it time to cool down between pumping your two tires.

User Reviews

Consumers are mostly impressed with these cool mountain bike accessories. They work for adventurers and commuters alike although some find the digits on the screen hard to read.

‘…very happy with my CYCPLUS!..’
Junior

‘…mobile, versatile, easy to use rechargeable…’
Dee

‘…hard to see unless it’s really dark…’
Acumen VanDerSlice

Thule Chasm Duffel Bag

This is no ordinary duffel bag and the features that set it apart all relate to mountain biking. They’re not specifically designed as mountain bike accessories, but it makes sense to try one out: It’s weatherproof, it’s sturdy and you can carry it on your back. It’s an ideal option to store your biking gear at home but also to take items with you during a ride.

Specifications

Size: 29”x 17”x 13”
Weight: 4.18lb

Features

For general use it works well thanks to the easy access features to the main compartment from the side. This means someone can also reach into your bag to retrieve other mountain biking accessories without you even taking it off your shoulders. However, it might have been even better if there were small exterior pockets for odds and ends.

The pack can quickly be converted to a backpack by simply adjusting the straps.

Performance

The unique compression straps ensure your gear won’t fall to the bottom when using this as a backpack. It’s durable thanks to a padded bottom and a weather resistant design. Note that it’s not 100% water resistant though.

User Reviews

Users appreciate that this is a durable but still flexible bag. It’s also a perfect match between being stylish and functional.

‘…slick…enough for business as well as leisure…’
Matt M

‘…best I’ve ever owned…’
Joe Dillingham

Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool

Why take multiple loose items when one tool can do it all? That’s what you have in this multi-tool specifically designed for biking.

Specifications

Size: 3.5” long
Weight: 2.47oz
Number of tools: 17

Features

This gives you most of what you’ll need if something does go wrong on the bike track, including:
Wrenches: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
Phillips screwdriver
Flat screwdriver
Chain tool
Disc-brake-rotor-friendly Torx T-25 wrench

It has a casing with a rubber holder and a textured surface so it won’t easily slip out of your hand. It’s a bit heavier than most tools, but you can’t expect anything else for an all-in-one option.

Performance

It gives you a secure grip and has all the tools you’ll need on the road. It’s not indestructible but sturdy enough for all basic bike maintenance work.

User Reviews

Users appreciate the functionality, but the weight makes it impractical in some instances.

‘…a solid tool..’
Dusty Dino

‘Fabulous mini tool…’
Aminahyaquin

‘…using them since I was in high school…little heavy…’
Amazon Customer

XLAB 38-Gram Gorilla Carbon Cage

Even your water bottle mountain biking accessories matter because you need easy access to them, right? This one is designed specifically for biking and is very versatile so you can use large bottles too.

Specifications

Size: 8”x 4.2”x 3.8”
Weight: 1.44oz
Material: Carbon

Features

The carbon design is made to keep your bottle in place so it won’t launch out when you’re driving over bumpy roads. This is possible thanks to a tall retention tab, high shouldered gripping fingers and thicker carbon than on most other units. The latter also makes it durable.

Performance

You don’t want your bottle slipping from the cage and this design actually has increased gripping force. The flared opening helps you with easing the bottle inside. And what if you prefer larger bottles? The thick bottom shelf helps you in that regard as well.

User Reviews

Most users have given raving reviews of this item as it’s compatible with many different bottles and because these biking accessories are light—almost no extra weight on your bike.

‘…light and yet durable…’
Jonny B

‘…24-26 ounce bottles are held very securely…’
White Knight Productions

Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard Heavy Duty Bicycle U Lock

You can never be too careful—if you own an impressive mountain bike, someone may want to steal it from you. Make that a little harder with this U Lock that features an updated 2017 design.

Specifications

Size: 9”x 4”x 1.2”
Weight: 3.59lb

Features

It impresses in many ways since even transportation is user-friendly: The lock has anti-rattle buffers to limit noise.

This lock has a hardened crossbar design and the kit includes a 4’ Kryptoflex loop cable so you can secure your front wheel or other biking items. It locks with a double deadbolt.

You can decide which position suits you most, as the shape allows you to lock only the frame or you can include the rear wheel and even the front wheel if you use the cable too.

Performance

Its strength is guaranteed thanks to the max performance steel shackle. This makes it almost impossible to cut through it or leverage it open.

User Reviews

Many users love this for its lightweight feature. It’s not 100% secure but it’s a quality option.

‘Perfect for any bike and no combo to remember…’
Seawards

‘…pretty good level of security…’
Patastrophe02030

Fox Head Men’s Bomber Glove

You’ll fare much better if you know you’ll keep a good grip on your bike handles. That’s why you need quality gloves, specifically designed as mountain bike accessories.

Specifications

Size: Small to 4XL available
Weight: 1.6oz

Features

Your fingers get extra protection thanks to the polycarbonate ballistic plate that shield your knuckles. The rest of the glove is Pittards leather with clarino on the palm, silicone to provide grip and an easy closure mechanism thanks to the hook-and-loop feature.

Performance

Yes, this pair of gloves will protect your hands if you should fall. What we love is that it also prevents overheating thanks to excellent ventilation.

You can also be certain you made a good choice thanks to the Fox Head limited one year warranty on both materials and workmanship.

User Reviews

Over 60% of users give this pair full marks as they last longer. It’s just important to get the sizing correct to ensure comfort and prevent unnecessary wear & tear.

‘…very comfortable on my hands…’
Amazon Customer

‘…four summers…still working great…’
Lenny

GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera with Bike Phone Holder and GoPro Mount

Why tell people about your adventures if you can show them? In the 21st century, must have mountain bike accessories include a GoPro camera and this is one of the best ones around. But you won’t use it if you can’t mount it properly so invest in the holder too. For leisurely rides around town, it can double as a phone holder.

