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LinkLube Dry is a readily biodegradable, wax-based chain lube for use in desert dry and dusty, to mildly moist conditions. Our unique formula uses a blend of waxes suspended in a water-based emulsion to give you a long-lasting, clean-running, quiet chain. Looking for a lube to handle wetter weather? Check out LinkLube All Weather.
ALL WEATHER VS. DRY... WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Linklube all weather is our one-stop chain lube for most weather conditions. While the base carrier fluid we use has fast penetrating, chain cleaning properties, it will never become fully dry to the touch. This can lead to unwanted dust attraction in the driest, dustiest conditions, so a more bespoke dry lube is required.
WHY WATER? WHY WAX?
Wax is the best lubricant for dry conditions because, when applied correctly, it will fill your links and rollers with a hard, slippery coating, which will last for ages on the trails and is dry to the touch - so dry dirt and dust will not stick to it. For more details on the formulation check out the 'tell me more' section below.
When applied for the first time, it is essential that linklube dry is applied to a well-degreased and dry drivetrain. If a chain is dirty, then dirt and old lube take up space in the rollers, preventing new lube from reaching the places it needs to, and any residual oil-based lube can also result in reduced durability and premature blackening.
Fully degrease before applying fresh lube to ensure there is no old chain oil present. For best results use our foaming drivetrain degreaser or, in the case of brand new chains, use xxx solvent degreaser to remove stubborn factory greases.
Ensure you thoroughly rinse your chain with clean water after degreasing (degreaser is designed to eat chain lube after all).
Allow chain to dry thoroughly before application.
Apply to the inside face of the chain only. The light blue colour to the chain lube allows you to see exactly where you have and haven't applied.
Keep the chain cycling for 20 seconds to help the lube penetrate fully into the pins and rollers.
Check for over-application. You can tell if you over-apply linklube dry because you'll see the lube start to fill the narrow chain links. If this happens, just slowly cycle through your gears a few times to transfer the excess lube onto the cassette. You'll see the lube disappear from the narrow links, leaving lube only where it's needed on the chain.
Leave to fully dry so the lube goes from a light blue colour to completely clear (you're waiting for the water to evaporate, so leaving it in the sun helps). How long it takes for the water to evaporate - and for the lube to turn clear in colour - depends on the weather conditions. This can range from just a few minutes (if hot), to a few hours (if cold and damp). For best results apply the night before.
CAUTION - Do not get LinkLube (or any lube for that matter!) on your brakes or brake pads.