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Gearing Up: Spring/Summer Eye Candy

A look at the latest women-specific mountain biking gear and accessories

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Is there a dirt-lovin’ lady in your life? (Or maybe you are that dirt-lovin’ lady!) I speak from experience when I say she wants to be spoiled with the latest mountain biking gear and accessories. Don’t know where to start? It can be difficult to know just what she needs or wants. That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of ideas we think your favorite mountain biking woman will fall in love with. Use this guide to get her the perfect Mother’s Day, birthday or “just because” present.  

Giro Reveille

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Dubbed, “A shoe for adventurous spirits,” Giro’s Reveille is ideal for ladies who love to explore on two wheels. Designed specifically to wear while bike touring, these shoes perform both on and off the bike. The Reveilles marry a traditional ratcheting buckle and adjustable straps with a durable nylon outsole and replaceable walking pads, which offers traction on gravel, road and sidewalk. An essential accessory for her next adventure. MSRP: $150

 

Cannondale Trail Women’s 4

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Looking for an affordable upgrade? Look no further. The Trail Women’s 4 mountain bike from Cannondale is made up of a lightweight and durable alloy construction. A 27.2mm seat post, new this year, is lighter weight and offers better trail vibration damping. The Trail features women-specific geometry, optimized micro-suspension stays, customized fork springs and more. Major points for a women’s bike that was actually designed by women. MSRP: $920

 

SUGOI Icon Jacket

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When the weather turns wet, you’ll be prepared with Sugoi’s all-mountain riding jacket, featuring a waterproof seam sealed construction, a detachable hood, a drop tail that folds out to cover your seat and a zippered chest pocket and zippered hand pockets. 100% polyester face / 100% polyurethane laminate. Black. MSRP: $200

 

Raleigh Eva 5.5

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In between a standard 26-inch wheel and 29-inch wheel lies the bike industry’s newest incarnation: 27.5-inch wheels. (Brush up on wheel sizes here.) New to riding off road? Raleigh says you’ll feel like a natural on the trail with the Eva 5.5. Featuring a new women-specific frame as well as women-tailored sizing. Custom butted aluminum frame. 100mm fork with lockout. Dark Purple. Sizes XS – L. MSRP: $700

 

Giro Ride Crew Pockets

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Created from soft, heathered Merino fabric, the women’s Ride Crew Pockets is a more stylish alternative to a typical bike jersey. A fashionable snap-button henley front is coupled with a functional three-pocketed rear. Pockets maintain shape even when in use thanks to a unique design Giro calls Skeletal Pocket Construction™. Made out of 79% polyester and 21% Merino, this sporty top is available in sizes XS – XL. MSRP: $80

Osprey Tempest 9

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New this season, Osprey has introduced a women-specific multi-sport pack called the Tempest. Take it with you on your next mountain bike ride, trail run or day hike. Featuring a women’s-specific mesh-covered harness and hipbelt, a ventilated back panel, front slash pocket, helmet attachment, inside panel zippered mesh pocket, two zippered hipbelt pockets, external hydration sleeve (reservoir sold separately), and more. Available in grey, magenta and green. MSRP: $90

 

Cannondale Tango 29 5

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For ladies who want to roll confident, fast—and big—consider the Tango 29 5 from Cannondale, a women-specific 29er. (Read all about 29ers here.) Small riders compromise no longer atop bigger wheels, thanks to women’s-specific 29-inch geometry—the Tango offers the lowest standover in the industry. Other features include smooth welds and optimized micro-suspension. MSRP: $840

 

Tech Tank Rift

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Got somewhere to go? Bring along this travel-friendly tank top from Icebreaker. Made from naturally odor-resistant and breathable 100% Merino wool, it’ll pack down to next to nothing in your suitcase. The fashionably feminine tank is super lightweight and will keep you cool in warm weather. Featuring a scoop neck and ombre design. Available in pistachio or magenta. Sizes XS – XL. MSRP: $69.99

Raleigh Eva 7.5

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Raleigh says its Eva 7.5 is ideal for riding through “diverse terrain types.” Like all other models in its Eva series, many of the components are women-specific, including saddles, grips with small diameters to better fit smaller hands, handle bar widths and stem lengths. Custom butted aluminum frame. 100mm fork. A mostly Shimano Deore drivetrain. Silver/white. Sizes XS – L. MSRP: $1,100

 

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