Will swapping your chain lube make you faster?

Chain lube is coming of age - we explore some of the newest creations

(Image credit: chris catchpole)

This week AbsoluteBlack released a chain lubricant which it claims will unlock dramatic power savings - and it's not the only brand to be touting the benefits of swapping this everyday consumable to a more premium option with the promise if performance gains.

Long gone are the days when riders had a simple toss up of either a wet or dry lube, or just slathering on any old 3-in-1. Now you can choose from an almost unfathomable variety of chain lubes including some pretty hi-tech versions that supposedly offer the ability to tap into lost watts.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.