How far can you go to improve performance?
I must admit, when I first heard about the Muc-Off Team Sky lubricant I was slightly dubious. I mean, how far can you really go to improve the performance of a chain lubricant? Turns out, quite a long way!
Behind the playfully irreverent brand image, Muc-Off are actually really serious about their products and together with Team Sky they have managed to develop a chain lubricant that is significantly better than any other I’ve used.
Firstly, the new lubricant creates an ultra low friction layer between all the moving parts of your chain. This not only improves efficiency but also increases your chain life. Now I can’t prove how well it actually does this but fortunately Muc-Off already have, with their Chain Lube Optimisation Dyno (aka C.L.O.D). This state of the art device actually provides quantifiable data and has helped them to produce one of the most efficient lubricants on the market.
Time for a test
As well as being super efficient, the new lubricant is designed to be super durable in almost any riding conditions. This was something I could test so I went about putting it through its paces in all sorts of conditions to see if it really is as good as they claim.
I’ve used a few chain lubricants in the past that have claimed to be hydrophobic but this stuff is the real deal. The photo below was taken just after washing my bike and you can see how the water beads off the surface of the chain. When you’re on the go it sheds the water even better leaving the chain almost entirely moisture free.
The next picture was taken after a few dryer rides, on mixed terrain. I was really impressed as the chain hardly picked up any muck. The lubricant penetrates the moving parts of the chain and then leaves just enough of a film to protect the outside without it getting all gunged up and covered in grime.
It’s not sold as an off road lubricant but Muc-Off do say that it’s suitable for cyclocross so I decided to give it a go in some really bad conditions. After about 60 miles in some of the worst weather I’ve ridden in this year it was still going strong. Admittedly the outer coating had all but disappeared leaving the chain looking a bit dry but there was still plenty of lubricant inside and it ran nice and smoothly the whole ride.
So it’s good in the wet, it’s good when it’s dry and dusty and it’s even good for nasty off road rides but is it worth the money? When you add up the cost of the parts in your drivetrain and consider the amount of time and product you can use cleaning your chain, I’d say the Muc-Off Team Sky Hydrodynamic Chain Lube is definitely worth it.