The best chain lube for mountain and gravel bikes in wet and dry conditions
Welcome to off-road.cc's guide to the best chain lubes for mountain and gravel bikes. These wet and dry lubes have all been tried and tested by us in all conditions and have received a score of over four out of five in their review.
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[Updated 12th May 2020]
Should you use wet or dry lube?
The best chain lubes
- WD40 Bike Dry Lube
- ProGold ProLink Chain lube
- Fenwicks Wet Weather chain lube
- Juice Lubes Viking Juice chain lube
- WPL wet chain lube
- Squirt lube
- Green Oil wet chain lube
- B'Twin 300 bike oil
- Pedro's Syn lube
- Rock n Roll Absolute dry chain lube
- Wickens and Soderstrom No.5 drivetrain lube
- Smoove Universal chain lube
WD40 Bike Dry Lube
WD40 Bike Dry Lube goes on easily, works well to keep chains running smoothly without caking them in dust and grit, and can even withstand the occasional puddle or shower. It doesn't build up over time the way wax lubes can either. The nozzle can get a bit overenthusiastic, however, and there are cheaper options.
ProGold ProLink Chain lube
ProgGold ProLink Chain Lube is a thin lubricant that creates a smooth-running, clean chain in a range of conditions, creates minimal build up over multiple applications and lasts pretty well. It's very a thin liquid, however, so requires careful handling.
Fenwicks Wet Weather chain lube
Fenwick's Wet Weather Chain Lube provides very effective winter protection for your drivetrain, and stays working over multiple muddy and rainy rides. It's easy to use, reasonably priced and environmentally friendly to boot.
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Juice Lubes Viking Juice chain lube
Viking Juice is Juice Lubes' all-conditions, long-lasting chain oil, and with careful application, it lives up to its promise. It's thinner than most wet lubes so penetrates really well, but it needs several coats to work – and it's easy to spill. It’s UK made and totally biodegradable though, and won't gum up with filth on the trails.
WPL wet chain lube
WPL wet chain lube is a non-sticky chain lube that helps reduce the build-up of black gunk on your gears and is well priced too. We just wish it was a bit more widely available, for now, though you can buy from suspension specialists, TF Tuned.
Squirt Lube is a 100% biodegradable wax and water emulsion that dries to the chain and forms a 'long-lasting lubricant'. It can be used for wet or dry riding and, assuming you follow the instructions, it works and lasts well.
Green Oil Wet chain lube
Green Oil's Wet Chain Lube is an exceptionally good barrier against water, dirt and corrosion, seriously reduces maintenance and won't turn the planet into an unliveable wasteland. The price is good and the applicator is well designed. There's really nothing not to like.
B'Twin 300 bike oil
B'Twin 300 Lubricant is a cheaper option to many lubes out there and we don't think you'll end up using a great deal more of it either. It's easily applied and will keep your chain and derailleur running smoothly.
Pedro's Syn lube
Back in 2009, our tester Stu found Pedro's Syn Lube to be 'Excellent'. An nothing's changed now – it's still a cracking product for keeping you squeak-free in the winter months.
Rock n Roll Absolute dry chain lube
Rock n Roll Absolute Dry Chain Lube is a super-clean-running formula designed primarily for the drier months, but several very soggy weeks suggest it's one of the most tenacious. By our reckoning it's well worth trying if you didn't mind reapplying it a little more frequently than your typical everyday middleweight.
Wickens and Soderstrom No.5 drivetrain lube
Wickens & Soderstrom No.5 Drivetrain Lubricant is a thinnish lube that does a great job of keeping things quiet whilst being non-gunky and easy to clean off. That's about as good as chain lube gets.
Smoove Universal chain lube
Smoove is a thin, white liquid that needs applying to the rollers-only as you turn the chain to get a light, even coverage. Then you leave it overnight to dry (Smoove recommends this, though it says an hour is enough) and the next day, the chain appears completely dry. Only by touching it can you detect the presence of the lube, in a faint stickiness. While most wax lubes work by flaking off, taking the dirt with them, Smoove creates this long-lasting coating which doesn't fall off (hence the long-lasting lubrication) but does hang on more to the dirt. Whether this is an issue for you depends on how often you like to clean your chain, but if you're a frequent cleaner, then Smoove works very well in between cleans.
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I have always been a fan of Finish Line's Wet, very tenacious. Just works. Does attract a bit of filth, especially dust. Their Dry is quite good too.