2015 Holiday Gift Guide

If you have kids on your holiday shopping list, there's no reason not to add a bike or bike-related gear to all the toys, games and clothes that they will be receiving this year. We have gathered this list of interesting and new bikes and accessories that you may not have heard of yet.

Strider ST-Pro Balance Bike

Strider ST-Pro Balance Bike

Strider is one of the oldest names in the kid's balance bike game. When it comes to teaching your kids early, nothing beats a balance bike. Strider makes their balance bikes in three levels, Classic, Custom, and Pro, which is their lightweight aluminum version designed for riders 18 months to 5 years. Price: $170 | More info at www.striderbikes.com

Trek Fuel EX Junior

Trek Fuel EX Junior

The Trek Fuel EX Junior takes all the great parts of the Trek Fuel and downsizes them for kids. The bike features legit parts and a true mountain biker stance. Full suspension bikes for kids can be expensive, but Trek offers this bike at a very reasonable price. Who knew that 26" wheels would eventual become a kid's size? The frame itself is the equivalent of a 12.5" frame. This is definitely one worth checking out. Price: $1890 | More info at trekbikes.com

Free Agent Maverick BMX Bike

This all-time classic 20" shredder with great racing heritage is the perfect day-to-day bike to get young riders rolling on the street, trail or track. Features of the Free Agent Maverick distributed exclusively by KHS Bicycles include a bomb-proof Hi-Ten TIG welded frame, tapered leg fork, durable Weinmann alloy wheels, and a padded low profile Free Agent BMX saddle. Price: $259 | More info at www.freeagentbmx.com

Trailcraft Cycles Pineridge 24

Trailcraft Cycles Pineridge 24

Trailcraft is a new brand based out of Fort Collins, Colorado and they specialize in lightweight 24" mountain bikes for young riders and budding racers. Concentrating on only one wheel size has allowed them to make a very high performance product at a very competitive price. The Pineridge starts with a lightweight 7005 aluminum frame and hangs it with quality parts such as a Shimano Deore drivetrain and brakes, Stan's Crest rims, Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires and RST fork specifically tuned for lighter riders. They have 2x10 and 1x10 options, five color choices, and even options for a custom Ti rigid fork. Price: $1725 | www.trailcraftcycles.com

TykesBykes Fat Byke 20

TykesBykes Fat Byke 20

TykesBykes is a fairly new company based out of Southern California. They have three models of balance bikes as well as three pedal choices. Highlighted here is the Fat Byke 20, which has an alloy frame and a steel fork. Fat bikes really do make sense for young riders because they are actually easier to ride and balance. They do weigh more, so this isn't the best option if your grom is ready to set personal records. But if you live near the beach or snow, this bike could add a bit of versatility to your young one's rides. Price: $550 | More info at www.tykesbykes.com

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Norco Fluid 20" 2.2

The Fluid line from Norco is a full suspension XC/trail bike that comes in many different version, including three for kids: a 26" wheel version with 120mm of rear travel, a 24" wheel version with 100mm of rear travel, and the 20" wheel version shown here with 83mm of rear travel. Combined with the RST air fork with 60mm of travel, the Fluid 20" 2.2 will give your little shredder their first taste of the benefits of full suspension. There are other full suspension bikes with 20" wheels out there, but none at this price. Price: $1495 | More info at www.norco.com

Isla Bikes Beinn 20

Isla Bikes Beinn 20

Isla Bikes has been selling kid-specific bikes for a while and they have quite an expansive selection of models. From balance bikes to youth bikes, they have something for almost everyone. Featured here is the Beinn 20 that comes in two version: the Beinn 20 Large and a Beinn 20 Small. Both roll on 20" wheels, but the Small features a slightly smaller frame. Mtbr.com currently has a Beinn 20 L in for testing so stay tuned for our full review. Price: $440 | More info at www.islabikes.com

