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What lubricant?

ValyValy Posts: 1,321
edited February 2010 in MTB buying advice
Just looking for recommendations for lubes - currently use this Bosch spray.

Thanks in advance! :D

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    what do you want to lube?
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  • ValyValy Posts: 1,321
    The drivetrain I guess.
  • i'm currently on white lightning all conditions, but it's too thin. Usually i run my drivetrain pretty dry though, so stuff doesn't stick to it.
  • I use the same as ride_whenever and I also keep my chain pretty dry.

    Seems to work well though, and my chains, chainrings and cassettes seem to last quite well so I'm not in a great rush to change it.
  • joshtpjoshtp Posts: 4,329
    im currently using a homebrewed formula, its very, very effective too! but its a secret recipie and im not gonna squeek, but if you want ill send you some for £2. i like it, it works well, its very, very weatherproof, easy to clean, and isnt too "dirty" oh, and its "green" no overly nasty chemicals.....
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  • With the current conditions I'm using a wet lube (Lifeline race oil) on the mountain bike. Its mucky and gets dirty but keeps the chain nicely oiled.

    The dry lubes weren't lasting a ride and the chain started to rust.

    But when dryer and nicer the dry lubes are great at keeping the drivetrain clean and working well. They don't attract the dust and grime like the wet lubes.
  • im currently using a homebrewed formula, its very, very effective too! but its a secret recipie and im not gonna squeek, but if you want ill send you some for £2. i like it, it works well, its very, very weatherproof, easy to clean, and isnt too "dirty" oh, and its "green" no overly nasty chemicals.....

    You dirty [email protected]!

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  • bomberesquebomberesque Posts: 1,701
    finishline red or green, depending on conditions, but mostly red

    cleaning is arguably as important as lubrication, I take the chain off (power links ftw) and soak it in degreaser for half an hour or so while I'm fettling the rest of the bike, shaking the bottle every so often. The degreaser isn't cheap so I usually reuse it till it "wears out" (ie, is about as mucky as the chain.....)
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  • I never soak my chains, i find it knackers them. Just rub them down with a clean rag until they come up clean. Sometimes a little really light chain lube helps to get the gunk off if it's really filthy.
  • joshtpjoshtp Posts: 4,329
    im currently using a homebrewed formula, its very, very effective too! but its a secret recipie and im not gonna squeek, but if you want ill send you some for £2. i like it, it works well, its very, very weatherproof, easy to clean, and isnt too "dirty" oh, and its "green" no overly nasty chemicals.....

    You dirty [email protected]!

    :lol:
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  • ValyValy Posts: 1,321
    im currently using a homebrewed formula, its very, very effective too! but its a secret recipie and im not gonna squeek, but if you want ill send you some for £2. i like it, it works well, its very, very weatherproof, easy to clean, and isnt too "dirty" oh, and its "green" no overly nasty chemicals.....

    Epic phail? Or in other words i saw your thread! :lol:

    Thanks for the inputs everyone.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt8 ... r-ec005522

    One of the guys in Evans said it's pretty good - used to use it himself as well.
  • I've just ordered some 'Purple Extreme' because last time this subject came up everyone was raving about the stuff and now nobody is mentioning it! :D

    I have been using Epic Ride white Lightening up until now but it's not coping with the mud that's out there at the moment.
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  • joshtpjoshtp Posts: 4,329
    Valy wrote:
    im currently using a homebrewed formula, its very, very effective too! but its a secret recipie and im not gonna squeek, but if you want ill send you some for £2. i like it, it works well, its very, very weatherproof, easy to clean, and isnt too "dirty" oh, and its "green" no overly nasty chemicals.....

    Epic phail? Or in other words i saw your thread! :lol:

    Thanks for the inputs everyone.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt8 ... r-ec005522

    One of the guys in Evans said it's pretty good - used to use it himself as well.
    err, no, actually, my lube wasent a fail.. its very good, and the old one in that thread is noe outdated... my new one is much better..!
    also, GT85 IS NOT A CHAIN LUBE!
    it is a water dispersant, like WD40.....
    you need a proper chain lube in a proper dropper bottle.... GT 85 is of no use as a lubricant....
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  • i asked the same question a short while ago and was told to get FINISH LINE WET LUBE....... so i did and its really good stuff :wink:
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  • you need a proper chain lube in a proper dropper bottle.... GT 85 is of no use as a lubricant....

    First of all, you really don't need to lube your chain. As long as you store it clean and dry it'll be fine. GT is however a great solvent, so if you're careful makes a great chain cleaner, not to mention the teflon-y film it leaves behind is great for stopping the mud sticking.
  • ValyValy Posts: 1,321
    I see.

    I might get the finish line wet lube. Can the GT be used for cleaning forks? ... or at least to give smoother motion to them?
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    No - it can rot seals or swell them, thin the oil.

    Use chain lube on ths seals/stanchions.
  • or fork oil or that special fork spray stuff that is supposed to be amazing!
  • ValyValy Posts: 1,321
    Oh yeah, very specific advice r_w! :lol:
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