It is essential to use the best mtb chain lube to to keep your chain running quietly and smoothly. A lubricated chain will move with less resistance and the lube will prevent dirt from building up. Dirt between the moving parts of a chain increases friction and wears down the chain faster. It will also grind away at the cassette, requiring both to be replaced sooner.

At The Adventure Junkies we want you to be able to properly maintain your bikes and enjoy riding them. We have written this guide to the best chain lubes to help you keep your pride and joy running smooth and maximize the life of your drivetrain components.

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Quick Answer - The Best MTB Chain Lubes

  1. Finish Line Dry
  2. Boeshield T-9
  3. Muc-Off Dry
  4. Finish Line Wet
  5. Muc-Off Wet
  6. Pedro’s ChainJ
  7. Rock N Roll Gold
  8. Muc-Off Team Sky Hydrodynamic
  9. ProGold Xtreme
  10. Park Tool CL-1 Synthetic Blend

 

Comparison Table - Best Mountain Bike Chain Lube

PictureNameBest ForPriceRating
Finish Line DryDry$4.5
Boeshield T-9Dry$4.8
Muc-Off DryDry$4.9
Finish Line WetWet$4.5
Muc-Off WetWet$5.0
Pedro’s ChainJWet$3.6
Rock N Roll GoldWet$4.5
Muc-Off Team Sky HydrodynamicDry and Wet$$$4.5
ProGold XtremeDry and Wet$4.1
Park Tool CL-1 Synthetic BlendDry and Wet$4.2
PictureNameBest ForPriceRating

 

Reviews - The Best Chain Lubes for MTB

Finish Line Dry

Specs
  • Best For: Dry

PROS: Mix of synthetic oils and teflon to create a wax like finish, long lasting for a dry lube

CONS: None

Boeshield T-9

Specs
  • Best For: Dry

PROS: Long lasting

CONS: Needs two hours to dry

Muc-Off Dry

Specs
  • Best For: Dry

PROS: Wax based, quiet and smooth shifting, biodegradable

CONS: None

Finish Line Wet

Specs
  • Best For: Wet

PROS: Long lasting wet weather lubricant, repels water, resists salt

CONS: None

Muc-Off Wet

Specs
  • Best For: Wet

PROS: Long lasting in wet conditions

CONS: None

Pedro’s ChainJ

Specs
  • Best For: Wet

PROS: Made from renewable materials, biodegradeable

CONS: None

Rock N Roll Gold

Specs
  • Best For: Wet

PROS: Cleans the chain when applied, long lasting, chains last longer

CONS: None

Muc-Off Team Sky Hydrodynamic

Specs
  • Best For: Dry and Wet

PROS: The ultimate lube for all conditions, very impressive performance

CONS: Price

ProGold Xtreme

Specs
  • Best For: Dry and Wet

PROS: Removes water, sticks strongly to the chain, will not attract dirt even in wet conditions

CONS: None

Park Tool CL-1 Synthetic Blend

Specs
  • Best For: Dry and Wet

PROS: Removes water, sticks strongly to the chain, will not attract dirt even in wet conditions

CONS: None

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAIN LUBES

WET OR DRY LUBE

The choice between a wet or a dry lube comes down to the conditions that you will be riding in. A wet lube can be used in all conditions but is absolutely necessary for wet weather or winter riding.

A wet lube is water resistant so won’t be blasted off by rain or when you smash through puddles and streams. The lube remains wet on the chain and as a result dirt will stick to it.

Consequently, you will need to regularly clean the chain and drivetrain, otherwise the dirt will build up and wear the parts out faster. You should be able to get at least 100 miles of riding from one application of wet lube.

A dry lube should only be used when riding on dry trails. The lubricant in a dry lube is mixed with a solvent that dries on the chain, leaving only the lubricant behind. Dirt will not stick to it once it has dried. You will not have to clean the drivetrain as regularly but you will need to reapply the lube more often. You will be lucky to ride 80 miles before it has been completely removed.

 

WAX OR CERAMIC LUBE

Wax lubes are good at not attracting dirt but need reapplying for frequently. 50 miles of use is standard for a wax lube. Ceramic lube will last longer, even in wet conditions but tends to be more expensive.

 

ONLY LUBE A CLEAN AND DRY CHAIN

It does not help to dump a load of lube on top of old lube mixed with dirt. All you will get is even more dirty lube mixed with grit to wear away at your drivetrain. The minimum you should do to clean your bike after a ride is wipe off the chain with a cloth and degreaser before allowing it to dry and applying fresh lube.

After every several rides in summer and after every ride in winter it is recommended to thoroughly degrease the chain with a chain cleaning tool.

You can also use chain lube on other parts of your bike, as this article on bicycling.com explains.

 

 

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