The first layer is a water-based detergent that cleans the surface of the chain without using harmful solvents; the second layer is a silicone/teflon lubricant that penetrates into the links of the chain and then hardens into a amorphous (soft) wax.
a All Mountain Rider
from Paradise, PA, USA
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2012
Strengths: quiet and clean shifts, cleans as you ride, keeps dirt off chain, no mess
Weaknesses: none at all
i don't know why people give such a bad rap for this product. 1, read the directions. 2, why would you not want to lube your chain before each ride? doesn't make sense. if i were to step outside right now with my bike and start riding, i'd want to make sure it's CLEANED & LUBED before each ride, so performance is at BEST. 3, why would you use it for wet conditions? i see people say not great for wet conditions. that's what syn lube is for, or any other wet conditions lube. yes, you will go through puddles of water or mud in dry conditions still, but i've used this stuff for a while and still haven't had a problem with it yet. maybe people aren't applying enough on their chain.
Weaknesses: you do have apply before each ride. Chain does need to be clean.
Bottom line on this is that it works as long as you apply to a clean chain. It does keep your chain clean in dusty loose conditions. I used pro link and it's good but sand and dust stuck to it a lot more then using a wax lubricant. I'll continue to use it until I try something better this it.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2009
Strengths: *It cleans the chain well
Weaknesses: *You have to reapply it before each ride. Who would want to waste their time doing that?
*The directions on how to use it (which are supposed to be for 'first-time users') are vague. They don't tell you where exactly you need to apply the lubricant. Apparently, it's quite important that you apply the lubricant on parts other than the chain, or you risk damaging your drivetrain.
*The main advantage of the product - that it is a cleaner and lubricant in one product - is useless, unless you enjoy maintaining your bike after each ride.
I definitely would not recommend this product. It would be more worthwhile to buy a degreaser and a conventional lubricant. Buying these separately might be a bit more expensive, but at least you won't have to waste time and get yourself dirty applying the ridiculous ice wax on your bike before each ride.
Similar Products Used: White Lightning, Boeshield, Prolink
Bike Setup: '09 Titus El Guapo
a Cross Country Rider
from Calgary AB Canada
Date Reviewed: April 22, 2009
Strengths: Cleans while you ride.
Weaknesses: Not a weakness but you do have to reapply after (or before) every ride
Conventional lube vs wax lubes is like the chevy vs ford debate. There are valid points on both sides of the argument. Bottom line is it comes down to preference. If you're the type of rider that likes to lube up on occation and ride until your chain is black and filthy before you clean it, stick with the conventional. If you don't mind dabbing a little on after (or before) each ride, and you like a product that repells dirt and grime rather than inviting it to stick to your drivetrain, this is a great product. One of the reviews says, "this will damage your drive train", that is not true provided your chain is perfectly clean before application. Problems can arise however if you apply any waxy lube on a dirty chain...then it will damage your drivetrain! MAKE SURE YOUR CHAIN AND CASSETTE ARE CLEAN BEFORE APPLYING! Reapplication is required because of how waxy lubes work. As you ride your chain picks up dirt. With a conventional lube this dirt sticks to your chain. With a waxy lube, the the dirt chips off and takes a small amount of lube with it. After a long ride there won't be much lube left. Hence, the need for reapplication. Pedro's Ice wax lasts about as long as other similar products. Lastly, this is not a good lube for consistantly wet areas such as the northwest coast. If you ride in coastal areas it's probably better to stick to a conventional lube.
Bike Setup: Giant Reign 1: XT Comp Spec. Fox suspension front and back
a Weekend Warrior
from se usa
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2008
Strengths: cheap, beats wet lubes in dry conditions.
Weaknesses: don't last long
as far as dry lubes go, this one doesn't work as well as others. about 20 miles and time to start over with the clean and apply. Cmon that;s one days riding. White lightning last about 40 miles,a little better, but the best dry lube out there is extreme from rock and roll. see reviews for it
Similar Products Used: white lightning rock and roll extreme
Bike Setup: xc
from Athens, Greece
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2008
Strengths: Keeps your chain clean and lubed... for about 20 miles or so.
Weaknesses: It doesn't last. Period. It will damage your drivetrain.
This product is a joke. It's very good for keeping your chain clean, but that's what degreasers are for. I had high hopes for it, but ended up disappointed. I hear some people mix it with more durable lubes to achieve longevity, but I'm not about to become a chemist to keep my chain clean and lubed.
