Christmas Gear – Gift Guide

Lezyne Alloy Drive CFHLezyne-Pump-Alloy-Drive-Full-Set-up

All you need in one easy inflation system package. We featured it in the September issue and rated it as the pump combo to go with. We then suggested you start hinting for Christmas. Well now’s your last chance, maybe a strategically placed copy of Full Sus will do the trick. Back to the Alloy Drive, the package contains a Lezyne Pressure Drive hand pump and two CO2 cartridges. The CO2 Flex Hose (or CFH) acts as the link between the pump and your tyre, and doubles as the CO2 inflation system. It weighs in at 108g, is Presta/Schrader compatible and can inflate to 120psi. Buy it online from for R425.

First Ascent Aqueos 2First-Ascent---Aqueos-2

The Aqueos 2 got rave reviews in our hydration pack review in the November issue. And a good hydration pack is a must for longer rides or stage races, so it makes sense that it should be on your Christmas wish list. It holds two litres of liquid in an easy to fill antimicrobial treated bladder. It also boasts great storage and the magnetised mouthpiece attaches to the shoulder strap so it doesn’t flop around while you’re riding. Buy it online from for R599.

Garmin VIRBVirb - without logo

Garmin have entered the action camera market just in time for Christmas with their easy-to-use, VIRB and VIRB Elite, HD 1080p action cameras. The VIRB features a rugged and waterproof (IPX-7) housing and a 1.4-inch Chroma™ colour display – making setup and playback easy on the trails. The display uses minimal power, meaning it can record more than three hours of full 1080p HD video. It also features digital image stabilisation and lens distortion correction, to reduce that annoying bar-judder feedback. The VIRB Elite has built-in WiFi, an accelerometer, an altimeter and a high-sensitivity GPS, while both VIRB and VIRB Elite come complete with ANT+ connectivity and are able to take still photos while the video camera is recording. By connecting the VIRB Elite to a heart rate monitor with ANT+ you can turn your camera into a sport’s tracker too – for all-in-one convenience. Find out more at RRP VIRB R3999 and VIRB Elite R5199.


Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3rd EditionPark-Tool

Find out how to fix nearly anything self-propelled with two wheels including road, mountain, bmx, and single-speed bicycles, with easy step-by-step guides by Calvin Jones. Jones is the Park Tool Director of Education, and he covers both trailside repairs and complete overhauls in the revised and updated third edition of the epic BBB. In the latest edition Jones includes information on servicing and repairing thru-axle systems, electronic shifters and 11-speed SRAM® XX1 freehub removal/installation. You can buy it online from for R269.

Specialized S-Works Prevailspecialized-prevail-helmet

The S-Works Prevail is billed as the ultimate lightweight racing helmet. It’s technically part of their road range, but it looks rugged enough to look good on the mountain too. It features dual-density construction and a patented Kevlar-reinforced inner matrix to keep you even safer should you crash. It’s been aerodynamically designed and its mega mouth-port and deep internal channels, massive vents and aligned exhaust ports will keep you cool by facilitating sweat evaporation. Grab one from your local Speicalized dealer or buy one from Revolution Cycles for R2 899.

Craft Performance Bike Bib Shortscraft-performance-bib-shorts-12-zoom

The Swedish clothing gurus at Craft are all about understated looks but superb design, and their Performance range of bike gear is well priced to boot. The Performance bike bib shorts feature a thin polyamide shell fabric with channel structure on the seat area for durability and to enhance cooling and moisture transportation. The four-way stretch fabric allows for total freedom of movement while still offering great support. And to top it all, the ergonomically designed, antimicrobial, chamois ensures comfort on the bike. Buy them online at from R899.

Extreme 3000 7 x Cree XM-L2Extreme-3K-7-light

Enhance your night riding fun with the 3 000 lumen 7 LED mega light. Extreme say it’s the best light that current LED and battery technology can provide, and it’s available on pre-order now. Its battery weighs in at 340g, has a three and a half hour run time and has a 10 200 mAh capacity. The light attaches with either a quick release mount or a fixed clamp and comes with a high quality material carry bag. Order it online from for R1 995.

O-Synce navi2coacho-synce navi2coach - navi2

The navi2coach is a training performance GPS computer with ANT+. It features an aerodynamic design, individually configurable data view and weighs only 73g. If you’re after navigation, training control and geocaching in one easy to use GPS device, that also boasts the only interchangeable battery system for multiday rides when you don’t have access for a charger, then the navi2coach is worth a closer look. With integrated ANT+ it’s compatible with any ANT+ enabled power meter and as the GPS data is saved in the .FIT file format, you’ll be able to upload your ride data to Strava too. Buy it online from for R2 169.

Stocking fillers

If you’re looking for stocking fillers why not grab a few cycling essential odds and sods from your local bike shop? Here are a few options from

 Fit SupaGoo Endurance Booster Sachet (R15), 32GI Foodbar various flavours (R28), CWCycles branded Pocpac waterproof cell phone Pouch (R60), Squirt Dry Lube 120ml (R90), Ryder Folding Tool 9 Function (R99), IceToolz Nylon Filled Tyre Lever Set 2pcs (R40) and put the stocking fillers in a Birzman Zyklop-Nip Saddle Bag (R120) to round it all off.

Stocking Fillers

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