Because of the very complex manufacturing process the graphene lube is only produced in limited quantities at a time and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
|Size||14ml /0.47oz and 140ml / 4.7oz|
|Color||When liquid: Light grey When solid: Black|
Hydrocarbon (wax) based water emulsion containing special mix of high purity Graphene. it does not contain any harmful solvents
|Storage||Store between 5-35°C (41-95°F) Do NOT allow to freeze.|
ADVANTAGES OF GRAPHENLUBE – CHAIN WAX LUBRICANT:
*Able to hold sub 5 Watts of frictional loss over 900km on a Single application (in dry, low dust road conditions. After immersive lubing)
*It gives you “free” power regardless the conditions- read more below.
*Extends life of your drivetrain, hence saving on replacement costs.
*Repels water and does not attract dirt
*Dry, paste like coating that can stay on the chain over 1800km (in dry, low dust road conditions. After immersive lubing)
*Unique black look of the lubricant when dry
*Safe- Does not contain any harmful solvents.
In simple terms it’s a “wax” based water emulsion, with a special mix of high purity graphene, that is liquid when you apply and becomes almost solid when it dries on the chain. Wax based lubricants exhibit far greater tolerance to water and dirt contamination, successfully separating moving chain parts from abrasion and filling in all the imperfections on friction surfaces. Graphene – the wonder material that is still not commonly used because of its incredibly high cost, is a great additive for a few reasons. It has extremely low friction coefficient in all the environments, is far stronger than any known material to a man and it can cling to metal protecting friction surfaces from excessive abrasion. Moreover, it repels the water and is not permeable to air reducing therefore oxidative stress on the metal surface. Even a single atom layer is enough to reduce the friction considerably.
It took us two years to find the right ratio of crumpled to non-crumpled graphene, size of graphene platelets, dispersion rate of agglomerates, concentration and finally figuring out a low friction hydrocarbon emulsion base that will stay on the chain for very long time and not chip away like paraffin wax is known for. The end result is a lubricant that on a single application will hold sub 5 Watts of frictional losses over 900km distance. We have created essentially a new category of performance lubricants.
But why should you care about this number?
For the same reason why Pro Tour teams are eager to use it. It gives you “free” power regardless the conditions.
GRAPHENE IS NOT GRAPHITE
Despite of the fact that both of these materials are only built from carbon atoms, the similarity ends here. Graphene possesses completely different mechanical and tribological properties to graphite. For example, graphite exhibits 0.1-0.2 COF (coefficient of friction) in very humid air, but 0.5-0.7 COF when air is dry, which is very high friction comparable to steel on steel sliding without lubrication. Graphene, on the other hand, is very stable across full spectrum of humidity with 0.1-0.2 COF. Graphene also possesses incredible mechanical strength allowing it to effectively separate metal surfaces and suppressing wear rate by 1-2 orders of magnitude in comparison to graphite. To sum up, using graphite instead of graphene in the same solution, would produce completely adverse results.
NOT GENERATING WATTS, BUT REDUCING WATT LOSSES – LAB TEST FINDINGS
Graph1. Power Loss vs distance travelled among different lubricants. Results from an independent, single lube application, double blind test where the test chains were appropriately prepared by Zero Friction Cycling* then numbered and sent directly to Wheel Energy company to conduct a friction test at 250W resistance, 100rpm cadence, 40km/h speed, 25deg C and 25% humidity. The test continued until chain reached 10W losses. Chains and testing machine had around 50km warmup/break-in period. (* “Muc-off Nano” was a factory NTC chain)
This test reveals how lubricant and its friction changes over driven kilometres on a single lubricant application. The higher the number the more Watts you are losing. With “wet/semi wet” lubes friction first decreases because chain gets drier and therefore stiction decreases. Until it reaches more or less dry state – the friction then increases due to starvation of lubricant and abrasion. For “dry” lubes/films, stiction is already minimal, so they will only increase in friction due to coating wearing out.
To understand why this test is so important, let’s look how power is generated on the bike. When you press on the pedals, this force/torque is then transferred through the chain to the rear hub. If you happen to own Crank based power meter you can see power number represented in Watts. However, power generated at the crank does not equal power at the hub due to frictional losses. The majority of those loses are due to hundreds of articulations of chain link elements per second. Therefore, the above graph shows how much less power is delivered to the rear wheel compared to the power at the crank. Or in other words you would have to increase power at the crank if you want to retain the same speed with passing kilometres. Even the best lubricated chain in perfect laboratory conditions still generates about 4W of frictional losses from the start. Shimano Dura-Ace chain out of the box for example, varies between 6.5-13W. It’s not possible to avoid this loss.
But what we can do is to minimise this loss and keep it low for a long time. In other words, it’s “free” power you (re-)gain at the rear wheel while pushing exactly the same watts at the crank. We don’t create extra watts, but we regain part of the inevitable losses due to drivetrain friction.
We have also conducted a simple test comparing lubricants where we used a rider instead of an electric engine to propel the cranks. On the above video you can see how big role lubricants play in transmitting power to the rear wheel. It’s an exact same setup as riding on a turbo-trainer (Imagine those Zwift gains!). By mere change of the lubricant, the rider in this test gained 7.3W. Or another words had to push less by 7.3W (that is 12N or 1.2kg / 2.65lbs) on each pedal stroke while keeping the same cadence and gear at fixed 250W power output.