The same engineers who developed the staggering £6000 chain, which Bradley Wiggins used during his successful Hour Record challenge last June, have taken what they learned from the experience and created a more affordable version for the rest of us cycling mortals.
While not cheap at around $200 either, Muc-Off claims its Nanotube Optimized Chain can save cyclists up to six watts by virtue of its smoother and quicker performance.
Muc-Off calls it a treatment, because it involves a special application process which can be applied to either a Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo chain.
According to Muc-Off, “each chain is painstakingly speed graded and run-in under load during which data is taken to find its optimum. Now it’s sonic cleaned in several formulas and hand treated with the Nanotube formula, then nanotube particles are applied.”
In addition, Muc-Off says, “the treatment will apparently last for 400 miles in dry conditions and 250 miles in wet conditons “with no severe dropoff in performance”. But once the treatment has worn off then you should apply Muc-Off’s Nanotube Speed Film Lube ($50) which will bring your chain back to within 1-2 watts of when it’s at its optimum”.
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We are now offering an exclusive personal service where you can purchase a Shimano, Campagnolo or SRAM chain, hand treated with a unique Speed Film Lubrication; Nanotube Chain Optimisation.
Our Nanotube Speed Film is an all-weather treatment, so riding in wet or muddy conditions is no problem. The groundbreaking formula contains Nanotube additives to make it incredibly fast, but still retains the proven all-weather repellency of Muc-Off’s Hydrodynamic Lube. Unlike other speed optimised chains where a dry wax is used lasting 200 miles or less, the Muc-Off Nanotube Chain Optimisation will benefit you for 400+ miles in dry conditions and 250+ miles in wet and muddy conditions with no severe performance drop off (as happens with dry waxes after a far shorter period).
With power savings of up to 6 watts, Nanotube Speed Film treated chains are delivered to you at their optimum performance level.
Each chain is painstakingly speed graded and run-in under load during which data is taken to find its optimum. Next it’s sonic cleaned in several formulas and hand treated with the Nanotube formula, then nanotube particles are applied. It’s now finally ready for track, triathlon, road or MTB competition straight out of the box. This is perfect for you if you have a major race or event coming up.
A top up bottle of the Nanotube Optimised Chain Lube is also available, allowing the retreatment of the chain for many more miles of ultimate speed! It won’t be as fast as the original treatment as we use a special technique to ensure the formula is driven deep into each link for 100% coverage, but you can still achieve significant savings within 1-2 watts of your chain’s original optimum.
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