Muc-Off is offering £135 chains that have been "NanoTube Optimised to offer power savings of up to six watts” through the reduction of friction.
“Our NanoTube Speed Film is an all-weather treatment, so riding in wet or muddy conditions is no problem,” says Muc-Off. “The groundbreaking formula contains NanoTube additives to make it incredibly fast, but still retains the proven all-weather repellency of Muc-Off’s Hydrodynamic Lube.
“Each chain is painstakingly speed graded and run-in under load during which data is taken to find its optimum. Now it’s sonic cleaned in several formulas and hand treated with the NanoTube formula, then nanotube particles are applied. It’s now finally ready for track, triathlon, road or MTB competition straight out of the box.”
Muc-Off says that the NanoTube Chain Optimisation will benefit you for over 400 miles in dry conditions and for over 250 miles in wet and muddy conditions.
This, then, is aimed at serious racers who have a target event where they want peak performance rather than for everyday use, unless you happen to be supremely wealthy.
Muc-Off claims that the performance drop off of chains treated with dry waxes is far sooner. It also says you can bring the chain’s performance back to a level approaching its best after cleaning.
"Once you are ready to clean the chain then you can still bring your chain back to within 1-2 watts of when it is at its optimum by applying the top up Nanotube Speed Film Lube available on the Muc-Off website.
“It won't be as fast as when it was first treated as we use a special technique and processes to ensure the formula is driven deep into each link for 100% coverage (we also apply a powder externally) but you can still achieve significant savings,” says Muc-Off.
A Shimano chain will cost you £135, a SRAM Red chain is £137, and a Campagnolo Record chain is £140.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.