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.

EB17: CeramicSpeed introduces fastest chain lube with new UFO Drip

EB17: CeramicSpeed introduces fastest chain lube with new UFO Drip

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.

EB17: CeramicSpeed introduces fastest chain lube with new UFO Drip

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…

ceramicspeed.com

27 COMMENTS

  1. i have some magic gear cables blessed by a magic unicorn they make ur bike 346743% faster just £9000 plus shiping plus £458.99 for the magic lube.

  2. I did notice that, while on a 3.4-mile mountain bike climb the other day in Lake Tahoe, my bike felt a little bit slower. Since I can factor out tire pressure, frame/handlebar/crank flex, surface friction, humidity, and rear shock bob, I finally was able to zero in on the Rock N’ Roll lube I usually use on my chain.

    That was it!

    This new lube will give me back the 0.000003224 seconds of life that I lost using that “slow” Rock N’ Roll stuff.

    There is absolutely nothing psychosomatic or placebo about this. This stuff is indeed faster than other lubes, and you will definitely notice the difference on your next 40-mile ride. You’ll know, because you will complete your ride 0.0043 seconds faster than if you had not used this “fast” lube.

    PT Barnum

  3. You know…I do think I’d rather my local Fred use this and be obnoxious about it than not use any chain lube at all. Nothing bugs me more than a squeaky drivetrain.

  4. Switched from Dumpnde Tech Lite to Squirt and have noticed the 4 watts gain. My FTP is 209 so 2% over a 2 hr ride is significant. Seriously. Free watts are free watts.

    • Be honest to yourself . If your ftp is around 209, than you are somewhere at the end of the midpack of any race. 2% more or less means nothing in terms of better race results.

      • 3.8 w/kg is pretty decent, I’d say. There’s room for improvement for sure but… Again if there are free watts to be had wouldn’t you want to take advantage of them? Why make it hard on yourself.

    • The only things I noticed when trying Squirt was how noisy my chain would get after 40 road miles and all the wax buildup on the rest of my drivetrain. Terrible lube. All wax lubes, ugh.

      • Suspended wax lubes, yes.

        But real wax – like old school hot paraffin dip for your chain – is pretty remarkable. Long lasting, efficient, and super clean.

  5. So it is 0,73W more efficient than Squirt in laboratory, but costs 10x more and is a lot noisier? (squeaky)

    What actually makes this a “coating” and not a lube, since Squirt also is a flaky hard wax after its water carrier evaporates?

  6. The takeaway for me is to keep using Squirt on my mtb and start using it on my roadie. After applying and backpedaling for a bit I wipe it all off the outside of the chain and don’t have any issues earlier posters complain of.

  7. “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.”

    Jesus. What marketing fluff. Totally meaningless statements.

    For one, I don’t care about ‘post’ or ‘pre’ ride friction, I care about ‘during’ ride friction. As such, no meaningful numbers are quoted.

    Also, it is quite easy to establish a friction coefficient with well establish tests and methodology. If they had a product that actually provided meaningful friction reduction, they would absolutely be publishing this data. Because they have chosen not to, you know that the product is complete marketing fluff, that is, it provides NO REAL WORLD BENEFITS, beyond a typical chain lube.

  8. Look at the claims on the bottle. Complete jargon. It’s like lawyer-speak and says states clearly that it is not a real lubricant. Notice the clever wording:

    UFO Drip Chain Coating (what is a ‘drip chain coating’? is that a lubricant?) is tested (is tested, what does that mean exactly?) as the world’s fastest bottled product for chains (world’s fastest bottled product for chains? Say what? That is probably a technicality because other ‘chain lubes’ aren’t ‘bottled products for chains they are lubricants, not ‘bottled products’, total lawyer-speak.’)

    • If it wasn’t lawyer speak it would sound something like this:

      UFO Drip Chain Lubricant has been tested against the world’s leading chain lubricants, and has been experimentally verified as outperforming all competitors in terms of lubricity, thermal stability, corrosion prevention, and oxidation resistance.

      • http://www.friction-facts.com/ufodrip
        Chain coating as it actually dries to a dry wax, not tacky like squirt or other ‘dry lubes’. At EuroBike they had a piece of plexiglass glass with different ‘dry lubes’ on it to show the dryness differences. Presuming that the UFO chain is ‘coated’ I am sure this is following the same thought process to be a coating and not just a lube. Fastest bottled product for chains (lubes included) because the UFO chain according to CS is still faster than UFO Drip. And from all the data, it seems the lubricity is the primary focus, maybe there are other products that over time provide better oxidation resistance or corrosion prevention, so your non lawyer speak paragraph seems a bit more broad than the focus of this product.
        And testing ‘during ride’ efficiency certainly seems to be more difficult than a controlled lab test of pre & post ride friction. The tests show the amount of time tested (90 min is a common one used), that seems like a fairly decent starting point and something that is actually useful. And how exactly are deltas in data points meaningless? If you have 2 test results and there is a % difference, it seems like a normal way to explain the difference. From the tests shown on friction facts, the watt numbers are disclosed.
        I’ll give it a go once its shipping.

  9. For those riders that are willing to spend more for small performance gains, this product is very worth considering. This might be those who spend big dollars for aero wheels, Dura Ace over Ultegra or ultra low weight carbon components. The small gain with this lubricant appears to have a better performance to cost ratio than mentioned products but it is difficult if not impossible to get any performance data versus competition on any on mentioned products. If others can direct me to data on them I would appreciate it! The friction data in the Velo two reports is more than I have ever seen and I respect that finally there is some real data on lubrications. Showing specific data on this lube would be good to see but the percentage gains published are quite specific and useful.

    I plan to try the product.

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