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  1. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    I thot yanking your chain in a thread on chainlube was priceless
    Apparently everything is going over my head today

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    Haha, was trying to throw a bone to the non-queso crowd in saying the initial clean was some work. Itís more work than just dripping on some traditional lube and pedaling. But, like I said, cleaning off the factory gunk probably is wise regardless of what you use. In that case, itís definitely less work to run wax when you consider how little maintenance is required after the initial setup.

    Re: dirty area. Not a moon dust area. Really wet, muddy area. Trailís are slow to dry. Lots of creek crossings. But will also get dry dust in certain spots. Super humid southeast sand and mud-riding. Just feel like I canít keep my bike clean around here, drivetrain was always squawking by the end of a long ride till I switched to wax (molten speedwax for me).


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    before wax I would just use a liberal amount of pro-gold right on a chain right out of the wrapper to clean & lube as I ride,

    then shop bro told me wax was the shit, he was into Boesheild, I stumbled onto squirt on-line tried it and stuck with it, not very scientific
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    Quote Originally Posted by joetron View Post
    I’ve been Molten Speed Queso-ing then using a tiny bit of Squirt to augment when I can start to hear a chirp or even just a little more ‘mechanical’ noise from my drivetrain. It’s been working great and chainwear measurement has been insanely good.
    I’ve also had chirps disappear after a few minutes of pedaling as I assume the wax is warming up and re-penetrating where it needs to be.
    We’ll be rolling out some sort of hot wax treatment/subscription at the shop next spring, for sure.


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    The re-penetration is essential to the testing and why Zero Friction uses a test rig that has high and low-tension zones (just like your drivetrain). They note that this is the most accurate test vs. other companies whom run high-tension on their tester and get very different results.

    FWIW I think that SILCA drip is better than squirt in almost every facet, except that it's lower viscosity which makes it more difficult to drip with precision (I see dimes falling everytime Silca drip hits the floor).

    Reference: https://cyclingtips.com/2021/05/alli...ed-for-gravel/

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaSnow View Post
    Haha, was trying to throw a bone to the non-queso crowd in saying the initial clean was some work. It’s more work than just dripping on some traditional lube and pedaling. But, like I said, cleaning off the factory gunk probably is wise regardless of what you use. In that case, it’s definitely less work to run wax when you consider how little maintenance is required after the initial setup.

    Re: dirty area. Not a moon dust area. Really wet, muddy area. Trail’s are slow to dry. Lots of creek crossings. But will also get dry dust in certain spots. Super humid southeast sand and mud-riding. Just feel like I can’t keep my bike clean around here, drivetrain was always squawking by the end of a long ride till I switched to wax (molten speedwax for me).


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    This would be interesting for the Silca synergetic lube. You can wipe it pretty dry and it does OK in dusty areas. Likely runs a touch more friction than Wax, but lasts longer, so potentially better performance.

    On Ultra-long rides (e.g. Kokopelli), I have two techniques that I worked through with Adam from Zero Friction
    1. Carry a second chain that is fully waxed and ready to go (this is nice because it offers a backup chain, JIC).
    2. Re-lube the waxed chain with the synergetic when the waxed chain gets dry. (Re-lubing with wax without adequate time to dry leads to severely diminished returns.)

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    I pulled the wheels off my bike and tossed it in my car. When I reassembled it I found the chain had fallen off the front ring. Kind of a PITA with this chain guide but oh well. So I'm fucking with my chain trying to find the sweet spot where it slips through the little space and back onto the ring. So to make a short story long, after handling my chain I looked at my hands. They were fucking clean. This is the original chain that came with the bike in Feb 2020. It was queso dipped when new, cleaned and redipped once this spring. I drizzle bit of white lightning on it now and then but nothing more. I broke out my chain checker and it still doesn't register as stretched out. I'm beginning to think there might be something to this queso dip.

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    I'd edit to add this but it deletes when I try that so:

    My queso mix is 4 parts parafin, 1 part bees wax and some PTFE. It recently got contaminated with a tiny bit of coconut oil when I burned some mustache wax I was mixing. I added about 1/4 part coconut oil and another 3/4 part bees wax to my mix.

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    I just spit my coffee on the screen when I read ďI burned some mustache wax I was addingĒ
    I donít know why that was so funny.

