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    anybody try the finish line ceramic chain lub?

    Any good?

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    I bought a bottle on a whim while in REI burning up the dividend last year.

    IMO, it's nothing special. Very thick. I ended up cutting it with some ProLink Gold, and it seems fine now.

    As thick as it is -- similar to Finish Line Cross Country or "Wet" -- it is best to lube the night before a ride, then wipe vigorously the next morning. A pain, for sure, but applied in that manner, it lasts a long while before you get the dreaded dry chain feel and sound.
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    I tried it.
    Gooey and attracts dirt.

    I'm back to pro-link on all my bikes - MTB & road
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    I don't want to get into an internet chain lube war, but since most Turner forum guys are reasonable, I'll ask how anybody gets ProLink to work? I love the concept, since it is so beautifully clean, but every time I try it, my chain goes dry within an hour or an hour and a half. I've ended up using a mix of half Finish Line XC Wet and half ProLink, letting it dry overnight, then wiping vigorously before I ride, but if there is some "trick" I'm missing about using pure ProLink, I'd sure like to know it.

    To the OP, Squeaky is right about the Ceramic Lube. It is very gooey and attracts dirt, hence the caveats in my earlier post.
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    I don't know what to tell you Kosmo. It simply just works for me.

    I've been using it since '02, and everything else I've tried pales in comparison. That includes time in wet NJ & VT, and now CO. I apply liberally before every ride and I'm good to go.
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    The rock n roll stuff works well for me in NJ.

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    Yes, Rock&Roll

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo
    I don't want to get into an internet chain lube war, but since most Turner forum guys are reasonable, I'll ask how anybody gets ProLink to work? I love the concept, since it is so beautifully clean, but every time I try it, my chain goes dry within an hour or an hour and a half. I've ended up using a mix of half Finish Line XC Wet and half ProLink, letting it dry overnight, then wiping vigorously before I ride, but if there is some "trick" I'm missing about using pure ProLink, I'd sure like to know it.

    To the OP, Squeaky is right about the Ceramic Lube. It is very gooey and attracts dirt, hence the caveats in my earlier post.
    I am with you kosmo I don't understand all the hype with prolink. While I agree it is the cleanest lube I have tried it simply does not last but then again neither does any other dry lube I have tried

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilks
    The rock n roll stuff works well for me in NJ.
    what color do like? I went through a bottle of the blue and was probably the stickiest dirt attracting lube I have tried

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    I tried it.
    Gooey and attracts dirt.

    I'm back to pro-link on all my bikes - MTB & road
    Yeah, I thought I'd try something different after 8 years of Prolink, only to find that boesheild gunked up too fast...I know that the prolink will dry up if you ride in mud, otherwise I only lube every 30 miles or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big JC
    what color do like? I went through a bottle of the blue and was probably the stickiest dirt attracting lube I have tried
    i use the blue - put it on the night before and wipe it in the morning...maybe you used too much?

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    the rock and roll gold, the key is to put it on and let it stand for a while then wipe it clean.really wipe it good you can't wipe it enough...wipe...wipe ....wipe..wax on,wax off.

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    All I use is Dumonde Tech Lite, it's polymer-based, but the carrier also provides lubrication. It's in between a dry and wet lube, and I have no complaints over 10 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big JC
    what color do like? I went through a bottle of the blue and was probably the stickiest dirt attracting lube I have tried

    I use the Blue on everything. You do realize you're supposed to apply liberally, then immediately wipe the chain dry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky
    , then immediately wipe the chain dry?
    F wiping my chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    F wiping my chain.
    Haha yes f wiping off lube

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    Quote Originally Posted by pRiCk
    Jayem is easily pleased
    It's true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pRiCk
    Dumonde Tech is a great lube. I keep some handy in my pack at all times (usually the Regular). I use the Lite stuff for regular lubes on the stand.

