WTB, Vigilante 2.6 $70.95
We, here at Kali, put our collective minds together to offer up this #kalikrew approved gift list for the holiday season. It was not an easy task to whittle our list to just ten things, as there are so many great bicycle bits and bobs being produced right now, it is just crazy. You could always skip our list and throw down for Enve’s new home inflation contraption or any number of the fantastic new e-bikes on the market or even the ultimate POV camera, the GoPro HERO8 Black. Or just take our advice and pick something off the list below.
The WTB Vigilante is big, bold and ready for the deep and the steep. And we love it. It's somewhere between a trail tire and an enduro tire. We are running it in the 29er 2.6 version and it is no joke. It is so much rubber we are considering downsizing to the petite 2.5. The Vigilante is a great ripping and gripping tire. The tread is adaptable and was predictable regardless of the trail conditions. We've paired it with the Trail Boss and, at the moment, couldn't be happier with our decision. Sadly, tires are like Doritos, they keep making more.
Chromag, BZA Handlebars $162
We are fans of the Chromag brand. They ride bikes. They stand behind their product. They have a long heritage and they are all around good guys who make great product. And that includes the BZA handlebar and stem combination. The boss runs these on his whip, not just because he likes the brand (man crush), but because he feels safe running their lightweight carbon bars. The offer excellent stiffness and soak up just enough trail vibrations to make the descent just that much more fun. The BZA bars have a 35mm clamp size and come in 15mm, 25mm and 35mm rise options.
Lezyne, Tubeless CO2 Blaster $49.99
"I want one," said Jon Sacks, Kali Protectives. "It looks super cool and it simultaneously inflates and seals tubeless tires."
Kali Protectives, Chakra Youth Flora $40
How could we do a Kali Gift Guide without including one of our own amazing helmets. We couldn't, if we wanted to keep our jobs. So here is the updated Chakra Youth helmet in Blue Flora. We have updated the fit and the technology to make it look better, fit better and keep your little ones safer. So if you're looking for the perfect gift for the kids, then what could be better than updating their fashion and their protectives. And only 40 dollars. Come on.
Reverse Components, Black One Pedals $149
The Black One platforms are tough, lightweight, have good clearance and there are choices for which blingy color you want for your pins. What more could you want in a pedal?
Patagonia, Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack 1L $29
Ride Concepts, TNT $160
"I am all about the Ride Concept TNT mountain bike shoe," said Jason Aven. "They allow me to concentrate on the ride by keeping my feet planted. These shoes offer me the stability, comfort and peace of mind when out on the trail."
Park Tools, BO-2 Bottle Opener $7.49
We use Park Tools. We love Park Tools. Park Tools make great tools and they stand behind them. Plus they make great YouTube videos on how to use Park Tools. Over 500 at last count. Buy Park Tools Use Park Tools. Enjoy a cold, refreshing beverage when done. Or during. We won't judge.
Kryptonite, Keeper 465 Combo $12
Safe? Sort of. Fancy? Um no. Secure? Questionable. The 465 Combo is just enough to make me feel better about leaving my whip outside the bagel shop or the grocery store while I make a quick dash inside. If you think your bike lock is going to keep your prized possession safe while catching the latest Avengers movie at the local theater, think again. Never leave your steed unattended for any extended period of time, no matter how much you spent on your lock. But for those times when you need to leave it for a hot minute, this is a great little lock.
Osprey, Metreon Bike Commute $160
"I'm loving the Metreon's full functioning strap system," said Eric Brecheen, Kali Protectives. "It has a great helmet attachment point and is crazy cozy. The compression straps keep my load hunkered down and secure. I can't recommend this bag enough."