Weldtite TF2 Performance All Weather Lubricant is just that, a high quality, versatile and relatively inexpensive everyday prep that should please most riders.
Bucking the trend for two-part synthetics, it's a very low viscosity mix of highly refined mineral oils, PTFE and additives that is simple to apply and only requires a few seconds curing time.
Suspiciously similar to B'Twin's Lube with Teflon, right down to its rich lime colour and consistency, it races from the otherwise nicely designed spout, so deliver it carefully while holding some old rag underneath.
Clean up and curing time is literally seconds before scooting off. While it's wet in the literal sense, there's nothing remotely sticky about it, which keeps contamination minimal. Teflon based lubricants tend to be marketed as all-purpose, so I wasn't surprised by its ability to keep cleat mechanisms, trailer hitches and jockey wheels glitch free.
However, it's stocky enough to silence noisy freewheels without causing pivot points or control cables to gum solid. I've also found it useful for protecting entry and exit points on old steel framesets sporting internal cable runs.
Like the the B'Twin Lubricant with Teflon it's slick and itstays put. We've racked up over 400 miles on a single application and passing contaminant seems to float away, especially on chains made from stainless steel or coated with titanium nitride. Anecdotally, one Canadian rider commented it's the only lube he's found that works in -38°C.
That sounds like a tall tale, especially given the modest asking price but even with flooded rural causeways and daily service, a strong film of lubricant still adorns the Univega's chain. Shifting is similarly precise, though there's no comparison with space age fluoro-polymers. Regular mixed terrain saunters have done little to change this view. Moderate trail gloop sits atop the surface and is dismissed expediently.
Much the same story along dusty fire roads too, although both demanded weekly wiping of side plates, derailleur cages and jockey wheels. In these autumnal contexts we've returned 350 miles from a single application and a strong lubricant film still adorns the fixer's after 450.
Great all rounder for those who don't like traditional wet lubes
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Make and model: Weldtite TF2 Performance All-Weather Lubricant 100ml
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Ultimate all weather Teflon® Surface Protector based lubricant.
* Enhanced protection all year round.
* Extremely Versatile Lubricant with Multi-Purpose applications
* Refillable bottle.
Does exactly what it says on the label.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
'blend of high grade ISO oils with additives to reduce wash off & corrosion but give the excellent wear protection you would expect with any TF2 lubricant'.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Weldtite TF2 Performance All Weather Lubricant is an excellent choice for riders wanting a durable, low-friction formula but need something that doesn't attract dirt like the proverbial magnet.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Its an inexpensive, durable blend that performs very well in all contexts.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, especially those wanting something stout but who dislike traditional syrupy wet lubes.
Age: 40 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)