Claiming anything to be the fastest in the bicycle world is a gutsy move. You had better have the research to back it up, and in this case, CeramicSpeed certainly seems to. Afterall, that was the whole point of acquiring Friction Facts and creating their own Lubricant Development Lab – to not only create the fastest products, but prove it with both quantitative and qualitative testing.
At Eurobike, CeramicSpeed presented their new UFO Drip chain coating along with a magazine with the most data I’ve ever seen regarding a chain lube. The combination of 10 different waxes, trace oils, and friction modifiers is carried in a hydrocarbon base which evaporates, leaving a completely dry chain coating similar to their UFO chains. Recommending application to a completely clean chain, each application is said to last about 200km, and each bottle contains enough liquid for 15-20 applications.
While their UFO chains are still apparently faster in completely dry conditions, CeramicSpeed says that the UFO Drip coating has the edge in wet conditions and works for road, gravel, MTB, or any type of riding. Among extensive laboratory testing, Friction Facts reports that UFO Drip is the world’s fastest bottled chain product, offers 20% lower friction than the second fastest in initial pre-ride friction, 83% less in post-ride friction, and offers 46% less drivetrain wear than wet lubes. To check out all their claims and test results, check out the UFO Drip magazine, here.
Shipping in October, UFO Drip will come in a 180ml bottle and sell for $75. That’s not cheap, but if you’re already spending up to $1,700 on your pulleys alone, that 53% less wear on pulleys may be worth it…