As any cyclist knows, the key to a swift ride lies in a fast-spinning, well-lubricated drivetrain. While waxed chain lubrication is a widely acknowledged path to this, achieving a properly waxed chain can be a tedious task. To the relief of many, Silca’s latest product, the ‘Ultimate’ Chain Stripper and Wax Prep, streamlines the process, making it faster and easier to prep your chain for that efficient, speedy ride.
The ‘Ultimate’ solution, which is scheduled to debut this weekend at Unbound, is designed to strip all the grease from your chain and prep it for wax-based lubrication in less than 10 minutes. Moreover, it allows you to do so without even removing the chain from your bike.
The chain preparation process usually involves multiple steps of degreasing and ultrasonic cleaning to get the chain ready for wax lubricants to adhere properly. Without thorough cleaning, wax lubrication fails to penetrate the chain adequately, reducing the expected speed benefits. The process becomes even more challenging when dealing with a used chain that has seen some road time.
The new ‘Ultimate’ Chain Stripper and Wax Prep aims to simplify this complex process. Its highly concentrated, biodegradable degreaser effectively cleans away existing chain lube, while the ‘Wax Prep’ acts as a primer, aiding in the adhesion of the new wax lube with a quick, single application.
Josh Poertner, Silca CEO, highlighted the benefits of their new product: “We’ve developed something that not only strips the chain completely of other lubricants but actually leaves the metal prepped for optimal adhesion of the wax. We’ve increased application longevity and performance of the lubricant while reducing the preparation time from hours to minutes!”
To use the product, you first brush off any gunky debris from your chainring, cassette, and derailleur pulleys. Then, apply a single drop of the solution onto each roller of the chain. After letting it sit for 5 minutes, apply one more drop to each roller and wait for another 5 minutes. Rinse it off with a hose, and then apply a drip-on lube like Silca’s Secret Chain Lube. This product is designed to be compatible with other drip-on wax-based lubes as well, giving you the flexibility of choice.
Silca’s Ultimate Chain Stripper and Wax Prep is currently available in the USA, with Europe to follow soon. For $36/44€, you can get a small 4oz/118ml bottle of the product bundled with Silca’s Super Secret Chain Lube, enough to clean around 4 chains. Alternatively, you can opt for a larger 16oz/473ml bottle for the same price, suited for cleaning and prepping more than a dozen chains.
Whether you’re a casual cyclist or a competitive racer, Silca’s Ultimate Chain Stripper and Wax Prep is sure to enhance your cycling experience by reducing friction, boosting speed, and simplifying the chain maintenance process.