We hope you're hungry, because we're serving up a fresh plate of our Best of the Month MTB Parts & Accessories! We're all gearing up for summer so you'll find parts and accessories from the likes of Fidlock, Fox Shox, Manitou, PNW, Trail One & more! You won't want to miss this one!
The cycling water bottle cage has remained relatively unchanged since the standard design was adopted over half a century ago. Fidlock decided it was time for a change, and their magnetic system has become extremely popular recently. You essentially attach the magnetic base to your bike, and voila, you can simply slap your bottle onto the base and the bottle is held on with dark magic. With a variety of bottle sizes, accessories, and other nifty magnetic applications, there are a ton of great use cases for these bottles and accessories so it makes sense why they've been so popular lately.
PNW recently entered the pedal game strong with their alloy Loam pedals, and now they have upped the ante with their Range composite pedals. They offer a lot of features that you'll also find on their alloy siblings. These pedals are a great price, fully serviceable, feature replaceable pins, and come in at a weight under 400g, so they are sure to change the game and give the other players in this category a run for their money.
Mountain bike grips are arguably one of the most important parts of your bike (along with your pedals) and for good reason. They determine how you feel your bike and how you feel the trail underneath it, in addition to keeping you comfortable and in control while flying down said trail. The Trail One Hell's Gate grip was designed to give riders a noticeable level of cushioning and performance, as well as give back to the Hell's Gate National Park in Kenya in the process. For every pair of The Hell's Gate Grips sold, $1 is donated to the national park and we couldn't be more thrilled to be making a difference and riding bikes in the process.
Suspension has come a long way in recent years, and forks that perform like the Manitou Markhor would have been considered top of the line not too long ago. The Markhor is an excellent upgrade for a lot of bikes that come with an entry level coil sprung fork which typically offer little in the way of adjustability... or performance for that matter. This fork will give you that champagne experience with an adjustable air spring and damper but on that beer budget. Not only that, you can change the travel of the fork with a couple of small internal changes. All in all, this fork is packed with features that are truly impressive for the price tag.
The Fox 38 changed the game when it was released. Riders were asking for a single crown fork that was able to better handle bigger hits and more demanding enduro tracks, and Fox delivered with the 38. It's able to hold its line on chunky trails better than its smaller stanchioned siblings and provides oodles of front wheel traction. With adjustable high speed and low speed compression and rebound, you'll be sure to get it absolutely dialed. Not only that, but Fox has extensive resources on their website and YouTube channel that help you get every bit of performance out of your bike. We also made a video on how to get a basic setup of your suspension done, so make sure to check that out as well!
Wolf tooth has been making precision engineered MTB components for years now, and their ReMote is one of their most popular products. In fact, it's been one of our best selling dropper levers for nearly as long as its been around. The Light Action lever offers a bit more leverage and a lighter lever throw than the regular levered remote. These remotes also offer a sealed bearing, a breakaway point in the event of a crash, and tons of compatibility options to integrate with oodles of different brake types. We also made a video a few years back about this awesome lever and Jeff's awesome hair.
If you're going tubeless on your bike, you'll need some form of tubeless sealant. Here at WC, we use Orange Seal for nearly every bike that we build and we appreciate the reliability and peace of mind it provides while out on the trail. Orange Seal offers 3 different versions: Original, Endurance, and Subzero, and we use the Endurance version because it lasts the longest without drying out. The OG version will fill up bigger holes but it won't last as long without drying out inside the tire.