Dream Bike Gear List

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We've assembled a list of some of the best and most sought after bikes and bike gear available. This list includes mostly items which we have thoroughly reviewed and have found to be top notch. The rest are picks by our expert gear reviewers.

The genres of biking vary possibly more than any other sport. From commuting to downhilling, trials to track, there is a huge range of gear that works best. This list is a mere sampling of gear that we think a large majority of riders need and our picks of some of the best items available.

We've also assembled dream lists of the best backpacking gear and the best camping gear for outdoor enthusiasts of a different kind.


EC = The Editors' Choice for best overall product regardless of price
BB = The Best Buying offering the most value for the money
TP= Our Top Picks which excel in specific applications

Best Enduro Mountain Bikes

EC: Yeti SB5.5C Best all-mountain
EC: Santa Cruz Nomad Best downhill

Mountain Bike Short

EC: Pearl Izumi Elevate
BB: Zoic Ether
TP: Dakine Boundary
See the complete Mountain Bike Shorts Review

Road Bike Short

EC: Giordana Laser Bibshorts
BB: Pearl Izumi Quest
TP: Castelli Velocissimo Due
See the complete Bike Short Review

Mountain Bike Shoe

EC: Pearl Izumi X-PROJECT 1.0
BB: Giro Privateer
TP: Giro Terraduro
See the complete Mountain Bike Shoes Review

Bike Rack

EC: Thule T2 Pro
BB: RockyMounts JetLine
TP: Kuat Trio for roof rack style and Thule Raceway Pro 9001 for trunk mounted racks
See the complete Bike Rack Review

Mountain Bike Helmet

EC: Troy Lee A1
BB: Giro Feature
TP: Bell Super 2R MIPS
See the complete Mountain Bike Helmet Review

Full Face Downhill Helmet

EC: Troy Lee D3
BB: Fox Rampage
TP: Bell Transfer-9
See the complete Full-Face Mountain Bike Helmet Review

Road Helmet

EC: Giro Aeon
BB: Giro Savant
TP: Kask Vertigo for comfort or Giro Air Attack Shield for inclement weather
See the complete Road Bike Helmet Review

Bike computer

EC: Garmin Edge 810
BB: Lezyne Super GPS and Cateye Strada Slim
TP: Garmin Edge 520
See the complete Bike Computer Review

Bike Saddle

EC: Specialized Phenom Expert
BB: WTB Speed
TP: Fabric Scoop Flat Pro for road biking or the Fizik Monte Manganese for mountain biking
See the complete Bike Saddle Review

Hydration Pack

EC: Osprey Raptor 10
BB: CamelBak Classic
TP:Deuter Compact Air EXP 10 and EVOC FR Team Lite
See the complete Hydration Pack Review

Hydration Bladder

EC: Geigerrig Hydration Engine
BB: CamelBak Antidote Reservoir
TP: Hydrapak Shape-Shift Reservoir
See the complete Hydration Bladder Review

Bike Pump

EC: Lezyne Steel Floor Drive
BB: Topeak JoeBlow Sport 2
TP: Topeak JoeBlow Booster
See the complete Bike Pump Review

Bike Frame Pump

EC: Lezyne Pressure Drive
BB: Topeak Pocket Rocket
TP: Topeak Road Master Blaster
See the complete Bike Frame Pump Review

Bike Lock

EC: Kryptonite New York Standard U-Lock
BB: Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock
TP: Hiplok V1.50 Chain Lock which is wearable
See the complete Bike Lock Review

Bike Light

EC: Cygolite Expilion 800
BB: Cygolite Metro 360
TP: NiteRider Pro 1800 or Light And Motion Vis 360+
See the complete Bike Light Review


EC: Ortlieb Back Roller Classic
BB: Seattle Sports Titan
See the complete Bike Pannier Review

Bike Work Stand

EC: Feedback Sports Classic
BB: Park Tool PCS-10
TP: Topeak PrepStand Pro
See the complete Bike Work Stand Review

Mountain Bike Dropper Seatposts

EC: Thomson Elite Covert
BB: Giant Contact Switch
TP: Rock Shox Reverb Stealth
See the complete Dropper Seatpost Review

Mountain Bike Tires

EC: Maxxis Minion DHF 3C/EXO best overall front tire
Maxxis Aggressor 2.3 EXO best overall rear tire
BB: Specialized Butcher Grid front tire
Specialized Slaughter Grid back tire
TP: Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 TrailStar EVO for Tokyo drifting-front
Schwalbe Rock Razor 2.35 PaceStar EVO for slicing and dicing corners-rear

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