ProLink Chain Lube will not let dirt and grit stick to your chain ? in wet or dry conditions. It greatly reduces friction and wear, allowing smoother operation of your chain and cables, and it will keep your chain and drive train area clean and seemingly drag free. ProLink is a thin-bodied lubricant that uses MFR technology, a molecule which bonds to the metal surface. It does not build up or become tacky because it contains no solids like Teflon, wax, moly, graphite or plastic. -Sheds dirt, mud and abrasives -Repels moisture and reduces oxidation/corrosion -riders racing on trailDisperses water and resists wash-off -Will not build up or get tacky -Cleans and lubricates as you ride -Works well in all climates -Smoother shifting, quieter drive train -Longer chain and sprocket life -Less time spent cleaning drive train -Lasts two to three times longer than other lubes ? more ride time for your dollar! -Can be used as a dry lubricant -Environmentally friendly
Strengths: Shifts like a wet lube but doesn't pick up dirt or wash off in water crossings. Definitely decreases drivetrain wear, which I have learned after a decade of using this stuff.
Weaknesses: It's also a solvent so protect your tires, frame, wheels, etc. from drips.
I used to go through a lot of chains and cassettes. When this stuff hit market in the 90's I gave it a try. The bike worked better and the expensive parts lasted longer. It's really weird to saturate the chain, let it stand, then wipe it "dry." It seems to work everywhere, from the sands of the Pacific Coast to the pumice dust in the Eastern Sierra.
Great for dry conditions where you really want the performance of a wet lube, that doesn't wash off during a stream crossing, and doesn't clog up right away. The way to use is to just keep adding it; it cleans as it coats, so even if your chain is really muddy give it a good rinse, let it dry, then start dumping this stuff on the chain until it looks and rides fresh. The benefits build up while the grunge factor remains very low. There have been many times when both me and the bike are covered in dirt but the chain looks perfectly clean and still works great.
Tip for new chain installs: soak and scrub out the heavy grease with your favorite de-greaser, then hit it again with an auto spray solvent like a brake parts cleaner. Once dry, install chain then liberally apply it and let dry between further coats, and simply wipe off any excess. How often to re-apply depends on conditions, but it will hang on for a long time until critical mass has been reached, when the whole drivetrain gets caked up even though your chain looks ok. So clean your drivetrain, remove and degrease the chain and start over. No big deal since it doesn't need it very often.
Great stuff for all conditions, especially mixed conditions. I'd give it a 5 rating but there's always room for improvement.
Strengths: Great protection for my drive-train, stays put in terrible conditions
Weaknesses: Thin during application, be careful not to get any on your rotor!
This lube has served me well during the Spring and Fall mud season. I have been very please with all Pro Gold products. The Bike Wash has been especially surprising, that stuff ROCKS!
Date Reviewed: September 12, 2012
Strengths: Works 99.9% of time...all the time.
Weaknesses: Searching for that .01%...I guess it's that drop that missed the chain.
Put me to bed, I've seen it all. Best lube on market, period. "Lack of maintenance"...what's that mean? Apply the lube, go to bed, wipe down chain, shred it, shred it, shred it. A week later, you're still flying through gears. Want a do-it-all lube, you've found it...I guess thats why they call it gold.
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2012
Strengths: Goes on light, does not gunk up the chain and weathers rain very well. Very economical.
Fantastic lube choice. I've used it from road to cyclocross and have never been dissatisfied.
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2012
Strengths: It works, it lasts and doesn't get all weird and gummy like some dry lubes
Weaknesses: Even in a pinch, you can't drink it
We all want a good working lube. Like finding that perfect tire or grip, it's something you just want to throw on and not have to think about. That's just what this is. Clean that chain and apply sparingly the night before, next day, wipe chain down and go ride. Then ride again. And again. This stuff works very well in all conditions, makes cleaning the chain a breeze (see ProLinks cleaning products) and best of all, like Ron Popeil said, set it and forget it.
Strengths: easy application, I've found on the single speed i'll apply it very liberality after my ride and wipe off the excess before the next ride. Chain doesn't make noise for 100 miles plus in the moon dust of SW Utah
Weaknesses: A few dollars more then some other options
Just a great product, good people, and noise free chain
Similar Products Used: Squirt, finish line dry, dumonde
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: July 10, 2012
Strengths: It is quiet, it allows crisp shifting, it’s long-lasting, and it is ready to go after application – you can apply and ride.
Weaknesses: The only bad thing about this lube is the application. The applicator tip on the bottle is just about worthless. The lube drips out the bottom of the tip (closest to the bottle), as much as it drips out the end of the tip (where it’s supposed to come out). This definitely results in some waste.
