- Up To $100.00
Some key features include an internal vented shoe bag with both internal and external access, a vented damp garment bag, and internal water bottle holsters. Additionally, the bag is designed so that it unzips enough to lay flat on the ground to form a small work area.The Maratona features outer dimensions which make it fit into airplane overhead storage bins, three external handles for ease of portaging, and stowable straps to make it a backpack, as mentioned. The bag is constructed of durable 600D Nylon and waxed canvass, a material combination Silca has found to be reliable and long-lasting. I’m putting this on the gift guide because, hey…..I have some things on my list too! You can pick one up for $180.00 USD for your favorite cyclist or…..yourself! Redshift Sports ShockStop Stem: Guitar Ted, MG, Grannygear, John Ingham, and Ben No other product we tested and reviewed got so much praise, use, and recommendations within the RidingGravel group than the Redshift Sports ShockStop stem did in 2018. The simple take on a suspension stem is so good for gravel travel, and even light single track, that none of us can imagine riding without one at this point. We know that many of you might be highly skeptical of a suspension stem, and for good reasons. We know, both Guitar Ted and MG are very familiar with the older takes on this idea which mostly were not very good. However; Redshift Sports has a new take on this old idea and it doesn’t exhibit any of the shortcomings of the previous versions of this component. The ShockStop works with a pivot and internally mounted elastomers which can be swapped out and mixed and matched with different spring rate elastomers to custom tune the ride feel for any weight rider. It also comes in several lengths and even in a high rise version. Not every permutation of stem length and dimension is supported, but most riders should find something here that works. Keep in mind that vibrations caused by riding on gravel can be detrimental not only to your bike’s handling, but to your body as well. Any device that can absorb this energy is a good thing as long as it doesn’t get in the way of riding your bike. The Redshift Sports ShockStop stem is definitely such a component. You can always check out our reviews on this stem for more, but it is on this gift guide for a very good reason- it works and works really well. Check one out by going to Redshift Sports website ( https://redshiftsports.com/shockstop-suspension-stem ) and pick one up for yourself for about $139.99MSRP.
Wahoo Fitness has done an excellent job with the Bolt. It’s easy to use and packs a ton of features into a compact, stylish package. I had high hopes for the Bolt when I began this review more than seven months ago, and on almost every level it’s exceeded my expectations. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s hands down the best, easiest to use and most reliable GPS cycling computer I’ve used, and I’ve heard from dozens of other Bolt users who have shared a similar positive experience. While it’s true there are more options than ever for $250 GPS cycling computers, our experience with the Bolt has earned it our full recommendation.-MGMG has used a lot of GPS computers from other brands, so that recommendation doesn’t come without a lot of hard earned perspective. Check out this fine device which you can pick up for about $249.99MSRP.
- $500.00 And Above
It’s been a lot of fun testing Lauf’s True Grit, and bottom line, it’s one of the best gravel bikes I’ve ridden to date. The True Grit proves that there isn’t yet a “formula” to building a great gravel road bicycle. It might not look conventional, but the resulting ride is compelling. It’s fast yet forgiving… A great race bike that virtually anyone can ride with confidence. I have to admit: I almost cried when I boxed the bike up and shipped it back to Lauf. It really is that good.With its distinctive front suspended fork, no one will mistake this bike for a typical brand’s gravel bike. This is not only a great bike, but one which is different, which- let’s be honest- is something a lot of us find appealing. Riding something not just anybody will have that actually works well for its intended purposes? That’s a win-win in most anyone’s book. That’s why we put this on the gift guide as the ultimate gift for gravel goers in 2018.
Thanks for checking out our Gift Guide for 2018. We hope that you found it fun and entertaining, not just informative. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments. Again, thanks for reading RidingGravel.com and we all here- Ben, Guitar Ted, MG, Grannygear, John Ingham, and anyone else we have had a hand from in 2018, hope that you have a great Holiday Season. Note: The Riding Gravel Gift Guide was assembled at the discretion of the Riding Gravel editorial team. We were not bribed nor paid for any of these items on the list. We strive to always give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout. Any questions concerning the gift guide should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org .