Weldtite TF2 Extreme Wet lubricant is a tenacious chain lube for those situations where longevity and corrosion resistance take precedence.
It's a blend of high grade ISO oils with specialist additives to prevent wash-off, while providing high quality lubricant/corrosion inhibiting qualities. On paper at least, these are cleaner running and stay put longer than simple stuff.
Applying it to the chain doesn't require an engineering degree. Strip existing lube etc from the recipient chain, pop the spout and drizzle sparingly into each link. A slightly lower viscosity means it's surprisingly mobile and there's no curing period. Keep some clean rag or kitchen towel handy to catch overspill.
Wet lubes generally double as nifty grease substitutes on threaded components. This one's no exception, though steer clear of pivot points sprung mechanisms-especially Look/SPD bindings.
Performance is pretty much what we've come to expect from wet formulas. From the outset, chains and shifting seem positively serene, albeit slightly syrupy compared with slicker, PTFE-fortified types. Cleanliness is level pegging with B'Twin's wet weather lubricant.
The first hundred miles spent whizzing through wet, leafy lanes left me marvelling at how little contaminant it attracted. Things weren't quite so impressive through soggy, churned bridlepaths, though 'cross and mountain bike riders will be pleased to note earthy stuff is easily rinsed away and the lube remains firmly in place.
Talking of economy, we're well past the 300-mile barrier on a single application. I'm pretty confident 600 is possible through a moderate autumn's road riding. However, a harsh winter might shout the odds.
Personal preference leans me towards its lighter, Teflon based sibling and more frequent top-ups but otherwise, I'm struggling to find fault.
Stout and surprisingly clean-running lube that represents excellent value for money
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Make and model: Weldtite TF2 Extreme Wet Lubricant 125ml
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?
"Extremely durable wet type lubricant for chain/gear systems". No quibble here.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
'blend of high grade ISO oils with specialist additives to prevent wash-off, while providing high quality lubricant/corrosion inhibiting qualities'.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, TF2 Extreme wet lubricant is well suited to winter touring, mountain biking and 'cross duties. However, while cleaner running than some, weekly wiping of chains, rings and jockey wheels are imperative to prevent grit and other contaminant becoming a grinding paste.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Inexpensive, extremely corrosion resistant and stays put.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing specific, although drivetrains feel less responsive and cleanliness doesn't match the latest generation of heavy duty lubes.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
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)