Words by: Liam Woods
Once again it's that time of the month to go over our top selling products. For the month of April, we have seen a few weird trends appear, mostly the change has been more home maintenance products and small parts, although we also had Fox Factory release their new product line up for 2021 including the new Fox 38 fork. Some Park Tool bits to help maintain your bike as well as some upgrades like the DT Swiss 54t Ratchet kit. Don't forget to check out the new Worldwide Cyclery Globe hat and the KETL Mountain Socks socks as well.
Just earlier this month Fox Factory released its new 2021 suspension lineup, and within that product drop came the new Fox 38 fork. The Fox 38 bridges the gap between the previous enduro offering, the Fox 36, and the dual crown downhill fork, the Fox 40. The Fox 38 is meant for aggressive riding on long travel enduro bikes, and can take a serious amount of thrashing. The Fox 38 gets some really cool upgrades like the updated Grip2 damper with VVC for both HSR and HSC now, air bleeders on the lower legs for peak performance at any elevation, a floating axle like the Fox 40 has, a new rounded arch design that helps increase clearance for bikes with large headtubes, and a new bolt-on fender made by Fox. There is also a limited edition heritage colorway in the Fox 38 and that is Pistachio Green. If you want to learn all about the Fox 38, head over to our blog that gets into all the details.
The Park Tool CB-4 Bio Chain Brite is always a good cleaning solution to have around and especially right now, with our weather going from raining one week to dry and dusty the next. That can take a pretty significant toll on your bike’s drivetrain. With the CB-4 Bio Chain Brite, you can get your chain and gears all cleaned up easily and ready for the next ride. Oh, and don’t worry about this degreaser harming anything as it's totally ecologically friendly and 100% biodegradable. If you are not riding right now, I bet your bike could use some love and both you and your bike will be back riding soon. This Park Tool CB-4 Bio Chain Brite pairs nicely with the Park Tool CM-25 chain scrubber as well to get your chain really clean.
The Park Tool Polylube 1000 is always a good tube of grease to have around. It works for just about all assembly parts only your bike, and spring is always a good time to pull some parts off and give them a cleaning and re-grease those contact surfaces. The Polylube 1000 is what we use on all of our bike builds and it seems to last a long time even through some wet riding and bike washes. It comes in a 4oz tube like shown here, but you can get a 16oz tub of the Polylube 1000 as well if you are planning on doing lots of bike work. If you are just pulling your cranks to try to stop that annoying creaking or planning on re-building your entire bike, this tube of Park Tool Polylube grease will help you make sure everything goes together smoothly and will stay like that for a long time after.
The DT Swiss 54t ratchet upgrade kit is almost always one of our best sellers, and for good reason. For just over $100 you can significantly improve your bike's engagement making climbing and getting up to speed out of corners just that much easier. Most DT Swiss hubs, like the 350, 240 and even 180 often come with the 18t star ratchets, and sometimes the 36t, leaving much to be desired in how fast your hub engages. Well, with the 54t ratchet upgrade you increase your hub's engagement without having to buy a new hub. Oftentimes higher end DT Swiss complete wheels also come with 350 internals and you can use this star ratchet kit on those as well. Check out our very old, but very popular video on this upgrade kit. You also get a lifetime supply of special grease to always keep your ratchets clean and greased up.
This is a custom SRAM drivetrain bundle we created due to the needs of our customers. The bundle includes SRAM GX Eagle shifter, derailleur and chain with the SRAM NX Eagle 11-50t cassette. This is a special bundle because with the use of the SRAM NX Eagle cassette you can upgrade many bikes that have Shimano or other brand drivetrain that does not use the XD SRAM driver and still slide on the SRAM NX Eagle cassette. The performance of SRAM GX Eagle is amazing for the price, and really holds down that middle range of SRAM premium Eagle drivetrains. We see many riders get this bundle as a worthy upgrade that will perform great and not have any issues for some time to come. There is also a bundle very similar to this that uses the same SRAM GX Eagle parts but has a Sunrace 12 speed cassette instead of the SRAM NX Eagle cassette. It comes in about $13 cheaper if that fits your budget just a little better to get under the $300 mark. It's such a good price for a killer upgrade. If you want to learn more about SRAM NX Eagle check out the video we made on how it performs when it first came out!
What do you get when you combine the need for a shade making hat with the style and good looks of the Worldwide Cyclery Globe logo? Well, you get our new Worldwide Cyclery Globe hat! This hat is unstructured meaning it takes the shape of your head more than a traditional flat bill baseball cap. We might be biased, but we think this hat looks pretty good on our staff and would make you look even better! One size fits most and the adjustable strap in the black looks clean while keeping this sun shade on your head no matter how fast you get going.
The KETL Mountain Fair Weather Merino Wool Socks have been designed for long days on the bike or hiking. With added cushion on key pressure points of your foot, the KETL Fairweather sock also combines the amazing material of Merino Wool to help wick sweat and dry fast if you happen to step in a creek while riding or hiking. If you are going out for a ride, taking a hike, or just want a comfortable sock to wear to work, the KETL Fairweather Merino Wool Sock is one of our favorite options.
This article was written / authored by Liam Woods. Liam has been in the bicycle industry for over 10 years as a racer, professional mechanic, service manager and as of late, media and content creator. Liam has ridden thousands of different bikes, ridden countless components, tested endless MTB apparel of all kinds and written reviews on it all. He's a key piece to the Worldwide Cyclery "All Things MTB" content creation puzzle. He also makes consistent appearances on the Worldwide Cyclery YouTube channel and Instagram.