White Lightning Epic Ride light lube sounds like a contradiction in terms but the combination of low friction and relative tenacity will win friends among racers, club, audax and even mountain bikers looking for a thin, yet durable lube. Bang on for chains, it also tames squeaky cleat mechanisms, derailleur jockey wheels, pivot points and other metal on metal surfaces. Stoical in the face of wet roads and singletrack, to my surprise it hasn't vanished come the first river crossing and, in these contexts achieved eighty-five miles between applications. That said, an incredibly fluid consistency demands careful management, otherwise tyres and flooring will be the main benefactors.
Epic ride is a semi synthetic blend of petroleum distillates and 'non toxic base oils' which admittedly sounds vague but goes a long way to explaining its remarkable cleanliness. Chain ring calf prints are definitely consigned to history and roadside replenishments can proceed without so much as a wipe-over. By the same token, you'll still need to remove all trace of existing/factory chain-prep before dribbling it slowly and methodically over each link. Unless preparing machine(s) for storage, apply two coats- three for forest frolics or more adventurous riding. The directions suggest suitability for control cables but ours gummed up, demanding roadside WD40 bypass surgery.
Surprisingly, performance is very similar to its dry sibling. Friction is notably absent on ultra sensitive nine/ten speed derailleur configurations, cantering up and down the cassette with remarkable finesse. Tenacious, we've ridden three hours in torrential rain, through waterlogged rural backwaters and partaken in moderate river crossings without the irksome telltale metal on metal abrasion when powering up the climbs. By no means a bad choice for fixed, aside from track duties I'd suggest something thicker during the darker months.
Surprisingly effective and very clean three season's lube but needs regular and careful application.
road.cc test report
Make and model: White Lightning Epic Ride Light Lube
Size tested: 4oz
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
A Light Bodied Synthetic Lubricant
Extreme Durability, Smooth Shifting & Quiet Riding - In All Riding Conditions
"Epic Ride™ is an excellent all-conditions bicycle lubricant that satisfies the demands of road and off-road cyclists.
Because Epic Ride is uniquely formulated with non-petroleum based synthetic oils, it provides long haul durability without the excessive grime build-up common with conventional synthetic and non-synthetic wet-style lubricants. This unique technology was awarded a patent in 1999.
Epic Ride is a superior chain lube that also works great on derailleurs and cables. Epic Ride will also smooth out stanchions and rejuvenate suspension seals and wipers.
Epic Ride is a 'lube-and-go' product, so no chain preparation or dry-time is required. Just apply and you're off!"
Faithful to the design brief and extremely convenient but needs more frequent reapplication.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, If they were looking for a light lube but weren't keen on wax types
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)