Words by: Liam Woods
We’re back again with another list of trending products of the month, this time for May 2020. These products are what we see flying off the shelves, and this season of the year a bike refresh is common. A new SRAM chain, a fresh Park Tool work stand, maybe some new Maxxis tires, and maybe even a new fork. Click play and see what was popular for May!
Replace your chain, it's as easy as that! If you want to keep your drivetrain fresh, replace your chain before you think you need to. The SRAM GX Eagle chain is a great replacement chain that isn't too expensive. It works on all SRAM 12 speed Eagle drivetrains as well. With mountain biking, it's hard to have any specifics on a timeline of when you should replace your chain since it all depends on riding style, local terrain, and rider power output. You can also get a chain checker to know when it's best to put on a new chain. If you have SRAM Eagle, you should just stop reading and put on a fresh SRAM GX Eagle chain before your next ride.
Continuing with the SRAM Eagle family, we have the SRAM GX Eagle Rear Derailleur. The SRAM GX is a great replacement if you have a broken X01 or XX1 rear derailleur and you don't want to spend the money on a new one. It’s also great if you have a SRAM NX Eagle rear derailleur and want to upgrade! The SRAM GX Eagle rear derailleur is compatible with all mechanical versions of SRAM Eagle, making this a great spare derailleur to have at home or take with you on a trip. It’s bike park season and nobody wants to end the day early because of a rear derailleur issue.
Home bike maintenance is so much nicer with a repair stand. There isn’t any of that flipping the bike over or trying to balance it against a wall or table. Pull out the work stand and get the bike in the proper position to do some service or maintenance work. With the Park Tool PCS-10.2 Home Mechanic Repair Stand, you can easily set up your stand and have a solid and safe way to work on your bike. Even if it's just a quick bolt check and lubing of the chain, doing all of that in a proper work stand makes it much more enjoyable. Once you are done, fold it up and put it away. You will barely know it’s there at all, at least, until you need it.
If overall space is an issue to work on your bike, Park Tool makes a repair stand to help. Mounting up on the wall, the Park Tool PRS-4W-2 Professional Work stand helps get your bike off the ground without taking up much floor space. Mounting the stand to the wall works well in tight garages, or even in some trailers and sheds. With a smooth clamp, the stand will hold your bike safely and not damage anything in the process.
The Maxxis Aggressor tire might be one of the most popular rear tires ever. It’s for good reason, though, as the Aggressor works in so many different conditions. You can log huge pedal days or do all day downhill shuttle laps and love it every which way. The Aggressor provides amazing grip in dry, loose, rocky conditions, and even light mud. The Maxxis Aggressor only comes in a dual-compound rubber and is made for the rear. While some people run it upfront, it's rare and really only kicks ass upfront in very few places. It’s available in 2.3 or 2.5 widths and as EXO or DD casing options for each size. We have plenty of videos where we talk about the Maxxis Aggressor tire and even compare it to some of the other best rear tires on the market. Fresh tires feel soooo good that I think you should pick one up today and give it a ride.
Hey, more SRAM Eagle parts! This is a SRAM Eagle Rear Derailleur Chain Gap Tool, or as some would call it, the B-Tension gauge. This tool will help you set the B-Tension on your rear derailleur, which ensures you have the proper distance between your upper pulley and cassette so the chain can hit those shift ramps and make your SRAM Eagle shifting as smooth as can be. There is also a different tool for SRAM Eagle AXS, as the rear derailleur is slightly different and requires its own specific tool. Setting the B-Tension is often best done in sag, so grab some help from a buddy to make this adjustment, and then return the favor. Then you and your riding buddy will be sure that your bikes are ready to shred.
We all have that one friend that refuses to use a part or ride in some gear that just doesn't match their bike. And you know what, we are like that, too. With the Worldwide Cyclery WC Globe Stealth and Grey fenders, you can now run our sweet fenders while still matching and not clashing with your bike. We are bike nerds and want our bikes to look the best they possibly can. Help yours look that good with a stealth Worldwide Cyclery fender!
The RockShox Judy fork is a classic in the RockShox lineup. The Judy is now slotted into the RockShox range as a budget-friendly fork packed with trickle-down features you typically see in their higher-end forks. We are seeing this particular fork model fly off the shelves because it is a great upgrade option for any entry-level bike. It has 100mm of travel controlled by RockShox’s Motion Control RL damper. This model is non-boost, with a 9x100mm QR axle so you can easily bolt on your front wheel from an entry-level bike and get more comfort and control out on the trail. At just $169 for the fork, it's a price that is hard to beat and a ride quality that punches well above its price range.
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.