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by Shane Stokes
October 5, 2017
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Muc-Off, the UK-based company known for its bike care products and lubricants, is looking to tempt power-conscious riders with Shimano Dura-Ace chains treated with its own friction-saving formulation. According to the company, its Nanotube Chain is more efficient than CeramicSpeed’s UFO chain, promising an extra 10W over race distances.
Interest in race-day chains has grown in recent years, breaking out of the domain of professional riders to become a general consumer product. These chains undergo a specialised cleaning and polishing protocol before treatment with a low friction wax-based formulation that will save riders several watts on race day by improving the efficiency of the drive-train.
Muc-Off’s Nanotube Chain (RRP £109/€130/US$150) is also specially cleaned but its friction-reducing formulation is based on nanotubes and graphene technology rather than wax. According to the company, this formulation will perform at the same high level in any weather, however the chain needs to be run-in for about four hours (at 250W) before it achieves its optimum performance.
While the company has carefully documented the power savings and durability of the formulation in its own tests, it does not make any firm claims for how long buyers can expect the chain to continue offering its power savings. However, owners can buy Muc-Off’s Nanotube Lube (RRP £50/€60/US$65) to top up the formulation on the chain and return it to within 1-2W of its original performance.
Visit Muc-Off here for more information.