BRAND INTRODUCTION – WPL BICYCLE MAINTENANCE PRODUCTS

WPL, full form Whistler Performace Lubricants is a bicycle maintenance goods company, which primarily makes lubricants and degreasers for all bicycle maintenance needs.

Founded in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, by a father-son duo, their mission was to use their cycling experience and chemical engineering know-how to create the most effective and eco-friendly products for bicycle maintenance.

All WPL products are USDA Certified Biodegradable and Eco-Friendly. Most traditional lubricants and degreasers are comprised of toxic chemicals which do pollute the environment and are harmful to animals. So be careful the next time you’re hosing down your lathery bike after a wash, as those chemicals might be polluting the ground underneath.

Their products are noted to be equal to, and if not more effective than their non-eco-friendly counterparts. Let’s take a look at WPL’s range of products and see how they stack up!

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WPL PRODUCT LINEUP

  • WPL DRY CHAIN LUBE
  • WPL WET CHAIN LUBE
  • WPL FORKBOOST LUBE
  • WPL ABSOLUTE BIKE GREASE
  • WPL BIO-SOLVENT DEGREASER
  • WPL TUBELESS SEALANT
  • WPL BIO BIKE WASH
  • WPL HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION OIL

Let’s find out what makes these maintenance products stand out!

WPL DRY CHAIN LUBE

WPL Dry Chain Lube is a Premium Bio-Based Chain Lube, designed for use in dry and dusty riding conditions. The Lube has been formulated to penetrate deep into chain links to maximize pedal efficiency and make for smoother gear-shifting.

The product is Non-Toxic and PFTE-Free (PFTE can be carcinogenic), therefore keeping the mechanic, rider and environment safe from harm.

Product Features:

  • Premium Bio-Based Formula Made With Natural Ingredients
  • Endurance Formula Designed For Dry And Mild Riding Conditions For All Bicycles
  • Advanced Surface-Binding Compounds Improve Pedal Efficiency And Reduce Wear
  • Penetrates Deep Into Chain Links While Repelling Contaminants
  • Biodegradable, Non-Toxic, Ptfe-Free Formula Is Environmentally Friendly

WPL WET CHAIN LUBE

WPL Wet Chain Lube, like its Dry sibling, is a premium bio-based chain lube, which provides long-lasting and efficient performance to cyclists across all disciplines. Made specifically for wet conditions, WPL’s proprietary ‘Emulsifite‘ Technology allows for easy cleaning of your chain by dissolving under high-pressure water, no need to scrub the gunk out!

The concentration of emulsifiers in the lube has been fine-tuned to resist puddles and rainwater and only responds to high-pressure water from a hose.

Product Features

  • Premium Bio-Based Formula Made With Natural Ingredients
  • Emulsifite Technology Provides Dynamic Cleaning Abilities And Prevents Black Goop Build-Up
  • Long-Lasting Formula Improves Pedal Efficiency By Reducing Chain Wear And Friction
  • For Use On Bicycle Chains, Shifters, Derailleurs And Cables
  • Biodegradable, Non-Toxic, Ptfe-Free Formula Is Environmentally Friendly

WPL FORKBOOST LUBE

WPL ForkBoost Lube is a Suspension Fork lube designed to be an instant performance booster. it lubricates and cleans your bicycle suspension seals to eliminate any striction (the act of constricting, or the state of being constricted), remove dirt and prolong the life of your fork seals.

ForkBoost is fully compatible with Rubber and Rubber Derivatives and causes no damage to the seals, seal swelling or seal cracking. The lube can also be used internally in the fork during rebuilds to soak the foam seals and to cut the grease to a specified density.

Product Features

  • Premium Bio-Based Formula Made With Natural Ingredients
  • Biodegradable, Non-Toxic, PTFE-Free Formula
  • Cleans And Lubricants Bike Suspension Seals
  • Removes Unwanted Dirt And Contaminants From Suspension Seals
  • Apply Externally To Dust Seals To Lengthen Seal Lifetime

WPL ABSOLUTE BIKE GREASE

WPL Absolute Bike Grease is a Premium Calcium-Based Grease, designed for high-thermal stability for all high friction prone areas of the bike. The grease is purely bio-based and contains no artificial chemicals and petroleum oils. The grease is compatible for use on Rubber and Elastomers offering a working temperature range of between -40ºC To 120ºC. This means it’ll work beautifully in almost any region on Earth!

WPL Absolute Grease is the Class-Leading, flouted as a Mechanic’s favourite in improving a bicycles movement efficiency and corrosion resistance. With this, you can kill two birds with one stone and get the best possible bike grease on the market, while also doing your bit to create a better pollution free world for the future.

Product Features

  • Premium Bio-Based Formula Made With Natural Ingredients
  • Improve Performance Of Moving Parts With Advanced Friction-Reducing Properties
  • All-Purpose, Waterproof Assembly Grease For Bearings, Bushings, Wheels, And Headsets
  • Working Temperature Range Of -40°C To 120°C
  • Biodegradable, Non-Toxic Formula Is Safe For Rubber And Rubber Derivatives

WPL BIO-SOLVENT DEGREASER

WPL Bio-Solvent Degreaser is purpose-designed to eliminate contaminants and grease build-up from all of your drivetrain components. The Degreaser is Bio-Degradable, Non-Toxic, Petroleum-Free and is entirely built on a Bio-Based Formula.

