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No more dry or squeaky chains for Orica-BikeExchange next year

We told you about the new Flaer Revo Via  automatic chain lubing device a few weeks ago, and today the company has revealed the Orica-BikeExchange professional cycling team will use it through the 2017 season.

The Australian team will be using the Flaer Revo Via at all races next year, starting with the Santos Tour Down Under in January 2017.

The Flaer Revo Via is a small contraption that fixes to the frame and dispenses micro-doses of Flaer’s specially developed Via Fluid to the chain while riding, or racing in this case. We've just started testing one, and you can watch our installation video right below.

The company boldly claims the device reduces transmission losses and can provide a heady gain of 12 watts at the wheel, though that’s a figure which we take with a big pinch of salt, but it’s likely one that has clearly interested the team.

“We are really excited to be working with Orica-BikeExchange,” said Flaér’s Sales Director Nick Muddle. “As a team that is continually looking for the next level in performance, we have found a perfect partner. We are working closely with OBE to help maximise their performance and through the use of our new Revo Via chain performance system, there are significant gains to be had. It’s great to be official technical partners with a team that has such a commitment to innovative new ideas.”

Orica-BikeExchange’s General Manager, Shayne Bannan added: “We’re really excited about this partnership and we look forward to using this new technology. Flaér has made a very innovative approach to our setup and it will be interesting to see the various advantages they offer”.

The Flaer Revo Via comprises a small control module and fluid reservoir that can be attached to the down tube of the bike, and a short hose then runs along the chainstay to the dispensing unit which is attached to the rear mech. The whole setup adds 121g before you add any fluid, with a maximum of 27ml of fluid in the system. Refill intervals range from 7.5 to 37.5-hours depending on the frequency, and this will depend on the riding conditions. The system is powered by a battery and run time is 150 hours. 

What to know more about chain lubing? There’s a good article from the late, great Jobst Brandt, whose professional expertise was in friction and lubrication, as well as this research paper on the effects of frictional loss on bicycle chain efficiency by James B. Spicer. 

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.