We’ll admit that we’re often guilty of lubing a slightly less than spotless drivetrain at the last second before hopping on for a ride. With GRAX lube you’re instructed to give things a good clean (they make a cleaning product to do this) before applying a healthy covering of their lubricant, cycling through the gears, then leaving the bike for an hour to allow the wax to solidify. We’ll always follow the instructions at least once when testing a product, so we set about cleaning up the drivetrain to the point you could eat your dinner off it, then following the application procedure to the line. Instantly it was evident how nice and thick the GRAX lube goes on and it quieted down the drivetrain from the second it had coated the chain, which instantly felt like it ran smoother than ever before – good first impressions. Once the hour of settling time had elapsed, it was time to hit the trails.
Like I said, we’ll always follow the instructions at least once, but as time went on, they were taken less and less seriously for the sake of convenience, and the old fashioned “wash, wipe, lube” or even a last second application to a dirty chain began to creep into play. I’m pleased to say the GRAX lube still held its own and offered similar quietening and smooth-running characteristics. You can take a bike that sounds like crap and isn’t shifting smoothly, apply the lube and go ride and it’s almost like a new bike. I’d suggest against dumping a coat on your chain and instantly riding in moon dust, as the wet wax is bound to suck it up, but in most other conditions it’s not likely to be much of an issue.
I’ve no doubt that following the instructions yields a better result, but the arduous full de-grease and reapplication isn’t always practical and ultimately, I’d rather be sipping on a root beer post-ride than going into full bike detail maximizing the cleanliness of my chain. No, it’s not laziness…we’re intentionally abusing these products to speed up the wear and tear during our testing process, in the name of science! On a couple of longer trips away I’d go a couple days without washing or relubing anything, and the drivetrain continued to perform well, which makes me think those 350-mile claims could be possible in the less gnarly weather conditions. At $20 for a bottle, it seems like great value compared with some of the “fancy” lubricants with eye-watering price tags, even more so when you consider its potential longevity for e-Gravel bikers on the casual 15-20 mile ride after work that may go some time without needing to touch their drivetrain.
The Allied Cycleworks GRAX wax-based chain lubricant has proven to be effective for more than just gravel biking, providing a long-lasting coating to our fleet of mountain and e-mountain bike drivetrains that continue to run smooth and quiet. We love it when a product works well and doesn’t break the bank doing so, we can say we are huge fans of GRAX lube, kudos to Allied Cycleworks. Get yourself a bottle and let us know what you think.