The product can be used directly on your drivetrain or can be used in isolated cleanings such as chain cleaning tools or degreaser bins. Not only does it do the job far better than most products we’ve tried. We also have a clear conscience knowing that we aren’t releasing any harmful chemicals into our sewage system.

Product Features:

  • Premium Bio-Based Formula Made With Natural Ingredients
  • Powerful Solvent Easily Removes Grease And Grime
  • Biodegradable, Non-Toxic Formula Safe For Environment And Mechanics
  • For Use On Drivetrain Parts With Stubborn Grease Build Up And Contamination
  • Easy Spray Trigger Penetrates Deep Into Moving Parts

WPL TUBELESS SEALANT

WPL’s Race Ready Tubeless Sealant is powered by nano-technology and a bio-based formula that harnesses natural fibrous tissue that seals punctures ranging from 1 micrometre up to 1/2″ in size.

The Nanoparticles fill the pores in the rubber tires preventing air loss, and larger particles are emulsified in a solution engineered to perform in all temperature ranges.

Considering that some sealant is released into the environment before it plugs a puncture, it is important to make sure nothing harmful is ejected on to the road. As this will inadvertently end up in the groundwater following rains. So do your bit to keep all your bike products environmentally friendly.

Product Features

  • Contains strictly natural fibres from sustainable sources
  • Fibres vary in size to feel punctures from micrometre up to 1/2” in size
  • The solution is emulsified using bio-based chemicals that are non-toxic, non-corrosive, and eco-friendly
  • The formula has been chemically engineered to perform in mild to extreme conditions in a temperature range of -10°F(-23°C) to 225°F(107.2°C)
  • Nano Particles fill pores in the rubber tires to prevent air loss over extended periods of time

WPL BIO BIKE WASH

Arguably the most used product by most bike owners, a bike wash solution is the most likely to be sprayed and washed off in your back-yard or driveway. That is why WPL Bio Bike Wash should be your next investment in bike care, as it is a powerful, eco-efficient, all-purpose bike cleaner that can be used anywhere for quick and easy washed in all conditions.

The solution is 100% Biodegradable, Non-Toxic Non-Corrosive and 100% VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) and Phosphate free! Switch over to WPL’s Bio Bike Wash as you can do your bit to prevent ground-water contamination and environmental harm, all while having the toughest and most effective bike wash on the market.

Product Features

  • Advanced surface-active compounds cuts through dirt and contaminants
  • Fast and efficient cleaning abilities requires minimal effort for the best clean
  • Class-leading eco-friendly formula made is 100% biodegradable, VOC-free and Phosphate-free
  • All-purpose cleaner for all bicycle parts and frames, including carbon
  • Safe on seals, anodized metals, disc rotors and brake pads
  • Made in Canada

WPL HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION OILS

WPL’s sports a wide array of high-performance, premium suspension oils which are developed in collaboration with professional MTB athletes and mechanics based in Whistler, BC, Canada.

It’s designed for use in both forks and shocks, with its ‘triple ester’ technology protecting internal parts against wear and friction.

WPL’s formula increases corrosion inhibition, detergency, and thermal stability within the suspension. The bio-degradable, non-toxic formula is safe for use by mechanics and release into the environment.

Most fork oils will come with a rating of their weight (WT). This refers to how thick the oil is otherwise known as its viscosity. If water is 0 and tar is 100 you start to get an idea of what thickness 5 weight oil will be.

Most manufacturers will recommend an oil weight for their forks but you can use different weight fluids to change the characteristics of the damper. A thicker weight oil will slow a system down and a thinner oil will make it faster.

Heat can affect oils dramatically and as an example, some lubricants can double in viscosity with only a 5 °C change.
You can mix oils to obtain a diluted weight. However, if you mix 10wt and 5wt you won’t necessarily get 7.5wt because you have to take into account an equation called the Refutas equation, the laws of dilution, volume percentage and molarity and this is a very exact science.

Some fluids are obviously not suitable for use in fluid dampers so we need to make sure we are using specific suspension fluid. The reason for this is because of an effect called hydrodynamic cavitation.

Cavitation occurs when a liquid is subjected to rapid changes of pressure causing the formation of cavities in the lower pressure regions of the liquid. Simply put, the fluid turns into bubbles or foam. Bubbles have very little use in a damper offering little or no damping characteristics. Manufacturers of suspension fluids work very hard to minimize this cavitation in the fluid.

WPL offers Suspension Fluid in the following weightages:

  • WPL 2.5WT HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION OIL
  • WPL 5WT HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION OIL
  • WPL 7WT HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION OIL
  • WPL 10WT HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION OIL
  • WPL 20WT HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION OIL

Product Features

  • Premium bio-based formula made with natural ingredients
  • Triple ester technology protects against wear and reduces friction
  • High oxidative stability prevents chemical breakdown under heat and shear
  • The additive-Free formula provides extreme lubricity and smooth compressions
  • Biodegradable, non-toxic, PTFE-free formula
  • Made in Canada

WPL products are worth considering as they possess non-toxic and biodegradable qualities. Oils and grease are often in contact with our skin, and a lot of other companies use polluting organic solvents and other chemicals that can be harmful.

And it’s inevitable that these things make their way to a drain or directly into the ground when we wash our bikes. Minimizing harm to our environment is simply another responsibility we have as mountain bikers—not to mention humans—just as important as sustaining our trails and forests.

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