    I have also had pretty good luck with Bar oil....
    considering your Avatar,, i would expect you to be the king of lube
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    I've been very happy with Rock 'n Roll lube. The Extreme works well in the desert dirt. I'm using the Gold at the moment but have also use Absolute Dry and been happy.

    The company recommends Extreme for Tucson desert singletrack in both dry and rain conditions and Absolute Dry for the heat of the day on roadie rides.

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    You guys must be talking about the ceramic oil lube? yes/no?

    I'm using the ceramic wax lube and it didn't seem to attract any more dirt than white lightning. Lasted longer before feeling dry. I'm not sure it is worth the extra cost though. Need more time with it.

    Love the feel of Pro Link Gold but even with wiping the dirt loves it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fermenter
    You guys must be talking about the ceramic oil lube? yes/no?

    I'm using the ceramic wax lube and it didn't seem to attract any more dirt than white lightning. Lasted longer before feeling dry. I'm not sure it is worth the extra cost though. Need more time with it.

    Love the feel of Pro Link Gold but even with wiping the dirt loves it too.

    This one. Looks like Finish Line has replaced it with separate wax & wet ceramics and I don't know which one this evolved into.
    I also recently tried Dumonde Tech Lite and found it to be messy as well, although it smells nicely like bananas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    it smells nicely like bananas.

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    I'm with Kosmo, I've never had luck with Dumonde. Rock 'N Roll Extreme is my current favorite.

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    I use the aerosol spray Tri Flow. Goes on great, wipe it off, lasts a long time. Pro-Link was a joke. Tri-Flow keeps the chain claen, quiet, and works a long time - not great for the environment I guess, but I am able to use it infrequently, so I justify its use in that way.
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    I use White Lightning.....but then again who cares ! TIG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyjensen
    I use the aerosol spray Tri Flow. Goes on great, wipe it off, lasts a long time. Pro-Link was a joke. Tri-Flow keeps the chain claen, quiet, and works a long time - not great for the environment I guess, but I am able to use it infrequently, so I justify its use in that way.
    I used to love Tri-Flow, until I started riding Northstar. It wouldn't last a day there. Now I use motorcycle chain spray, which seems to last much longer. Will see how long that lasts at Northstar this season.

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    Rock N Roll Gold for the mtn bike and Absolute Dry for the road bike. I have heard good things about Prolink and may try it when I run out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer
    Absolute Dry for the road bike.
    Does it smell good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    Does it smell good?
    Used motor oil works real good... and I don't want to lick it cuz it smells like bananas.

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    I use 'new' motor oil on wet epic days and prolink or joes dry or whatever dry lube in the summer.

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    I have used and still use at times Rock n Roll been great but its dosen't seem to keep the chain running lubed for long.

    I really dig White Lighting EPIC, ya can use it on anything on the bike that requires lube, and its been awesome in all conditions for me.

    If really wet I use WL wet lube, for both brands I do the drop on the links and wipe on wipe off technique, my chains stay super clean and last [and I use those poor Sram chains]
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    So did anybody try new Finish line ceramic series lubes for chain?
    What about their durability, dirt attraction?
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    Quote Originally Posted by painless
    So did anybody try new Finish line ceramic series lubes for chain?
    What about their durability, dirt attraction?
    Yes, I have tried the ceramic wax but not the ceramic wet. After spending some time with the wax I feel it runs as clean as White Lightning wax and lasts longer.

    Cheers!

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    The best chain lube depends so much on the area and conditions you ride in. Back in the UK, I was a huge fan of Pedros Ice Wax, but it never worked for me here in Vancouver. I noticed recently that they changed the formulation so I thought I'd give it a second try but if anything it's worse now. Way too thick such that it doesn't even penetrate into the rollers of the chain.

    I had been using Tri-flow with good results, but you have to reapply frequently as it's so thin. I recently picked up a bottle of Dumonde regular and I'm stoked on it. Clean and a bit thicker than the tri-flow, so it lasts a bit longer. I just wish it was available in large quantities. That was the huge benefit of Pedros products.
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    Extreme Pressure Chain Lubricant

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