Here you can find links to companies manufacturing MTB accessories including apparel and shoes (no resellers)
AVOCET - Avocet is a famous manufacturer of cyclometers but they also produce saddles and tires. The site is nice and modern and offers clear pictures and a complete and easy-to-understand technical description of all the features of each model.
BELL - The world-famous helmet company. Bell offers a complete range of helmets for different ages. The site is well done and offers important information on helmet use, protection and replacement.
BIORACER - A Dutch company selling bike fitting systems that can help you find the exact frame dimensions and the correct riding position. The system is offered in many different versions, seems very serious and scientific and has been developed working with university professors. The site is nice and written in multiple languages even if it does not clearly specify what exactly they sell.
CAMELBAK - An accessory company different from the others: here you can find just one accessory, but more and more widespread. It's a kind of back-pack to use instead of a common water bottle. Check out advantages (on the site) and possible disadvantages (on the real trails!). The site is really complete with clear pictures and detailed descriptions.
CAT-EYE - A Japanese company famous for its cyclometers. The latest models can even interface with a PC to download stored data about your bike trip and your heart rate! They offer also heart-rate monitors, lighting systems and bicycle trainers. The site is modern and graphics oriented, nice, but resource-hungry.
CYCO ACTIVE - Cyco Active offers some unusual but sometimes very useful accessories, especially if you use your bike for raids or long adventure travel. You can find a forest hump waterpack, two different and easy systems to place a map on your bar and some other gadgets. The site is very easy and fast to browse, offers technical descriptions of the products and nice animated pictures.
DUEGI - An Italian company producing an interesting range of cycling shoes. The site offers detailed info (including prices) on the different models and also on the dealer locations.
GAERNE - An Italian company producing only cycling and motorcycling shoes. They gained a good popularity and offer a wide range of MTB shoes. The site is simple, very clean and well-done. Easy to browse with effective and limited graphics, it offers complete information and good pictures of the different shoes, a distributor list, sport news and related links.
GIRO - GIRO is really well-known all over the world as a top-producer of bike helmets of every kind. The web site is nice, offers information on the products, a FAQ section, help to find the right helmets for you and more.
LIMAR - Limar is an Italian company producing a very complete range of bike helmets. The company is also sponsoring Paola Pezzo. The site is really wide, offering a complete and easy-to-use online shop with prices, description and technical specs about every model, news, links, dealers and a company profiles. It uses graphics in a moderate and useful way without making the page too slow.
MONDOSPORT - An Italian company offering a complete and wide range of bags and panniers for bikes. For MTB raids check out particularly the tourism section, offering models that seem large, resistant and also nice. The web site is classic and simple, easy to browse, and offers pictures, technical details and range of colors available for each bag.
NORTHWAVE - A company more and more famous for its cycling shoes used by World Champion Paola Pezzo. They offer a complete range of models with high-quality features. The site is modern, wide and complete. It is based on a strong graphics but I found pictures and text too small. It's really complete and offers extremely detailed technical information on every part of every shoe.
POLAR - They produce very useful and more and more widespread accessories: heart rate monitors. Polar is a Finnish company known all over the world for its high-quality products offered in a broad range of different versions. The site is nice, modern and very attracting. It also offers complete information on the company and the products.
ROME BIKE BAGS - This company offers a bicycle protector bag that completely encloses any bike. It is water resistant and can be useful for those who don't have a garage or simply want to protect their bike from dust, water, snow, rust, bumps. The site seems rather new and is in part under construction but offers adequate information, photos and interesting press reviews.
SCI CON - An Italian company that specializes in bags for bicycles. From the simple undersaddle to the big bags for long raids. I can say, after many tours, that producing a high-quality bag for a raid is very difficult, so if you plan a long trip, be sure you choose the best bags. The site is very nice, clear, simple to browse, with many images and even animated images showing how to mount the bags.
SIDI - A manufacturer of high-quality MTB shoes. Nice site with clear and detailed information on the different models. Check out the special adjustment and tightening solutions of the 1996 range.
SIGMA SPORT - A German manufacturer of bike components. Famous for their complete range of good cyclometers they offer also heart rate monitors, light systems and glasses. The site is modern, well done, with easy to read and complete technical data for each product. Pictures are clear and detailed. Unfortunately there is no company profile but the site is in four different languages.
THE - A Californian company more and more known all over the world. They produce simply one component line: fenders. Not only front and rear fenders, but also frame fenders, disc covers and chain protectors. Obviously they are mostly used on DH bikes. The site is quite simple and clear with good pictures, but extremely poor in information. No technical data is given but the price.
TOPEAK - Topeak specializes in MTB accessories, especially very light and compact tool sets. But they offer also bike carriers, pumps, fenders, bags and other components. The site, with really beautiful mountain photos, is easy to browse and access to information is straightforward. Unfortunately there are very long pages that can take a lot to load with slow connections.
VELOTREND - A company manufacturing a special bicycle computer. It is based on 3Com's Palm personal organizer. Thanks to this, it features a very large screen, more information than a conventional cyclometer, clear graphics, graphic profiles and even real time indications of turns to follow a certain track that you can directly download in the BikeBrain computer. The site is clear, nice and complete.