Weaknesses: makes mess, smells bad, does not last, not cheap, warning label
First of all this stuff does not last. I have applied the product exactly as the label specifies to find a quite drive train for about 10 miles then chattering starts. It does do a decent job of cleaning but who wants to carry lube with them on 40-50 mile road rides? Not I! My chain has about 1000 miles on it and is worn out maybe due to lube that lasts about 20 minutes? I have used this stuff on my mountain bike and same results. I am just looking for something that will last at least one ride and keep my chain from wearing out. I am going to try pro link pro gold next and what happens. Stay away from this stuff because it just does not last. Also the label says the vapors are harmful....killing brain cells and killing chains...great product.
Bike Setup: Road bike: Giant TCR2 MTB: Fisher Piranha
a Cross Country Rider
from Littleton, CO
Date Reviewed: May 20, 2007
Strengths: Keeps dirt off the drive train and keeps it clean. Works in all conditions, wet, dry, and in between. No waxy build up like other wax lubes. Affordable.
Weaknesses: Doesn't last really long (follow the directions and apply before each ride).
I read the reviews on this site before using the lube. I've followed the advice and the printed directions and I've been happy with the performance. It definitely keeps my drive train cleaner than any other lube that I've used. It will wear quickly at times but has never left me high and dry during a ride. For the price, this is the best lube I have used and plan on continuing to use it. I've done teflon but it is just expensive and attracts more dirt. Not to mention, when it gets wet, you don't want teflon. Follow the directions and you'll be happy.
Similar Products Used: White Lightning, Pedro's Syn Lube, Finish Line Teflon
Bike Setup: Basically the standard Yeti ASR-SL Race Disc kit with two deviations (brakes and front tire). FOX F100 RLT fork, Fox RP3 shock, CANE CREEK S-2 headset, RACE FACE DEUS LP crankset, SRAM X-GEN Front, SRAM X.0 Rear, SRAM X.9 shifters, SRAM PG-970 cassette, SHIMANO HYPERGLIDE chain, SHIMANO XT hubs front and rear, MAVIC XM819 DISC UST rims, Hutchinson Barracudas (2.1 Rear, 2.3 front), Avid Juicy Seven brakes, RACE FACE handlebar, THOMSON steam, YETI HARD CORE grips, : YETI / WTB ROCKET V TI saddle, THOMSON seatpost, Shimano 540 pedals
a Cross Country Rider
from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: May 1, 2007
Strengths: Keeps Chain Clean! Inexpensive, Easy To Use,
Weaknesses: Wow where do I begin? This is a ok product for a one day use. I am hoping that you get that out of it.
The Bottom Line is simple. We have put men on the moon and vehicles on other planets but we can't come up with a bicycle chain lubricant that works! For every lubricant that I used it had at most 1 good aspect about it, unfortunetly 10 negative aspects as well! Good Luck people! After Tri-Flow I'm going to try one other lube called ProGold ProLink and if it doesn't work You will see me on TV when i throw my Trek off the CN Tower!
Similar Products Used: WD-40, 10w-30 Motor Oil, White Lightning, Ice wax, Mineral Oil, Olive Oil, Extra virgin olive oil, Vegi Oil, Disel fuel,
Bike Setup: Trek 6000 Hardtail,
from Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2007
Strengths: Good cleaner
Weaknesses: Doesn't last very long. Seems like I haven't lubed the chain in months. Squeaks and make noise.
I would not recommend this product. I bought it because it was on sale and was recommended by a magazine. I figured it would be similar to the white lightning wax type product. I cleaned my chain and applied as recommended. While riding I noticed squeaks and other friction like noises that I had never heard before.
After using the product for several months I have concluded that it just doesn't last and is a poor lubricant. I have two full bottles and another that is mostly full that I will not be using. Going back to the white lightning, which I used before.
In short, it makes my chain sound and feel like it is dried out, not lubed and really dirty. I would not recommend it.
a Weekend Warrior
from York County, Maine USA
Date Reviewed: November 1, 2006
Strengths: quiet and clean
My highest-value use for this is off-season riding with my road bike on a trainer - no messy discharge onto the rug/floor like oil-based lubes (when I used oil lubes I used to put cardboard under the trainer), and it has been acceptable on the road rides I've taken it on - but I throw down a layer of Pedro's extra-dry oil-based before I put the wax on if I'm going outside, which has worked really well for me. I might try it on longer off-road rides but the reviews of folks who've used it for that will probably make me carry a small bottle of something else in my pack when I do...