SMOOVE Lube & Prep
Formulated and manufactured in Pretoria South Africa, SMOOVE's creator wanted a chain lube to last serious miles without the need to 'top-up' and ensure drivetrains are kept running smoothly.
You see, in South Africa off-road stage racing events such as the world famous Cape Epic, are so popular that you could ride a similar event most weekends of the year. It's the popularity of these events that has many racers looking for a chain lube that not only keeps their drivetrain performing flawlessly over hundreds of miles, but a lube that doesn't need to be topped up mid-event.
SMOOVE was created with this in mind and is an incredibly hard wearing waxy chain lube. But don't discredit its credentials just yet. Unlike other white, wax-based lubes, SMOOVE lasts significantly more miles and is capable of doing so in all weathers and all riding terrains.
1. Big Miles: Ride up to 890 miles on a single application (Singletrack Mag Review).
2. Longer lasting chain: Up to 124% more chain life than with other major lubricant brands (biketestreviews.com).
3. Clean and dry: SMOOVE creates a visible barrier, blocking dirt from penetrating your links.
4. All weather: Unlike most dry (to the touch) chain lubes, SMOOVE is an outstanding performer in dry or wet conditions. One lube for all.
5. Less maintenance: Once applied correctly, you can ride and ride and ride. Once you eventually do need some more lube, just top-up. SMOOVE can handle light bike washing between applications too.
To get the most from SMOOVE, it's very important it is applied correctly, starting with an utterly clean chain with all traces of contaminants removed, then left to dry thoroughly. This extra effort at the beginning, reduces maintenance overall.
Long lasting, clean, all-weather
This is the chain lube you've been waiting for. Longer lasting, harder wearing and just as clean and crisp as any other dry chain lube. But for any weather.
How to Apply
The performance of SMOOVE Universal Chain Lube requires correct application. Follow these steps to ensure you experience what we say above. If it's not the best chain lube you've ever used, you're not using it right!
Step 1 > Apply SMOOVE to a clean dry chain (do not use white spirit or petrol to clean as a residue is left behind. A strong degreaser is required such as SMOOVE Prep)
Step 2 > Apply on the inside of the chain while turning the pedals to ensure that the lube gets worked into the chain. Keep applying as a constant dribble until you see lube spanning the pins between every other link.
Step 3 > Now keep pedalling the chain backwards 15-20 times to ensure it's totally worked in. Test the chain by pinching the side of the chain between your fingers and lightly twisting. you should see lube being pushed out from behind the plates.
Step 4 > Leave to dry for at least an hour. Best results are achieved if lube is applied the night before.
Step 5 > Do not wipe chain after application.
Step 6 > Too much lube will cause residue to accumulate around the derailleur pulley wheels and cassette. It is common for riders to assume SMOOVE has worn off and apply more lube before it's required. Break your habit and only reapply when the chain 'sounds' dry.
Can I 'top-up' my chain with SMOOVE without fully degreasing it every time?
Yes you can. It is imperative the first application is done to a completely clean and dry chain. Then you can top up when you're chain begins to run dry. But remember not to over-applicate too often. It doesn't need it and a waxy build-up can occur.
My jockey wheels and chainring have a build up of gloop and wax on them.
You've applied too much SMOOVE. Probably by reapplying too soon or over-applying in the first instance. Wipe away the excess gloop very lightly with a dry cloth and keep riding. It will soon bed in.
My chain is rusty after applying SMOOVE and going for a wet ride/washing my bike.
SMOOVE goes exactly where you put it, unlike oil which goes EVERYWHERE. Applying SMOOVE as per the above instructions means the outside of the chain plates and some areas within may not be covered in lube. But they don't need to be. Only metal touching metal needs to be lubricated. SMOOVE is a premium lubricant and so typically will be used on a premium chain made of stainless steel. The rust you're seeing is because your chain is not made of stainless and instead regular steel. Because certain areas of your chain were not covered by SMOOVE, some surface rust colour is evident. Don't worry, this doesn't mean your chain is not lubricated. To solve this, during application pinch the side of your chain between thumb and index finger before gently back-pedalling to ensure a through coat of lubricant.
If you are seeing orange rusty colour seeping from within your chain after washing, it's because you did not work SMOOVE in well enough in the first instance and/or didn't allow it to set thoroughly enough.
Is SMOOVE basically the same as Squirt, White Lightening, Ice Wax, Finish Line Wax and other wax-lubes?
No. Other lubes may look the same when out of the bottle, but dab SMOOVE on your finger nail and feel the viscosity. SMOOVE is unique, the bench-mark in chain lube performance and unlike anything else on the market.
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