What Chain Lube Works Best for You?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by Mikie, Jan 1, 2015.



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  1. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    It all comes down to coefficient of friction "Cf". Friction and slip-tion. The rest is all hype and advertising. The age of one's chain, and wear of the chain rings probably has a greater affect than the Cf of a lube.
     
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  2. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I've found that using chain lube solves many problems. I've also found that short of disassembling your chain a la Sheldon Brown's method, you're worrying about schtuff that you can't do anything about, anyway.
     
  3. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Mr. Brown
    So is it just me or is Dumond getting hard to find I went to two different bike shops today and they both told me they're not carrying it because of something about California ... And the formula
     
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  4. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    It probable doesn’t have the Prop. 65 warning on the label.
     
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  5. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    2018 Trek FEX
    Try ebay
     
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  6. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Amazon.
     
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  7. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Dumonde can't fly. It contains volatiles, that's why it smells so good! :cool:
     
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  8. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Refer back to reply #8, a nice Varaxis chart!!!
     
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  9. Danimal

    Danimal iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    GG Trail Pistol!
    Was at the path a while back and asked which lube they recommended.
    The guy said ....any of them is better than not using lube"
    Words to ride by..
     
  10. Erckalf

    Erckalf Member

    Location:
    Eden, Utah
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Bronson
    I use rock and roll gold, since I broke my first chain I've consistently cleaned and oiled my chain and drive train after every ride and haven't had any chain issues.... I also must mention I try an see what obstacles are ahead of me to minimize my in torque gear changes. My girlfriend on the other hand bangs through her ten speed shimano deore drivetrain like no one's business in any situation. (She needs an 11 or 12 speed upgrade ASAP)
     
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  11. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Mr. Brown
    No Dumond so trying Squirt ... Recommended
     
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  12. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Just picked up a bottle for $0.65 after applying my Amazon points. Vince at JRA uses it exclusively on their demo bikes and it works. I put 40+ dusty miles on one of their gravel bikes and it was quiet and shifted smoothly the whole ride.
     
  13. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    When I switched, I bought the classic and the Pro version to try. The Pro being the one that can safely fly... It may be safe, but it's not as good at its job. I'm still on my first bottle of classic and it's amazing how well it works for the long haul.

    That whole "safe on a plane" thing is also the reason I can't get touch up paint from Santa Cruz anymore. :poop:
     
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  14. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2020 Specialized Fuse 29
    Sooooooo

    I think my last post here I had just bought the atb lube. I just remembered why I don't use it. Way too much gunk stuck on the drive train.

    So, here it is.
    All my regular trails have multiple Creek crossings.
    Do I want dumonde tech lite, or regular?

    Or rnr extreme

    Sorry

    But at least it's not another ebike post right?
     
  15. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    I’ve been using the light for everything.
     
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  16. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Here to confuse you...I use both. I use the regular on a clean chain to build up a good base and top it off as needed using the lite.
    If I had to choose I would take the regular, but the lite smells better!
     
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  17. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southern California
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+/ 29r
    Today Courtney came by my business to collect her helmet out of my truck before heading off to Black Star to ride. We had just cleaned our bikes so I asked if she put air in her tires. Answer: "Yes." Did you lube your chain? Answer: "No." I pulled her bike out of the Tahoe and lubed her chain with Dumonde. ( Which I had in my truck ) She left to go to Black Star. 10 min. later I get a text. " You lubed my chain and now my car smells like Blue Cheese ! " I answered: " You know what goes with Blue Cheese? IPA. Move on girl. Have a nice ride ." Haha
     
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  18. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.7
    I think I posted before that I use Rock N Roll Red, but have tried whatever the shop has laying around. Mostly Smoove and Progold.
     
  19. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Time for her to grow up and get a bike rack. :laugh::rolleyes:
     
  20. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    There are two camps here it seems.
    The Dumonde Camp and the Rock & Roll camp.
    I’m in the Rock & Roll Camp, use R&R Extreme in the wet weather and R&R Gold in the dry Summer. Very happy. Spotless chain.
     
  21. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    My camp uses whichever one is on the shelf when I need to restock.:thumbsup:
     
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  22. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    3 in 1 FTW
     
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  23. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    I don't get all anal about lube. Just buy what ever the latest is at the LBS. They all work well. Some better than others I suppose but I've never been completely blown away by the performance of a certain brand. Like the song says, "Clean and oil your chain before you ride..."
     
  24. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    :eek:
     
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  25. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    If you are going through a lot of water....get the Original Dumonde(dark green).

    I usually use the Dumonde Lite(yellow) for dry conditions.
     
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  26. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    I'm on the Dumonde. I guess it's the Lite.
    Never seen the green one.
    And, my wife likes the banana smell.
     
  27. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Dumonde-Classic-Original-2-oz.jpg

    Dumonde-Classic-Lite-2-oz-700sq.jpg
     
  28. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southern California
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+/ 29r
    As soon as she gets a job she's looking at a Hyundai Santa Fe with a tow hitch rack. ( And moving back out into her own place again )

    Rock n Roll Gold for short rides. Dumonde Original for long rides. Dumonde is really sticky and collects dirt on the drive train and is a b to clean. I haven't tried Dumonde Lite-
     
  29. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Huh? You must be doing something wrong. I use Dumonde because it is not sticky and is super easy to clean.
     
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  30. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    Ok... Seriously. Now I have to go out to the garage and sniff my lubes. I've never noticed the smell.
     
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