Hagen Automation Ltd
WBR PTFE and WS2 Tungsten Disulphide, our best Cycle Chain Wax additive
What’s better than adding PTFE to your chain wax? A blend of low friction PTFE and even lower friction WS2.
The addition of WS2 gives a significant increase in performance and durability over pure PTFE when used as a hot chain waxing additive.
Chain waxing significantly increases efficiency and durability over other lube types. Especially good for high performance in tough conditions waxing protects against dust, mud, water and corrosion while saving watts of power. Wax protection lasts hundreds of miles and weeks of abuse. This means on road or off track, commute or competition, waxing saves in the long term both in wear and energy.
Tungsten (Wolfram) Disulphide WS2 is an exceptionally stable and lubricious compound. Originally developed for space probes it offers the best 'real world' performance of any dry lubricant type. Combined with PTFE this gives enhanced durability and performance.
60g Pack - mix with approx 500G of wax for a very high performance mix. Enough to treat several chains.
Gloves and eye protection.
Good work area without sensitive carpets fabrics etc.
WBR Cycle chain additive powder!
New or very good condition cycle chain
Cleaning Solvent and containers
Wax heating pot / crock pot
Rod type thermometer
500g of wax (paraffin is easiest/cheapest but be sure to get high quality)
Wire (not insulated!)
Method for use:
Remove and clean chain throughly-
We suggest once in degreaser/detergent and then three good rinses in solvent. The last should be in methylated spirits or Isopropyl Alcohol as these will leave the least residue. The cleaner the chain the better the result. Allow to dry.
Heat the wax-
A dedicated cosmetic wax heater is the best option. Slow cookers works ok but is more difficult to regulate the heat. Another note is that dedicated wax heaters typically have Teflon coated pots that are much easier to clean than the ceramic slow cooker type.
Melting the wax can be slow! Expect even granulated wax to take quite some time to melt completely. Also you don't want to get it too hot, look to keep the wax temperature as low as it can be while fully liquid. This depends on the wax type and amounts stearic acid that has been added, usually between 50 and 70 degrees C.
Prepare the chain:
Take the clean chain and thread through a piece of wire (coat hanger wire is best) so that it fits easily into the pot. ideally you want it so you can fit it all on the bottom of the pot, or as close to as possible.
Mix in the additive:
Slowly add in the wax additive powder, try not to create dust. Stir in throughly. once all the powder is wetted we use a hand whisk to mix in. The powder will tend to sink, especially if the wax is very hot.
Coating the chain:
Lower the chain into the wax and agitate to get the wax into the rollers and pins. The longer and more thorough you are the better the result. Imagine you are trying to open up every link and force the wax, PTFE and WS2 onto every surface. We tend to shake it for minutes leave it for a few and repeat until we get very very fed up. We try and flip the chain over a few times in the process.
Taking the chain out:
The technique here is pretty important as you want to turn off the heat and then take the chain out just as the wax starts to congeal. Too soon and the wax will tend to run out of the links, too slow and the chain will have excess wax on it. You can scrape or brush excess wax off, but if you can get a nice uniform thin coating it will protect the chain better and saves wax. Hang the chain over the wax pot if possible.
Clean up: Wax can be cleaned up by scraping, stiff brushing or with acetone/nail varnish remover, but ideally you didn't make a mess in the first place.
Both WS2 and our low PFOA PTFE are environmentally low impact.