I have been testing several of the top recommended chain lubes (ProGold ProLink, White Lightning Clean Ride, and Squirt – a review is written for each one), to try and find the best lube for ME and MY typical riding conditions. Typically, I ride my Fuel EX 8 about 60% on the road (I use it to commute), and 40% on dusty and rocky trails. I don’t typically encounter water, and I specifically avoided it for this test, to keep the playing field equal. Most lubes were used for 50+ miles, except for Squirt (you can read why in the review for this lube). The wax lubes were used on one chain; the dry lubes were used on another; to avoid any type of contamination. In addition, the chains were cleaned with a de-greaser, and then high pressure water, and left to dry completely before applying the lubes. All of the lubes were applied according to their specific instructions. Below are my test results:
The only bad thing about this lube is the application. The applicator tip on the bottle is just about worthless. The lube drips out the bottom of the tip (closest to the bottle), as much as it drips out the end of the tip (where it’s supposed to come out). This definitely results in some waste. Since I installed this lube on a dry chain, I put 2 drips at each roller. After I covered the whole chain, I spun the cranks a few times to work it in, and then left it overnight before taking the bike out for a ride. It appeared to distribute itself evenly, even to the outside links. This lube applies clear and dries clear, and is very thin.
This lube is extremely quiet for the first 10 miles. It is fairly quiet for the next 20 miles. After about 40 – 50 miles, the chain began to make more noise, and the shifting wasn’t as crisp. I would say this lube is good for 40 – 50 miles for my type of riding conditions. After this amount of mileage, the drivetrain definitely has a minor amount of dust stuck to it, but not too bad. After reapplying the lube to the chain, it actually cleans the chain quite a bit – especially if you apply the lube at night and let it sit until the next morning. And since it’s a wet lube, you can ride it right after applying it.
This was my favorite lube, by far, and the one that I will be using. It is quiet, it allows crisp shifting, it’s long-lasting, and it is ready to go after application – you can apply and ride.
Bike Setup: 2010 Fuel EX 8, stock except for Shimano XT brakes
a Weekend Warrior
from Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Date Reviewed: February 2, 2012
Strengths: Does not attract dirt/dust, long lasting, quiet, easy to dispense, bottle does not clog like wax lubes,
Weaknesses: Its only weakness is related to the incompatability (contains mineral spirits) with the plastics in my new E13 chain guide/bash ring. Had I known this was an issue I would have found a different bash guard / chain guide. This is a big disappointment as I have tried all of the E13 recomended lubricants with dismal results. I supose they would be good lubes if you were a fully sponsored rider and had someone else paying for and maintaining your bike and parts.
Similar Products Used: DuMond, White Lightning, Tri-flow, the stuff in the red and white bottle whos name i forget right now
Bike Setup: tires, fork, saddle, brakes, etc
a Cross Country Rider
from Dunwoody GA
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2011
Strengths: The oil does not seem to pick up as much grime and dirt as other oils I have used. The result is I am keeping my components longer and thus saving me big bucks. I really like that the flow out of the bottle is just right for applying the oil.
Weaknesses: None that I know of.
I used to just buy any oil that was available at the bike shop. It's the only oil I use now. Will use in either wet or dry conditions.
Strengths: Clean running chain lube. Last for MTB use. It works best when u apply it the night before so the metal treatment can really do it's work, it works good as a lube just applied right before the ride, but I prefer to apply it hours out, then again right before, then wipe off excess.
This is the best. The lube is clean, acts as a cleaner, and does not attract dust or dirt so much. One tiny bottle last a very long time too.
Similar Products Used: i've used them all but ever since i found pro gold nothing else has touched my bikes
Bike Setup: Trek Top Fuel 9.9SSL - Trek Cronus Ultimate CX
All Over the Mountain
a Weekend Warrior
from East Coaster
Date Reviewed: July 12, 2011
Strengths: This and cleans the chain well. Used the product for many years with great success
Weaknesses: Started using a chain guide. The solvents in the ProGold ProLink impacted the polycarbonate and lead to a failure. I am quite sure this was the root cause due to the lack of abbrasions or other physical marks on the chainguide. The integrated pully fell off during a ride, and the upper guide was showing signs of chemica attack.
Great value, based upon cost of the product alone. When the cost of replacement of polycarbonate parts is factored in, this is a poor value. This is a poor way to learn about chemical compatibility with polycarb. Learn from my mistake.
I am still impressed with the performance related to applications where polycarbonate contact isn't as high, such as my road bike chain. However, after using Dumondtec product, I will likely change over soon.
Similar Products Used: Just started using Dumondtec with great success. Might try others as well.
Bike Setup: All Over the Mountain and Valleys
Date Reviewed: April 4, 2011
Strengths: no dirt
makes chain last
Weaknesses: not long lasting at all
bottle is not the best
i thought that it was a good deal which it was. i was sqeezing the bottle at the chain and i would either come out in big squirts or not at all. when i got it on right i noticed i only used minimal degreaser but it doesn't last long so i get sqeeks more than silence.