Motorex Wet Chain Lube stays put in the rain and doesn't attract excessive road crud.
Chain lubes are generally divided between dry and wet lubes, and at this time of year a wet lube is generally a better choice for coping with the adverse riding conditions. Motorex is a company with plenty of expertise in lubricants in other markets, and have applied that know-how to this chain lube and the result is a top-notch lube that stands up to challenging conditions and lasts well.
It's a fully synthetic lube and is complete biodegradable. The lube goes on easily, it's just the right consistency so that it pours from the flip-top bottle at a predictable rate, making application easy. It sticks to the chain with good tenacity and doesn't leave a puddle on the floor or ground - that's good if you're working on the bike in the kitchen.
Performance on the bike is impressive. The lube quietens even the noisiest drivetrain (if you've been bad and let it run dry) and provides around 200-300 miles between applications. It copes well in less than ideal conditions, in the rain or riding along roads caked in mud and drenched in water. I tend to wash my bikes very regularly and always give the chain and transmission a thorough degrease, before reapplying the Motorex Wet lube, to preserve the chain and cassette. Motorex also recommend applying the lube to a dry and clean chain, what you don't want to be doing is layering new lube on top of old lube.
Wet lube can attract dirt and grit onto the chain, but I didn't notice this happening dramatically while testing it, the chain remaining impressively clear of accumulated gunk and detritus. They claim it's good in wet weather, and my testing in the recent wet weather confirms this, it really holds onto the chain well even when there is effectively a jet washer on the bike from all the road spray.
You can buy it in four sizes but the 100ml bottle I've been testing has lasted ages, I won't be running out anytime soon. It's very comparable to Morgan Blue Race Oil (/content/review/94370-morgan-blue-race-oil) in terms of performance and intervals between reapplication, but the Motorex is a little cheaper and just nips over the line first in wet weather riding.
Easy to apply and goes the distance, and performs well in wet weather and stays clean.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Motorex Wet Chain Lube
Size tested: 100ml
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?
Biodegradable, fully synthetic lubricant. The MOTOREX WET LUBE contains additives that allow it to penetrate quickly and deeply. Provides optimum lubrication and outstanding protection against corrosion. Specially developed for riding conditions where the lubricant has to adhere to the chain for extended periods. The lubricant is highly water repellent, making it ideal for damp and muddy conditions.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Apply product to dry, clean chain while turning pedals. Avoid contact with brakes – the product may impair brake action! Shake well before using.
Perfect for winter riding, lasts for ages and stays pretty clean.
Yup goes the distance, about 200-300 miles in testing.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
You need to invest in a high quality lube for the winter, and this one from Motorex is easy to apply, lasts the distance and doesn't attract dirt.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Lasts for ages and it's biodegradable
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Isn't really anything to dislike.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.