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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by nauc, Feb 24, 2013.
ive been using RnR Gold, but was thinking about changing to Finish Line Dry
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Finish Line Cross Country is the only lube I ever use, whatever the conditions. That said, it's wet here the majority of the time... sorry for the useless response
I have used Rock 'n Roll Extreme (Blue) for everything for many years.
Keep your drive train clean, use Tri-flow 99% of the time.
Use something else if you ride in pure mud or freezing conditions (EG - Finish Line XC lube - mineral, no wax...)
For DH i use only Finish Line Wax Lubricant. It isnt gooey. And the Chain is clean at every conditions
Have had good luck with Boeshield T-9: http://boeshield.com/features-benefits/bicycles/
Boeshield T9 > everything else.
Progold > everything else. The only problem is I have no clue if you can get it in the US. I love mine.
I rarely ride mud but often deal with dust and sometimes a lot of dust.
Finishline Krytech wax is the cleanest and has enough durability for most DH days. At the end of the day a light hosing and re-application is all it takes to stay sparkling clean and slippery. On long, dusty XC rides it doesn't last well enough and the chain feels dry and rough in the last miles. So: Krytech when you can get away with it, Boeshield or Rock'n'Roll Gold for more endurance but a little more gunk to clean up (you'll want to use some degreaser). Tri-flow works almost as well as those two, is cheaper especially in large bottles, but collects a little more dirt and requires more cleaning (maybe not as good lubrication & longevity also).
Best lube ever! Well for bicycle use
White Lightning for everyday
I have had decent luck with Finish Line Dry and ProLink ProGold...I think I liked the Finish Line a bit better, though. I tend to end up using Finish Line Wet, though. Things get a bit dirtier, but it lasts a bit better and keeps things quieter.
1. Melt ski wax in saucepan/pot
2. Place chain in pot
3. Pull chain out with wire
4. Hang in the open air to cool
5. Curl chain around a bit to break wax
6. Ride any conditions you want and not need to do anything to your chain for 3-6 months
Have been meaning to try the wax method... going to give it a go.
It doesn't get much drier/dustier than Phoenix. I've always used Dumonde Tech Lite.
Same concept as White Lightning Clean Ride. I never clean my chain. I just add White Lightning before every ride. It lasts about 100 miles on my road bike.
Another vote for Finishline Krytech wax (white lightning is similar). I worked in a shop for about 5 years, and tried litteraly everything we sold (Pedros full line, finishline's full line, etc). While some were better in the wet and some better in the dry, the Krytech was such a good all rounder that's all I run now unless it's raining and I'm racing in the rain/mud. Can't go wrong with it at all. Stays dry to the touch so it won't attract dirt the same way a normal oil does. I use it on every bike I ride now. Road to DH.
Dumonde Tech is great stuff. Lite for dusty/dry conditions and Original otherwise.
My favorite chain lube is free samples from race packets and booths. Keeping me supplied since '95.
Dumonde Tech Light has never done me wrong out here in cali.
Minimal gunk buildup compared to other lubes.
I have an entire case of that Finish Line stuff we got still to this day. It apparently evaporated in the bottle.
For me, ProLink. Silent shifting.
Astroglide always works in dry conditions.
chain lube? what is that?
i just replace the chain every 3 months... its too much of a hassle to be bothered with buying supplies and cleaning and lubing often. one of the perks of using a $20 8sp chain.
at most, i´d lubricate the chain with any industrial lube i have laying around my workplace.
Three bikes and have been using the same $10 bottle of Dumonde I bought about 5 years ago.
Something to consider when choosing lube for your Downhill Bike.
With that said Finish Line wet is cheap and works
dumonde tech lite.
I've tried lots of alternatives. Keep coming back and now I'm glad I did.
Super clean, won't eat your chain guide, won't wash off. In really nasty wet stuff, the Dumonde moto lube works well. It's really heavy, but it will stay on all day in the worst conditions.
That RnR stuff is just pure Naphtha with some wax solids. Garbage.