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This thick grease, formulated specifically for bearings, provides immediate lubrication/protection for free/hubs, pedals, headsets and bottom brackets while resisting the ravages of rough stuff, cross and similar duties admirably.
The orange 150ml container conjures images of sweet, citrus smelling ingredients so I was slightly surprised to discover a luxuriously thick cream with the faint odour of pipe tobacco. The slightly rubberised texture suggests a polymer base, designed to operate at low temperatures, thus protecting bearings upon first contact. Juice Lubes suggest it doesn’t contain parabens or similarly harmful carcinogenic but wearing Latex gloves, using a decent moisturiser and storing away from children and pets are sensible precautions.
A deft finger scoop is sufficient for contact points, threaded components (including skewers) directly in the firing line of dirt and ingress thrown up by the rear wheel, but hubs, headsets and loose bottom bracket bearings were packed to bursting. It transformed a pair of budget track pedals from arthritic to buttery smooth in a matter of minutes. Prolonged hot, dry conditions have made little impression on the blend's integrity and there’s been reassuringly little excess to wipe away. Regular washing and some provocation from my trusty garden hose bode well for winter’s wrath.
Tenacious grease that's as suited to contact points as it is to bearings
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Make and model: Juice Lubes Bearing Juice grease
Size tested: 150ml
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?
"Bearing Juice is our low temperature specific grease for any bearing application on your bike. It has extremely high resistance to water wash out and will stay put for ages, working all the time to keep things smooth. Don't be disappointed that it's not a shiny sparkly product – these types of grease only start doing their job at temperatures in excess of 100°C, which is perfect for a motorbike, not so useful on a pushbike".
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
It's designed primarily for low temperature applications – thus perfect for bearings.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Bearing Juice, as the name suggests, is intended primarily for bearings and it should extend servicing intervals and component life.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tenacious consistency well-suited to the British climate.
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? Generally, yes
Age: 36 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)