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    I used to go through a chain/year.
    Using the 2 chain switching, queso method both mine and Mrs Roxtar's XTR chains are still going strong after three years.
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    After the first three seconds, Corbet's is really pretty average.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Malcolm View Post
    I mean, it's not your fault. They say talent skips a generation.
    But hey, I'm sure your kids will be sharp as tacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Hubbs View Post
    I just spit my coffee on the screen when I read “I burned some mustache wax I was adding”
    I don’t know why that was so funny.
    What can he say, he is very courteous to Beavers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Hubbs View Post
    I just spit my coffee on the screen when I read ďI burned some mustache wax I was addingĒ
    I donít know why that was so funny.
    the FN will smudge a little sweet grass to get rid of bad ju-ju maybe the Beav was trying to get rid of the spirits that messed with his mounting a Minion on a Stan's rim ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Hubbs View Post
    I just spit my coffee on the screen when I read ďI burned some mustache wax I was addingĒ
    I donít know why that was so funny.
    New Tech Talk thread: Mix Your Own Fucking Mustache Wax

    In other news, I started using Silca Super Secret drip-on and itís held up incredibly well. Not sure I ever want to go full crock pot queso but the Silca dude says this is as close a drip on can get, and itís much more approachable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon3 View Post
    New Tech Talk thread: Mix Your Own Fucking Mustache Wax

    In other news, I started using Silca Super Secret drip-on and itís held up incredibly well. Not sure I ever want to go full crock pot queso but the Silca dude says this is as close a drip on can get, and itís much more approachable.
    Just do it!

    I have a tub of Super Secret just sitting. Gone full Queso w/ Molten Speed Wax and not going back. I tell myself the Silcaís there for back-up in case I canít fit the Queso dip in one time, but hasnít actually happened.

    The Queso process is super simple. More time than if all you ever do is just drop some lube on your dirty chain, but if you spend virtually any time cleaning your chain/drivetrain then the actual hands on time involved is probably less for Queso.

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    The Molten is so good I've quit using my own diy mixture.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jer View Post
    After the first three seconds, Corbet's is really pretty average.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Malcolm View Post
    I mean, it's not your fault. They say talent skips a generation.
    But hey, I'm sure your kids will be sharp as tacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon3 View Post
    Silca dude says this is as close a drip on can get, and it’s much more approachable.
    Not sure if this is the case, but if you watched the Silca video on hot melt, they make it way more complicated than it needs to be.

    I do what Zero Friction recommends:

    - wipe chain with rag sprayed with alcohol to remove surface dust

    - remove chain from bike and thread onto swisher tool’ (bent coat hanger or similar)

    - Optional: if cleaning is necessary (wet/mud riding) boil a pot of water and swish chain around for 30 seconds for three changes of water. Then blow dry with a compressor (or hairdryer)

    - place chain in crockpot and turn heat to low. Leave uncovered.

    - come back when wax is melted (an hour, next day, whenever) and swish the chain for 5-10 seconds

    -hang chain to drip/cool

    -break wax bond by bending chain around something (I run it around a cabinet handle)

    - install chain

    Don’t bother with cooling the wax to just above its hardening point. No evidence that has benefits, just wastes your time and extra wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxtar View Post
    The Molten is so good I've quit using my own diy mixture.
    Zero Friction has tested some DIY and they donít perform the same as the commercial stuff - much better than most drip lubes though.

    The base waxes the commercial guys are using are not the same stuff you can just grab from the store shelf. Also Silca and MSW are using Tungsten Disulfide instead of Teflon/PTFE. Itís lower friction while also environmentally sound (apparently).

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    Does anyone know if there is any difference in the new MSW pucks and last year's MSW bags?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jer View Post
    After the first three seconds, Corbet's is really pretty average.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Malcolm View Post
    I mean, it's not your fault. They say talent skips a generation.
    But hey, I'm sure your kids will be sharp as tacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxtar View Post
    Does anyone know if there is any difference in the new MSW pucks and last year's MSW bags?
    Pucks and last yearís bags should be the same formula, just different format. There was a period where they were phasing out PTFE, but unless you got old stock last year the bag was likely from past the end of all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Barron DeJong View Post
    Zero Friction has tested some DIY and they don’t perform the same as the commercial stuff - much better than most drip lubes though.

    The base waxes the commercial guys are using are not the same stuff you can just grab from the store shelf. Also Silca and MSW are using Tungsten Disulfide instead of Teflon/PTFE. It’s lower friction while also environmentally sound (apparently).
    The base wax I was using came from these guys:
    https://www.skifastwax.com/
    They're amazing, crazy, wax-scientist types. Far and away, the best ski waxes I've ever used.
    For a short period, they offered a chainwax made of a very high end, flouro, ski wax. I added moly and PTFE to that.