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Flow Bikes AM 16/20

Flow Bikes AM 16/20

Flow Bikes is a relatively new company that specializes in bikes with interchangable wheel sizes so the bikes can grow as your child does. The Flow Bikes AM can switch from 16" to 20" wheels. Featuring their own Flow carbon fork with 80mm of travel, the AM also features a Shimano drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes. If your little one is more into dirt jumping, Flow Bikes also makes a model called the PM 16/20 that is targeted toward dirt jump and park style riding. Price: $1000 | More info at www.flowbikesusa.com

Cleary Bikes Gecko 12"

Cleary Bikes Gecko 12"

Cleary Bikes specializes in lightweight singlespeed bikes that make the learning process simple and easy. They have 12", 16" and 20" models, plus a new 24" geared bike. Cleary Bikes feature a more dedicated mountain bike geometry, so the handlebars are a bit lower and more committed than more run of the mill kid's bikes. Highlighted here is the Gecko 12" Single Speed that comes in five colors and has front and rear V-brakes. The frame features internal cable routing. The Gecko is a great choice for the rider transitioning from a balance bike to a pedal bike. Price: $250 | More info at clearybikes.com

Zoic Mountain Bike Kid's Apparel

Zoic Mountain Bike Kid's Apparel

Oftentimes parents are forced to buy shorts and jerseys designed more for road cycling than for trail duty for their kids. Zoic has been making mountain bike specific clothes for kids for years and their current collection features the Armada Jr jersey for boys and the Livia jersey for girls. Both tops are $40 and feature a more relaxed fit. Also shown here are the Boys Ether Jr shorts and the Girls Rippette Novelty shorts both priced at $50 and both are true baggy style. Price: $40-$50 | More info at zoic.com

Osprey Moki Kid's Hydration Pack

Osprey Moki Kid's Hydration Pack

Nothing beats seeing your young rider on the trail with their kid-sized hydration pack. There are a few brands to choose from, but the Osprey Moki is a quality, lightweight design that holds 1.5 liters of water. The Moki comes in Wild Blue and Grasshopper Green. Price: $50 | More info at www.ospreypacks.com

Bell Segment Jr. Kid's Helmet - Millennium Falcon Limited Edition

Bell Segment Jr. Kid's Helmet - Millennium Falcon Limited Edition

Now your little ripper can combine their passion for biking with their love of all things Star Wars. Quantities are limited. Better act fast. Price: $50 | More info at www.bellhelmets.com

Kali Chakra Youth Helmet

Kali Chakra Youth Helmet

If you prefer a more traditional style mountain bike helmet for your child, Kali Protectives offers many different colors and graphics for their Chakra Youth helmet. This helmet features a dial fit system, expanded rear coverage, in-mold construction and ultra lightweight polycarbonate shell. Price: $40 | More info at www.kaliprotectives.com

CamelBak Eddy Kids Water Bottles

CamelBak Eddy Kids Water Bottles

For shorter rides the Eddy Kids Water Bottle from CamelBak is a great choice. It holds .4 liters of water and features a spill proof design with a CamelBak Big Bite valve that flips closed to stay clean. Not designed specifically for a water bottle cage, the Eddy features an easy-to-carry loop. You will find yourself using this for your kids all the time. And right now the Eddy is available in limited edition holiday designs. Price: $13 | More info at shop.camelbak.com

Mini Hornit Bike Light and Horn

Mini Hornit Bike Light and Horn

This fun, colorful device is a combination bike horn and light. It comes in four fun color options and is made to look like a bug. The "wings" actually function as the cinching device that goes around the handlebars. The Mini Hornit combines a 12 lumen light with a fun horn that can emit 25 different sounds. It runs on two AAA batteries and there is even a wired remote trigger so riders don't have to remove their hands from the handlebars to blast the horn. Price: $25 | More info at www.thehornit.com

This article is part of Mtbr's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. For more gift ideas and holiday guides, CLICK HERE.