Silca Super Secret Chain Lube

Nate, is chain waxing dead? :stuck_out_tongue:

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Got mine on order, can’t wait to get those marginal trainer gains!!!


Only size available right now is 9 oz in a 12oz bottle…for $46.

I’ll pass for now.

I’d consider one of the smaller sizes, but no way I am dropping that much $$ for what is likely also the most wasteful application method (but also arguably the most beneficial :man_shrugging:)


so where is the testing? I’m surprised they would release this without it. Are they giving up on Silca NFS then?

In the video he says they’re pushing it out because most of the supply chain is affected by covid-19 and they’re trying to launch the product to pay them. And yea, looks like this is the successor to NFS.

I’m sure data will come at some point, could be that lab testing is impacted.

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Limited Edition Chain Lube? LOL

Short mention about the lube in this cast:

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Some discussion about the new lube: (starts at 2:55)


Got my lube. I’ll put it on the waxed chain once it gets a bit more dry and needs some tlc. Just rubbing the silca stuff between the fingers it feels much thicker than squirt and it feels…very homogenized? Is this the golden age of lube?

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Just get power pedals and then don’t worry about the drive train on your indoor bike until either the chain snaps or the grinding noise drowns out Netflix :wink:


Any comparisons of this to squirt lube? Still love squirt as a touch up lube to a waxed chain.

I prefer it over squirt so far. When it dries up, it feels different and is easier to clean up. Squirt turns into a sticky black gunk that’s harder to wipe away. The silca stuff turns into a smooth, slick feeling black gunk that wipes off easily.

If they released the testing, it wouldn’t be “Super Secret”. Savvy? :wink:

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I’ve been using this lube since right after it launched and really like it. I have applied it in the shaker bottle after a full clean of the chain off the drivetrain, and then top it off afterwards with a normal park tool chain cleaner to clean off plus dripper bottle.

It’s really basically a wax that can be applied either way which is cool.

I’ve never used was before this, but my drive train has never been so quiet and the pedaling even fools smoother.

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I’m either doing it wrong (almost certainly) or got a faulty bottle! I sent the following email to silca yesterday. Haven’t heard back yet, and figured I’d post here in the meantime:

“I recently tried the Super Secret Chain Lube and am experiencing a very loud chain. I assume I did something wrong. Here is what I did:

I removed my chain (which had about 300 miles on it), and gave it several rounds of mineral spirit baths, shaken in a gatorade bottle, until the mineral spirits were clear. I then rinsed it, let it dry, reinstalled, and applied two drops of the lube (after shaking the bottle) onto each roller, backpedaling and working it in as per the video on the website. After 24 hours I went for a ride, and it was very noisy- much noisier than it had previously been. So I removed it again, boiled it twice, did the mineral spirit baths again, and this time submerged it in the chain lube and really massaged it into each roller thoroughly. After another 24 hours, it was as noisy as ever! I have attached a video so you can hear. I figure either I did something wrong or I got a faulty bottle. Please advise! Thanks a lot.“

(Couldn’t attach the video on the forum but you get the idea. Loud buzzing when pedaling)

You should do a rinse with denatured alcohol. Mineral spirits leave a residue and may inhibit binding between metal and the lube. The lube will still seem like it’s not sticking but after 2 or 3 applications, it’ll get better. You also need to let the lube cure onto the chain. At least overnight. If riding in the wet, cure time is longer like 48-72 hours.

Edit: in my experience waxed chains get a little noisier but unless you are hearing squeaking it’s no problem


I can certainly vouch for this being an awesome chain lube. I soak my chain in the little jar as you really want to get it deep into the chain. If all you have is the little bottle you are going to want to really layer it up.

Thanks for the replies. Felt rather foolish last night when I took a closer look and realized I had the chain threaded through the rear derailleur incorrectly. :man_facepalming:t2::man_facepalming:t2::man_facepalming:t2: Corrected it and it’s quiet as a church mouse now. Embarrassed, but I’m new to diy bike tinkering and happy to have learned.


Damn, yeah I’ve done that and it took much longer than I want to admit to figure it out. I’m assuming you put it on the wrong side of that little tab between the jockey wheels? So annoying haha. I even saw that the guy in front of me at the bike shop a few weeks ago had done the same thing.