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3.5 star rating

White Lightning Chain Lube Review

by Levi Bloom

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This is a wax-based chain lube that is designed for dry conditions. It covers your chain in a thin coat of wax which then flakes off as it gets dirty, leaving your chain clean and dry. It has been around a while and has become fairly popular.

Pros: For the most part, this is a clean and dry lube. You can put it on, let it dry, and it will be clean to the touch. It will flake off (as promised) as it wears out and you can reapply as needed.

Even if you don't think it's the best chain lube, it has other uses. For example, you can put a drop in Allen bolt heads to prevent water from pooling, which could cause unsightly rust. (Wax-filled bolt heads also deter thieves.)

This is actually a great lube for freestyle BMX riders who don't need extreme performance but like to have a clean chain. Also, when riding freestyle, your body comes into contact with the chain more often, so it's best to keep it clean!

Cons: The wax that does not flake off tends to build up in the drivetrain, especially on derailleur pulleys. This excess gunk is just as bad as dirt and debris, and harder to scrape off.

Also, it is not as high performance as ProLink, and it doesn't last very long if you're putting a lot of miles on your bike.

The Final Word

This is great for certain applications, such as freestyle BMX chains (usually riders don't put many miles on a freestyle BMX bike, so it's rare for the White Lightning to build up into a noticeable coating,) and rust-prevention for bolt heads. I always have a bottle of White Lightning around for filling bolt heads!

However, it is too "gunky" for road and mountain bike chains.

 

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