Get ready for an extra spooky Halloween episode of our Trending MTB Products! With temps dropping and light disappearing from the sky earlier, we are seeing more Fall weather items trending such as our very own WC beanies that will keep your noggin cozy as well as a couple of NiteRider lights that are ready to illuminate the trail for your after dark rides. While on the topic of headgear, we also feature a couple of fresh KETL Mtn hats that will keep you looking stylish and are sure to impress. Speaking of fresh, we also feature Fox's recently released and very popular XL Mudguard for their own 36 and 38 forks with the rounded arch. We never get tired of featuring Maxxis on the channel, and this time their 20th Anniversary Edition DHF and White Logo tires are trending. Another component that is almost always trending is RaceFace's Chester pedals. They are some of the best value flat pedals out there, and they also happen to be some of our all time best selling pedals as well. Least but not last as we like to say, we show off SRAM's Code RSC brakes which are some of the most powerful 4 piston brakes you can get your hands on. Check it out!
It's that time of the year again where the sky starts to become dark earlier and earlier, therefore commencing the beginning of night riding season. NiteRider has been making quality cycling lights for decades now, and their Micro series offers loads of lumens in a lightweight and compact package. The Micro 900 light is a great choice for mounting on a helmet, as well as on the handlebars, and at $79.99 it is an extremely popular choice for riders. Some people prefer to mount a slightly brighter light on the bars with a more compact and lightweight light on their helmet, which is why the Lumina Dual 1800 Headlight is also a popular choice to illuminate the trail. Some of us here at the shop truly enjoy night riding, which is why we rounded up the best models from our most popular brands and tested them head to head in our Night Riding MTB Light Video.
For millions of people across the globe, the seasons changing to Fall usually means wet weather in addition to the colder temps and shorter days. For us here in SoCal we don't really know what that first part is like, but for others, the release of Fox's XL Mudguard couldn't have come at a better time. This brand new fender offers 85% more coverage than Fox's standard fender and mounts to the same mounting points on the back of the rounded arch and lower leg bleeders on their newer 36 and 38 forks. No more fork scratching zip ties or janky fender setups. If you are unsure if this fender will fit your current Fox fork just reach out to one of our certified bike nerds and they will help point you in the right direction.
Over the last 20+ years, few, if any, mountain bike parts have remained as unchanged as Maxxis' DHF tire. It can be found on the bikes of the best World Cup DH racers as well as your average trail rider and everything in between. The design of the DHF offers sufficient, predictable grip in a myriad of conditions as well as ample rolling speed so you don't feel like you are pedaling a slug around all day. Being one of the most well rounded tires out there, it makes sense why so many manufacturers spec these tires on their builds as well as why many racers will even run these tires with blacked out logos when sponsored by another tire company.
What better way to commemorate 20 years of epic shredding with a throwback logo on your tire? These 20 year anniversary tires are available for a limited time and they are going fast. Speaking of logos, we recently got some various "White Logo" Maxxis tires since we received a ton of feedback that people prefer the white Maxxis logos to the traditional yellow logo tires. Check them out!
Did you know that if you wear a hat, you don't technically need to get a haircut? Just kidding, you still need a haircut, and my barber wouldn't be happy knowing I was pushing anti-haircut propaganda. Regardless, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you refrained from adorning your cranium in one of our stunning new KETL Mtn hats. We have tested these hats in countless harsh environments across the globe with impressive results and are thrilled to present them to you in this installment of Trending Products. The Navy hat you see on the right is our Venture Air 5 Panel Mesh Hat, which not only looks stylish but will keep air flowing through the hat and your noggin when the going gets hot. Our other fresh dome covering device is called the Rambler Rip Stop Unstructured Hat. The medium weight rip stop cotton is sturdy and designed to handle any abuse from the outdoors, and it keeps you looking good while you are out there enjoying it.
Speaking of hair, if you have incredible hair like Jeff, you probably don't normally wear hats or beanies. For the rest of us, this changing of the seasons marks a time where its now acceptable to wear our favorite beanie, the WC logo beanie. This beanie is extremely soft and comfortable so it will keep your noggin warm and cozy, and it will also let others know that you have excellent taste and like to support the best bike shop in the known universe. So basically the WC logo beanie checks all the beanie boxes possible.
Trying to find a flat pedal that is good quality, offers ample grip and doesn't break the bank can be a serious challenge these days, especially in this age of everything being out of stock. Enter RaceFace's Chester pedals - these platform pedals have been some of our best selling pedals for years now and offer an impressive combination of everything you would want in a flat pedal. These pedals are economical, durable and serviceable - bearings and pedal pins are replaceable and the composite pedal body is nearly bomb proof. At $54.99, the bang for buck is hard to beat and is only matched by few.
Some say too much of a good thing is bad. Whoever said that clearly wasn't a mountain biker because you can never have too much stopping power. SRAM's Code RSC Brakes are SRAM's most powerful 4 piston brake, and they offer loads of stopping power as well as nearly infinite adjustability with the tool-less contact point adjustment and lever reach adjustment. You can find them on everything from World Cup DH steeds to beefy downcountry and trail bikes, and for good reason. When the weight penalty is minimal, why not run the most powerful brakes you can get your hands on?
Author: Jared Erickson