MTB trail essentials: what you should spend your money on – and what you shouldn’t

Last week we looked at buying your first mountain bike, but it turns out that’s just part of the equation: you’re gonna need a few more things before you can take to the trails. 

We’re joined by our Tech Editor in Chief Robin Weaver and Senior Tech Ed Tom Marvin to sort through what really are trail essentials and what extra things are nice to have. 

Listen in for our thoughts on the best safety gear, what to wear, what tools and spares to carry, and what extra bits to kit out your bike with. 

Head over to for loads of handy buyer’s guides on this topic, from the best pedals to toolkits, helmets to baggy shorts, and click here for our 20 essentials for epic MTB rides:

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