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NAHBS 2015: NixFrixShun creates super grease for freehubs

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Quick: Name a few greases that are safe for free hubs. If anything came to mind at all, it was probably Phil Wood or Shimano’s Special Grease.

According to NixFrixShun developer Joshua Simonds, freehub-safe greases are tough to make because it’s in very tight spaces, so it can’t change properties drastically or it could cause the freehub to fail. And it has to deal with moisture, oxidation and contamination, and it can’t creep out of where you put it. Basically, it needs to be incredibly stable.

Challenge accepted….

Simonds wasn’t planning on making a grease to go along with his chain lube (which is amazing), but Boyd Johnson requested something special for his new Eternity hubs. So he used his vast chemistry know-how and created the NFS Race Grease. It’s good for virtually any hub, particularly those with a standard pawl mechanism. For Chris King’s ring drive and DT Swiss ATR ratchets, he recommends using his chain lube because you need something really light. He says you could use the grease here too, so long as you apply it very lightly.

It’s not just for freehubs, either. Simonds says you can use it anywhere else you’d normally use grease. But, he admits that it’d be overkill using something like this to, say, coat a headset race before dropping the bearings in. But, if you want just one tub of grease laying around that’s good for anything, this is it. It’s also red, so you know it’s fast!

NixFrixShun will sell it in 4oz tubs for $20. The little 1oz maintenance tubes will ship with the Boyd wheels and aren’t sold separately.

NixFrixShun.com

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meh
meh
7 years ago

Best lubrication technique is to delve the hub into transmission oil for a night.

suede
suede
7 years ago
Dave B
Dave B
7 years ago

$20 for 4-oz makes Phil Grease seem like a super bargain.

totes
totes
7 years ago

if it is anywhere near the quality level of the chain lube 20$ will be a bargain.

pilf
pilf
7 years ago

@Dave B – Funny, because NFS chain lube is really just transmission oil with a few additives.

Rosie
Rosie
7 years ago

Dumonde Tech!!!

rob c
rob c
7 years ago

Always found a great lube for rebuildable pawl free hubs like Hope is Finish Line’s Dry chain lube.

Teflon rich, keeps the pawls and their springs operating freely, no gunge build up, and deals with any ingress which could cause corrosion.

k
k
7 years ago

dumonde tech!!! x2

Andy
Andy
7 years ago

pilf, got any references for that? Pretty provocative statement with nothing to back it up.

sean
sean
7 years ago

I cant see how this can be much better than either demonde tech or if your on a budget, Green Grease. I have been using green grease in about everything for the past 2 years and its better than any bicycle grease I have found in both slickness and durability, this is not even considering that it is cheaper than the park grease at $3 a large grease gun tube. The durability is crazy my first chris king BB I put the grease into over 2 years and 10k miles of hard riding ago is still going strong with no signs of letting up, heck its been thru 3 bikes and I think at this rate will outlast the GXP/hollowtech standard without a rebuild. Now the grease is a pain to work with as itll almost stain your hands with the smell for a day or so and is almost impossible to wash off a surface as water and soup will not touch this grease, even using a proper degreaser still means youll have to scrub a bunch. The funny thing is after broken in Ive had shop ask about which ball bearings I was running as they thought that I had somehow converted my shimano wheels to ceramic.

meh
meh
7 years ago

If you ask me, with the exception of transmission oil, best grease is the cheapest lithium grease for cold weather (temperatures < 15'C).

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