ACTIVE Cycling Holiday Gift Guide: Bikes
ACTIVE Holiday Gift Guide for Bikes1 of 12
If you want to see your son, daughter, boyfriend, girlfriend, whomever, completely flip out when he or she unwraps your gift—no matter their age—this list is a good place to start.
Bulls Harrier$1,125 2 of 12
Is your special someone in the market for his or her first road bike? Well, you won't find a better bang for your buck than this Bulls road bike. Complete with ultra-reliable Shimano 105 components and a surprisingly light aluminum frame—the bike weighs a mere 19.4 pounds—the Bulls Harrier is the perfect mid-range bike for low-range cost.
Fuji Transonic 1.3$4,699 3 of 12
This year's Fuji Transonic—their first attempt at an aero road bike—received a virtual standing ovation from online critics, and it's easy to see why. It's light, stiff and affordable compared to other similar aero bikes. The bike comes in seven versions with a shockingly low starting price of $1,999. But since Christmas season is the perfect excuse to splurge, we like the lighter framed 1.3 with Shimano Dura Ace components.
Allen XWay$1,699 4 of 12
For urban commuters, space is as valuable as gold—well, maybe brass. Regardless, if someone you know is in the market for a compact rider, look no further than foldable bikes. The Allen XWay, easily one of the most handsome of this cycling subgenre, is a little 20-speed hawk moth that comes complete with Sram X9 components and can fold easily under desks.
Scott Genius 910$5,500 5 of 12
For experienced trail riders looking to upgrade their steed to a carbon fiber frame, the Scott Genius 910 packs quite a punch. With Shimano XT components, this 29er is what they call a "marathon rider"—up for any task at any distance. Sure, it's expensive, but whoever ends up with this ride under the tree may never need to go bike shopping again (yeah, right).
Linus Roadster 8$829 6 of 12
Like a VW Beetle of the bike world, this 8-speed commuter is perfect to bee bop about town. It also gives you, as Linus always does, that great vintage feel. Complete with chromoly mudguards, a rear carrier rack and a sweet brown leather saddle, this is a gift sure to turn some heads.
Salsa Bucksaw X01$4,999 7 of 12
This year's fattest bike, both literally and figuratively, critics have hailed the Salsa Bucksaw X01 as one of the best fat bikes of 2015. The Bucksaw is the first full-suspension fat bike, which makes this ideal for a comfy ride anywhere and over anything. Want to give the gift of riding all year long, rain or snow? The Salsa Bucksaw is the gift that keeps on giving.
Raleigh RXC$3,250 8 of 12
With cyclocross all the rage—not to mention currently in season—we're willing to bet we have some readers either deep in that cyclocross mud or considering taking up this raucous discipline. Either would be interested in the Raleigh RXC, a model that's ideal for both cyclocross racing and enjoying the back roads. This aluminum-framed beaut comes equipped with Shimano 105 components and hydraulic disc brakes.
Lapierre Pulsium 500$2,499 9 of 12
You want your cycling bud to be comfy on his or her upcoming century ride, yes? Well, the Lapierre Pulsium nails that crosshair where comfort and performance meet. Made with Euro cobbles in mind, the Pulsium comes equipped with shock absorption technology and Shimano 105 components. We're not saying you can take off your chamois, but your buddy's comfort will certainly improve.
Diamondback Haanjo Metro$700 10 of 12
While we can't yet compare our cycling traffic to that of Amsterdam, the U.S. has made great strides to becoming friendlier for daily commuters. If you know someone who's thinking of leaving that gas hog in the garage, the Diamondback Haanjo Metro is a perfect replacement. Wide tires, a flat handlebar and Shimano Acer components provide a perfect mix of speed, comfort and stability.
Moots Routt 35$3,325 11 of 12
Whether the person you're shopping for mixes it up—road, trails, gravel—or you just haven't a clue his or her preferred surface, the Moots Routt 45 checks all boxes. This chameleon is compatible with tires ranging from the low profile 23 mm option to 44 mm knobbies, and comes equipped with either disc or cantilever brakes. No matter your giftee's preferred surface, the Moots Routt should do the trick.