Specifications

GoPro Size: 1.8”x 2.4”x 1.3”
GoPro Weight: 4.2oz
Mount Size: 6”x 3”x 4”
Mount weight: 6.1oz

Features

You get a 12MP camera and features such as time lapse. The waterproof feature serves you well up to 33ft even without housing. The GoPro itself can be used to playback shots or trim them.

The mount is designed for many different devices such as Smartphones and will easily mount on most bars & stems that are 0.75” – 2” wide. It will work for devices 2” – 3.6” wide.

Performance

The visuals are strikingly clear thanks to the 4K perspectives. The unit is waterproof so even wet conditions or driving through a stream can still be captured. However, don’t take too many risks with submerging it; it still needs some improvement in terms of waterproofing.

User Reviews

With the majority of users giving these items the thumbs up, they’re musts for your mountain bike bag.

‘…photo/video quality was good…’
Austin

‘…well designed…sturdy…’
CarGuy

Gore Bike Wear Men’s Power Trail GT AS Cycling Jacket

Yes, you can ride in style if you invest in this Gore Bike Wear jacket. It doesn’t only look good but keeps you warm and dry. These are essential mountain bike accessories since many of the features help keep riders safe and can make rides more manageable.

Specifications

Size: From Small to XXLarge available

Features

For starters, the jacket keeps you safe thanks to reflective features on the back. You can also align it with your personal taste since more than one color design is available.

The jacket has a zipped pocket to keep your valuables secure during rough rides. The close fit collar and zip under flap are ideal features for biking.

Performance

An impressive aspect of this jacket is how many adjustable options it has. While many other jackets can be cumbersome, you can customize this one to ensure you’re comfortable during the ride:

Adjust the cuff
The hem width is adjustable
The elastic drawcord can pull the jacket close to your body

User Reviews

50% of users report the jacket fits as expected. To be on the safe side you may want to pick one slightly bigger than usual. Everyone loves how light it is.

‘lightweight and packable..’
Hartlogan

‘…hood fits over my POC helmet with limited peripheral vision obstruction…’
Amazon Customer

Thule Vital Hydration Pack

If you’re going for a day’s outing staying hydrated should be at the top of your priority list. This Thule hydration pack makes it super easy and it’s designed for biking so it won’t throw you off balance. As a bonus, there’s space for other items too so use it as your new backpack.

Specifications

Size: 8.7”x 3.5”x 17.2”
Weight: 1.15lb
Capacity (reservoir): 2.5l
Bag volume: 6l

Features

It has a 2.5l Hydrapak which is sufficient for most outings. You also have an interior storage bag which has loops so you can store items and they’ll stay in place during the ride. Especially for riders there’s a quick access pocket too.

Performance

The bag won’t weigh you down too much thanks to the sternum strap which stabilizes the bag. The bag itself is also designed to distribute weight. This helps you keep balance and puts less strain on your body.

The hydration hose is easy to use—you don’t need your hands—and it will automatically return to its casing thanks to a magnet feature so you never have to slow down to hydrate.

One drawback is that you can’t place larger bladders inside for extremely long trips.

User Reviews

This one puts a smile on the faces of 70% of people who use it. Riders love the lightweight design that doesn’t become uncomfortable.

‘…ReTrakt magnetic hose system is really cool..’
DSLR Traveler

‘Forever solved the problem…’
John D Gardner

Compact Tactical MOLLE Rip-Away EMT Medical First Aid Utility Pouch

It’s last on our list, but probably one of the most important items you need to invest in. Take all your first aid with you without it being a cumbersome aspect of your adventures. Everything you need will fit inside this Unigear bag.

Specifications

Size: 8.07”x 7.3”x 3.7”
Weight: 12oz
Included items: First aid patch & scissors
Fabric: 1000D Nylon

Features

This is both a practical and sturdy design:

Use the comfortable handle to carry
Zippers can go both ways
There are multiple pockets and a zippered mesh compartment for all your supplies
Instrument holders and elastic loops incorporated in the design

This is a triple compartment design and thanks to the design you can attach it to another MOLLE system. You can carry it attached to your leg, your back or another bag. The rip away Velcro panel makes for easy access in emergencies.

Performance

It’s large enough to carry all you need for a bike trip and the multiple storage options ensure your supplies won’t move too much due to movement. It’s easy to attach to your existing gear or to your body and it’s highly durable—even if you fall it won’t easily break open.

User Reviews

This has become many people’s default medical bags and they appreciate the finer details put into the design.

‘… trauma shears are a nice add…
Grant Fritchey

‘…big enough to hold everything we need…’
Barry

Checking out the Best Mountain Biking Accessories Available

You may enjoy the adrenaline rushing through your veins when trying some new, more challenging tracks. Feeling the rush is part of what mountain biking is about, but you don’t want to be stuck beside the road or take unnecessary risks, right?

That’s where you’ll use our list of the best mountain bike accessories. We listed their features as well as specs so you can discern which items will fit in your backpack and need to accompany you from now on.

Some of these gadgets are about helping you fix problems while others make trips more effortless. After all, you live in the 21st century and there’s no reason not to use new tech to make your hobby more enjoyable.

So, see what’s missing in your kit and upgrade it so you can face any challenge and fix it with the least amount of effort. That’s what modern mountain biking can be!

So, you may not be able to get all these items at once. But you can see the important roles they’ll play during your next mountain biking outing. Over time you should add all these to your kit as vital MTB accessories that you’ll never leave home without them again.

For now, decide which aspect of your gear requires the most urgent upgrade. Now you know what to get so get shopping.