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Nano chain lube developed by lasers launched

Laser-produced nano and micro carbon particle lube developed by US university

Lasers and bicycles aren’t two technologies that often come together in the same sentence, but North Carolina State University has developed a new chain lube using a laser process that promises to provide hundreds of miles of low-friction lubrication while requiring just a small amount compared to regular chain lube.

The new chain lube has been developed by the North Carolina State University in partnership with Cyclestar Nanotech, using a process that involves a laser that produces nano- and micro-sized particles held in a lightweight carrier oil.

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Cyclestar Nanotech, the company that aims to commercialise the new lube, says the laser process produces particles of a very specific size and high level of hardness that bonds with metallic surfaces like chains and creates a ball-bearing effect between surfaces. 

The lube essentially involves laser-produced balls of carbon and graphene being suspended in a light and simple synthetic oil. There’s no wax, Teflon or other chemical additives. It’s a process that has been patented by the university professor that created it, Jay Narayan.

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It won’t be cheap, though, a 30ml bottle will cost $40 in the US, but the company is quick to add that the bottle will last as long as a standard bottle of lube because only a very small amount, half an eye dropper, is needed to lubricate a chain.

It’s not the first cycling company to claim the benefits of nanotechnology for a bicycle product, but Cyclestar reckons this is the first laser-produced nano cycle lube. We certainly can’t think of any other products. We're definitely looking forward to trying it out if it becomes available in the UK. 

If it all sounds a bit gimmicky to you, the  UCI Continental team Holowesko-Citadel-Hincapie Racing have signed up to use it and it’s been endorsed by Felt Bicycles founder Jim Felt. 

Here’s a video showing how to apply the new lube.

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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DaveE128 | 7 years ago

I'm having a hard time believing the claims and the video isn't helping me at all! The quality is awful (sound and picture) and the bloke doesn't seem very convincing to me. Happy to be proved wrong though - hope friction facts get their hands on it soon!  1

edit: oh, i see friction facts has been acquired by ceramic speed, so I guess no more impartial testing...

NPlus1Bikelights | 7 years ago

Great, more nano tech. Are the particles biodegradable because it will end up on the roads and in your back garden most likely contaminating things including pets and water!

nortonpdj | 7 years ago

It looks like the Emperor has another new suit of clothes.

Andreeoouu | 7 years ago
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Is it just me but I can't see how he demonstrated how you apply it in the video?

longassballs | 7 years ago
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It certainly sounds interesting in a novelty way like these types of things usually are but was perturbed when in the video the guy said about coating the outside of the chain. Why would I want to do that? Is tempting to think it invalidates the previous claims.

If it's revolutionaly I'm sure we'll hear that it's broken all the dials at FrictionFacts

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