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The £140 chain: Muc-Off NanoTube
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Posted on: Friday 11th March 2016

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Muc-Off's new 'NanoTube optimised chain' - six watts faster, for £140...

Seeking the 'marginal gains' of British Cycling? When Bradley Wiggins set the Hour record last year he did so using a specially treated chain from Muc-Off (

Priced at £135-£140 (depending on Shimano / SRAM / Campagnolo), Muc-Off have just announced that you too can purchase the same NanoTube Chain Optimisation, which is claimed to save you up to six watts, with a claimed 'life' of 400 miles (dry) or 250 miles (wet conditions). If you have a really special event coming up...

Fear not, the chain doesn't then die (you are purchasing a standard Shimano Dura Ace / SRAM Red / Campagnolo Record chain, which has been treated), so a quick Google indicates you are paying, roughly, a £100 premium over a factory chain.

Here's the Muc-Off launch announcement.

Muc-Off NanoTube Chain Optimisation

Muc-Off is offering an exclusive personal service where you can purchase a Shimano, Campagnolo or SRAM chain, hand treated with a unique Speed Film Lubrication; NanoTube Chain Optimisation. The treated chain can be put straight onto a bike and be ridden at an optimum level immediately.

This Speed Film lubrication was developed specifically for Bradley Wiggins’ Hour Record and uses the world’s most advanced additives to give you unrivalled friction reducing technology. It was also used by Bridie O’Donnell in her hour record.

Muc-Off NanoTube Chain Optimisation

Our NanoTube Speed Film is an all-weather treatment, so riding in wet or muddy conditions is no problem. The groundbreaking formula contains NanoTube additives to make it incredibly fast, but still retains the proven all-weather repellency of Muc-Off’s Hydrodynamic Lube. Unlike other speed optimised chains where a dry wax is used lasting 200 miles or less, the Muc-Off NanoTube Chain Optimisation will benefit you for 400+ miles in dry conditions and 250+ miles in wet and muddy conditions with no severe performance drop off (as happens with dry waxes after a far shorter period).

With power savings of up to six watts, NanoTube Speed Film treated chains are delivered to you at their optimum performance level.

Each chain is painstakingly speed graded and run-in under load during which data is taken to find its optimum. Now it’s sonic cleaned in several formulas and hand treated with the Nanotube formula, then nanotube particles are applied. It’s now finally ready for track, triathlon, road or MTB competition straight out of the box. This is perfect for you if you have a major race or event coming up.

This new, state of the art formula and treatment process pushes the boundaries of chain lube innovation and is designed specifically to keep friction to an absolute bare minimum. A highly advanced new military grade additive has been implemented along with cutting edge extreme pressure additives, to create an incredibly fast and durable chain lube treatment. Nanotube is black by nature so it may not look fast but believe us this is one very fast chain!

The equipment used to prove that the Muc-Off program can save real world rider watts, is called The Chain Lube Optimisation Dynamometer – C.L.O.D. Designed and built in house by Muc-Off, the device can test any lubricant and chain combination to provide detailed quantitative data on efficiency and durability.

Muc-Off NanoTube Chain Optimisation

Once you are ready to clean the chain then you can still bring your chain back to within 1-2 watts of when it is at its optimum by applying the top up Nanotube Speed Film Lube available on the Muc-Off website. This means you can thoroughly clean and re-treat your chain for many more hundreds of miles of ultimate speed. It won't be as fast as when it was first treated as we use a special technique and processes to ensure the formula is driven deep into each link for 100% coverage (we also apply a powder externally) but you can still achieve significant savings. Don’t worry it will still be one of the fastest chains on the planet!


Shimano RRP £135
SRAM RRP £ 137
Campagnolo RRP £140

Muc-Off NanoTube Chain Optimisation

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