Juice Lubes Viking Juice review

Viking Juice lube is lightweight, easily applied and stays on the chain well. We put it through its paces.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Easy to apply and effective all condition lube which does its job well and doesn’t attract dirt.

Reasons to buy
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    Lightweight lube

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    Easy to apply

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    Stays on the chain

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    Doesn’t attract dirt

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Reasons to avoid
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    Should apply well in advance of riding

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Made in the UK, Juice Lubes claims that its Viking Juice is good for both wet and dry conditions. It’s a lightweight lubricant which is very easy to apply and penetrates the chain well without leaving a lot of excess on the plates. This means that it doesn’t attract junk and muck.

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Juice Lubes recommends applying the lube to a cleaned and degreased chain in advance of setting out, to allow the time for the lube to penetrate the chain and the carrier to evaporate. It also suggests applying it up to four times to get the full effect, but I’ve found that once, followed by rotating the chain for a bit to encourage spreading before leaving it to dry out is adequate.

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As well as on road bikes, I’ve been using Viking Juice on a cyclocross bike which has been ridden through the vagaries of a British summer. The chain has stayed pretty clean and shiny despite riding through muck, dust and high water. A quick reapplication after washing down has also stopped the chain from going rusty between rides, suggesting that it’s pretty resistant to washing off.

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Juice Lubes says that Viking Juice was formulated with the help of 2004 Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt – a Swede, hence the name – to keep his bike running throughout whatever conditions that race had to offer. It’s supplied in a 130ml bottle which, since the lube is so light, lasts for ages if you’re careful how you apply it.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.