A TRULY HIGH PERFORMANCE BIKE CHAIN
Proving savings of over 10 watts* against Ceramic Speed’s Shimano Dura-Ace UFO Chain over a race distance on our dynamometer, the NTC is the culmination of thousands of hours of research and development into drivetrain optimisation.
To create this revolutionary product, we sonic cleanse a Shimano Dura-Ace chain and then hand treat it with a proprietary nanotube formulation. Once in the hands of the customer, it simply needs to be run-in on a turbo for 4-6 hours before it reaches its optimum lubrication state.
NANOTUBE CHAIN - AS USED BY SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS, TEAM SKY AND CHRIS FROOME
The Nanotube Chain already has proven legitimacy on the international stage, having helped Sir Bradley Wiggins smashed the Hour Record, the GB Cycling team used chains optimised with this very same treatment on their path to 12 medals at the 2016 Olympic Games and Team Sky and Chris Froome used an NTC chain to ride to victory in the 2017 Grand Tour in France AND Vuelta a Espana!
OUR COMPETITOR'S SHORTFALLS
What makes the NTC so special is its ability to deliver wattage savings consistently over long periods of time and in all weathers. Other chains may claim to be ‘the fastest’ but what they don’t tell you is for how long and in what conditions.
A major finding to come from Muc-Off’s Development House was the shorter durability of Ceramic Speed Shimano UFO Chain. Whilst efficiency of this product was admittedly quite good in the first few minutes, registering at around 4.5 - 5 watts, this performance rapidly deteriorated after only 18 minutes!
COMPARING THE NANOTUBE CHAIN WITH CERAMIC SPEED'S UFO SHIMANO CHAIN
In comparison, the NTC only continues to get faster, with over 10 watts advantage against Ceramic Speed’s latest treatment UFO Shimano Chain after four hours. In performance terms, this means that the NTC will give you a gain of 3 miles over a 112- mile Ironman bike stage, calculated using the average time of 6 hours and 25 minutes. Unlike other optimised chains currently available in the market, the NTC maintains its performance in all-weather conditions.
THE SCIENCE EXPLAINED
So, what’s the science behind it? One of the primary ingredients of the lubricant is nanotubes, which are composed graphene and rolled into a tube. Now imagine the metal of a bicycle chain’s inner and outer plates. To the naked eye it may look smooth, but at a microscopic level, it is in fact quite rough and ragged. As the chain is run through the drivetrain, these jagged edges catch on each other, which in turn causes friction.
The job of a nanotube is to fill these gaps, creating a slippery smooth surface that minimizes metal-on-metal resistance. The end results? Substantial wattage savings that can cut significant time from a ride and the peace of mind that it won’t change with the weather.
We’ve also developed a top-up bottle of Nanotube Lube, which will bring the chain to within 1-2 watts of its optimum state!