Garmin Edge 800
The touchscreen Edge 800 is the ultimate bike GPS: 1:50,000 OS mapping, sat-nav functions, heart rate monitoring and the ability to race a virtual partner.
Shimano PD-M980 XTR
For efficient power transfer, XTR pedals are hard to beat. They weigh just 310g a pair, and their sealed cartridge bearings mean they’ll stay silky-smooth for years.
Continental X King RS
At just 460g, the new X King RS is extremely light and accelerates quickly, while its Black Chili rubber compound grips in all but the slimiest conditions.
Rockshox Reverb seatpost
Ideally, you want your saddle up high for climbs and lowered for descents, but changing mid-ride it is a right faff. This takes care of it with hydraulics and the flick of a switch.
Giro Gauge shoes
With carbon fibre-stiffened soles, ultra-comfy footbeds and a secure ratchet closure system, the Gauges are perfect for XC racing. You can even add toe spikes.
EVOC Freeride Trail backpack
Body armour is essential for downhilling, but so is a pack if you plan to ride for very long. With an integrated back protector, this Red Dot Design Award-winner combines both.
Crank Brothers Multi 17
A multi-tool is vital, especially if you’re venturing far from help or may need to fix something mid-race. This is one of the best: sturdy and equipped with hex wrenches and a chain splitter.
Straitline SC Pedal
The SCs look awesome in machined, anodised aluminium and will keep your feet planted on the gnarliest descents.
Royal Victory gloves
UK downhill legend and World Champion Steve Peat wears Royal gloves. And if you need another reason, these have a comfy synthetic leather palm and handy snot-wipe.
POC Cortex Flow helmet
POC has turned helmet design on its head with a series of innovative, stylish designs. The Cortex Flow is DH-tough, but with enough vents for all-day Alpine excursions.
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