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Not a year passes without somebody claiming to have produced the last word in low friction, high durability chain lube. According to the blurb, Finish Line Pro Road is a ceramically reinforced lubricant constructed from a blend of synthetic oils and boron nitride, resulting in a cleaner, stronger and longer lasting film of lubricant.
Finish Line say the ceramic coating is employed not only in the interests of low friction but to lock out moisture and maximise longevity. Take the chain on a trip through the solvent bath, dry thoroughly and dribble Pro Road sparingly into every link.
Closest to a wet lube in consistency, it flows from the spout in a milky consistency and appearance before turning to a rich oily texture. Wipe any excess from the outer plates and ride around for a day or two before giving a repeat dose, which apparently completes the ceramic coating process. Despite a quiet inner cynicism about all this, I have to admit that I detected slightly slicker shifting from my ala Carte transmission- even under load. To give Finish Line's claims the ultimate test I also took it off road… However, given the wet consistency I left it a few days before venturing of the asphalt .
This is primarily a road product but it seems very effective for moderate trail riding and might extend to cross (in less demanding conditions). Durability seems pretty good too, only requiring light re-application after 225 December miles. Closer inspection reveals comparatively lower levels of accumulated grime, although for best results, wipe the side pates and jockey wheels clean between top ups.
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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)