WINTER UPDATE: WELDTITE TF2 ULTRA DRY CHAIN WAX
Tested through the good times, here's an update after winter.
Weldtite Tf2 Ultra Dry Chain Wax, impressed me with its staying prowess during wetter, summer rides. However, I wasn’t expecting similar longevity through a cold and often soggy February.
Applied in two layers and left curing overnight (8-10 hours), it has assumed a slightly waxier consistency and returned between 76 and 100 miles per application. By this stage, it was reduced to a very fine film-tacky to touch. Just sufficient to ward off the metal on metal tinkle and unsightly orange taint.
Interestingly, the highest mileages were achieved on derailleur set ups. Contaminated wax tended to migrate from the outer links and collect behind my fixed’s drive sprocket. Whereas, it would become impacted, evenly across my tubby tourer’s cassette, collected and reused by the chain with regular shifting.
With this in mind, I have also put a couple of drops on inner cables-where they enter their housings and into cleat mechanisms. Three weeks since, both have remained satisfyingly slick, contaminant has been minimal and topping up, unnecessary. Talking of which, provided you’ve given chain, rings, jockey wheels and cassette a quick cat-lick, you can re-lube and leave curing.
Bottom line. If choice boils down to miles per application, clingy wet lubes like Weldtite Tf2 Extreme Wet win hands down, every time. This is particularly true of endurance events and sportives. Should need arise, you can simply top up and scoot-off.
Similarly, Smoove Universal Chain Lube and Rock 'n’ Roll Absolute Dry , have a definite edge when the weather’s particularly wintry and/or you’re venturing off road for any distance. Nonetheless, the ultra-dry chain wax has lasted longer than most wax/emulsion formulas, in very damp conditions.