Fenwicks Stealth Road Lube 100ml  £9.99

8/10

Superb all-conditions road lube that not only lasts but stays clean

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by Shaun Audane   December 6, 2012  

Fenwicks Stealth Road Lube 100ml

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By Jove! Two hundred miles on one dose of Fenwicks Stealth Road Bike lube and I'm starting to appreciate what all the fuss is about. It's like none I've used before.

It's probably closest to a light ceramic in terms of serenity and durability but considerably cleaner. That said, getting the best from it requires methodical application.

Fenwicks are justly coy about the exact composition, talking in terms of heightened lubricity that supposedly reduces heat generation, wear and cushioning additives. Reading between the lines, this sounds like Boron Nitride-an extremely powerful, temperature resistant additive, commonly found in high stress manufacturing contexts. Synthetic blends can turn syrupy in cold storage and the Stealth's no exception - easily cured by standing in warm water for sixty seconds or so.

Application is a little more involved than the tip and scoot off, requiring that your chains are super sterile first. Give the stealth a quick shake, unscrew the cap and drop a tiny amount of the silvery prep on every link, holding a rag beneath to collect any overspill. Rotate the cranks for thirty seconds, allowing it to invade the chain's most intimate regions before leaving an hour or so to cure.

Unlike ceramics, there's no need for a second coat and doing so results in a very sticky mess sixty miles hence. Flicking the pedals rewards with a smooth, silence associated with wet blends but without the stodginess. Taking to the road, it doesn't feel markedly different from competitor brands. Shifts aren't quite as frisky as the waxy, emulsion types but a marked improvement over ceramics.

The biggest talking point is its staying power and cleanliness. Riding for several hours in heavy rain and along flooded roads hasn't made any impression whatsoever - more than can be said of a companions' choice of synthetic motor oil, which had begun the metal on metal symphony in a matter of hours (it's worth noting that motor oils contain swarf flushing detergents designed to be renewed under pressure from the oil pump, thus don't work well on bicycle chains).

It assumes a clean but clearly evident film, resisting dung, silt, mud and all the ruinously gritty stuff without contaminating fingers or clothing when doing any maintenance.

Verdict

Superb all-conditions road lube that not only lasts but stays clean.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Fenwicks Stealth Road Lube 100ml

Size tested: n/a

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?

"Ideal for all day and everyday use

For the discerning road rider; Fenwick's Stealth Road Bike Chain Lube is exceptionally quite, clean and long lasting. It offers silk-smooth lubrication by deep penetration of chain and linkage components. The heightened lubricity reduces fatigue, heat generation and stretch. Aided by specific cushioning additives, the chain delivers an extremely quiet ride. Corrosion protection is incorporated into the unique air-drying formula". Does exactly what it says on the tin, save for the fact chains don't stretch, they wear.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Fenwicks give little away but it seems to be an advanced synthetic formula, probably with Boron nitride and similar ultra durable inhibitors.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Without doubt the cleanest wet type formula I've ever used.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Seems to stay just where its put and a little goes a very long way-you have been warned!

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10

Requires more methodical preparation/application than many but the rewards are well worth it.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Get over the initial meticulous preparation/curing times and you'll be rewarded by a synthetic that brings the very best of wet and dry lubes together in a single package. Long, steady winter miles along muddied and sometimes waterlogged lanes have made negligible impression on its staying power, yet it doesn't attract grit or similarly nasty grinding goo.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Seems to genuinely offer the best of dry and wet lubes without their respective shortcomings.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing but be patient and apply carefully.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Unreservedly.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  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,

 

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I've run this on the last couple of occasions partly to see if it would quieten down my Wippermann chain which is quite noisy - it did.

I've previously lubed chains just by wiping down and applying more dry lube but this seems to need a thorough clean each time. Any advice on whether to clean each time or is it possible to top up occasionally?

posted by Pisiform [51 posts]
5th December 2012 - 18:19

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I've been using this during the year and have been really impressed. I clean my chain (with a Park Tool cleaning device) before re-application as it definitely works best on a clean chain.

posted by alexb2611 [6 posts]
6th December 2012 - 10:47

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How often would you need to clean the chain; before re,applying the lube?

posted by Mostyn [382 posts]
26th December 2012 - 12:11

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The best chain lube I've ever used was Duckhams Chain Guard. This came in something like a cake tin, which had to be heated on the hob to melt the lube, and the clean chain was then immersed. They don't make it anymore, probably on the advice of the Fire Bigade, but the way the warm lube penetrated (stop sniggering at the back), and clung to the chain after it cooled down, was amazing. Is there anything similar available nowadays?

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
26th December 2012 - 13:09

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