What’s faster than Silca’s Secret Blend waxed chains? A chain polished for three days with diamond dust and then coated with their Secret Blend wax treatment!
New Silca Diamond Polished & Waxed Chain kits are now being offered for every major road, gravel & mountain bike drivetrain, promising an instantaneous drag reduction upgrade to make you faster than ever. Ready for up to 30% improvement in chain-drive efficiency?
Silca Diamond Polished chains promise “lowest possible friction”
From messy melted wax to their Secret Chain Blend wax-in-a-bag to their near-hot melt Super Secret lube, Silca has been trying for years to convince us how much energy we could save with a properly treated chain. It’s not just Silca, AbsoluteBlack’s GraphenWax kits & lubes, Wend Waxworks, and more have been telling us to get waxed to go fast.
But now, Silca promises even more drag reduction with diamond-polished, Tungsten DiSulfide (WS₂) treated & waxed chains. They say these have been the choice of ProTour teams, World Championship winners, and cyclists who’ve set new records in the velodrome.
Free Speed Secrets. How does it work?
Silca says the secret to decreased friction is all in the preparation, so they take the hassle out of it for you. Silca takes the top 11, 12 & 13-speed chains, cleans away their factory lube, then sets out to make them faster.
To deburr and remove any extra metal leftover from manufacturing, Silca puts each chain through a 72-hour diamond polishing process. Chains are immersed in a diamond powder slurry that actually gets inside to smooth out every surface of the chain and all of its parts, internally & externally – reducing “surface roughness by as much as 5x”.
Then, they impregnate the smooth chain with a dry Tungsten Disulfide powder treatment, with particles sized to match the diamond-polished surface. Lastly, Silca soaks your chain in their Secret Blend hot wax, which also with those WS₂ particles.
The end result is a chain that “runs as much as 30% more efficiently than other pre-prepared racing chain preparations, potentially saving up to 0.6-0.8 watts over the previously fastest chain preparation in the world“.
Great, but how much is it going to cost?
Silca Diamond Polished & Waxed Chains – Pricing, options & availability
We all know there’s no free speed. You don’t have to pedal for it, but you’ve gotta pay for it. The new “world’s fastest ever racing chain prep” is available direct from Silca in ten different 11sp, 12sp & 13sp Diamond Polished Chain and Wax Bundles, starting at $225-$260 for standard premium chains.
The standard available options include:
- Shimano Dura-Ace 11sp
- Campagnolo Record 11sp
- YBN TiN-coated 11sp
- Shimano XTR 12sp
- SRAM Force AXS 12sp
- SRAM XX1 Eagle 12sp in copper or gold
- KMC X12sp, or Campagnolo Ekar 13sp
Not fancy enough? YBN’s titanium 11-speed chain kit is available for $350.
Each bundle includes the treated chain, a 4oz bottle of Silca Super Secret lube for a touch up every 100mi/160km, a Microfiber Towel to wipe the chain clean of debris after every ride, and a 500g bag of Silca Secret Chain Blend Hot Melt Wax for your 800-1000mi/1300-1600km refresh.