I used squirt for years and now changed to molten speed wax. It saves me so much time. I literally do no chain maintenance now other than once every 4-6 weeks turning a hot pot on or off, swishing a chain or fitting one. Cassette never needs a clean, chain never needs a wipe down. No mess on the chain stays from lube crud.
Read a few posts above saying it isn’t worth the time to wax. It’s made my life easier.
Yep, my one can of mineral turps is going on four years of use and I think six or seven new chains. Just let the gunk settle and run it through a coffee filter, back into use, discarding a very small amount each time.
Yep, and if your goal is only to strip the initial grease you don’t even need perfectly clean mineral spirits. I personally prefer not to introduce water, but you could rinse with water like the UFO instructions after the last wash as well and then wax as usual. The really dirty mineral spirits I use to soak cassettes/cartridge bearings etc. None of it ever gets wasted. I’ve had a gallon for like 5 years and a quart of denatured alcohol
Amen - think of the fact you now never need to degrease anything again. How long did it take to do a full degrease of your chain, then do the chainrings/cassette/RD pulley wheels, clean you whole bike etc? Easily an hour or two per week.
Now it’s like 2mins of physical effort per week for 4x chains. Absolutely no comparison and my bike is always clean. So much better.
TLDR about 300-500 miles / 400-800 km depending on conditions. Gravel and MTB chains tend to be less time between rinse & dunk. If it starts to make noise give it a squirt/silca super secret drip to get you through the day’s ride.
When things start to get noisy i will apply squirt/slica super secret. those do build up a bit on the side plates, so I use that as my que to do a boiling water rinse or throw it in the ultrasonic with water only at 60c. Fully dry and then blow each roller with compressed air to make sure I’ve gotten all the water out before giving it a dunk.
I’ve been using speed wax for 3 or 4 years now. It works great for road applications…I get 2-300 miles between waxings. But for MTB, I have switched back to standard lube. I was getting freshly waxed chains sounding horrible within the first 20 miles. My old mtb had SRAM Eagle which wasnt as bad as my new Shimano XT 12 spd… for some reason with wax, after 20 miles the chain starts sticking to the chainring and it feels like the rear der is out of adjustment…with standard lubes I dont feel it.
Interesting. I run wax on my MTB with XT 12 spd. and go about 200 miles before swapping chains. It has always been quiet and shifts great even when I exceed the 200 miles. This is in totally dry, rocky conditions. The bike will get dusty but the chain doesn’t seem to collect much dust and what dust it does collect doesn’t seem to matter. I currently have 1000 miles on each of my 4 chains and they are all below .5% stretch.
Can’t speak to road use since I’m still running 11 spd. but I get several uses out of them on my 12 spd. XT setup on the MTB. Official company line one time use but I see a lot of others reusing them without a problem. I gauge how tight they are when installing. When they start to loosen up I pitch them. Still waiting for Wipperman to come out with their 12 spd. Connex Link. I use their 11 spd. and love it since it basically unlimited reuse.