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Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube Early Review


June 2013

I’ve been given the opportunity to check out Finish Line’s Ceramic Wet Lube on my chain by my local bike shop.  I’ve been a devotee of Boeshield T-9 ever since I started cycling and I’ve used that exclusively which puts me in a unique position to give the Finish Line product a good comparison.  I’ve got over 9,000 miles on Boeshield and I haven’t strayed because I am so utterly pleased with its performance.  While out on my Saturday ride I stopped into the bike shop to pick up a new bottle but they’d run out since the last time I was in and were expecting a new shipment shortly.  To tide me over, my mechanic gave me a 1/4 used sample bottle of the ceramic wet lube to try out in exchange for feedback.

Saturday evening I completely cleaned and lubed up my 5200 so I would be able to really pay attention to any differences – and there were two…  One good and one not so good.  First, I applied the Finish Line in the same manner that I normally apply Boeshield.  I double degrease the chain – I run it through a chain scrubber once, wipe it down and let it dry while I attend to cleaning the cassette, and then I run it through a fresh reservoir of degreaser again, then wipe it down and let it dry.  After allowing at least six hours of dry time, I then apply one fair drop of the lubricant to each roller.

First, I can say without a doubt that the Finish Line product is noisier on the chain.  Not by much, it’s barely perceptible, but it is just not as quiet as a fresh coating of Boeshield.

On the other hand, there’s less friction with the Ceramic Wet Lube – the ride itself is much smoother.  Now, would a straight up noob notice the difference?  Probably not, but I could absolutely feel the fact that the pedals really were easier to push around.  In fact, on my Sunday ride (an easy recovery pace), with a fair wind that hurt as much as helped, I was able to maintain an easy 18.7 mph average without much effort at all.  In fact, when the wind was helping I was pushing one gear harder than normal (for that condition) with no increased effort.  My recognition of this is based solely on perceived effort, but I can tell you for certain, I’ve got enough miles on that bike to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the ride is indeed easier.  It also helped into the wind – for the effort that I put out, I definitely would have normally been in a lower gear.

This is only a first ride analysis.  I’ll have more in the following weeks on durability and any other issues that might pop up.  I can say for certain, at least so far, my interest in the Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube is piqued.  I never would have expected the first ride results.

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