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I've been using this stuff for a few years now and have come to really like it. I apply it before or after each ride. Applying immediately before the ride works well. However, applying it the night before, giving it some time to penetrate works excellent.
Bike Setup: Cross county, full suspension, 2x10 drivetrain.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: July 10, 2012
Strengths: It makes for a quiet drivetrain and lasts fairly long.
Weaknesses: I didn’t like how it built up on the drivetrain or how long it takes to set up.
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:
First off, there should be a disclaimer on this lube that it should be applied at temperatures greater than 70°F. When I applied it at temperatures less than this, the tip of the applicator gunked up and it didn’t distribute itself on the chain well. When applied at the proper temperature, it distributes itself well but definitely leaves some drips that should be wiped off. I applied the lube mid-day, spun the cranks a few times, and left it to dry overnight. It applies white and dries white.
This lube is extremely quiet for the first 20 miles. It is fairly quiet for the next 20 miles. Shifting was not as crisp as with the ProGold, but still very good. After about 40 – 50 miles, the chain began to make more noise. I would say this lube is good for 40 – 50 miles for my type of riding conditions. After this amount of mileage, the chain remained fairly clean, with only a minor amount of dust on it. The drivetrain, and especially the pulley wheels on the rear derailleur, had some buildup of the lube. After applying this lube several times, there was a moderate amount of lube buildup on the drivetrain, which ends up gathering some dust/gunk. I would probably clean the drivetrain every other application.
Overall I liked this lube for how well it kept the chain clean and how long it lasted. I didn’t like how it built up on the drivetrain or how long it takes to set up.
Bike Setup: 2010 Fuel EX 8, stock except Shimano XT brakes
a Weekend Warrior
from Silver Spring, Md.
Date Reviewed: November 19, 2011
Strengths: It applies easily and the wax that is left when the carrier evaporates is clearly visible on the chain. It blocks the gaps in the chain plate and rollers keeping, salt, sand and other dirt/grit out of the chain bushing area.
Weaknesses: Needs another lube, medium weight chain oil, be applied to the center of the chain to keep a good lube on the roller/busing part of the chain.
This stuff keep the grit out of the chain bushing and on the outside of the chain. When used with a good roller lube it works great. It's easy to apply and maintain. Far better than the old school way of heating paraffin in a can and dropping a chain in the liquid wax.
I have used in on old style large metal zippers and metal luggage zippers to improve their action.
Bike Setup: Novara Fusion commuter and Motobecane road bike. Used on real roads with different levels of dirt, salt, grit and trash.
a Cross Country Rider
from united kingdom
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2011
Strengths: cleans your chain, smooth
Weaknesses: gets dry quick
good overall lube, i love it! the only downside is that after about 20 miles or so (when its not wet) it starts to dry up very quickly. in the wet, it doesnt last that long either but it does keep your chain nice and clean. good overall lube, if only it lasted longer!!
a Cross Country Rider
from Pittsburgh, PA
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2011
Strengths: Does a great job of cleaning the chain.
Weaknesses: Doesn't last very long.
This is a decent chain lube. It is easy to apply and you don't need to wipe the chain after applying it.
The best thing about this is how it cleans your chain. Squirt some on the chain and spin your chain backwards really fast. The lube seems to bind to the grime and fling it off your chain.
Only drawback is that it doesn't last very long at all in dry conditions, forget it in wet conditions, an hour of riding tops. Does not work at all under 40 degrees, it just gums up your drivetrain. Also, if you spill some on your wheel/tire it looks like someone splooged on your bike.
Three Flamin' Chillis. This stuff is good, but there's better out there.
I live in a condo and don't have access to good work area to clean my bike and or a garden hose to help in the clean up. Im sick of having to bring all that mud and gunk into my condo. Not to mention it sometimes puts some superficial rust on some components after it dries up. Looking for ideas of ... Read More »
Curious as to what you guys do after a muddy ride ? I've never been big on maintenance, but now i have a decent bike I've stepped it up. I usually use dirtwash or muck off them leave to dry till the next day then wax my chain and mechs, but I've noticed surface rust on my chain. I don't have a compr ... Read More »
I know China camp is the "easiest" of all the Bay Area single tracks. It is pretty fun though and I can do it with out stopping all in a little over an hour.
What is the next Single track out there that I can try and concur? I'd like to hit up a part of Skeggs. Honestly I'm way to intimida ... Read More »
So I never really did this much before but am getting more serious about this bike thing. What kinda cleaning do you all do after rides here in so cal? Usually I just blow off the dust with the compressor. I got some bike degreaser and chain lube but do I need to do go that detailed every ride? Help ... Read More »
First off, I wanted to make this thread a poll...but I don't know how :lol: So you'll just have to show your vote with a picture :)
Anyways, I normally never wash my truck, although the inside is always spotless, I use it too much. This week it's seen 2 loads of mulch, 1 load of firewood, bikes ... Read More »