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The 10 Best Mountain Bike Accessories of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | May 27, 2022

 

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. That’s certainly the case when it comes to mountain bike accessories. Sure, they might not be absolutely necessary on every ride, but when you need them, you really, really need them. So here’s to all the little bits, add-ons, and nifty tools that make mountain biking a little bit easier, a little bit cleaner, a little bit more fun, and accessible. They’re affordable, they’re easy to justify, and the best mountain bike accessories make a huge difference.

New This Year:

This year we’ve got a full range of accessories, from fenders to bottle cages, to tools, pumps, and more. When choosing bike accessories you can rest assured that all of these accessories are designed to integrate with your existing mountain bike, pack, and riding kit. And they all serve slightly different purposes. So we’ve broken down the strengths of each and laid out who might need what, and why.

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Mucky Nutz Face Fender

Stop the dirt, mud, gravel, pine needles, and whatever else you kick up from plastering your body with the Mucky Nutz Face Fender. Ergonomically designed to keep you clean while you ride, this adjustable shield can be used on all wheel sizes and was built to last. A front fender is a cheap, easy-to-install way to keep both your body and your bike clean, and it will help protect your fork seals too.

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Mud protectionFits all wheel sizes$13.99

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Lezyne Flow Side Loader Cage

The Lezyne Flow Side Loader Bottle Cage gives you better access to critical fluids when you're going so hard you don't know which way is up. Available in left and right-side versions, so pick the version that matches your preferred hand. The Side Loader allows you to fit water bottles into frames with tight clearances and ensures that hydration is always accessible.

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Holding hydrationAvailable in right and left-handed versions$15.99

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Kryptonite Avenue F-65 & R-30 Bike Light Set

The Kryptonite Avenue F-65 & R-30 Bike Light Set is the perfect gift for any bike rider, including yourself. These are so easy to use and store that they're worth their nighttime weight in gold. They'll strap to any bike and keep you seeing and seen for any ride home. USB rechargeable and versatile beyond their diminutive size, these are essential. This is a great light kit to throw in your pack anytime there’s a chance you’ll be riding home in the dark.

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Safety lightFully rechargeable$53.95

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Kryptonite Keeper 785 Integrated Chain Lock

People love the Kryptonite Keeper 785 Integrated Chain Lock because it offers the added security of a U-lock with the compact flexibility of a cable lock. Perfect for short-duration lockups in metropolitan areas, the Kryptonite Keeper 785 Integrated Chain Lock can be tossed into any bag without having to deal with bulky awkwardness. This is one of the most secure locks on the market, and a great choice if you need to leave your bike unattended in public.

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SecurityHigh-security cylinder$46.95

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Occam Apex Tube Strap

With backpacks having gone the way of the dodo bird, mountain bikers have taken to strapping essentials to their frames. The Occam Apex Tube Strap is light years ahead of duct tape or another homemade solution, with smart design, bombproof materials, and a Boa closure system that'll fit any bike. Carry your extras in style! This strap will fit on any frame and is easy to get on and off quickly thanks to the Boa closure. It’s the most secure way to carry an extra tube and tools on your frame.

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Tube storageBOA Closure$35.99

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Crankbrothers Gem Pump

After switching your trail pump over the CB's super convenient and easy-to-use Gem style pumps, you've likely found yourself wishing you had a similarly featured floor pump too. Well, consider the Crank Brothers Gem Floor Pump the answer to your prayers. With both High Volume and High Pressure settings, a universally compatible head, and a large, accurate gauge, the Crank Brothers Gem Floor Pump is bound to become a staple in the arsenal of any self-respecting cyclist. It’s a reliable, versatile floor pump that just plain gets the job done.

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InflationUniversal head$54.99

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Fox High Pressure Shock Pump

Dial in your suspension with the Fox Racing Factory High Pressure (350psi) Shock Pump. Featuring a stainless swivel pump head for easy shock access, this pump ensures you get the most bang for your squish. Your fork and shock are expensive, finely tuned pieces of equipment, but without the ability to tune them to your body and trails, you’re not getting the most out of them. This pump makes that adjustment easy.

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Suspension adjustment350 PSI rating$35

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Blackburn Pro Plugger CO2 Tubeless Tire Repair Kit

You stand atop your favorite line, pondering your descent. You've got the new rig set up just right, you've suffered for miles on the up trail, and you're freakin' amped to get rowdy and send it big on the trail. That is until you hear a sad little "pfffffft" coming from your front tire. Normally, this would bring the day to a grinding halt as your hopes and dreams escape into the atmosphere along with the air in your tire, but not today. Luckily, you picked up the Blackburn Pro Plugger CO2 Tubeless Tire Repair Kit, which comes loaded with 10 tire plugs and a threaded CO2 inflator to get you fixed on the fly and back in business in no time flat. Not today, Satan! The Pro Plugger is a simple, straightforward form of insurance against flats.

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Flat repairPreloaded with 10 plugs$70

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Crank Brothers Multi-10 Tool

According to Murphy's Law, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst, with the Crank Brothers Multi 10 Tool. This little guy packs 10 features in one small, lightweight tool. Seven hex wrenches and two screwdrivers give you endless possibilities. Give yourself some peace of mind with the Crank Brothers Multi 10 Tool. It’s got everything you need to make quick fixes and adjustments to your bike in the field and is so light that you’ll never notice it in your pack.

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Repair10 hex, torx, and standard bits$19.99

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CushCore Pro Tire Inserts With Valves

CushCore Tire Inserts are the truth. A foam insert that mounts inside your tubeless tire, they allow you to run lower PSI without putting your rims at risk. Not only do they let you drop pressures for gripping everything in your path, they act as bead-lockers, internal tire dampers, and potential weight-savers. They weigh about as much as a tube, but they allow you to run lighter tires and rims than you're used to. The choice of EWS champs and local heroes, the CushCore Tire Insert Set with Valves will absolutely improve your riding and your on-trail experience.

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Tire InsertAllow you to run lower PSI$149

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The Selection Process:

Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.