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    What chain lube for teflon-coated chain?

    I have the IRD Black Lightning teflon-coated chain and have been using the liquid Tri-Flow, mainly becaise IRD recommends it due to the fact that Teflon is a bit particular about what oil can stick to it, or so I've read somewhere. The thing is the TRi-Flow tends to colect grime and dirt when I go on a dusty path. I'm in CA, so not much wet trails. I was thinking about a dry lube, maybe Tri-Flow wax lube or something. Is it true that dry lube doesn't cause a lot of dirt to stick to the chain?

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    Hmm, I've never heard of a teflon-coated chain. Well, with teflon-coated cables, the general advice is to not use any lube at all since it breaks the coating down and just gums up the housings.

    Why not just use a regular chain? I don't see any advantage to teflon in that application.

    Then you can use whatever condition-specific lube you need. Your riding conditions should drive what you lube your chain with, not what it's made out of.

    Just my $0.02.

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    I have a wipperman teflon coated chain, it appears to only be coated on the side plates and its wearing off quite quickly. I use finish line dry w/teflon in the dry season and finish line wet in winter.
    just a note about teflon, arent you not supposed to use metal utinsels on teflon pans? because they chip and scratch easily. seems like a poor application on a chain.

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    I got the IRD chain to pair with the IRD teflon-coated cassette I have also. Main reason to get them is for their color, which is black and matches with the overall color scheme of my bike.



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    The reviews I had read turned me away from the ird chain, but if they spec triflow, I would stick with it.Wiping the excess should limit the grime build up. On convetional chains, I use prolink in dry conditions as its the cleanest lube I've found. Nothing looks hotter on a mtbike than a spotless drivetrain on an otherwise well worn and dirty bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan0
    I have a wipperman teflon coated chain, it appears to only be coated on the side plates and its wearing off quite quickly. I use finish line dry w/teflon in the dry season and finish line wet in winter.
    just a note about teflon, arent you not supposed to use metal utinsels on teflon pans? because they chip and scratch easily. seems like a poor application on a chain.
    I bought the 920 Wipperman too because it looked good on my bike but all the Blue sh!t wore off in a couple of weeks and I went back to my 7701. Plus I'm not sold on the width of the connector link as it wants to grab the gear beside it.
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    Djork, It's kind of hard to tell from the picture however, from the little I can see it looks like the connex connector on your wipperman chain is upside down.
    Get over it!

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    lebikerboy, what's the connex connector and whipperman chain? Where is it upside down??????

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