    EDIT: I just searched and found some:
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Fast-Wax-...-Kit/101212955
    Quote Originally Posted by Jer View Post
    After the first three seconds, Corbet's is really pretty average.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Malcolm View Post
    I mean, it's not your fault. They say talent skips a generation.
    But hey, I'm sure your kids will be sharp as tacks.

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    Iíve got shit tons of flouro ski waxÖif I mask up can I just lump it all together and go?


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    I just received a sample of a chain wax that's being made by a long-time maker of flouro-free ski wax*. It's quite different from what I've used previously: pretty low melt temp (I'm told it can be adjusted, possibly by the end-user). It's actually so soft I was able to drip some on by melting it in my hand, so I expect at this formulation it will run liquid at every bend in the chain at most riding temps (as opposed to just melting at highly-loaded bend points, which seems probable for most quesos).

    Is this unique among chain waxes? Wet dipped or dripped, I've always had a fully dry chain once wax is applied, but the possibility of wet inside/dry outside has me very intrigued. I plan to put this stuff on the fat bike chains as-is, but it seems a little low-temp for the desert, for example. We'll see how it goes in the NW ~70īs riding. (I still need another wipe/apply cycle to judge if it's collecting anything significant on the chains or not.)

    * https://www.greenicewax.com/

    The chemist who makes this knows his stuff. PM if you would like to beta test this and give feedback and/or want a discount code for Green Ice ski wax. PSA upcoming in Tech Talk, but MAGGOT30 gets 30% off (more available by PM for now).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    I just received a sample of a chain wax that's being made by a long-time maker of flouro-free ski wax*. It's quite different from what I've used previously: pretty low melt temp (I'm told it can be adjusted, possibly by the end-user). It's actually so soft I was able to drip some on by melting it in my hand, so I expect at this formulation it will run liquid at every bend in the chain at most riding temps (as opposed to just melting at highly-loaded bend points, which seems probable for most quesos).

    Is this unique among chain waxes? Wet dipped or dripped, I've always had a fully dry chain once wax is applied, but the possibility of wet inside/dry outside has me very intrigued. I plan to put this stuff on the fat bike chains as-is, but it seems a little low-temp for the desert, for example. We'll see how it goes in the NW ~70īs riding. (I still need another wipe/apply cycle to judge if it's collecting anything significant on the chains or not.)

    * https://www.greenicewax.com/

    The chemist who makes this knows his stuff. PM if you would like to beta test this and give feedback and/or want a discount code for Green Ice ski wax. PSA upcoming in Tech Talk, but MAGGOT30 gets 30% off (more available by PM for now).
    No experience with that wax, but when Zero Friction tested the Absolute Black Queso it performed very poorly, and their hypothesis was that it was due to it being softer than Silca/MSW:

    https://zerofrictioncycling.com.au/w...ENwax-v1.1.pdf

    FWIW, the Absolute Black drip lube tested very well.

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    That's interesting. It would be kind of optimistic if hardness was the cause, since a harder wax might be a little less sticky. But what of the hypothesis that it's due to the graphene? Do they address that? (Sorry, 57 pages is a long read.)

    I particularly note AB's claim about graphene: "It has extremely low friction coefficient in all the environments, is far stronger than any known material to a man and it can cling to metal"

    I mean, which is it? What's to stop it from clinging to both pieces of metal and maybe folding over and digging in? I could see the argument for graphite or Bucky Balls, but unless you can wrap the pins in (giant) nanotubes, what's the point of getting silly with carbon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    …what's the point of getting silly with carbon?
    Marketing, I’d assume.

    Is graphene strong enough to ‘dig in’ to the metal? I’d assume it would break since it’s so thin and brittle.

    My assumption is the base wax is by far the biggest determinant of performance.

    Additional note: The Absolute Black Graphene lube tests very well, and it also contains graphene, natch. If it was the graphene causing wear, it would likely be an issue for the drip on wax lube as well, right?

    (Nowhere in the test result doc does he put the blame on graphene, based on a quick word search.)

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    No idea about the final mechanics at one atom thick, really, but if its strength is high enough to matter (as claimed?) it seems like it would. It's gonna be stronger than aluminum oxide, and that stuff makes a real nice abrasive.

    But yeah, breaking apart is probably the best case scenario and maybe it's just irrelevant.

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