absoluteBLACK Graphenlube Wax Chain Lube (140ml)
- Able to hold sub 5 Watts of frictional loss over 900km on a Single application (in dry, low dust road conditions. After immersive lubing)
- It gives you “free” power regardless the conditions- read more below.
- Extends life of your drivetrain, hence saving on replacement costs.
- Repels water and does not attract dirt
- Dry, paste like coating that can stay on the chain over 1800km (in dry, low dust road conditions. After immersive lubing)
- Unique black look of the lubricant when dry
- Safe- Does not contain any harmful solvents.
In simple terms it’s a “wax” based water emulsion, with a special mix of high purity graphene, that is liquid when you apply and becomes almost solid when it dries on the chain. Wax based lubricants exhibit far greater tolerance to water and dirt contamination, successfully separating moving chain parts from abrasion and filling in all the imperfections on friction surfaces. Graphene – the wonder material that is still not commonly used because of its incredibly high cost, is a great additive for a few reasons. It has extremely low friction coefficient in all the environments, is far stronger than any known material to a man and it can cling to metal protecting friction surfaces from excessive abrasion. Moreover, it repels the water and is not permeable to air reducing therefore oxidative stress on the metal surface. Even a single atom layer is enough to reduce the friction considerably.
It took us two years to find the right ratio of crumpled to non-crumpled graphene, size of graphene platelets, dispersion rate of agglomerates, concentration and finally figuring out a low friction hydrocarbon emulsion base that will stay on the chain for very long time and not chip away like paraffin wax is known for.
The end result is a lubricant that on a single application will hold sub 5 Watts of frictional losses over 900km distance. We have created essentially a new category of performance lubricants. But why should you care about this number? For the same reason why Pro Tour teams are eager to use it. It gives you “free” power regardless the conditions.
Despite of the fact that both of these materials are only built from carbon atoms, the similarity ends here. Graphene possesses completely different mechanical and tribological properties to graphite. For example, graphite exhibits 0.1-0.2 COF (coefficient of friction) in very humid air, but 0.5-0.7 COF when air is dry, which is very high friction comparable to steel on steel sliding without lubrication. Graphene, on the other hand, is very stable across full spectrum of humidity with 0.1-0.2 COF. Graphene also possesses incredible mechanical strength allowing it to effectively separate metal surfaces and suppressing wear rate by 1-2 orders of magnitude in comparison to graphite. To sum up, using graphite instead of graphene in the same solution, would produce completely adverse results.
FIRST APPLICATION: Take the chain off the bike or use brand new chain and clean it using a solvent (like White Spirit or mineral turps) by immersing the chain completely in the solvent for 20-60min using the poly bag that was delivered with the large lube bottle (Use gloves). Shake the bag with chain for 1min at the end. Take chain out and let it fully dry (2-12h). Fully immerse the chain in the lube (use second poly bag) for about 20-30min. You will need to pour at min 30ml of the lube to the bag, ideally 50ml or more. You should gently shake and articulate the links through the bag from time to time. Remove the chain, hang it in place with good airflow, not touching anything and let it dry completely (Ideally overnight). With this initial procedure you will use up about 10-15ml of lube - rest you will pour back to the bottle to be reused.
HOW TO LUBRICATE YOUR CHAIN WITH GRAPHEN LUBE (AFTER FIRST APPLICATION)
1. Wipe the chain with a cloth. (Use gloves)
2. Shake the bottle. Apply the lube continuously to the inside of a chain turning cranks backwards (simple dripping procedure).
3. Let the lube dry for a min. of 2h before riding, ideally overnight.
*For absolute maximum Racing performance where every watt counts, re-lube (by dripping) every 600km or sooner in dry conditions and after every wet ride. If you race, apply a day before the race.
*For everyday riding you can re-lube (by dripping) between 600-900km in dry road conditions and after 2-3 rides in wet conditions or when you hear chain becomes dry.
*Always apply to a dry chain.